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Twelfth Night, a surprise

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Yesterday was another anniversary of sorts. Three months since my first date with Nick. (Some of you may have guessed I went a little wonky a couple of weeks ago, but I just needed a moment to catch my breath and regroup, and fortunately he was patient.) He had asked if I was free Wednesday, and I was pretty sure that I was. We were thinking just a quiet dinner/movie kind of thing. But then I got an email from the Shakespeare Festival people. They normally only do summer shows, but this year they've added in a short autumn series. And, as luck would have it, the first show was set for October 5th! Plus, it was a show that he had wanted to see, Twelfth Night but that we had missed during the regular season. Perfect! So, I decided to make it a little surprise and re-create our second date. I told him to leave all the planning to me for our Wednesday evening, which he gladly allowed. I bought tickets online on Monday. Yesterday afternoon I took my lunch break to go shopping at Central Market. I bought everything that we had at our first dinner. Chicken breasts, creamed spinach, pasta salad, brie, honeyed goat cheese, crackers, marinated olives, marinated roasted tomatoes, strawberries, grapes and creme fraiche. Then I picked up a couple of bottles of our favorite wine. After work I hurried home to change, pack up the basket, and grab a blanket. When I picked him up, he still had no clue where we were going. He even indulged me and allowed me to blindfold him so that I could keep the secret up to the moment we got there. (I know, I'm a bit much sometimes, but it makes it fun!) We pulled into the parking lot, and I let him look around to see if he could figure out where we were. Then I popped the trunk and showed him the basket, and he was very surprised! And, when I unpacked the basket, he noticed that it was everything from our second date. This guy is smart and he notices details! The play was fantastic. Because it was a weeknight, there weren't very many people at the show, so we had lots of room. The weather stayed nice too! I got a little book of poems from him, Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman. I love it. He still "wow's" me. I was glad I was able to surprise him. It wasn't that big a thing, but it made me happy to do it. What's the best surprise you've ever received?

10/06/2005 10:13:00 AM :: ::
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