Well… I’m late with my postings… again… Grrr… Grrr… GRRRR!!! Stupid, stupid late. Weeks and weeks late… d’ohh!! Perimenopause… how I hate what you’ve done to me!!! Auuuggghhh!! (At least I’m consistent… right? Gotta give me that… 😉 )
I had meant to get back with a Diary entry about our anniversary celebrations the very day we got back, but May is always soooo darn busy for me at work. Always. This year, our happy day fell right in between the two weekends that our local colleges have their graduation ceremonies… always a really big time for me at the restaurant. After I got back from our lil’ getaway, it was pretty much non-stop 12 hour days for me that whole week right through that Sunday. But then… Monday morning, and the grads were finally all gone, so it seems Miyuki’s had herself a whole day off!! Yay! (Not that anything ended up successfully happening… Nope. Instead I got distracted and my attention frittered away and then one thing followed another and then “Bleeeeehhhh” again.. 😦 )
But I’m making a herculean effort to shake that today. Seriously!!
Mind you… that merely means I’ll have to spend so extra special effort to catch up on the plethora of stuff I let slip these few last weeks, but I’m thinkin’ it would be downright criminal if I didn’t make one of those lil’ tasks a quick posting here to bring all my Gentle Visitors up to date on our latest hi-jinx. So, with that all said, here we go!!
Hmmm? Let’s see…
I guess my most recent bout of “Hormonal Bleeaahhh” convinced my sweet Carolyn that she’d have to step up and do all the creative thought for our Anniversary celebration this year. Normally I’m the perky one with all the great ideas on how we should do things when it comes time for making merry ’round these parts. Not that she’s not a person who enjoys a good celebration, but usually I’m always the “spontaneous, think-outside-the-box” kind of person who really goes nuts for a good excuse to party. Last minute plans? No worries…. this wee lady knows how to “wing it”… Carolyn, on the other hand, always likes to give any plan a good bit of consideration before implementing anything. Orderly… thoughtful… very much “feet on the ground” and always with at least two good “backup plans” in place just in case. So this year it’s sooooo uncharacteristically out of character for her to just chuck all that logical, sensible instinct and go for it like she did.
That’s why this year’s Anniversary was soooo darn unexpected. I’d been in the sticky grip of my new “lack of ambition mode” as the date crept closer. Finally… the Thursday night before our Special Day Carolyn decided to step in and save things. We were snuggling in for bedtime, and I was feeling particularly tired and blue from all the effort I’d been expending trying to keep up with things at work when my sweetie slipped her arms around me and started rubbing my back the way she knows relaxes the heck outta me before saying, “So… Miyu… sweetheart… Any plans for us this Saturday? I mean… you’ve been pretty distracted lately and it’s no big deal if you just want to spend a quiet weekend around the apartment. No pressure. I understand how it is….”
Nothing like running right up to the wall on procrastination. I mean, I’d known our Anniversary was coming up and all, but truthfully all my creativity was mired up in the funk I’ve been stuck in. The thing that sucks about that is that Carolyn has been just amazingly understanding about my moody butt throughout this whole time that it definitely wasn’t fair not to do something to show her how much I still love the idea of being “wife & wife” with her. I really do… and being so emotional and moody and blue… naturally the idea that I was disappointing her made me start tearing up and crying right then and there while I tried to tell her that of course I wanted to do something special with her.
She just hung on and rubbed my back and told me everything was OK… She poked me… teased me… and made me promise to remember all this stuff when Mother Nature decides to shrivel up her ovaries too. Pretty soon all that had me smiling and feeling warm and loved and all the gloom seemed to split apart and let the sun shine in again. Carolyn’s the best wife… and still always and forever my best friend too. 🙂
Somehow, in the middle of that, she just came up with our plan. “Hey… I know. Let’s just go run away together this weekend. You and me. We just throw together a couple of bags, jump in the car and start driving till we get wherever it is we end up. No plans… no pressure… no expectations. Just us. How does that sound?”
Well. OK… It sounded really crazy. It sounded spontaneous. And it sounded sooooo unlike my ordinary logical and sensible Carolyn. But I could tell she was serious. You know what? It also sounded perfect. Just what I needed. So… that’s just exactly what we did.
We gave Sam a call Friday night to make certain she’d pop by and feed Ting-Ting… maybe scoop her lil’ litterbox, whatever. Sam’s a good sport… and even a weird last minute favor like this is something she’s happy to help with. That made it easy to rouse ourselves early Saturday morning, grab a quick shower, and get on the road to wherever the breeze might blow us. 😉
But first…. coffee!! Oh yes… it’s “officially” summer here in our part of the US, but most mornings you certainly wouldn’t know it. The sun hadn’t actually risen yet when we popped out the door, but dawn was breaking and whoooo!! It was chilly! No frost or anything, but we could both see our breath and there was no way we were gonna hit the road without putting somethin’ warm in our tummies to get us motivated. That necessitated a stop by our favorite local diner where, even at that time of the morning, the coffee was brewing and where the first of our day’s Anniversary surprises happened.
While we were sipping down the first cup of our steamy coffee Carolyn and I chatted about where we should go once we actually got underway. Apparently our waitress overheard us and hearing it was our Anniversary, brought us two complementary hot chocolate brownies, fresh from the oven to go with our refills. Awwww… the sun was barely up, and here we were already getting some nice wishes (and yummy brownies.. 😉 ) from a total stranger! It was a totally unexpected and extremely nice way to start our day, and things only went better from there.
Back on the road, Carolyn said she had an idea for the perfect place to begin our “adventure”. I knew she was up to something… her crazy little smile told me that… but I said “OK, Mrs. Simms… I leave it to you. Surprise me.” So she did. our journey headed up into the mountains, where after months and months of drab brown, the woods were green and the trees finally showing their leaves again. We passed through all those little towns and villages that dot the Adirondack park taking in the scenery for about an hour and a half before I realized where my sweetie was driving us. Blue Mountain Lake… where we held our own personal wedding ceremony 2 years ago on a day not too different from today. Once I figured it out, she laughed and admitted she had an ulterior motive for the day. “Call me crazy… call me sentimental… call me a hopeless romantic, but on my Anniversary, I wanna kiss my lovely wife on the very same spot I kissed her on our wedding day.”
What could I say? Honestly. With my heart aching with the feeling of it all, at that particular moment, that was all I wanted too. So, after another few minutes of driving we reached the trail leading to the clearing, and Carolyn pulled a rucksack out of the trunk that she’d obviously packed the day before, took my hand and we hiked up to the place where it all happened years ago. The sun was shinning, the day was warm, and my loving wife certainly got that kiss she’d asked for. When we finally came up for air, that rucksack produced a tasty romantic picnic lunch for two that kept us lingering there for quite some time sharing the moment together. Ha!! I just knew my sneaky spouse couldn’t really be spontaneous… but at that very moment, somehow I didn’t really care. ❤
Personally… I wished she’d thought to pack my camping stuff too. I think I really would have enjoyed setting up camp and spending the day exploring that edge of the lake (and then spending the chilly night cuddled together in our sleeping bag…. ummmm… errr… “reminiscing”. Yeah… that’s what I’ll call it. 😉 ) But little Miss Sneaky Pants had other plans.
So, to finish off the day we ended up at a nice little Bread & Breakfast place she’d booked (also on the sly…) where we had ourselves a wonderful dinner and relaxing rest that night. And yes… I’ll have to admit… it really was a much cozier place for some celebratory snuggling than my old sleeping bag.
I would have loved to stay and enjoy Sunday there as well, but work was expecting this wee lady to make an appearance that evening for the dinner shift, so next morning we reluctantly piled back in the car for the journey home.
So Gentle Visitors… that’s the story of our 2nd Anniversary in a nutshell. Sorry it’s taken sooooo darn long to get it written up and posted. Neko’s been a baaaad, baaaad kitty… and I’ve really let my hormonal shifts get the better of me tooo darn much these last few weeks. I’ll have to see if I can’t shake myself out of that and get back with some honest-to-goodness Reviews again soon. Cross your fingers, and till then “Meow, meow, for now!!”