Well, well, well. I finally figured out something fun to do for our "U" date. After much pondering, along with an unquestionably out-of-character spring day we headed to the city of Utica for an afternoon of hiking. Hubby is
Hubby: "Are you sure you want to do this? I don't want to go if you're going to hate it."
Me: "I was trying to do something unusual ~ so I thought I would try to be more understanding of your love for day trips". (A martyr needs her due recognition.)
Hubby: "Wow, that is truly unbelievable".
So funny, that guy is.
Utica is the home of Starved Rock State Park and we've hiked there before so we knew we'd enjoy the waterfalls and the first signs of spring. (Hiking I enjoy, it's the preceding drive.....) Since spring came SO early this year, we actually saw wildflowers!! This is no small thing--their website has a Spring Wildflower walk as an activity to do the first week of May and we were there the second week in March!
I'm not sure what it is about a waterfall, but they are awesome!
We finished up the afternoon with going to into town to have lunch and driving to a few nearby antique stores. What's a day trip without antiquing? (Something Hubby would say--not me)
Hubby also loves to take pictures of old barns and we stopped all along the way home to indulge in that pastime.
I wish I could express how much this is all NOT me (with the exception of hiking) but it was fun to see him enjoy doing all the things he loves. And that, in turn gave me joy.
(Well, that, and the fact that I was rewarded with my car being washed inside and out, and vacuumed! There was even carryover into the next day--My kitchen was sparkling clean when I woke up!) Seems to me that someone (ahem...me) should have paid better attention when I read Gary Chapman's book, "The Five Love Languages". Clearly the guy is on to something!
If only I could remember this valuable lesson for the next Sunday drive/antiquing/and take pictures of barns day trip~~which in all likelihood will be sooner than I think!