This past Saturday after 7 plus days off in a row from an extended vacation I found myself trying to pry Allyson off the couch and into a whirlwind of motivation to finish the week strong on what we had yet to accomplish. The main project to tackle was Christmas decorating. For some reason I was more amped to get it done and over with than she was, and there is nothing like rallying the troops to help you do a project for them that YOU don't look forward to doing. it seems the day would be full of errands and slow starts with her and I picking at each other as we go through waves of frustration and enthusiasm.
Errand #1: Hobby Lobby. After purchasing specialty clips to hang the exterior Christmas lights we decided to take them back because I wasn't OK with trying a "No Ladder' system of hanging lights with an 11ft. pole (BAD). So on the way in to the store I get a call from one of my life long buddy's who calls to tell me not only does he have Dallas Mavericks tickets for Allyson and I on a Saturday night but it for the coveted Miami Hear game. The most talked about team in sports that comes but once to Dallas all year, 16 rows from the court (took the above picture from the seats and was about three quarters of full zoom), for FREE! What a surprise since Allyson and I were just pricing tickets the night before and speaking about how we weren't willing to part with a mortgage payment to enjoy the game in descent seats. What a blessing! Basketball was my first love and I love anything that has to do with it on any level especially a live NBA game with Wade and Lebron! While Allyson's enthusiasm was on par with mind I can't say the motivation was the same. She is a HUGE fan of Mr. Dwayne Wade (not for his ability to get to the basket but more standing at the free throw line, just standing). So what was once an uneventful Saturday with our extended vacations drawing to an end had now turned into a full fledged date night with the wife. We had a great time and really enjoyed each other with us both taking shifts on the 3 B's, basketball, beer, and the bathroom, oh and people watching. People watching is very fun lower level at a sporting event. People watching sometimes will get you hit in the leg if you watch the wrong people, or at least accused of it. Allyson also managed to sit in the unofficial Dwayne Wade cheering section where we were position between 3 black girls who were competing with Allyson for Wade's attention that night (Ally was more of a fan of them then them her) :). After the game was over we made an ashamed late night stop at PF Chang's and ate like it was 6:30 in the evening. But it was nice since the restaurant was very low key and pretty empty. We talked and laughed and got full. I bet for most its not often enough we get dressed with our spouses and enjoy a true date night dressed and smelling good just for each other. My date looked great that night! Of course it makes easier when you have the hottest ticket in town...for FREE! Great night