On 2012 fun date bucket lists.

Every Wednesday night, M and I do a ‘date night in’ as the rest of the workweek we usually don’t get to eat dinner together until at least 8, given M works late on Tuesdays and I have barre n9ne two nights a week that mean getting home later than the ‘average’ dinner time. So, inevitably, the night feels rushed, despite our best efforts (to eat dinner at the table – a must, with no distractions, like the TV or our phones).

We both look forward to these dates nights in, as we make them special, we cook together, we have aΒ leisurelyΒ evening (M gets home at 5 on Wednesdays, huge score!), and a glass of wine or two (it *is* winesday after all…). So, last night we began talking about trips we’d like to take, things we’d like to do together this year and unofficially came up with a great list of ‘fun date’ night (or day or weekend!) bucket list items for 2012.

Part of the reason in actually writing down our list (and sharing it here), is because I’d rather actually put these into action, rather than say ‘oh, we should go to NYC for the weekend sometime’, or ‘we should check out some local wineries here’ and then never actually get around to planning them. For as type A and a ‘planner’ as I can be, sometimes planning fun things doesn’t always pan out, given how weekends get snapped up so easily sometimes. (part of my rationale in planning out some of these is also two-fold: so I don’t become overplanned or overscheduled either, and dabble some of these in on weekends that are open, and then work around those planned weekends to keep some weekends still freed up for those downtime weekends we ALL need).

(wow that was a ramble to actually get to my list, wasn’t it? Moving on.)

2012 Fun Date Bucket List

(an idea also adapted stolen borrowed from a great list from CBG and Sunshine!):

  1. Take weekend mini-vacations: Since we have decided that we are pretty much not doing a winter vaca anywhere, we came up with a list of mini-vacation spots that are quick to get to and that would allow us to explore some areas, tourist-style (and perhaps to meet up with blog friends in these areas?!). Possibilities include: New York City, Washington DC, Vermont (yes, I live in NE, yet never been to Vermont), Florida (to visit a bestie, Amy. Miss youuu!).
  2. Go on a ‘culinary tour’ of Boston: There are some restaurants I have been dying to try (while I prefer to eat-in much of the time, spreading these out over the year and really saving up for good, quality meals out, fancy-pants style sounds awesome!), so we’ve concocted the idea of a culinary tour of great eats in the city and surrounding areas, including: Mooo, Mistral, L’Espalier, Blue Ginger (Ming Tsai’s restaurant!) and a few of our faves, including Lala Rokh and Bin26.
  3. Try new foods. This is sort of part two to the aforementioned culinary tour. I have tried shabu shabu once (in California) and LOVED it, so I’d love to find a good place here to try. I’ve also always randomly wanted to try Pho and have never had it. Those are two examples, and I’m sure there are others I am forgetting at the moment.
  4. Hit up a local casino, Vegas-style. Since Vegas may or may not be in the cards this year (my sister and brother in law may be going, and there’s an outside chance we could go with them), this is our fun way of capturing the essence of Vegas, but locally. Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods, anyone? (note: I am not a gambler in the slightest, but M enjoys it sometimes and I’m all for a show or a spa excursion while he does that…twist my arm.)
  5. Visit some local wineries. As much as I adore wine country – like whoa – there are some local wineries in New Hampshire and Cape Cod that I always want to try, but never actually do it. Firmly on my list this year!
  6. Spend a weekend on the Cape. Another item that was on my summer bucket list last year, but we never went. Perhaps an early summer or fall trip for this one (too tourist-y and expensive in the dead of summer, and hello, we have Maine!)
  7. Go ice skating on Frog Pond in Boston. Must.
  8. Go to a strip club. Yes, I’m serious.
  9. Go to a Red Sox game this summer. Another one we always talk about doing but never actually do.
  10. Fly a kite. M looked at me funny when I suggested this. But I think it would be fun. Perhaps in tandem with #11…
  11. Go on a picnic! Wine, cheese, fruit. Yes, please.
  12. Go to the Aquarium. Seriously. I love penguins.

So, there you have it, our list of 2012 fun date bucket list ideas. The great thing about this list is that while I’d of course love to do all of them this year, this *is* a bucket list, so we could always carry these forward into next year, too. But my goal would be that we at least hit half of these in 2012. Whatcha think? Any locals wanna join us on any of these? πŸ˜‰

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47 thoughts on “On 2012 fun date bucket lists.

  1. This looks like a GREAT list. CBG and I are planning our own for 2012 as well, which we’ll definitely be blogging about. I’ve got some definite Type A tendencies going on as well. :-p But seriously, it’s good to write them down, helps to make them more of a committment.

    And guess what? Going to a strip club is on our list as well!! πŸ˜‰

    1. I can’t wait to read your list!! And I LOVE that a strip club is on your list too…somehow I thought it might πŸ˜‰ Great minds…? πŸ˜‰

  2. Fun fun fun. Love the idea of a date bucket list. Jason and I used to do picnics often. So much fun. One thing we’ve done before is take off work early on a Friday and go for a nice lunch (wine included). It’s fun to do something fancy and totally different like that during the middle of the day.

  3. If we make it to Boston (we really want to) I would love to go on the culinary tour! We’ll be so much closer in the mitten! PS Detroit has the best MGM Grand EVAR.

  4. You definitely should go to Vermont. Burlington is the best little town. (And where I went to college.)

    I’ve been to a strip club with Jason.

    1. Of course I do πŸ™‚ I am thankful every day that I do and thus why we do these mid-week date nights too, to not rush through the day, the mundane, when life gets in the way, etc.

  5. Oh my gosh…I have so many things to say. I LOVE your list!

    First of all, I agree with Lee – you MUST go to Vermont!!!! Burlington is so much fun (however, make it a summer or fall trip) & you can go to a winery there – Shelburne Vineyards. And a brewery – Magic Hat. The list goes on and on. You can run along the bike path or hike up Mount Philo! SOOO many amazing things! Or a little bit closer is Woodstock…quintessential VT town. I’ll let you know when we are heading up there.

    The hubs and I would be game for Foxwoods or Mohegan anytime if you guys want company. I don’t gamble, but he does. I’m with you on the spa & shows.

    Strip club – yes, been there, it’s slightly awkward, but fun πŸ™‚

    Shabu-shabu – phenomenal…had it in Japan…let me know if you find a good place in Boston, I’m game!

    On our list of places to go this summer is Niagara on the Lake. It is so beautiful & they have some great shopping & vineyards.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions in Vermont!! It would be great to do some of these with local fun peeps like you guys!! I definitely think we gotta plan one of these together! And shabu-shabu…must find a local place. There must be!! Niagra sounds awesome!

  6. Ohhhh LOVE this list!! And not surprisingly, many are on my “in my head” date night list too! (Or I’ve done some of them already, strip club anyone, hehe). I’m with Michelle – I’d totally join you guys in Mohegan or Foxwoods, Scott LOVES it there…plus I still have to fulfill that bet I lost (playing craps all by myself, eek!). πŸ™‚

  7. When you are ready to hit up the Georgia Aquarium…biggest and best in the US…let me know! We’ll meet up and have a blast. And I hope you have a better experience at the strip club than I did. I’ll tell you the story some time. πŸ˜‰

    Looks like a great list!

  8. Great post. It’s always important to spend quality time with M and to have a plan is a good starting point. We also do this. Especially when kids get involved.

  9. ok so i went to wellesley for four years and never went to blue ginger. i looked at the menu once and was just turned off by it! I guess it was too adventurous for my taste at the time : P

    and i love love LOVE this idea!! One thing Eric and I decided to do was more “cooking” nights. When we were dating (you know….for like two months), we used to cook these elaborate meals and it was one of my favorite things. So tomorrow night, we got all the ingredients to make a healthy (from this cooking magazine) baked spaghetti. I am so looking forward to it!

    I may have to steal this from you and make my own post too!

    1. Well when you visit ME, we can go – hehe πŸ˜‰ I am so glad you love this idea too!! And I love your date night in idea, cooking elaborate healthy dinners together! That will be awesome. I look forward to your date bucket list πŸ™‚

  10. The wineries in New Hampshire are definitely worth checking out, but don’t get your expectations too high on the wine quality. I’ve found Zorvino to be the best up there, but Flaghill is pretty good (and also have spirit tastings) as well as Jewel Town. My parents live in NH and it has become our Mother’s Day tradition to go tasting at one of the wineries up there with my Mom.

    1. Thank you! I have heard Zorvino is pretty good too. And quality will not be on par with Sonoma, of course, but a fun experience at least πŸ™‚

  11. Love that you guys have some ideas here! I think it helps so you know what to plan for financially, etc. That way, it may stop you from jumping into something last minute if you already know what’s ahead.

    I loved seeing a Red Sox game but I love baseball. If I could take a trip to ball parks across America, I would!

    Local wineries and restaurants are fun because you have them right in your own back yard! It’s always fun to discover things about your town you didn’t know before. Dallas is booming with thousands of things to do. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. (Like tonight when I could network at 3 different events, go to a Kama Sutra workshop at the Dallas Museum of Art or get in a great spiritual talk/meditation at the local Buddhist temple. One night off a week isn’t enough!)

    Now, I could say a lot about the strip club experience. I loved going with Soldier… I haven’t been with my Gentleman yet but we’ve talked about it a few times. It definitely makes for a steamy night. Oh rather, it does for me! πŸ˜‰

    GJ and I are planning on hitting New Orleans and Austin this year. So far…

    Have fun!

    And P.S. I love that you guys set aside one night a week for date night. ALWAYS do that. Even after marriage and kids.

    1. I bet Dallas has tons of choices! Austin is also on my list of places I’d love to go to…a little further than a weekend trip, I think, though. And the strip club experience should be fun, hehe. Have not gone with him before, just when single, so, to your point… πŸ˜‰

  12. Oh hey!

    How about instead of strip club, sexy dinner date night to see some rockin’ burlesque?? πŸ˜€

    Also – *ahem* just FYI? Go to CT for local wineries… #justsayin

  13. I love this list! I think my favorite place to take minivacations here are deep in the mountains. There’s a cabin H and I went to that was phenomenal. I forgot to post about that.

    Strip club…never been to one. With Herrick. Haha. I went to “The Male Encounter” on accident when I was 18. No lie. Do you remember the Palace out in Saugus? The club called “Rio”? The Male Encounter had just opened up, some guy grabbed me and made my friends follow. He only had pants and a bow tie on. He sat us down, and BAM! Dude in a thong was break dancing. I’ll never forget the looks on my friends’ faces. LOL I went back with friends a few times after that just for the giggle factor. I’d go to one with Herrick…

    Mohegan Sun…ah memories. πŸ˜€ Definitely loved it there!

    I love flying kites…we have a a Kite Festival every April/May here, because with the mountains the winds pick up. I have some amazing pictures from those…I can’t wait for it this year!

  14. I love this list – if you go to a Red Sox game though, I’m totally crashing your date πŸ˜‰

    You should come here for wineries too – there’s a couple in Newport and one in Cumberland!

  15. Awesome list! My honey and I ALSO do Wednesday date nights! So funny. We try to make it a date out of the house so we really feel like we’re on a date (and don’t get sucked into household chores/discussions) but some nights we do opt for a movie. Another thing we have done since our early dating days is we choose TV and movie series to follow together. We’ve done Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, etc. Right now we are watching all of the Lord of the Rings films. This gets really fun because we look forward to the next installment.

    We’ve also been discussing relationship resolutions (Ex: I want to try to be a better listener) lately but I REALLY like your list about specific dates/goals for 2012. We’ve discussed that in a general way but you are SO right that these things slip away if you don’t plot them on the calendar.

    A couple of suggestions for you (and me!) to help make it happen.

    ** Have a second planning session and bring a 2012 wall calendar with you. Sit together and plot out all the plans and assign a day or week to them (you can move these around later if needed but seeing them ON the calendar makes them more likely to happen). Then hang it in a visible spot like the kitchen.

    ** Merge your online calenders with Google Calendars if you can. My man and I did that awhile back and it was a godsend! He, in particular, has a sporadic schedule and it was a big help to see when he was busy or free so that I could plan things for us/me, etc. It’s also excellent for making plans to do fun things. Find a spot on the calendar where you are both free, plug something in, and the other gets to confirm or decline the appointment. It’s also useful for family functions and other social events where you are both invited.

    Let us know how it all works out!

    1. Thanks girl and for stopping by! I love your date nights and that they are on Wednesdays too!! Super special. I also TOTALLY love the idea of sitting with a calendar and planning some of these out. I definitely think we will do that too…on an upcoming date night in πŸ™‚

  16. Heheheh love this list. I think what I love more for you tho, Jobo, is that you have someone to plan these things with. πŸ™‚

    Add something about bacon in there, would ya? πŸ˜‰

    1. Aww thanks girl! I am so thankful for that too! And bacon, yeah, I know, I need to add that in there. Hey, I added bacon to lentil soup the other night and it was fabulous! does that count??

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