Sunday, April 23, 2017

Oh Yeah! Date night is here... Sort of

In our house, date night is needed. It helps keep us sane. I'm a busy ass mom. Going to school full time, finding time to do homework, taking care of the kids and household, plus I do most of the driving during the week, it is quite frankly, exhausting. Eric works as a manager for a cell phone company. He usually works Monday thru Saturday, open to close. Some days he manages to get out early, other times not so much. He works quite a lot and I'm very appreciative of all the hard work he does to provide for our family. With that being said date night is important to us. We also need to make sure that we stay in budget, while still having a bit of fun. A few weeks ago, I dragged him to a bridal show. It was a chance to get out of the house, plus it was free to attend.



Bridal Show
When we pulled up to the building, I noticed the parking lot seemed just a tad empty. I didn't think anything of it as we did get there kind of late in the day. Upon entering the building we see a sign telling us where to go, so we proceed down the hall. Once in the room, I was shocked to be honest.

For a bridal show, there really was nothing there. A few tables about home mortgages, a lularoe clothing table, a jewelry table and a few venue tables. It was so shabby, I wonder why it was even put on. I felt our time was wasted since we were in and out in less than 20 mins. I had entered a couple of raffles and with my experience, chances of winning were next to none. Imagine my surprise when I received a phone call, that I had won a free dinner with wine to a cooking show. I had also won a $100 gift certificate to be used in their store. Hhmm not to shabby... It was unexpected and my immediate thought was date night. I mean, come on, free dinner and plus wine! That's perfect. We get some time out and we don't even have to spend a dime, except our gas to get there of course.
I had talked to a few individuals about my winning this free dinner and a few were skeptical. Some even said, " I know about that place. They say everyone is a winner and there products are crazy expensive. They really try to sell their product." My response, " I don't give a rat's ass what they try to sell. I'm broke as hell, so they won't get any money out of me. I'm looking at it as a free dinner and some wine to boot!" I confirm with Eric the date and time. It's now official! Date night is a go.

Finally the day has come! I did not have to find a baby sitter, as the kids went to their dad's house. My kids dad was still using the, "My car still isn't fixed." excuse..This excuse had been going on for almost 3 months. We decided, fuck you... The kids want to see him so, enough with the excuses, we will just bring them ourselves. It sucks that we had to even go that route. It's like we had to force him to even visit with them. He only gets every other weekend, so I would personally think he would want to see them every chance he could get. But that's just me. So, anyway, we dropped them off on Friday, hence no need for a babysitter.

Eric and I go about our regular Saturday to do's... We had the reservations for 6 pm and I wanted to look nice. I curled my hair and applied my makeup. 
I'm actually curling my hair
Let me tell you.. Anyone who knows me, knows I don't do makeup or anything with my hair. My main hairstyle is a quick ponytail and no makeup. I also wear sweats or leggings. I just don't have time to get all dressed up for nothing. It's honestly not my style, but since we were going out, I did want to dress up just a smidge. 

Dressed up for a night out
Once we get there, we put on our name tags and are seated. I thought for sure there would be more people there. Turns out that was not the case. We were 1 of 3 couples. The guy gets the meal started off by serving us what I think is a variation of coleslaw. I hate coleslaw. To me, it's the most disgusting thing out there. I took a few tiny bites out of respect but it was hard not to throw up in my mouth. Eric had the same sentiments.

Honestly, who really likes coleslaw?
Our chef goes on to start cooking the next course while showcasing the companies pots and pans set. It was kind of fun and I admit we had a few laughs. We were served this chicken cattitiore over white rice with peas, carrot, and potatoes and our wine, of course. I had noticed when the guy started adding in onions and peppers to the chicken, it was going to be an epic cluster fuck. I was right. It tasted like over spiced ass. I had to pick out the peppers and onions because, my stomach literally can't handle them. Yes, I'm serious... I literally get sick when I eat them, so I don't add them to anything, even when cooking at home. The only thing my stomach could handle on the plate was the half cup of carrots, peas, potato mix on my plate. Eric was starving so he ate his plate and mine. Yes, he also picked out the onions and peppers. It was just too much. I did though drink my glass of wine and finished off Eric's wine as well. Next was dessert and that actually was quite good. It was a pineapple upside down cake. Very yummy. 




This guy is really trying to sell it.
Afterward the cooking part was over, is when the guy went on and on about promoting the cookware. The prices and how many pieces...yada, yada, yada... When he said the lowest price for a 15 piece cookware set was around $1100, I about lost it. I tried so hard to keep my snickers in. I'm thinking this guy doesn't know me very well. We live paycheck to paycheck. I'm a college student with no income. We have 6 children at home and I'm only here because, hello, it's free food and wine. Chef guy goes on and on about how much you will save, the health qualities, etc... This goes on and on for about 45 mins. Then he says lets talk individually to each couple and see what your take is on it. I look at Eric and bust out laughing. Just wait until we get in his office. He will see we aren't interested.

This dude tried every tactic he could to get us to buy. Then he threw in the fact we had $100 to use on what ever we wanted, but the lowest priced item was $400. This guy must be crazy! We had to explain that we have no money, we aren't looking to do a credit option, we have children to feed and bills to pay, we only have 1 income in the household, etc... I was not letting up. This product from what I saw, was great, but not a minimum wage income. Needless to say, we didn't use the $100 gift card. If you want to get technical, we never actually received it, since we didn't buy anything. We walked out laughing but since I didn't really eat, I was starving. We realized that free isn't everything.. Luckily I have an awesome hubby that stopped at a fast food place to get me food. I decided it was too late to eat as it was past 9pm. It was decided a milkshake would do. 

Eric looks so excited!
We ended our night with the milkshake, some Netflix and hard core snuggles lounging in bed. Honestly I think that was the best part of our night and I wouldn't change it for anything.

Best wishes, Michelle

4 comments:

  1. This is hilarious! At least you two have a memorable experience to laugh about :)

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    1. Thanks! It definitely was talked about for a few days after it happened. We have yet to schedule another date night though. Hopefully we can get on in soon, but this time we are paying. LOL

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  2. Date night is so important in a marriage! At least you got good laughs.

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    1. We certainly did get some good laughs. :) Date night is important too and we need to make another one. We haven't been out since this date. It's definitely long over due!

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