Monday, December 28, 2009
Is it just me or has having kids made you more selective about doing activities outside the home? Not only have regular dates been put on the back burner (for us anyway) but you now find yourself trying to justify getting out of running mundane errands too.
I used to be able to pick up and run to the grocery, library, post office, etc, whenever I wanted to. But that was PK (Pre-Kids). Now when we're out of milk, I immediately start thinking about cold cereal alternatives: oatmeal, french toast, that lonely tomato on the counter; whatever doesn't require milk to eat. The same goes for bread or toilet paper, there has to be something else we can use so I don't have to pack up two squirming kids just to pick up one item. Because realistically, it should only take me 10 minutes to do it, but with kids, it's at least an hour, easy. Was that pack of Charmin really worth it? Two tantrums and a screaming fit later, I think not. We'll use the rest of the Kleenex next time. :oP
Jim and I have also become "snobbier" about our date nights. When we used to eat out, we ate whatever we were craving and watched any movie just to kill some time and to get out of the house for a bit. Now we have off-limit restaurants, like Red Robin, because we practically live there with the kids when we eat out as a family. When we're kid-free, we want our restaurant to be also. "Yes, Dahling, please don't seat us next to the breeders; we have the night off." We also want a menu that doesn't advertise a dish called the Chipper Chicken with Smiley Fries.
Now as far as movies go, if it's not some action filled blockbuster, we'll wait for the video. A movie must be big screen worthy if we're going to bother with a sitter and pay for an evening out. I have missed many a chick flick due to this rule, so thank goodness for movie rentals and lazy weekends in.
Jim and I are also hockey fans, but I don't want to bother going to a game unless our team has a good chance of beating the other guys (I have to study the team stats beforehand). Mind you, I wouldn't have cared PK, but when nights out coincide with blue moons, I don't want to be disappointed in a crappy game. Kind of puts a damper on the night when the score ends up being 0-6. The only saving grace there is a good brawl. :oP
Yes, I dare say, I'm now an Outing Snob. If it's not worth the trouble, tantrum or sitter, count me out. But fill me in on the details so I can at least live vicariously through you. *sigh* Unless it's just a run to the store to get tp, because then I'll giggle and ask why you didn't just use the rest of the Kleenex.