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10 Inexpensive Date Ideas

Outside of really good coffee, I very much dislike spending money.  Wait, let’s clear things up, I love buying things (e.g., clothes, gadgets, etc.); however, I don’t like that I have to use my money in order to do so 😛   One way that we’ve been trying to spend less is by going on dates that are inexpensive.  Sometimes it’s fun to go on those splurge dates (e.g., fancy dinner, theater show), but at the end of the day I find that the most important thing about our dates is the company (it’s pretty much the best when you enjoy spending time together).  So I thought I’d share with you some cheap and fun date ideas.

1.) A night at home cooking – If you don’t want the cost of ingredients to add up go to Supercook and enter the ingredients you have in your fridge/cupboard and it will generate a recipe.  It saves on cost and waste!

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2.) Mini golf – Not gonna lie, this took me back to when I was little and it was glorious!!! AND sooo much better than bowling!

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3.) Grab a coffee and sit by the water together – Pretty much coffee + anything = a fun date for me!

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4.) Go to a local farm, they usually have corn mazes – I guess this is specifically a fall time date, indulge in a caramel apple as well!!

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5.) Grab some inexpensive grub at a hole in the wall – This is one of my favorite Seattle Korean places, the bill has never been over $20

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6.) Go for a run together – Definitely one of my favorites, it’s nice to find someone that likes to torture/nurture their body just like you do 🙂

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7.) Grab a donut together and go for a walk – Again, a donut + pretty much anything = a great date!

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8.) Play your favorite card game – Or board game, or video game, just play a game together!

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9.) Go for a hike – This is one of my favorites that I don’t do as much as I would like!  There were a ton of great hikes up in the PNW and I hear the same about this area.

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10.) Look on the website of local senior centers for a BINGO night – It’s especially fun when you win 😉

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**Bonus for dog owners**

11.) (Grab a coffee) and go to the dog park – This is the best weekend morning date!

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My friend told me about a really fun ‘date planning’ tactic that her and her partner use.  One week she picks the date that she thinks her partner would like and the next week he picks one that he thinks she will like.  I love that idea because it’s thoughtful and really gets you thinking about the other persons’ desires and interests.  You could use this method when choosing which of the above dates to go on, let me know if you try one out and if you have a good time!

Be well.

New adventures

Well, you know it’s been awhile when you go to type in your web address and it doesn’t automatically fill in with ‘theartofrunningintherain.’  I’m just hoping I still remember how to do this….oh yes, I type about my life (running, injuries, clothing, etc.) and tell myself that you all are very interested in what I’m doing ;P

A lot has changed for the Paolone-Webb clan; we are now officially California residents, I’m three shades darker, and I’ve purchased lattes from far fewer coffee shops (don’t get me wrong this isn’t financial restraint, this is purely because nothing compares to Herkimer and Voxx….just saying those names makes me miss their creamy delicious soy lattes).  Not to fret, one of the Herkimer dudes told me I can order online, and Dave makes a pretty mean latte.  In fact, funny diddy, that same guy said, “I don’t think it’s coffee you’ll have to worry about in Cali, I think it’s water.”  I responded to that with, “Let’s consider two things here, firstly I’ve been living on an island in Washington that has had poop in their water for the last 1.5 years, secondly, Washington is in a draught as well and yet the calves of my pants are soaked for over half the year, so let’s not throw stones when our house is made of beautiful, foresty, yummy coffee filled, PNW love.”  It’s hard to say anything negative about the Northwest, I mean, it’s my home base (yeah, I also joined a softball team so I use terms like home base now).  Well, I guess Canada is my true home, but I digress.

Yesterday my cousin asked how I was liking California (Orange County to be exact), and my response was this, “I’m very happy, I mean you know I have some critiques for California, but I’m also enjoying it quite a bit.”  After saying that I thought a great return post would be to share some of my favorites and some of my not favorites (there really could be a better word for that) of my new home.  So here goes…..

FAVORITE:

Sprouts Farmers Market

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I was so worried to leave Seattle and all it’s granola goodness, to not have a place like PCC.  Places like this can be over priced, but this one is actually pretty good price-wise and you can tell they love the environment and have lot’s of organic and meat free options.  On that note, is it weird that I felt judged for being a pescatarian when living in Seattle? But down here, where there actually are less of us, I don’t feel judged?  Maybe the sunshine really does make people happy.  On to my next favorite….

FAVORITE:

The Sun

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Seriously it’s shining all the time (well except in the morning which is the best time to get any vigorous outdoor activity done (e.g., running), but then every other time of the day is great for the pool.  I’m very excited to get to know the climate and can only hope for year round relative sunshinyness.

NOT-SO FAVORITE:

Lack of recycling.

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source: http://www.yareah.com/2012/10/14/recycling-or-mocking-0051/:

It’s crazy because I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how California is very into recycling, they must be speaking of the Northern half or perchance SanDiego, because not so much in LA or the OC.  It would appear that very few have compost.  We have a recycle bin at our apt complex, but wayyyyy too often I see cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, etc. in the garbage!!! GAHHHHH It kills me, I want to dive in and save our world.  My thought is this: If you’re worried about the fact that the earth isn’t giving you enough water, then why the F@&# aren’t you taking care of your earth???????? But don’t worry, I’ll spread the word.  I actually prefer to be one of few, it makes me feel more powerful when change occurs 🙂

FAVORITE:

THE PRODUCE!!!!

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I have to yell this one because the produce native to California is da’bomb!  Seriously, avocado, figs, grapefruit, oh my! Omnomnomnom #ALLthefigs

NOT-SO FAVORITE:

Peeps

All I can say is that I miss seeing my PNW friends with the frequency with which we were afforded when I lived in Sea-town.  But hey, “it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.”

Well there’s definitely more to say, but I’ll leave it there for now.  Oh wait, I wanted to tell you that I do plan on updating my capsule wardrobe to be more appropriate for the climate; I’ll keep you posted and I’ll definitely post some outfits.

Be well.

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