Dating My Husband and Downton Abbey
Mari of Inspired by Family Magazine blog brought up a good point last month: the need to date our husbands again. It’s true. With three busy kids, we are great at coordinating the logistics of who picks up whom at what time, but after a day of running around, we are pooped. Our dinner-without-kids have been relegated to our anniversary and our birthdays. And when I got sick for my birthday dinner-without-kids, we still haven’t had time to reschedule.
As for movie night, we are even worse. We used to get out for a non-kid movie once a year (which isn’t much, I totally agree). But it’s been years since we’ve made time for dinner and a movie out. It takes so long that we are lucky to just eat dinner out.
Mari’s vision is to encourage our readers to get back to the basics by sharing simple and fun ideas to date our husbands, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! She has assembled a great group of mom bloggers and we hope you will share your ideas too!
Downton Abbey Stay-in-Bed Date with Your Man
My idea rides the Downton Abbey wave that is currently sweeping our country. I laugh, because it was MY HUSBAND who got hooked. He felt a little embarrassed watching a “chick” show — it isn’t but that’s how he perceives it — and he wanted me to join him. Honestly, the TV he typically watches is not on PBS. It’s Barcelona soccer, golf, Jersey Shore, Anthony Bourdain shows like No Reservations (he likes snarky and foodie), and action flicks. Downton Abbey is the last show I would have guessed he would watch!
So I watched a few episodes with him and got hooked!
What is Downton Abbey? Think Real Housewives meets Masterpiece Theatre at the turn of the century in England. Drama. Lots of drama. Several romance story lines going on at all times. Great acting too. And, the appeal for Americans I think … is that you find British Aristocrats to be silly and fairly useless. They just seem to change their clothes all day. They don’t do any work to speak of. And they are proud of that. Makes you wonder how England avoided a communist revolution.
We used NetFlix for the first season and watched it in bed on a laptop after the kids went to sleep. We stayed up too late some evenings watching 3 episodes. Pace yourselves, people!
When we finished the first season, my husband found this site to watch Season 2.
Now we are caught up, so we are recording Season 3 to watch at our leisure. The TV for the DVR is not in our bedroom so that is the only downside. UPDATE: my husband found episodes on PBS that we can watch on the computer.
If you really want to step it up for your husband, make this traditional English Sunday Supper before you turn on the telly. A nice meal followed by a Downton Abbey marathon is a nice way to snuggle up this winter!
Please check out the other wonderful ideas for dating your husband. And please share your ideas by leaving a comment or linking up. Thank you!
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