It was Sharon’s birthday yesterday. Happy belated birthday my friend!
As I reflect on Sharon, I am drawn to her strength and bravado. She has had a lot to deal with over the years that I have known her. Instead of falling apart she stood her ground, defending her position and marched forward. Her head was held high and she moved with grace and determination like no one I have ever been friends with. We have both been through heartache, death, trying to raise balanced human beings and navigate all sorts of relationships with family, partners, work and friendships.
What has stayed firm is our friendship and I am grateful for that. I am a firm believer that people are placed in your life for a reason. You need only pay attention to reap the benefits of the interactions. I had no notion of Sharon when we first started working together. I knew nothing about her or her life. We seemed to be like Ying & Yang and yet through our differences we were curious about what made each who we are.
I am a couple of years older than Sharon but not by much! The more we explore our lives the abundance of nuggets meld into our pot of golden thoughts and threads.
As readers I recommend going back on some of the older blogs to get to know Sharon more if you haven’t already. She is candid and unfiltered in the story of her life so far. We have both decided that transparency is the best way to operate within this blog world.
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So here’s to you Sharon! Happy belated birthday and a heartfelt toast to your future and our continuing friendship.
Martin is home tonight and has three weeks of vacation. Since we aren’t going anywhere this year, I thought I’d ask ChatGPT for some date night ideas.
Have a picnic: Pack a basket of your favorite foods and head to a nearby park or beach for a romantic picnic.
It’s winter in Alberta. No picnics for us for a few months.
Cook together: Spend the evening cooking your favorite meal together. Choose a recipe you both love or try something new.
Cooking is Martin’s thing. He likes to do it alone. I can choose the recipe and go shopping with him, but he insists the kitchen is his domain.
Go for a hike: Find a scenic hiking trail and spend the day exploring the outdoors together.
Yes, we do this on mild days. However, our definition of “mild” differs.
Have a game night: Stay in and have a game night. Play board games, card games, or video games together.
This is something we often do. We love playing chess, Monopoly, cards, and Wii games.
Take a dance class: Sign up for a dance class together and learn a new style of dance. It’s a fun way to get active and spend quality time together.
Hell will freeze over before Martin ever agrees to a dance lesson! It works in my favour. He wants to go ice-skating on the lake. I’ve skated as a kid and I don’t like it. I told him I’ll skate when he dances.
Have a movie night: Rent a movie or stream one on your favorite platform and cozy up on the couch together.
We do this. The trick is finding a movie he won’t fall asleep to while watching it.
Try a new restaurant: Go out to a new restaurant and try something different. This is a great opportunity to try new foods and explore new places.
We don’t go to new restaurants often. We have a couple of places where live music is played and we like to go there.
Go stargazing: Find a spot away from city lights and spend the evening stargazing together.
We did this when we were in Mexico and Hawaii last year. We don’t do it much at home.
Have a spa night: Pamper yourselves with a spa night at home. Give each other massages, put on face masks, and enjoy a relaxing evening together.
Funny thing – Martin likes giving me massages but he’s not a fan of them for himself. I’ll see if I can talk him into a face mask.
Take a mini-vacation: Take a weekend trip to a nearby city or town and explore a new place together. This is a great opportunity to create new memories and have an adventure together.
We did this two years ago and we’re doing it again in a couple of weeks. We also like to take day-long road trips to explore the small towns around us.