February 14th, 2009

Busy Valentine's Day

Until Thursday night, I'd expected that we'd be spending Valentine's Day mostly at home. Then our friend, Jennifer, called and offered to babysit for the girls until mid-afternoon. This sounded really good to us, so we dropped Katie and Julie off around 10:30 AM and headed out to Schaumburg for lunch and a movie. Because we needed to be back around 3 PM, timing was a bit tight, so we ended up having lunch at the restaurant in Gameworks because it was next to the movie theater. Fortunately, we got perfectly acceptable burgers there.

We then headed off to the theater and caught a matinee of He's Just Not That Into You. The Tribune reviewer didn't much care for it (1.5 stars); daisy_knotwise and I like it a good bit better than that. But we actually like light romantic comedies. :)

Then it was back to Jennifer's to pick up the girls. This was followed by trips to Sam's Club, Home Depot, Menard's, Lowe's, Oberweis (for carryout milk), and Sweet Baby Ray's. We arrived at the last at 6 PM on Valentine's Day with no reservations. What were we thinking?

So they seated us. We had a fine dinner, the head chef brought us chocolate-covered strawberries after we finished dinner (and they were really good), and a wonderful time was had by all.

Now, we're back home. I've assembled the new reading lamp for Katie's room. It should be very helpful when I'm reading her Winnie the Pooh stories at bedtime -- we're now through chapter six. :)

And tomorrow, I'm going to install the new outdoor light fixtures to replace the ones that I installed to replace the really cruddy ones the builder put in 12 years ago. The replacements have clearly seen better days, the brass plating now looking like anything but brass, so it's time for them to go. And the fellow at Menard's gave us the 15% discount on our entire purchase, not just the items that would fit in the 95 cent reusable green shopping bag, so we saved nearly thirty dollars.

But tonight, we're watching a Pooh DVD and relaxing. And that's a fine thing.