thinking about the weekend, aren’t you? It’s Thursday. And you enjoyed a
long weekend last weekend. And still, you’re thinking about the
weekend?! Yeah, me too.
So I thought I’d offer you five fun date ideas. Choose one. Ask
someone out. Have fun. Repeat next weekend…or next Wednesday, for that
matter. Weekday dates are a very good thing.
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- Hit the batting cages. Even if you’re not all that athletically
inclined, I bet you can whack the ball once or twice and it feels oh so
good after a long week. Trust me on this. (And if you’re really worried
about connecting–with the ball, that is–go for the softballs. Bigger,
- Live like a tourist without leaving town. Try a duck tour, a swamp
tour, a wine tour, a ghost tour…you get the picture. Tour guides are
paid to be entertaining, so let someone else do the talking while you
and your date lean in close to catch every word.
- Find some local music, but mix it up. If you usually listen to
jazz, go see a local boy band. If you have a favorite club, hit the
park to hear someone playing al fresco. If you’re hooked on a
singer/songwriter, go to an open mic night. If you never go out and
listen to music, well then, the choice is yours, isn’t it? And shame on
you! Music releases all those good endorphins. I’m sure some scientist
somewhere can back me up on this.
- Catch a movie in the park. I’m in love with certain theaters, but
watching outside, on a blanket, with wine and cheese and
chocolate…obviously much more romantic. And this is outdoor movie
season. Check your local listings!
- Be one with nature. Float down a river, bike through a nature
trail, walk on the beach, hike up a mountain. Just choose a pretty
spot, appreciate the fact that you’re far away from your computer, vow
not to tweet or text, ignore the urge to immediately share your pics on
Facebook, and sweat it out together. The point here is to de-stress by
devoting your full attention to your date and the scenery. And because
this date requires daylight, you can go back to your old habits that
night. Happy hour, anyone?
p.s. If you’re not ready for a “date date” or haven’t found someone
you want to ask out, then plan a “play date” with a friend. Don’t kiss
your friend goodnight, though. That’s too weird.