Tuesday, February 14, 2012

the best date ever.

Happy day of chocolates and flowers and sappy songs, everybody!


Remember that How I Met Your Mother episode where Barney plans the "super date" for J. Lo? Since I'll be spending my Valentine's Day evening at home with some Netflix, if I'm lucky, I've been fantasizing about my own super date from a million years ago!

My junior year of college, The (Future) Professor was studying in London and I found a super-cheap flight so I could spend a long weekend with him, which just happened to arrive on February 14th. I flew to Heathrow around 10 in the morning and desperately wanted to go right to sleep. Instead, we spent the day fighting my jetlag by doing a whirlwind tour of London -- eating street-vendor jacket potatoes on the steps of the National Gallery

watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

having a charming dinner at a cute little French restaurant near the study center where he lived

seeing the skyline from the London Eye

and taking in a London Sinfonietta concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

I may or may not have fallen sound asleep during the concert, but it was the most romantic Valentine's Day ever -- holding hands with the amazing guy I hadn't seen in almost two months while walking all around the city I had always dreamed of visiting. And for a 21-year-old college kid to have come up with such a perfect date-day itinerary -- especially such an absent-minded professor kind of a guy! -- made my heart sing. I've been to London again since that trip ten years ago this week, and I can't wait to go back someday, but it will never be as magical as when I spent that delirious, sleep-deprived first day there with the man I ended up marrying.

How about you -- what's the best date you've ever been on? I'd love to hear details!


  1. great pics for v-day!!! I love them


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    1. True story: I still have the business card to La Bouchee in my wallet. And so does J. Yep, we're ridiculous.

  3. Wow what a romantic and sweet valentines day you had with your husband! and I am so impressed he planned that whole day at the age of 21!

  4. THAT is a FABULOUS date! Not much can top that!

  5. Sounds like the perfect Valentine's day to me, except the sleep deprivation... I think it adds to the romantic adventure though. :)

  6. That sounds like a pretty amazing date.

  7. Amazing!! I have nothing that even comes close ;)