Dustin and I have an unintentional tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day in wackadoo ways).
Our first Valentine’s Day together (2008), our date, by all appearances, looked wonderfully normal. We got dressed up. We went to a theater, where the seats were taken out and replaced with tables for 2. We shared chocolate covered strawberries, miniature pastries, and a bottle of champagne. We saw a show. Only that show was a production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? I won’t give too much away, but it’s about a man that has an affair. With a goat. It doesn’t end well (or maybe it does, actually), but it’s definitely not your traditional Valentine’s Day romantic comedy. And here’s where I have to give a HUGE thumbs up to Doug and the crew at Le Chat Noir in Augusta, GA. Great little theater, and every show I’ve seen there has been phenomenal. Lots of talent in this little theater, so my Augusta people? Get there soon. I mean it.
Val-Day 2009: I’m pretty sure we celebrated this one via Skype. We were still living 500 miles apart at this time. We were probably both in our PJs, catching up on old episodes of Law and Order: SVU on Netflix.
And our Valentine’s Date 2010? It included poking at a possum carcass with a stick.
Yes. This year, we went geocaching. Basically, it’s a treasure hunt. You enter in coordinates for a “cache box” (which you looked up on Geocaching.com) into your GPS, then go. Most of the caches are hidden in wooded areas, but some are in more public spaces, and the goal is to find the cache box. Sometimes there’s just a log book to sign, other times, the cache box is large enough to contain silly treasures you swap. (Today, we scored a golf ball, a City of Oxford coozie, and a plastic Luck of the Irish coin.)
Today, we hiked through woods and dog parks to stumble across woodland animal hidey holes, antler rubs, a decayed tree house (built and since decayed to pieces who knows when) and possum remains. After dutifully poking each with a stick, we searched for ammo cans and film canisters, and squealed with delight when selecting our treasures.
Our celebration afterward included dinner for 2 at Chick-fil-A, shoe shopping, and a Wal*Mart run (where we bought plastic dinosaurs for our future Geocaching expeditions). And tonight? We’re sitting on the couch watching Looney Toons.
Clearly, this is not your average Valentine’s Day. But it’s perfect for us.