4 Reasons to Love Weeknight Dates

"Do you think they'll still have tickets?" my husband Ted asked over our dinner of Pollo Tropical chicken and guava BBQ riblets. As you can tell, we're big spenders on date night.

"I think so," I thoughtfully responded. "After all, it is a Wednesday night. How busy can it be?"

Of course, in the back of my mind, I wondered the same thing. We were headed to see the film Divergent. At that point, it'd only been in theaters for six days and the show started in less than 30 minutes. Plus, we planned to see it in IMAX. Not necessarily because we wanted to, but because the time best fit with our schedule.

I can just see you nodding your head now in understanding of why our pre-show dinner choice was fast food. We had to pinch pennies and quarters and dollars somewhere if IMAX was involved. I mean, wow.

It turns out, there wasn't a rush on tickets that evening. Although, thanks to the indecisive couple two places ahead of us in line, we did have a moment where we weren't sure we'd make it into the theater on time. At one point, some five minutes after the pair first began chatting with the guy at the ticket window, Ted even whispered to me, "Do you think I could pay them $30 not to see a movie tonight?" Fortunately, this husband and wife stepped out of line to consider their options, with no monetary bribe from us required.

This isn't the first time one of our date nights has taken place on a Wednesday evening. In fact, whenever we schedule them, they tend to fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Primarily because this is when we’re either able to get a sitter or to swap date nights with another couple. For us, weekdays are practical.

But do you know what I've discovered over the last year or two? Not only are weeknight dates best for our calendar, I've come to prefer them. Here are four reasons why.

1. Weeknight Dates Interrupt the Weekday Monotony

For me, sometimes the five weekdays feel like this:

  • Monday: Wake up. Homeschool. Lunch. Work from home. Dinner. Bed. (Shower, optional.)
  • Tuesday: Repeat Monday's schedule.
  • Wednesday: Repeat Tuesday's schedule.
  • Thursday: Repeat Wednesday's schedule.
  • Friday: Repeat Thursday's schedule.

I'm guessing your day-to-day routine is similar. Except perhaps "Drop the kids off at school and head to the office" replaces "homeschool." But when Ted and I throw a date night into the mix, it brings some spontaneity to our monotony. For me, it provides an evening out to look forward to. A night when I don't have to make dinner, I just have to eat it.

[Read the rest of the article at The Time-Warp Wife.]