Our marriage is old enough to buy its own lottery tickets and sign up for the Selective Service.
OMG. How did we get here so fast? LOL!
As all educators know, any holiday or celebration that arrives in May has to get in line behind all the end of school activities and the craziness that is the May schedule. So we’re used to “flexible” anniversary celebration dates. (Ditto my birthday.)
And once you’ve been married for a few, you can relax a little and calm down about making the celebration A Big Deal. I just want to enjoy some time with my man, because I love him and he’s still awesome. In fact, I’d say he’s awesome-er than when we first met.
So with that in mind, we’ve been looking for 18 things to do that represent Rameylife … Keep tuning in to see the whole set. 🙂
#1 Good food in Upstate SC, in this case, the Tandem Creperie in Traveler’s Rest. We’ve been exploring culinary goodness together for a long time now….
#2 A really great latte. So many of our dates involve coffee!
#3 Walking around the lake at Furman – we used to do this as undergrads and grad students living nearby. It was a lovely place to “get away.”
#4 Seeing an action/thriller movie together. If you know us, you know we aren’t the “romantic comedy” type. This film was really well written and quite intense. And Patrick Stewart played the villain!
#5 Coart’s grilled cheese sandwiches will save the world, I promise.
#6 Had lunch last week at one of our favorite Greenville spots, Takosushi. I’ve always loved their bottle cap fish wall art. I’m a sucker for metalworking. (OK, that’s a stretch for something made from beer bottles and cans, but it’s still a cool piece!)
#7 A B&N date! This is the original “cheap date night” in our relationship. Long before we were married, we had the habit of heading to the B&N on Haywood Rd to curl up with a book and coffee. I think Coart read all of Harry Potter #3 at that B&N. lol
#8. Dinner with friends. Hard to choose just one photo for this because I could list so, so many moment in our lives with friends we care about. This shot evokes memories of hundreds of evenings spent on patios, porches, lawns, dinner tables, and cities across the world with friends we love. #friends ❤
#9 Coart’s cookies. If you’ve ever had them, you understand.
Stay tuned for more. 🙂
10. Mars. If you have known us for a long time, you know why that’s funny. And this week, Mars is closer to earth than it will be for another 80 years. NASA has some cool pics. Very pretty. Still not planning to move there. 😉
— Hubble (@NASA_Hubble) May 19, 2016
11. Small town exploration. It’s the best. Especially in Abbeville, SC, which has some of the best eats in the whole state. Really. I’m not kidding. Hit up The Village Grill. Some of the best food you’ll find anywhere.
12. UGA. This is probably weird for an anniversary montage, but I think the school that’s taken 5 years of my husband’s soul (not to mention a whole bunch of dollars) deserves a place on this list. His PhD has certainly been a continual part-time job…
13. Live music. I drag him along to see shows. As long as it’s not too hot, loud, crowded, or smokey, he’s willing to hang in there with me. I appreciate that. 🙂 We saw Snarky Puppy play in Athens last week at the wonderful Georgia Theatre. Totally worth it. As was the meal beforehand, at The Last Resort Grill.
14. Games. We’ve enjoyed getting to know people through board games. Early in our marriage, it was Settlers of Cataan – I think we nearly broke up 4 marriages by teaching our friends to play that game. 🙂 Now it’s mooning off Jesse’s impressive collection of some of the best board games coming out these days. Hard to believe Settlers was practically the first Euro-style game to hit big in America. And that we played it – as the hipsters would say – way before anyone else had heard about it. (In Germany!)
I write. I design. I cook. I read. I make music. I talk to people -- all kinds of people.
I used to teach and hopefully will do so again someday.
My dream job would be a cross between barrista and consultant, with a large helping of international travel and bohemian wandering through concerts, museums, galleries, and open spaces.
Somewhere back in time, my students started calling me "RameyLady" and the name stuck. I like it. There's a Ramey-man too. He's a much better writer but he seems to be too humble to share it with the world....at least, not yet.