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If you recall from last Valentine’s Day, Andy and I had to skip our pre-Valentine’s Day celebration because I had TMJ. I was so bummed to miss taking my then-fiance to his first Racer basketball game and to his first meal at Patti’s 1880s Settlement. This year, when we were deciding what we wanted to do for Valentine’s Day, Andy suggested we re-create last year’s failed plans. After all, we have no idea what the future holds and we might not be living in Kentucky next year (or Andy might be deployed then.) So, we budgeted extra money for this adventure.
The weekend before last, I took off from work on Saturday and Sunday. It was so nice to actually have a weekend off for once! I had worked 12 days in a row prior to this (most of them being 14 hour days) so it was a nice and much-needed break. We (okay, me) slept in until 10:30 am and hit the road by noon. We stopped at both Burger King (for a Frozen Coke for me) and Taco Bell (for a naked chicken chalupa for Andy) on our way out of town. The weather could not have been more perfect– it was unseasonably warm for February… in the 60s! Yes, please and thank you!
We listened to an audiobook on the drive. We both really enjoyed it! The only issue we had was I had forgotten my car charger outlet at home, and that my 2001 Ford Focus doesn’t have an auxiliary input to hook up an iPhone (nor a cassette player so I could hook up my phone that way!) We could barely hear the audiobook, so on the way back we bought a pair of cheap headphones and each put one earbud in to hear the book. Slightly dangerous, yet, but apparently perfectly legal in Kentucky! (I checked.)
After stopping by my sister’s house to pick her up, we grabbed lunch and then went across the river to Metropolis, Illinois– home of Superman. We just had to take cheesy photos with the Superman statue.
Then, we went to the Paducah mall before heading down to Murray for the Murray State versus Austin Peay basketball game. Austin Peay is our arch-rivals, so I knew it would be a good game! Andy and I were given free tickets for the game by a guy who turned out to be Murray State’s first ROTC grad when the program was reinstated in 2003. It was so fun talking Army with him, and he gave Andy some great career advice about Green to Gold as well as the Simultaneous Membership Program! Murray totally “flushed the Peay” by scoring over 100 points, so Britt and I were both happy campers!
On Sunday morning, we slept in a bit and then joined Brittany and Austin for breakfast at Burger King. Immediately following, Andy and I stopped at Patti’s 1880s Settlement for lunch. It was so pricey, but so delicious! The drinks come in Mason jars, the bread in flower pots, and the waitresses wear period clothing. They have cottages, putt-putt golf, a mini-petting zoo and even a wedding chapel! In fact, eloping at Patti’s was my other backup plan for our wedding (the first being eloping in the wintertime in Gatlinburg, TN.) Had we known I wouldn’t have been eligible for spouse preference to work on post when we got married in June 2016, we probably would have eloped here on our second date 😉
It was a great weekend and I’m so glad we were able to enjoy it with each other 🙂
How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?