This post is about enjoying life. That’s what Simply Fun. posts are all about. No careful writing. No great biblical insight. Just sharing the fun things in life.
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 8:15
“I’d rather be shopping.” Something a husband rarely (if ever) says to his wife.
Yes, I realize shopping is more a make-a-female-happy pasttime. But, done the right way, it could make for a very pleasant afternoon with your sweetheart.
Case in point: The last time I took David to the grocery store with me, he was like a kid in a candy store. I do all the grocery shopping, so he rarely gets to see the vast array of tempting items I see every week.
I suppose we’re all this way to a degree. Browsing the aisles of a store we’ve never been in, or one we haven’t visited for awhile, can be like an adventure of sorts.
When dating we used to do this sort of thing often–grocery store, book store, mall shops, antique stores, whatever. And it was a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening on the cheap. (At least if you are careful with what you end up taking home.)
So, when I decided it was time to visit Trader Joe’s again, I invited my sweet husband along. I’d only been there once a few years ago. And as we’ve been trying to eat a more healthy diet and they are known for having lots of organic foods, I thought it might be good to check it out one more time. And maybe a Simply Fun. way to spend part of the afternoon with my sweetheart.
You can read all about how our little date went farther down in this post. But first, let’s talk about how this might work for you and your spouse.
Ideas for a Browsing Date of Your Own
Browsing the aisles of a grocery store isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I bet there is some kind of store that interests the two of you. And even if the store only really interests one of you, watching the other enjoy themselves and sharing that experience with them can be an enjoyable activity.
Sometimes this little trek will bring back memories of things you’ve done together in the past or even things you did in your childhood (which can be a whole conversation in its own and draw you closer as you find out more about each other).
This isn’t your typical shopping trip. Don’t go when you have a ton of things you need to buy. This is a DATE. It isn’t meant to kill two birds with one stone. It is for the purpose of spending time together, experiencing something that might be an everyday activity in a new way with the one you love.
What are you interested in? Books? Clothing? Sporting goods? Antiques? Memorabilia? Home decor? Gardening? Even…candy? There are all kinds of stores out there. And you don’t have to limit it to retail shops. There’s always thrift stores and garage sales, flea markets and farmers’ markets. And I bet you could think of even more places to explore.
Give the browsing some purpose beyond just spending time together (just not work). Use it to hunt for some new interest you could take up together–a new cuisine you want to try, ingredients for a dinner you can cook together, equipment for a new sport or hobby you’d like to try together.
If you can afford it, buy something the two of you will both enjoy. Or buy something as a gift for the other. You never know what you’ll find. (Just try not to over-do it. You don’t want your inexpensive date to turn into an argument on spending too much.)
That should give you a few ideas to come up with an enjoyable afternoon that fits the two of you.
Now for Our Little Adventure…
As we headed out, we noticed black clouds ahead. A storm was coming in fast. Fortunately we got there just before it hit and were able to take this photo (the dark clouds were behind me)…
I wish I could show you around the store, but stores don’t usually like their customers taking photos inside. So, let me just describe the highlights.
For those who have never been to Trader Joe’s, it’s a small grocery store with a casual Hawaiian theme. They have a lot of their own products you won’t find in other stores. Perfect for an afternoon browsing date. Lots of new items to explore.
Trader Joe’s is one of those stores that have people standing ready with samples of various products. We loved the mango & cream sorbet. But Popcorn in a Pickle…uh, no. I wish everything was available to sample before you buy. But sometimes you just have to buy it and try it out for yourself. Sometimes you win…sometimes you lose.
Like the mushroom and black truffle flatbread pizza. I’ve bought Aldi’s brand (which they don’t have often) and it’s a favorite. So we were excited when we found this at Trader Joe’s. Sadly, it didn’t come close to what we hoped. It was way smaller and cost more. Needless to say, we won’t purchase that one again.
We found a number of things we’d like to try in the future. Our pantry was pretty full on the day we went, so we only bought a few things…
We just had to buy something mango. They had mango everything. And we both love mango. Especially mango tea.
And the dark chocolate? I try to eat very few sweets. But dark chocolate is an antioxidant, so I’m told. How wonderful is that? And this huge bar of 70% cacao has lovely little squares–just the perfect amount for a treat in the evening.
It poured rain the whole time we were inside the store and just as we got ready to leave, it stopped. Perfect timing. Thank you, Lord.
I had just stepped inside our front door when David yelled, “There’s a snake! It’s going to go in! Shut the door!” I screamed like a little girl and (being the submissive wife that I am) slammed the door, leaving David standing outside…with the snake. I ran to the kitchen window, and this is what I saw…
According to David, I had stepped right over this slimy creature–in my flip flops, no less–and never even saw it. Thankfully, he did, or it would have been inside our apartment. And I hate to think what the rest of the afternoon might have been like had that happened.
So, a little shaken and somewhat drained from the afternoon summer heat, we decided to end our time together relaxing…with a little nap. Who doesn’t like an afternoon nap on a rainy day?
Was it the most fun we’ve had together in a while? Well, no. But it was nice walking down the aisles together, talking about the different items, and choosing a few to take home. A little adventure, a little excitement, and a lot of relaxation. Not a bad afternoon, I’d say!
David and I enjoyed our time together, even though it was just a simple afternoon (minus the snake).
Sometimes Simply Fun. comes from the simple things. Anything ordinary can become an adventure with the right frame of mind!
Grace and peace,
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