I Don’t (Really) Do Valentine’s Day and What I Do Instead

What do you mean, what do I mean I don’t (really) do Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day comes once a year. Once. If you think it’s cool to show your significant other how much you love them and make an occasion of it only on the 14th of February, then you can stop reading now.

Miss Delicious and I do things differently. Sure, we buy each other cards and little gifts on Valentine’s Day, but we don’t regard it as the most romantic day of the year. From the first month we started dating, we’ve done ‘date nights’, every single month. Without fail. Sure, it’s only been six months, but that’s irrelevant. We take one day a month, over a weekend, and we stay the night somewhere nice, and go for a nice dinner.

We take turns treating each other, and it’s something we both look forward to every month. A break from the routine, away from laptops and the internet (usually). Just one day a month to unwind, disconnect and spend some downtime with each other.

Our date nights have been diverse. We’ve been gambling and we even won some money. (Miss Delicious said she’d keep the winnings for one of our next date nights. Somehow I think the funds have been used to acquire a new pair of shoes.) Our date nights have taken us from Monte Casino to the Hartebeespoort Dam in a MINI Countryman and as far as Umhlanga. As much as our date nights are all about love and romance, we also made sure to pack our running shoes to do some Two Oceans half marathon training on the Umhlanga promenade. And if we’re going to a place with unlimited wifi? Well, then we might do a little web surfing and download ALL the updates on our laptops and iPhones. (Don’t judge us, I’m pretty sure you do the same.) We’re also big mobile photography geeks, so if we’re going somewhere out of town and scenic, we’re in our element and snap away like crazy.

We had an awesome date night this past weekend. We went to a nice little 5 star boutique hotel in Joburg, and the moment we got there, it felt like time stood still. We chilled on the colonial patio, connected to wifi and I may or may not have downloaded a couple of updates. And Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for my iPhone. We had a glass of wine and just chilled together. When you love someone, you can just sit next to them, without having to say a word to them, and be incredibly content.

Miss Delicious had something up her sleeve for the next day too. We went to a nice little spa for a couple’s massage. It was the best way to wrap up an awesome weekend. The little Asian ladies that massaged us were wonderful. They were so small, but damn, could they contort us in ways that we didn’t think were imaginable. We were kinda bummed that we couldn’t take at least one home with us, and keep her in the cupboard for massages whenever we wished.

I love the adventures I share with Miss Delicious every month. Why the hell should I limit that to once a year?