Finally A Date Night

My wife and I never get to have a date night. It has been really hard to schedule one. We are usually decide last minute to have a date night and find it hard to find a sitter. So we don’t get to go out together very much.

When we do get to go out we often find ourselves at one of our favorite little secrets in Charlotte. That is this little place in the Metropolitan area called Dressler’s. Now it is on the pricey side but they usually have a Groupon out there to purchase. The Groupon is dinner for two for $69, which includes two appetizers, a salad to share, two main courses, and a desert to share. It is a lot of food but the food is what makes the trip.

One of my favorite items on the menu is the blackened ribeye. It is so good with the blue cheese butter and the side of fingerling potatoes and asparagus really complment the dish. I know this is not a restaurant review but you have to try it.

I love spending time with this girl. She is so funny and I smile when she talks. I just love it when she talks. We had some drinks before dinner and just sat and relaxed with no kids grabbing our legs and saying “Mommy”, “Daddy”. It was very refreshing to just sit with your spouse and have a real conversation about something other then nap schedules and diaper rashes.

Our dinner was so good and the conversation was uplifting. This was short lived when we got a call from our sitter to say that the dogs got a hold of the trashcan with dirty diapers in it and the whole house smelled like crap. Straight up crap. So we headed home and cleaned it up. It was a not so good end to a great night but at least I got alone time with my bride.

Why I Would Never Let Curious George In 5 Feet Of Me!

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One of my favorite children’s books ever is Curious George. I love everything about this book as a kid cause it opened the door to my imagination.  I recently found my copy I got for Christmas back in 1994 and was reading it to myself and found that now,as an adult,  I can’t help but have some questions about everyone’s favorite curious monkey.

1. What is with The Man in the Yellow Hat?

Why does this man want a monkey so bad? Why does he live alone? Why does he wear a yellow hat all the time? Why does the hat have to be yellow? Why does it have to be a cowboy hat and not a baseball hat? What does he do for a living? How come he never dates around? Does he not realize that a monkey can not talk back? and why does he even talk to a monkey? He clearly is lonely but get a roommate, dog, or adopt a kid. If a monkey is your best friend then you have some serious issues.

2. How come no one seems to mind a loose monkey on the street?

Maybe I have seen the movie Outbreak to many times, but if I saw a random monkey just walking down the street, I would be a little alarmed. It seems that everyone not only careless that a stray monkey is loose on the street, but is nice to him. Hello? Has anyone heard of the diseases that monkeys carry. How come no one calls Animal Control? How come no crazy person opens fire on the little furry bastard. If that monkey was seen walking down my street I would have to pop a cap in it’s round ass. and then called the police and said that a stray monkey was trying to steal balloons from this nice man who was trying to sell them. Case closed.  Sorry George!

3. How can a monkey be that damn curious?

I think this monkey is one of those retired circus monkeys. He seems to get into everything. I don’t think monkeys could every tight rope across power lines. Come on people! How dumb do you think young readers are? There is no way that a monkey could get into that much mischief in one day with out the following situations happening. Either being shot, getting electrocuted, getting put in a cage by animal control, and finally being deported back to the jungle.

4. How come this monkey does not get punished?

It think that if you prank call the fire department, steal a bunch of balloons, and sneak out of an apartment you need to have your ass torn up or your ass on the next boat back to the jungle. In this story no one seems to care about all the mischief this little monkey caused. They are all seen huddled around him and The Man With The Yellow Hat smiling. Also, would the events in this story not tell TMWTYH that having a monkey live with him is not a good idea? You can’t even trust that a monkey will stay put in your apartment. A better question is why would you ever trust a monkey anyways? Did you see Aladdin? Abu did make The Cave of Wonders melt right? My point just got made!

I do love the story of this monkey. As a kid, I was obsessed with this book and loved it when my parents read it to me. Now that I am an adult, I look forward to reading this to Karsyn and seeing her face light up as my favorite monkey gets into to trouble. I know that this is a children’s book and it’s suppose to be fun and not be real but sometimes you can’t help but wonder what in the hell people are thinking.