Simply Refreshing

Years go by pretty quickly if you aren’t careful. Before you know it, you’ve been married for 5 years, and while it doesn’t sound like an extra-long time, it probably is when measured against marriages these days that last a year or two or often times much less, if you’re counting those drunken Vegas ventures.

Anniversaries for us usually equate to spending a quiet night together, just the two of us: dinner, a movie (that I always fall asleep to), and a card. We aren’t big gifters, but we acknowledge the day and make sure we’re extra-nice to one another. You know – no screaming or food fights or whatnot.

Since 5 years seemed like a bigger “accomplishment” than the prior 4, we once had big plans of spending a couple of weeks back in Italy – a week in Florence and perhaps another week north, somewhere a little more secluded than the moped-ridden streets of our favorite city. It seemed appropriate since we’d met there 10 years ago this summer, appropriate and we are long overdue for an international trip. But stuff happened, ya know? We moved across the country, we got new jobs which means limited vacation, and I must admit – we live in a pretty cool new area, so we weren’t that crazy about a big trip right now anyways.

So the Italian countryside got, well, the boot. But never fear – we still have plans for the ‘big event’. Last night, we bought lightbulbs from Home Depot, and that started off our wild and crazy weekend. But for serious, I did get some gorgeous strawberry-colored flowers, which is always fun in an office full of girls. I think we’ll take it easy on today, our actual anniversary, but first thing Saturday we’re headed to Sonoma where we’ll do none other than one of our favorite things: drink wine. We also have reservations at a fancy restaurant, and for the second time, we’ll see just how easy it is to hop into the car and head to wine country.

But at the end of the day, I’m just thankful to be married to this guy. Yes, he stresses over lightbulbs and yes, he plays video games with headphones on, but aside from those minor details, he’s nothing short of awesome. And being married to someone like that, for 5 years and hopefully 5,000 more, is easy to explain: it’s just refreshing, plain and simple.

Strawberry Soda
makes just enough for 2

printable version

time commitment: 5 minutes

8 strawberries
2 sprigs of fresh mint
juice from 1/2 of a small orange
2 T raw sugar (turbinado)
1 can club soda

in a large glass or shaker, combine strawberries through sugar. using a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed together. add a couple of ice cubes and the can of club soda (if you don’t have enough room for the whole can, just add what you can) and stir until drink is cold.

pour drink through a strainer into two tall glasses, and if you have more club soda, feel free to add the rest here, tossing in an ice cube if needed. voila!

9 thoughts on “Simply Refreshing

  1. Maureen says:

    Ahhh Anniversaries. Ours is one day before New Years Eve so we always invite a crowd to cook for the day after. Creating a meal together is what we do best.
    Report back on your fancy dinner in Sonoma!

  2. Brenda & Ted says:

    Hey Guys…Happy Anniversary!! Hope you had a great time on your date… have been spending a lot of time in the “other valleys” What is up with that, stop two-timing us! We need to plan the boys abalone diving trip, and our beach-sitting/fish and chips eating plan!!

  3. Chris Wetzel says:

    Thank you girl, there is no one else I would want to share my time with (except for when my video-game headphones are on)

    Love you

  4. Susan Wetzel says:

    Hope you have a great getaway in Sonoma! Love your kind remarks about my son. You’re pretty special too! Love you, Susan

  5. Maureen – that sounds perfect to me! and NYE – what better! the fancy dinner was GREAT!

    CPS – thanks.

    Brenda/Ted – I know, I know! we are pumped for abalone/beach-sitting. email to come your way soon!

    thanks, love.

    Jennifer – i hope we both do. we can be old married couples together ;).

    Susan – as always – thanks and love ya!

  6. What a wonderful drink! I want to try it sometime! 🙂

    Happy Anniversary by the way! I just wanted to tell you that I usually fall asleep watching movies too. And while my husband doesn’t stress over light bulbs, he does have this thing with them.

    Every time we go into a store, he wants to browse the light bulb section. LOL! 🙂

    Anyway, Florence will be there waiting for you. I hope to get there one day to experience it for myself. 🙂

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