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A Romantic Birthday Getaway or Something

My husband was given tickets to the BYU/Gonzaga game.  It is in Spokane Thursday night, a six-hour car trip one way.  And it is my birthday Sunday.

I will pause for a moment to shamelessly solicit birthday wishes.

How he asked me to go with him:

Marianne, would you like to go away for a romantic get away for your birthday?

Me: That sounds like fun.

Him: AND to top it all off, we can go to the BYU game.

Me: We are going to a romantic basketball game for my birthday?

Him: It’s supposed to be a really good game.

Me: What else will we be doing?

Him: I thought we could get a nice lunch that (the contractor who is building his office building) recommended.

Me: He recommended a restaurant?

Him: He thought it would be fun to join us for lunch.

Me: For my birthday?

Him: Exactly.  And maybe go over a couple last minute building details.

Me: And then after lunch and before the game we can go to the most expensive jewelers in Spokane so that I can have the properly sized diamond earrings for a college basketball game?

Him: (slight pause) Exactly what I was thinking.

Go Cougs!

(We’re not actually going to the jewelry store.  But getting the pricey fountain pen I want at Office Max doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.)  (And yes, I am aware of the pun and I apologize.)


  1. Mona says:

    That sounds familiar to me except that I wondered in the streets while he attended a conference. Luckily I know how to shop.
    Happy Birthday! A pen is so much more fun that jewelry. : )

  2. le0pard13 says:

    Happiest Birthdays, Marianne. As long-time husband I can tell you, you nailed the we-can-do-both-things-at-once male perspective with this fun post.

    1. Marianne says:

      It’s amazing how many things we will be accomplishing in 24 short hours…

  3. Hilarious. From afar. I’ve been there.

    My husband is a BIG Gonzaga fan. Never been to a game, though. He’d love to go for your birthday!

    1. Marianne says:

      Kevin has another friend who would make me a cake in exchange for the tickets. It all depends on when the new refrigerator will be delivered… The excitement never ends.

  4. Kristen says:

    So Kevin. So sorry. Happy birthday!

    1. Marianne says:

      That means a lot coming from you

  5. DeeDee says:

    Nice! Gotta LOVE your life! Kevin knows how to mix it up… gotta love HIM for that… Nothing boring! Have a FABULOUS Birthday! :)Will be thinking of you!

    1. Marianne says:

      Would have been a nicer gift if they’d won…

  6. julie farrar says:

    I definitely would have gone for the earrings.

    1. Marianne says:

      I found myself buying shoes. Amazing shoes. The fountain pen will have to wait.

  7. Liv Rancourt says:

    I don’t know which is funnier – your post or the tweets you sent from the game.
    Happy Birthday!

    1. Marianne says:

      It was so much easier to tweet than to watch that game. It was really depressing. And the guy in front of us was, uhm, annoying.

  8. Cora Ramos says:

    Well all I can offer is a belated Happy Birthday and my condolences. You should have bartered for the diamond earrings.

    1. Marianne says:

      Thanks! I’m saving for HUGE diamonds for my 40th…

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