I will start off by saying that I have always hated February. I have no love for “V Day,” it’s true, but it’s mostly the weather that gets me down. February always seems to drag on forever, and winter with it. It was when southern West Virginia got it’s worst weather (ice storms, anyone?) and northern Virginia seems to be no better. For a short month, it’s the longest, bleakest time after the holidays when you have nothing to really look forward to until spring.
Of course, now my wedding anniversary falls smack in the middle of February!
I’m not really a Valentine’s Day celebrator. My husband tries his best, and I applaud his efforts – but I am more than willing to celebrate our Anniversary and forget V Day all together. Although, I do love to eat and several of our neighborhood restaurants do a nice V Day spread.
This year, we had plans to once again have T.H.A.I. in Shirlington on Valentine’s night. We both love Thai food and this restaurant goes out of it’s way for occasions* – New Year, Thai New Year, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day – they always have a special pre fixe menu full of things we want to eat. Then my husband wanted to do some sort of meal on our Anniversary the next day. We had planned to take advantage of a special “meal deal” from Fresh Market. Unfortunately, our Fresh Market (as wonderful as it is!) is new and they were completely clueless that this deal was going on. So then we decided to drive to Potomac Mills to have Korean for lunch, but for some reason he changed his mind about doing that. He finally settled on brunch at Orso, a place we’d never been. He wanted to do something “special.”
Our meal at THAI was fantastic, even if the service was horribly slow – I started off with crispy scallops, then had spicy seafood kapow with “pink velvet” cake for dessert. Alex had ahi tuna “firecrackers” (they were really fancy spring rolls), steak and shrimp, and “Sexy Berries” (a berry and yogurt parfait) for dessert. We took dessert photos.
In the end, the spicy kapow proved to be too much for my tummy. We didn’t do a special Orso brunch for our Anniversary the next day because I just wasn’t up to it. We did go out and run some errands, and had a nice little lunch at Zoe’s Kitchen. Then much later that night, we had chicken delivered. In between, though, we spent the day together. Which was really all I needed to make the day special.
I had hoped to have a cool Anniversary outfit photo no matter where we wound up, but since we kept it even more low-key than I had originally wanted, all I have is my V Day outfit and our Cheesy Couples Selfies. I look very, very tired in the pictures.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been married two years. I’m really hoping next year we can just “celebrate” our Anniversary – though I won’t discount the possibility of taking advantage of any V Day menus or specials that might be on offer the night before!
*This year, it looked like the only restaurant in our ‘hood that was doing anything. Turns out, they were the only one promoting.