It turns out Ben and I are very easily entertained.
We had to go to the store this evening to get hydrogen peroxide. After weeks of messing around trying to heal some sores on Grandma's feet using the nurse's chosen method, we're finally reverting back to the method we used successfully on the giant one now healed on the bottom of her right foot - careful baths in hydrogen peroxide followed by generous usage of triple-antibiotic ointment and a donut cut out of moleskin to protect the sore itself. This is an aside to explain our sudden after-dinner-hydrogen-peroxide emergency.
We don't get out much in the evenings these days, so when we had a few minutes to go to the store when we didn't actually NEED to do any other shopping, of course we treated it like a trip to the movies. We wandered down every aisle and looked at all kinds of things. 6-lb cans of chick peas, cereal, all the clearance sale items, birthday cards, and iced tea, among other things. We did buy a brownie mix and a bottle of Mash fruit drink to try (turns out it has Splenda in it - it would be really tasty stuff if it weren't for that because it combines my two favorite drink options: sparkling water and grapefruit), but mostly we just browsed.
It occurred to us in the process that when we budgeted our monthly needs, we didn't include anything in the Entertainment categories. No movie tickets, no pizza nights, no eating out. Right now, "going out" means fitting in a visit to my family or to church or to the grocery store. It will probably be that way for quite a while. The funny thing is that even when we were "dating", we didn't do much for entertainment. Dating meant eating lunch with Grandma at assisted living or going to church together or eating dinner with our families or stopping at Wendy's when we had errands to run and we missed mealtime at either family's house. We went out to Metro Beach right after Leah and Benjamin's wedding and took a walk on the nature trail there and that was fun. I hope we can manage another walk or two like that this summer.
But in the meantime, I'm very glad we started the way we did and that our entertainment requirements are as simple as they are. Because wandering around the grocery store is fun and that's what we do when we go out.
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