Friday, Stephen surprised me by calling to say he had the day off and was coming down to hang out with me. Of course i was thrilled, but also a little concerned, as the life of a full-time mom can be a little un-stimulating for a young single dude. He came down and since it was easily 100 degrees outside we mostly stayed in and talked, with a brief visit to Del Taco to help the boys release some energy by climbing on something other than Stephen. His critical mistake was agreeing to read a book to them (Dr. Seuss' What Was I Afraid Of?).
Dan was off on a Scout trip, so i booked our regular babysitter (the wonderful Melissa) and Stephen and i went out on a date. I knew that Dan would be super jealous when he found out, but only because he had to be in the mountains with his spoiled Scouts and not out having fun with us. Because south Orange County suffers from a lack of cultural institutions, downtowns, dance clubs and music venues, we ended up where Dan and i always end up - the Irvine Spectrum. Gads, i am boring. But we had fun and people-watched (although i did not see that unusual teenager who looks like a cross between Beetlejuice, Bob Dylan and Dr. Who) and Stephen at at Chipotle for the first time. I did not get to experience Pinkberry, however, because our burritos were much too big for our stomachs.
it was awesome fun because Stephen makes it that way. but i think i'm going to have to break down and read that awful rag, the OC Weekly, to see if there is anything slightly less slick and corporate and structured to do here in south county. i know i'm a homebody right now, but even to me this place just seems like a cultural wasteland.