Date Night: Quarantine Drive
What does date night look like in the age of coronavirus? Different. It looks like not going out to restaurants or spending time up in the mountains. It looks like finding new ways to work on your relationship in the confines of your home even when you are together 24-7 now. It also looks like taking a break from the anxieties we are all feeling, a break from the news and spending quality time together. Being present. It looks like diving deeper into your relationship and know that you have all the support you need with you.
We're on day 7 of quarantine and I won't lie, it's getting to me. Work is insane for both of us and ends up having us work way more hours than we're used. Add to that the snowstorm that hit 2 days ago keeping us from even going outside and you could say "stir crazy" is our middle name. But when the weekend hit and we were given a short break from the to-do list we knew we needed to find a way to get out without being near a lot of people. That meant going for a drive.
It's a simple date but one that still brings joy and sanity. We made some homemade hot chocolate (recipe below), grabbed the keys and just started driving. There was no end plan but one began to form as we drove. As we hit the roads we found ourselves on the drive up to the mountains and stopped by the lake near my childhood home in Evergreen. In an almost empty parking lot, we got out and walked around before heading back home.
Just moving our bodies, being in the sun and breathing in that fresh air did wonders for our spirit. Hand in hand we walked around the lake, watching the ice fisherman, seeing a man and his dog cross-country ski across the ice and run into someone walking their dog. It was the first time in a week we felt connected to the world again and we soaked it up.
For a relationship to stay strong and continue to grow you don't have to have deep conversations all day every day, simply getting to experience life together is one of the big things that hold you close. Use this time of physical isolation from others as a way to grow closer to the love of your life. Ask questions, snuggle, hold hands, have lunch together, walk the dog, whatever it takes. The two of you together are what will make this time bearable and you'll be so much stronger for it in the end.
Homemade Hot Chocolate
1/2 Cup Cream
3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate
Marshmallows to taste
- Gently heat cream and milk together without allowing it to boil.
- Melt the chocolate slowly (or used cocoa powder) and mix together.
- Pour into mugs and serve with a pinch of cinnoman and marshmallows to taste