Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tip #13: Ideas for Building Successful Relationships

Take trips together.

When you've been in a relationship for a long time, it can be easy to fall into routines (plus, I just happen to love routines!). Running at the park, shopping at the farmer's market, browsing through our favorite vintage shop, eating breakfast on a blanket on the grass, doing chores...our weekends tend to follow a rather predictable pattern.

Matt and I decided to shake things up a little bit this weekend by taking a trip to Nacogdoches: Texas's oldest city (um, how many other Texas cities claim the very same distinction?).

We found an old, old cabin in the woods for $95/night. We made meals for ourselves, ate on the front porch, strolled through the quaint town, and browsed through the antique shops. Matt found a belt buckle with a picture frame (I think Hoss wins the honor of getting his picture put in there), and I bought an old Texas map from 1912.

We watched two movies: Arranged and Elephant. Both of them were good, but I highly recommend Arranged.

Matt spent most of his down time reading (Cracking India), while I spent most of my down time knitting dish rags for my friend's upcoming birthday. My original plan was to make him five dish rags, so he could wash them frequently, but I realized that goal was way too ambitious. I settled on two; he can use one while the other one is in the wash. I've also been studying for the GMAT because I plan to apply for the MBA program at Rice University next year. My ultimate goal is to run my own school for economically disadvantaged students, and I think some business education would really round out my skill set (which tends to fall heavy on the teacher support and curriculum development side).

We had lots of time for good conversation and tickling/wrestingly matches. It was fun to relax and explore a new place together with my partner-in-adventure. I highly recommend a weekend away with your loved one!

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Nicole said...

We love taking time away, and Nacogdoches is one of our favorite places. Since we live in Huntsville, we head up there occasionally to get out of here. Since we're both students, work, and do a million other things, we feel like ducking out about once a month is important; even if it is locking ourselves away and sleeping in on the weekends.

Glad y'all had a great weekend!

Hannah Noel said...

That sounds like so much fun! Where in Texas is that? Anywhere near Abilene? hah.

Mr. AF is already planning on taking us to San Antonio and Sea World this summer after the wedding! :)

Megan said...

Interesting. I'm originally from Lufkin, a mere half hour from Nacogdoches, and was there visiting my parents all weekend!

sera said...

Your boring weekend stuff sounds fabulous to me. It's too cold here to picnic on the grass, at least so far. I think the difficult part for us is in the planning. It's hard enough to plan the wedding. sigh.

Urban Environmentalist said...

What a wonderful job that would be! Sounds like an awesome vacation

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