Thursday, April 5, 2012

The 2nd Date - Kim & Josh

Well, evidently we all needed a little break from blogging, but here it is, better late than never...what you've all been waiting #2! Thanks for hanging in there with us!

So your votes were tallied last Tuesday night and I was super excited to find out that Josh G. was the big winner. Really though, I was the winner. In the less than stellar history called my dating life, I've had very few second dates, so to get a second date with someone I had such a fun first date with was quite the treat! 

Josh began "juicing" shortly after we went out the first time. For those of you who are unaware of what "juicing" is, let me fill you in.
1. You get your veggies
2. You get your fruit
3. Squish the guts out of them in a juicer and voila! Juice!
4. Chug...because your that hungry.
5. Repeat many times each day so you don't starve. :)
I've been poking fun at him about it for some time now, but agreed to that being part of our date...I was feeling adventurous.

Josh came over around 6 p.m., juicer in tow. He got a big hug and we discussed our current state of being...both of us were super tired due to real long days at work. (My student asked if I was sick that couldn't be because my eyes were going crossed eyed during my small group and my speech had slowed significantly...yea, it was that kind of day.) We new that this would add a new dynamic to this date...delirium, but we were up for the adventure. We decided to take a little trip to HEB, only the coolest grocery store on the planet, and purchase some juicing necessities. He let me be the director on this mission, deciding which fruits and veggies to add to our concoction. I was a little nervous as I saw the kale go into the basket...liquid kale...dream come true. :) We joked and laughed as we picked a variety of things like grapes, spinach, carrots, blackberries, oranges, etc., etc. I thought about trying to sneak some chocolate into the mix, but didn't think I could get that by him. After filling our basket with the wonders of nature, we went to check out. I thought it was hilarious when I looked at our things compared to the lady's things behind us. She had about 20 different kinds of meat moving down the belt. The checker asked us if we were vegetarian. For the night...yes. :) 

We headed back to my house and began prepping for Juicing 101. Cutting boards came out, knives were readied, and cutting began. We talked and prepped and prepped and talked. Then the magic began when I got to flip the switch and shove the innocent vegetables and fruits that Josh kept handing me to their doom. Juice came out one way and pulp the other. The juice...not so attractive. The pulp, however, looked amazing with it's carrot orange, spinach green, and blackberry purple swirled together. Josh just laughed at me. Then came the moment of drink or not to drink...that is the question. Down the hatch! It'' juice form! "That's not the best one I've ever made" is his reply as he gulps his down  within the first minute. (Please refer to juicing step 4.)  I, on the other hand, had to take my time. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best juice of my life...I blame the kale, which if you are unfamiliar with this species of leafy green, it tastes like bitter cauliflower. It's powerful stuff! Surprisingly, though, after one glass I was legitimately full and ready for part two!

Part two was all me...don't get your hopes up for originality on this's been done before, but not by me and I wanted to do it first! Josh and I cleaned up and headed to Barnes and Noble. (I'm pretty sure we both would have been happy to just sit on the couch the rest of the night, but we stuck with the plan.) It was drizzling as we walked out and Josh was prepared with his umbrella as he walked me to the car and opened my door. I was really glad we got the drive time because I learned a lot about Josh, what makes him tick, life lessons, things that make him the good man he is. Good stuff. When we got to B&B, I handed Josh an envelope that had some random things for us to do. My personal favorite was getting to read each other our favorite children's books. (I know, it's been done, but I just couldn't help it...I love kid's books!) I cheated and picked 3 of my favorite Mo Willem's books...I could have stayed all night in that one section. I love Mo and you should too! Josh picked a classic Mercer Mayor book. We settled ourselves next to a little train, faced each other in two chairs, and began...we accrued an under-aged audience rather quickly and got a few chuckles from passing adults. My Mo Willem's trio was a hit with Josh. (I knew Mo's power over small children would also work on the big kids.)  :) I felt a presence behind my shoulder as Josh started reading. Sure enough, a little boy kept scooting closer and closer until he was right behind me soaking in every line. It was adorable! 

Josh and his trip
My World Trip

We moved on to various areas of the bookstore throughout the night, looking through the games here, planning future world trips there. We laughed at the random books we found and spent the last few minutes just wandering. We had been there quite some time, when the delirium really started setting in and we knew it was time to call it a night. (I think I ended up with a couple of bruises that night from running into things...typical when I'm super tired.) We headed back to my house, chatting the whole way...we had to to keep ourselves awake and he's just so much fun to talk to! :) We got back to my house and we packed up the Juice Master. I got a hug in the kitchen and a bonus hug at the door as he left. What a great night! As far as 2nd dates go, this is the best...not that I've had much to compare it to, nonetheless...still the best! Thanks, Juan!

Well, dear friends of the blog...there you have it...a crazy, but ultimately successful dating project! Hope you enjoyed the ride!



Alona said...

I think delirious times are some of the best. I'm glad you had a good time!

Kim said...

That was quick! I did have a good time, thanks!

Alise B said...

I love the way you write! Such a cute date idea minus all the juice but props to you both for the creativity. Thanks for sharing - great blog!