Dating Anniversary

First things first: The Fashion page has been updated! I tried to address all of your fashion-related questions from my New York trip, including nail polish colors and some of my friends’ accessories. Possibly the longest Fashion page post ever!

Dating Anniversary

Last night I took the night off from blogging to be a lazy bum and soak up quality time with Ryan. I missed that guy!

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Today is actually a special day in our relationship… It’s our dating anniversary!

We went on our first date on February 1, 2004, so today marks eight years together.

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Past anniversary posts:

Even though we’re married now, we cannot seem to let go of our dating anniversary. Unfortunately this will be the first year we will not be returning to the scene of our first date. Since we’re no longer living in Orlando, driving 1.5 hours just to eat dinner at The Cheesecake Factory didn’t seem logical to either of us because, let’s face it, The Cheesecake Factory isn’t that good.

I actually got food poisoning after eating there on one of our anniversaries and spent the night puking. Never again will I order the miso salmon!

We’ll probably just do a nice dinner at home since I’m over eating out at the moment after this weekend’s NYC trip, but I do have some lovey-dovey ideas up my sleeve.

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Today’s workout was tough! It wasn’t hard because I did anything out of the ordinary or particularly difficult, but my body seems to lose strength even after few days away from the gym… or, you know, a few days of eating and drinking whatever my heart desired. I was feeling quite lethargic!

I began with 20 minutes on the elliptical before completing the following upper body workout:

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Burn baby, burn!


This morning I took a little extra time in the kitchen to make a yummy breakfast.

I brought 1 1/2 cups 2 percent milk to a low boil on the stovetop before adding 1/4 cup of steel cut oats and letting them simmer for about 20 minutes.

I then added about 1.5 tablespoons of peanut butter and a dash of pumpkin pie spice to the mix before topping the oats with fresh raspberries and chopped mixed nuts.

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Served with a cup of Godiva caramel pecan bark coffee and more mixed nuts.

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It was quite the nutty breakfast!

Book Club Link Up

Later today we’ll be discussing The Night Circus, the book selected for January’s book club! So far I have links to book review blog posts from the following people to include in this afternoon’s post: Cheryl, Leah, Julie and Caitlin. If I am missing your post, please email me ASAP so I may include it in the roundup!

Question of the Morning

  • If you’re married, do you still celebrate your dating anniversary? If you’re not married, do you think you would celebrate both your wedding anniversary and dating anniversary?

We celebrate both because, as Ryan says, “I’m not losing eight years just because we got married!”


  1. says

    My husband and I went on our first date 21 years ago, January 11. I was a senior in high school and he was a junior. While we dont go out on that day, we always mention it. We will be married 17 years June 4! Happy dating anniversary to the 2 of u!! 🙂


  2. says

    happy dating anniversary!!!
    today is my dog’s birthday!
    it’s a great day all around! 🙂
    this is my first year as a married lady, and you better believe i’m still gonna celebrate our dating anniversary!


  3. Holly says

    The last time I ate at Cheesecake Factory (probably 5 yrs ago), I got salad with salmon on it. The salmon wasn’t cooked at ALL. It was like jelly in the middle. BLAH! Never again!!!


  4. Carla in Sydney says

    I was married in September in Vegas on my birthday. We first started dating in July 2005. We will actually never really celebrate our wedding anniversary because I don’t want my birthday overshadowed for the rest of my life and to me the day we first started dating is actually more important. Like Ryan….I also don’t want to lose 6 years! Happy Anniversary!!

    I would drive to the end of the earth for The Cheesecake Factory…..we even went there straight after we got married….in our wedding outfits! My love for it is probably because we don’t have it here… always want what you can’t have! Now I am dreaming about their banana cream pie cheesecake and I have no way of getting it….. 🙁


  5. Kristi says

    Hi! First time commenting here. May seem like a silly question, but your coffee always looks SO good from your pics. I’m awful at making coffee at home. How much water and how much coffee do you use and what’s your fav type??? Thanks!!! Love the blog! 🙂


  6. says

    Although it was strictly coincidental, my boyfriend and I went out on a very informal first date the day after his birthday. Even though we don’t make a huge deal out of our anniversary, there’s still always that little flicker of excitement around that time of year. 🙂


  7. Valerie says

    My hubby and I originally wanted our wedding to be on our first year dating anniversary. The days is special for us of since both of his grandfathers passed on that day and it’s my grandfather’s birthday. However it would have given us only three months to plan the wedding so we nixed the idea. However, I know our dating anniversary will be forever be super special and celebrated!


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