David and I celebrated our 12th anniversary this month. We had a lovely dinner out at our favorite restaurant, Trattoria Delia, as we have every year. Also, as usual, we had our annual "State of the Union Address". Okay, this sounds a little dorky, but we discuss how things are going in our marriage: what needs to change, what's working well, and our hopes for the upcoming year. Sure, there are the big issues and parenting matters that need to be dealt with as they come, but it's nice to have a night alone to just talk about us.
Actually, it's so nice to be us that for an anniversary gift, I gave him a certificate for the "Date of the Month Club": 12 dates for 12 years! I also included a clue about our first date. It was inspired by a blog that I read, Find Joy in the Journey. Shannon describes how she preplanned (and mostly prepaid) for her dates in advance. She also packaged them up nicely with scrapbook pages. So sweet! Alas, I'm no scrapbooker and neglected to even get any photos from our first date for this neglected blog!
But this weekend, we did honor our first date Here's what I gave David on our anniversary:
Each month I will give him another hint like this and see if he can guess what we will be doing on our date. The pizza fraction from one of Nora's favorite games, said "truth" on the back. It represented dinner at a fairly new restaurant, Pizzeria Verita. Oh, the Neapolitian style pizza was delicious! We split a fig & gorgonzola with proscuttio: yummy crust, the flavor combinations were perfect, and the staff, though incredibly busy, was helpful and friendly. David, ever the chef even on date night, chatted with one of the owners, who told him that the hostess' mother made the canoli: the best canoli of all canoli. Go there and eat canoli! They also recommended the canoli cup, but for goodness sake, I don't know how that canoli could be topped!
The cute little ghost meant that we were going on the Queen City Ghostwalk! During the hour-long tour of our city, Thea Lewis, cloaked and carrying a lantern for full dramatic effect, told us some great ghost stories. There was an excellent blend of Burlington's legendary characters, the macabre, and modern ghost sightings. We learned that some of our own frequent haunts are indeed haunted! In fact, a restaurant where David used to work is apparently haunted. I'm going to look twice when I see someone in Burlington wearing "vintage"... might be the spirit of somone wearing clothes from their own time!
In just the couple of days since we went on our tour, I've been asked many questions about the ghostwalk. I wholeheartedly recommend it to both locals and tourists. It is the perfect time of year to get some tingles down your spine! Thea is very well spoken and theatrical, but not melodramatic. It was clear that she had done a great deal of research and has a passion for her work. There was a mix of ages on the walk, and anyone from brave older children to longtime Vermonters would enjoy it. I'm glad that Nora did not go as the walk started where she will be performing the Nutcracker next month. I think performing on that enormous stage alone will be enough to give her the shivers! My only complaint was that the hour went too quickly. Now, I want to hear more stories. No bones about it, I'm definately going to get her book, Haunted Burlington!