Skip to main content

2012 Bucket List - #19 Devote an Entire Day to Anything and Everything My Wife Wants To Do

The date on my phone said November 24th, and it was indeed that day. It was the birthday of my tag team partner, and the day that she decided to cash in her "anything I want to do" card. After not claiming the opportunity in 2011, she decided to not miss out this year. 

So, as she stated the night before, "it begins at 9:00am", I rolled out of bed at 10:37am awaiting direction from the birthday girl, and the ruler of the day. 

Shockingly, the day began with her making pumpkin pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Yes, she made breakfast and not I. While I would've gladly done so, she wanted to cook, and well, it was her day. So I simply settled for helping and washing the dishes. You know, the stuff she didn't want to do.

The original plans were for us to head up the Bronx to spend the day at the Bronx Zoo, something she has been looking forward to the entire year. However, due to the cold and windy weather, a phone call informed her that many of the animals would not be on display. With my wife being the ultimate optimizer in her tasks, that pretty much elimnated the zoo from the plans. 

So as I sat waiting for direction, she eventually decided on visiting The Brooklyn Museum. So off we went to a place I haven't been to since my years in grade school for field trips. 

[sideblog: Yours truly actually had fifth grade artwork displayed in The Brooklyn Museum. Pretty much the pinnacle of my art ability]

So we embarked to the museum in what was a really good time. I'll admit, it's not often I enjoy art, artifacts, and other things that expands the mind and the imagination. There were many cool things, among them a piano that played by itself.

I thought this painting was amazing

Ahh yeah, getting cultured, son!

Becoming one with the art

Speaks for itself...

Following our tour of becoming cultured, we headed for a 6:00pm reservation at a Colombian restaurant we wanted to try out for awhile, Bogota Bistro. The Bogota Bistro was awesome with a full array of anything Latin and Spanish, including food, drinks, and beer from Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, and on, and on, and on. 

My wife settled for four empenadas with a guava margarita, while I chowed down on plantain crusted chicken with mango barbecue sauce with sides of cilantro mashed potatoes and sweet plantains while washing it down with a Colombian beer named Aguila. 

And of course, chorros for desert. 

Following the lovely meal, we headed home and capped off the night watching countless episodes of Law and Order SVU and of the Big Bang Theory

A day of actually being selfless and making your significant other happy usually carries a subtle groaning feeling. 

Oh boy, here we go. I'll just take one for the future. 

Sure, I missed the USC/Notre Dame game, countless college basketball games, or some movie I've seen thousands of times, only to be excited to watch it now that it's on television.

I expected a lot worse. Maybe a day of shopping, Interior design magazine observing, or even a full day adventure of browsing around Manhattan.

Every man's nightmare. The horror.

However, a day like this was not as bad as I expected and much better than I ever thought it would be.

Or anything else I would've done. 

Who knew? 

We'll keep this on the list for next year too...and I urge others to try it as well. 

#19 completed. Boom. 

Recently Read Posts

Dope Sports Threads - Nike City Connect Series (Kansas City Royals)

The Kansas City Royals' City Connect uniforms were a design that I wholeheartedly looked forward to. The Royals' current uniforms and aesthetics are some of the best in baseball, and for a city like Kansas City, it just feels like there was enough room creatively to do something historically enlightening (more so something many do not already know about the city), or a simple approach that builds off of the current design.  To be honest, it may sound simple, but the use of "blue" by the Royals is fantastic.  What we got is a concept that continued the awesome blue approach, with a design concept that is just as cool as their everyday threads. However, where I feel disappointed is the safe approach to this. I would have loved to see them lean into the rich history of the Negro Leagues that is Kansas City - a team (and city) able to do so more than others. That could have been really cool, enriching, meaningful, and somewhat different from the norm - maybe even an ode t

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/15/22

3 Up 1. California Church Heroes - It's soooooooo weird that the top spot is a result of something so horrific as our ongoing domestic terrorism problem of mass shootings. Still, the courage shown by the five members who stopped the shooter deserves it. Those individuals tackled the shooter and tied him up with an electric cord, while wounded.  It's so tough to fathom that those possibilities are within the realm of your Sunday worship, within the sanctity of your church.  But such is America... 2. Olivia Rodrigo & Drake - Rodrigo continues to reap rewards on an excellent album in 2021 as she topped the Billboard Music Awards with seven awards. There was also Drake who I'm beginning to sense we won't really appreciate his body of work until he's near the end of his career. But yeah, Drake poured in a few more for the legacy debates and discussions.

Back of a Church - Revived and Confused

Last week, I found myself in the back of a church service. For the first time in years, I was seated in God’s house. It was redeeming. It was joyous. It was uplifting. It was long overdue. It was also conflicting. Very conflicting. This moment was a culmination of the see-saw contention that has been the road traveled by my heart and soul since my last time present with a congregation. A lot has happened since that last time, and as I’m sure you’ve experienced, the world has endured and changed quite a bit since then too.  I’ve maintained my faith through that entire time. Though, it did wane and weigh throughout moments, periods, happenings, and various reflections. We all have our struggles. There were moments I failed. And others where I've held on steadfastly. Regardless, it continued as a vital source of my existence - my faith, my substance for being, and my purpose for existing.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/27/22

3 Up 1. Volodymyr Zelensky - The President of Ukraine delivered a speech this week that certainly went viral not just for his take as the current war on Ukraine ensues, but for his honesty and courage throughout it.  2. Kentaji Brown Jackson - In a world on fire, here at home President Biden nominated Jackson, who becomes the first black woman to serve on the highest court in the nation. That's so cool. I'm happier for the tons of little girls of color who can dream of being a Supreme Court Judge, and now believe it.