a Valentine’s Day

We don’t often take a day and make a date of it. With juggling MK education ministry, community center classes, house church and discipleship and Bible studies, ministry team activities, and our own homeschooling, there seems to be activities spread throughout all 8 days of the week (if you know what I mean by “8”).

So this year, with Valentine’s Day falling on a Thursday with really nothing pressing other than homeschooling, we decided to close down the home school, leave the boys to fend for themselves, and we’d go out and make a grand date of the day. Of course, we don’t do this enough so we can’t think of anything to do, but we left the house determined to figure that out along the way. We decided we’d drive to the big city of Querétaro and hit the walking streets downtown there and enjoy a nice lunch.

We didn’t make breakfast this morning and breakfast is served rather late in Mexico, so we hopped in the car and decided to get some breakfast first. Should we drive the 30 to 45 minutes to Querétaro and eat there or choose one of the two restaurants we know fairly well here in San Juan? No sense in getting car sick from hunger, so we decided on Calabria here in San Juan. They have good chilaquiles, eggs, and smoothies.

We chose well. It turns out that Calabria was running a special buffet breakfast for $70 pesos (about $5.60). They were offering chilaquiles (corn tortilla chips with cheese and salsa and a bit of chicken and I don’t know what else…baked or steamed or something…they’re soft), some sort of beef and new potato in red salsa (very tasty), a cheesy enchilada, beans, sweet breads, fresh orange juice, melon juice (no thanks), and eggs to order. We split an omelette with huitlacoche (corn smut!), mushrooms, and ranchero cheese (with some added salsa it was pretty tasty). I also had coffee to chase it down. It’s amazing how full one can feel after a solid plate of food for breakfast!

In Querétaro we perused some shops with junk and art. Beth visited the yarn store that she hoped would still have some yarn that would match what she had received as a gift that was purchased there before Christmas. Unfortunately, nothing matched. Maybe next summer in Dallas she can find what she needs.

We held hands and walked down a bunch of streets that we don’t know and have never ventured down before. That was fun. We found some flowers by a lady selling them on the street.

By about 12:30 we were both a bit leg weary (Beth had taken a vigorous walk earlier at 7:30 with our neighbor so her foot with plantar fasciitis was beginning to hurt some), so we called it a date. On the way out of town we stopped by at Alladino’s, a store that sells overpriced imported American groceries. Cold cans of Mountain Dew (which is rarely found in Mexico) were available so we splurged and bought two.

We were still too full to enjoy lunch out (the entire date began with the idea to just go out for a nice lunch!), so we came home and decided to extend or lunch together to another day soon. Since neither of us can remember when we last went on a date, let’s hope we pull off the lunch idea before next year! This may not rate too high on anyone’s “romantic scale” for a date, but we enjoyed ourselves and each other.

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