Mary and I always try and combine business with pleasure. Most common is when I have a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment, after which we’ll go for lunch, coffee, or maybe both. Our most recent occasion was Tuesday, when I had my colonoscopy scheduled.
I won’t go into a whole lot of detail on the actual event or the preparation for it (trust me, you don’t want to know), but suffice it to say that I didn’t get any sleep Monday night, then had to get up at the crack of dawn to drive to the hospital and have the procedure done. One thing that was nice was that they anesthetize you before doing the exam, which meant that, at long last, I got some sleep. It was just an hour, but when I woke up they were just wheeling me back into my room at the Endoscopy Center. Oddly enough, I was pretty wide awake and much less tired than I was when I went in.
I hadn’t eaten since Sunday night, so we went to the O’Charley’s near our house. (O’Charley’s is a chain of restaurants based in Nashville; I haven’t been able to verify their locations outside our area, but they’re mostly in the Southeast.) Mary likes the steak there, and since we don’t have steak at home usually has it there. My favorite there are the chicken tenders, which I had with sweet potato fries and mac and cheese. And may I say, after nearly 36 hours, they tasted great.
After that, we stopped at our neighborhood Starbucks. They still haven’t opened their seating area, but we went through the drive-thru. Mary really likes their Golden Ginger drink, and I had a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. We took them home and, since it was raining, sat in the car and had our drinks. When we were done, so was the rain.
Nothing especially glamorous or extra-special about our date, on the one hand. On the other hand, any time I spend with Mary is extra-special.