Blowin' the Benjamins for Valentine's Day

Pssst! We wanted to let you in on a contest going on at our sister site, Everybody Loves Coupons. They're giving away $500 worth of gift cards to one lucky blogger - all you have to do is write a 500 word post about how you'd treat your sweetheart with a $500 budget. We're bummed we can't enter, but Mitchy put together her own plans of how she'd spend that money on an epic dream date.

Hmm, hmm, how to spend $500 for my dearest? Rather than just shower him with gifts, I think I'd have to make it a joint gift in the form of an extra awesome date. Our dates typically involve sharing an entrée and then pretending we'll find something that interests us in the movie listings and instead retreating back home to watch something streaming on Netflix - not that I'm complaining. But if I had a big ol' budget to spend I'd have to make it a daylong event. First we'd drive out from Los Angeles to see some sort of silly roadside attraction, like the dinosaurs in Cabazon (they were in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and we took our wedding pictures there - aww, aren't you grossed out). But it's kind of a long drive there and back, so I'd spring for some new music from iTunes. Actually, I might even upgrade our iPod from our almost-retro one with the black and white screen since I know I'll have a hard time blowing the Benjamins (that's what she said?).

I'd spare my husband the trip to the outlet mall that's conveniently located nearby (this is supposed to be romantic for us, not a chore for him) and instead head back to the city. Why not check out a museum? It would be a big debate between even more dinosaurs at the Natural History museum or the county art museum, so why not both? From there, we'd find a bite to eat; I'm leaning towards something casual and reliable like Thai food instead of some frou-frou set Valentine's dinner. I briefly considered springing for something like renting out an old-timey movie theater and watching a favorite film, but quickly realized that was going to max out my budget and then some. Instead, I'd cross my fingers for a cool double feature (sort of like that time The Egyptian played Blue Velvet and Fire Walk With Me zomg but anyway).

How to top off the night? I'm tempted to take the easy route and say "let's get a hotel" because I know that we'd be entirely exhausted and cranky at this point. But that money's burning a hole in my pocket, so we'd better scope out the nightlife. I'm sure there are plenty of refined ways we could spend the evening, but I'm much fonder of the downright ridiculous. And why go to the theater when West Hollywood has such a fine selection of drag shows to attend? And again, why argue about which one? We'll be attending drag queen bingo at Hamburger Mary's as well as Showgirls in Drag, which is exactly what it sounds like. We'd spend the rest on cocktails, but save just enough to get us a cab home and back, 'cause we sure aren't driving anymore. Who says married people don't have fun?

mitchy-dino.jpgMitchy here: I'd be happy to never put on another pair of pants. What this means for you is that I love all kinds of dress shopping - especially cute patterned dresses and party dresses. I also love colorful apparel and jewelry as well as vintage-styled home decor. Other things I don't usually put on resumes: expert cat wrangler, road tripper, and connoisseur of bad movies.

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