Great Escape: A Week of Freedom
Kids out of town? What to do with a week alone.
Last week, I was out with a few friends when one of them mentioned that her kids were going to be with her parents for the week this week. She then proceeded to list all of the things she and her husband were doing with their consecutive nights off.
As I sat there listening to her mention every restaurant I have ever dreamed of trying, my mind started to wander. If my husband and I had a week to ourselves without our son, what would we do?
For the purpose of this exercise, we’ll also pretend that I’m not in the final weeks of pregnancy, rendering all limitations non-existent.
Hey, if I’m dreaming, I’m dreaming big.
Of course, we’ll take advantage of our kid-free meals by going out to dinner at a great neighborhood spot each night. But there are a lot of events going on that we will want to take advantage of.
So what would we do for the next week? As always, I turned to the Patch event calendars first, and I found everything I was looking for to plan an action-packed week.
Wednesday — We'll call it art appreciation night. Stop for dinner in Old Town and visit a few local galleries.
- At the Torpedo Factory — “Shades of Fall” at the Scope Gallery; “Scapes” at The Art League, Inc.; “Satellite Images”, “Forgotten” and “Off Season” at the Torpedo Factory
- At the Alexandria Black History Museum — “In Black and White”
- At Gallery West — “The Power of Color III”
Thursday — Neighborhood Night — Dinner on the Avenue in Del Ray, then the final First Thursday of the year, “Home Sweet Home”
Friday — Dinner and a Movie — “One Day” at Old Town Theater
Sunday — Music appreciation — U.S. Marine Band Concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
Monday — Labor Day — Picnic along the Potomac River
Seems like a great week in Alexandria, right? Well, while I was checking out the calendar, something caught my eye. And that “something” will make me extend this fictitious week of freedom by one more day. On Sept. 7, Bret Michaels will be performing at the Birchmere. Now that’s a great way to end the week.
Snapping back to reality, I am a week and a half from my due date, so the likelihood of attending all the above events is extremely small. But perhaps we’ll be able to check out a few of them.
And if the baby does not show up before next Wednesday, I have a date with Bret Michaels.