I woke up yesterday morning with a craving for donuts.
But not just any donuts. Dunkin' Donuts glazed chocolate donuts.
Of course it wasn't just a craving for a sweet breakfast. It was actually a craving to reconnect with my husband.
When we were first dating more than 20 years ago, we had a habitual Sunday morning.
Drive to Dunkin' Donuts. Buy donuts and orange juice (neither of us drank coffee back then).
Jump back in the car and head up Mesa Drive to the Pikes Peak/Garden of the Gods overlook. Listen to Says You!, the public radio word game show while eating said donuts, drinking said OJ, and chatting. After that, we'd head to Barnes & Noble to wander the shelves and ponder the new releases.
Maybe not the healthiest choice for our bodies, but healthy for our relationship.
I woke up yesterday morning wanting that again.
He was game, so we bundled up and headed out for "Old School Sunday."
There were a few changes. We did go get donuts, but we also stopped for coffee and chai.
We brought Lucy along. Couldn't leave the pup out!
We had stopped listening to Says You! years ago because the show didn't have a podcast — but after some research, we found it does now. Downloaded a few episodes and set them up on the iPhone.
Headed up the hill to the overlook. Ate. Drank. Tried to guess Says You! answers. Added a short walk around the property with the pup. Took a few panorama shots. (I used to take photos up there, but back then, they were taken on a film camera.) (Geez, I'm feeling old.)
We dropped the pup off at home and headed back out to B&N for some bookshelf "window shopping."
It was nice. Really nice.
It got me thinking about the habits we form in our lives. And the ones we let go of.
Do you have habits unintentionally long-gone that you miss?
I'm not really sure when we stopped our Sunday "Donuts, Driving & Discussions." Or why, exactly. I assume things shifted when we started making more conscious choices about eating and supporting local, and when we started drinking local coffee, and maybe when we moved from the Springs ’burbs back downtown.
But I realize in gaining something in all of that, we did lose this regular Sunday morning connection.
It's something I want to work on bringing back.
(And maybe every now and again, a glazed chocolate donut.)