What do you do when you have an evening to yourself?
The children are snuggled up and on a good night they won’t rise from their slumber and bother you. With a few hours until you follow them upstairs you’ve got time to indulge in some fun activities without even leaving the home, and here are five of the best. By the way, don’t look for that – it’s not here, although it is undoubtedly fun.
If your only visits to the cinema nowadays involve sitting and watching the Lego Movie, Postman Pat and other ‘U’ rated films, then an empty front room and a 42’ screen might just provide the cinematic pick-me-up that you need.
Make a list in three stages. The first stage is to catch up on the 2013-14 movies that evaded you. The second is to compare notes on movies that you’ve always wanted to see – perhaps three or four each. And the last stage, should you require it, is to pick out some all-time greats, movies that you really should see. Empire’s top 301 movies of all time, recently updated, features a sparkling selection to consider.
Three stats to make you think: women account for 47% of gamers, the average age of gamers is between 30 and 35, and 29% of gamers are over 50!
Most of these joypad junkies have grown up with gaming, and although your lust for epics such as GTA, Destiny and Assassin’s Creed may have been curtailed by a few years of sleepless nights while the children grow you may be surprised by how quickly you can slip back into the groove.
If monsters such as these are too immersive then idle away the time on simpler games at sites, surf the web for new experiences, or have a dabble on sites such as BetVernons.
If you cook the usual things that your youngsters like and send them off early enough there’s an ample opportunity to experiment with fresh flavours. According to foodnavigator-USA.com trends for 2015 include ‘Advanced Asian’ such as Northern Thai and Filipino, Ugly Fruit, and charcoal cooking.
If this all sounds a little adventurous why not cook something that you both love that you haven’t enjoyed in ages – meals which you cooked when you first became a couple.
Reminisce and plan
See the dusty wedding album? Time to pull it out and take a look at what was hopefully a great day. If not how about holiday albums, or nights out with friends? The key thing is to avoid looking on iPads or screens – the physical act of turning pages together is part of the emotional experience.
That’s what you’ve done before – what are you going to do in the future? Why not plan another holiday together, or a new hobby or adventure? You could grab some brochures in the daytime and spend a night with a glass of wine reading and revelling in the thought of a trip to the Maldives or Caribbean.
Activities for the following evening
Often the evening rush is due to not having anything planned. You struggle to find entertainment to fill the hours right after dinner and when you finally arrive at some time to yourself, you feel exhausted and some proper relaxation seems impossible.
For one or two nights a week, plan a few activities that will suit everyone. Even more so, use your Mondays to catch up on paperwork and financial tit-bits you won’t have the energy for towards the end of the week. You won’t regret it.
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