Kurt and I celebrated five years of dating on the summer solstice this past Saturday. Wow! Five years! It's a pretty big deal, so I thought we should devote several days of festivities to the occasion and instituted "Anniversary Week". I wasn't so on the ball and the "week" didn't really commence until Tuesday.
Our first event of the week was a picnic spread in Prospect Park while listening to Phosphorescent and The National play at the bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn. [Our picnic neighbors had a huge inflatable birthday cake with them.]
On Wednesday, we had other plans but were offered free Yankees tickets, so we made an impromptu trip to the Bronx after work and watched the game with Erik and Silvia.
On Thursday night, Kurt was put in charge of finding a nice place to go out to dinner. He was so good at keeping the secret and after a lovely Citibike ride through Chinatown, eventually surprised me with The Mulberry Project in Little Italy. It took a little advice from friends but I was very impressed with his research skills. We had some tasty cocktails and small plates in their cute backyard space.
Kurt usually makes 90% of our meals, so on Friday night I volunteered to make a nice dinner for us at home. I decided to try my hand at mussels and they turned out pretty well. I used this recipe which was surprisingly simple and actually really filling. Plus, mussels are not that expensive. It's going to be my new seems fancy, but isn't meal to impress guests :) We finished out the night watching Pitch Perfect on the couch.
Saturday was the official anniversary day, so we carried on our tradition of packing a picnic and watching the sunset at Erie Basin Park next to Ikea in Red Hook. We picked up lobster rolls and key lime pie from the Red Hook Lobster Pound and popped a couple bottles of champagne we had recently been gifted by friends. It was a gorgeous evening to relax by the water reminiscing about the last five years and discussing what the next five might look like. Thanks for a fantastic evening, week, and half decade, Kurt!
It's really interesting (probably to no one but me) to have this blog and be able to look back at all our past anniversary celebrations: Four, Three, Two, and One!
[last 2 sunset photos and any I am in are thanks to Kurt]