The attention Allison and I gave our dinner yesterday was exceptional. First, we spent nearly an hour earlier that day discussing how we would handle situations like Superbowl parties, work travel, fire pits and musical accompaniment. Second, we decided to make two dishes from The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook that we’d never made before: Polenta with Garlicky Greens and Gratinéed Asparagas with Parmesan. Third, we broke out a bottle of good wine – 2003 Mt. Jagged Shiraz (Allison displaying, Beck displaying) – which is something we don’t do enough. Fourth, we ate by candle light, which is something we do about as often as we break out the good wine (in fact, the two events probably always occur in tandem).
It was a fantastic dinner and a good pairing. We had a very lengthy meal and conversation — about an hour and a half. Juice only interrupted once.
I found myself looking forward to talking to Allison tonight during my workday today. I was comforted by the fact that we have reserved time together. There’s nothing keeping me from doing that on any night, but it feels different to me because we’ve booked the time.