I Ate Pizza In a Garage on Valentine’s Day & I Loved It

OMG how young do we look!? This picture was taken on a trip to California. I think it was between the year we got engaged & the year we got married.

This is a guest post from my husband Dylan. You can see more of his posts on his blog LifeByDylan.com

Valentines day is upon us again. For the “typical person” that involves something along the lines of flowers, a fancy dinner, and a romantic evening. I’m not a typical person. When I took my now wife Lee out on our first Valentines day together (over 11 years ago) I did exactly what you’re told not to do, and I think it was one of the best ones we had.

To start with, we didn’t have a dinner reservation, which meant we weren’t going to get a table at any of the fancier restaurants in town; We were hungry, so I found a typical, cheap Mexican restaurant on the edge of town. I figured that the further from town and the cheaper I went, we’d definitely be able to get in. Nope. We arrived to a 45 minute wait.

Well, it looks like we weren’t going to be eating, so we decided to swing by the theater to catch a movie. Hitch had just come out (the romantic comedy with Will Smith), so that seemed fitting. Struck out again, it was sold out as well.

At this point our options were getting pretty thin. Lee commented to me that she was really looking forward to the slushies at the movie theater, so I found the closest gas station, and we both got slushies. Very romantic I know.

No food and no entertainment, what else could we do?  Lee told me that her “roommate was working at that mall…we could go visit her? With few other options, we set out to the romantic atmosphere of the Bloomington, Indiana mall, and 11 years later, I don’t quite remember much from our fantastic experience at the mall, but it’s hard to forget what came next.

It was now getting fairly late, and we still hadn’t had a bite to eat. We had a favorite pizza place we used to eat late night after having a few drinks. It wasn’t fancy. It wasn’t romantic, and it was already late enough that we may have a decent chance of getting a table.

There was no nearby parking from all the other packed restaurants, so we parked in a garage a few blocks away and walked over. We walked in to find that this last resort, “hail Mary” restaurant didn’t pay off. Every table was taken. With no other options left, we ordered a pizza to go. At this point we were far too hungry to drive the pizza home, so instead we sat in my car, in a parking garage, and ate our valentines dinner.

Looking back, I still think it was one of the best Valentine’s Day’s we’ve had. I didn’t know it at the time, but that night told me a lot about how our relationship would be. It has never really mattered what has happened in our lives, or what is going on around us, simply being with each other has been enough to keep us both happy. Love you Lee 🙂


  1. Nataly on February 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

    That honestly sounds like a great time! I am not opposed to really relaxed dates! They are some of the best!

    • Lee Anne on February 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I totally agree with you! They are the best kind of dates!

  2. Emily on February 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

    What a sweet story! That sounds like such a fun date, despite all the hiccups!


    • Lee Anne on February 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Emily 🙂

  3. Morgan on February 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Just spending time together is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day!

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  4. Jessica Sheppard on February 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Great post! You both look like teenagers…so fun to reminisce. Love that when you reflect on that sweet V Day, that eating pizza in the garage is a great memory. Sometimes it’s simplicity of being together that makes for the best of times. Thanks for sharing

    • Lee Anne on February 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much Jessica! I totally agree with you! xoxo

  5. Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels on February 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Those really are the best dates! That is so sweet! Love you two!

  6. hal on February 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    You guys look like such a great couple! The most relaxed impromptu moments are usually the best!

  7. Lauran on February 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Aww, that brought tears to my eyes! It’s so true about you guys.

  8. Kristina on February 11, 2017 at 9:09 am

    This is sweet!! Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be about fancy dinners and flowers, just about doing something sweet with the one you love!

    xo, Kristina
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  9. Missy Burson on February 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Aww, so sweet. Some of my best dates with my now husband involved making microwave popcorn and watching The Bachelorette, love blossoms because you like the person, not the entertainment:)

  10. Sarah Tripp on February 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I totally agree! Love that you have this fun memory! xx

  11. angelle marix on February 11, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    This is so sweet. The perfect date is always the least thought out and planned!!!


  12. Tiffani at Breton Bay on February 13, 2017 at 6:55 am

    This was so sweet to read!!! It’s so fun to reminisce about our past dates. My hubby and I dated long distance until the day after our Honeymoon, so truly it was about spending TIME together. And, since we didn’t have much money, not much was fancy but it was AMAZING because we realized we could do ANYTHING and still have fun TOGETHER!!


  13. Stephanie on February 13, 2017 at 8:51 am

    This is so sweet. Sounds like the perfect date!

    xo, Steph

  14. Anna English on February 13, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I’m all about a low-key Valentine’s Day 9/10. This past weekend we ate at a burger bar and saw a movie! ha!

  15. suzanne on February 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Awww this is really sweet. Those tend to be the best and most memorable dates ever.

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