Anniversary of dating the second time

Today I made Marvin go to a plantation to celebrate our anniversary of dating the second time.

Don’t worry. He gets just as confused by that whole dating-the-second-time thing.

See, we dated the FIRST time on May 27, 1986. But then we broke up. We started dating again on October 11, 1996. So we have to celebrate on May 27 and on October 11 each year, plus also too in July for our wedding anniversary.

Who hates me and my idiot savant memory of dates? Is it Marv?

I asked him last week if he’d like to go to Chinqua-Penn mansion with me on our dating anniversary, and he said sure. Then this weekend I said, “Are we still going to Chinqua-Penn on Sunday?” and he said, “Sure. …Unless you want to go somewhere else.”

Okay, don’t you hate it when someone does that to you? Why not just say “No, I don’t really want to go”? “Unless you want to go somewhere else.” Irritating. After tersely discussing any other stupid, stupid, asinine place we could go, somehow we ended up going there anyway. I am unsure why. Perhaps I became frightening.

Dragged Happy Marvin, on his way to the mansion. Woo! So pleased he took up with me 13 years ago today.

Chinqua-Penn is lovely. It was built between 1926 and 1929 by some rich rich rich tobacco guy. Not that he was a guy made of tobacco. But tobacco made him. And yes, I realize I should not be off celebrating tobacco money, seeing as half my family smoked like chimneys and they all died of smoking-related causes. What can I tell you? It’s really pretty there.

Marvingoof What I enjoy is the part where Marvin simply must fool around in every shot. Also, too, the part where he brought a coat and I did not and then I was cold and had to wear his coat? Happens every.single.time. we go anywhere.

Water Sighhhhh.

They wouldn’t let us take pictures inside, which is a shame, because the house is 35,000 square feet and each room has a little theme going on and the house has 13 bathrooms. Something tells me the lady of the house never had to clean any of them, ever.

Arf The couple had no kids, but 15 dogs. Gee, I have no idea what that’s like. Except for the part where they could afford to have that many dogs.

Downwarddog Sighhhhhh. Part deux.

Haha After we saw the house, we toured the grounds, which include several greenhouses, a winery, peacocks, a pagoda, and several other things neither you nor I have on our grounds. I tried to look like I was laughing at the ha-ha wall but instead I look like maybe I have food poisoning.

Hitch You can even get hitched here. I’m serious. They have weddings at this place. Planning ahead! Second marriage!

Halfhead At some point in the day I tried to take our picture by myself. And can I just reiterate I am a professional photographer’s daughter? Can I mention again how he tries not to admit he’s related to me?

Squinthead Marvin trying to squint his way into the frame.

Kilroyhead Okay, seriously. Kilroy was here. A photographer wasn’t.

Myhead Oh, forget it.

Afterward, we went to dinner at an Italian place in our neighborhood.

Salad Marvin is obsessed with sweet tea since we moved here. Blech.

Madman This guy was sitting right outside our window, and I took his picture because he is sitting just like the beginning of Mad Men. He’s even holding a cigarette but you can’t tell. Because did I mention I’m quite the photographer?


Thanks for coming along on our celebration of dating the second time. Marvin has half a mind to make you leave now.

0 thoughts on “Anniversary of dating the second time

  1. Kellyeee,
    I am wondering if anyone reads me enough to remember I wore those red shoes LAST time I went to this mansion, on Christmas Eve. I am hoping no one is that careful, but sometimes people scare me with their attention to detail.


  2. Oh, and dear d-lou,
    Thanks for the link. I will take that $236 I have lying around and get that camera forthwith. What do you think I am, a tobacco magnate?


  3. You should add your engagement date to the list of celebrations. If you have two dating anniversaries, a marriage anniversary, an engagement anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Xmas (plus Hanukkah, b/c Marv’s jewish), your birthday, Mother’s Day (hey, you have canine and feline babies)… you should CHA-CHING about once a month. 🙂


  4. Yeah, you know what, ASHLEY? I failed to set the “I get gifts” precedent when it comes to celebrating these anniversaries. Do you think it’d seem phony to start expecting them now?


  5. Say Junie, you are getting quite good at the anti-frizz hair straightening thing.
    I noticed the shoes but was wondering where you got red boots. I want red boots.


  6. Happy anniversary! So nice to have so many reasons to celebrate and go out to eat and stuff!
    Tell Marv not to dangle his arm out of the car window like that. It’s dangerous.


  7. Happy 2nd Dating Anniversary to you! Happy 2nd Dating Anniversary to …Okay. I’ll stop.
    That place looks beautiful. And your hair is looking absolutely fab! I think you’re cutting Marv out of the pictures is being done on purpose. And I can’t say I blame you.


  8. 1.I think Marvin and my husband may be related. Or maybe they are both just male. 2. I have a D.C. themed bathroom and a Jesus themed bathroom. I am willing to bet you did not find either of those in all 35,000 sq ft of themed-ness. 3. Maybe next time with the HaHa wall you should throw your head back. You will appear less stomach ache-y and more ha.


  9. That was a nice post, Thanks for sharing.
    Who took the first picture of the two of you? It had both of your heads in it, perfectly.
    I think you should have worn the bumpit as a special anniversary “do”.
    Hey, that’s my MJDI. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to wear a bumpit when I go out to dinner with my husband. Now you have to do it, right?


  10. I have wanted to go there since 2003 and keep forgetting to! I know it was closed for a little while, but now I’m really going to try to go next week. If you want to tour another great “tobacco money” house & grounds I recommend Reynolda House – there is a great french restaurant in the nearby shops.
    Not to be “stalkerish”…cause I’m really not…but I think I know which Italian restaurant that was! We love it – was it Positano’s on Lawndale??


  11. Oh yeah, I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon reading up on Jeff Penn and Betsy and what wonderful people they were…just ask the gardener, who obviously had a sense of humor, hence the ha-ha wall.
    Looks like you had fun!


  12. Looks like you had a great time, once you got there! Why do men have to be such grumps? Also, please explain the “Ha Ha Wall”.


  13. Okay, I just have to say it….June, you are too thin! Your bones will be thanking you to put on some weight, dammit!
    Your older, crone-like friend…


  14. I also like the red shoes and Marvin’s rosy red cheeks, but I REALLY like your red sweater. I’m into the cable knits this year. Like anyone wants to hear about fashion from me after I wore that dress.


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