Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hopeless Romantic

To understand this post a little better (or for a frightening glance into Allison's psyche) - let's delve, shall we?

I'm a cheap person. Ah, that's harsh. I'm frugal.

It's not that I refuse to spend bucks, but I'm pretty selective about how I spend them. I prefer to save up for something better (completely subjective, I know - notice I didn't specify 'more expensive' - just 'better' in my mind) than to spend the same amount over time. It can drive Noah totally nuts that I refuse to pay full price for yogurt ($.64?! No thanks, Yoplait. I'll stock up on the 20/$10. Yes. A fourteen cent discrepancy. That really matters to me.) or debate over paper towel brands and in the same breath notice a $600 mirror I must own. Not all at the same store. But you get the idea.

I'm all about maximum utility from my purchases. And for me, I derive that utility from a) saving a little longer for something I really dig, or b) getting a ridiculously good deal. Uh, hello. Have you met my fabulous green armoire I scored for 75% off?

Enough exposition already. So, for faithful readers of the blog or anyone who started reading yesterday, you know yesterday was our anniversary. Part of our love for the fall anniversary centers around our love for fall travel. We had our first three anniversary trips practically planned before we tied the knot. This year is Guatemala, and we're headed out next week. So in my previously described mind, that factors in nicely. Big trip, lots of fun, eat Top Ramen until we leave. Kidding, it's not that extreme. But something low-key for the day-of.

I figured we'd spend a nice evening in or maybe find a fun restaurant in the area we've never tried before. Noah, the hopeless romantic, had a different idea.

He decided to surprise me with a night at a fun little B&B in the area, or maybe even find a little place in Park City for the evening. But understanding my ... er, frugality ... he opted for priceline.com to find a great last-minute deal. However, not understanding priceline.com, we ended up with a seriously-not-a-cent-cheaper-than-the-standard-rate room at the Red Lion.

Before I sound like a total snob, there is nothing wrong with the Red Lion. In fact, they were very kind and even upgraded us to a suite when Noah told them we were celebrating our anniversary. But let's refer back to our utility conversation. A three-star hotel six blocks from my home at its everyday rate doesn't exactly summit the utility scale. Even its possible selling points - downtown! Great view of the city and mountains! We live downtown with a great view of the city and mountains.

Noah told me about the conundrum when he came to pick me up from work. After my initial, "but babe... I have this thing called a utility scale..." reaction and "is it too late to cancel our bank account and drop off the face of the map?" query, we went home, packed a bag, vacuummed the rugs (this detail is not important, except that we finally got a vacuum and I was STOKED to vacuum the rugs) and made our way to the hotel. For an additional $17, we added Cafe Rio and a RedBox to the mix. Because when you're gonna go all out, you may as well go all out :).

In the line at Cafe Rio, the guy behind the counter took one look at us and asked Noah, "wow - did she get mad at you?" An immediate look of concern crossed my face. Was I really so transparent with my emotions? Was I honestly such a brat that the Cafe Rio guy could see it in my face? Yes, maybe. But I forgot Noah was still sporting a shiner from basketball a few weeks ago. With all the "did she hit you?!" jokes we've encountered this week, I'm shocked I didn't catch on more quickly.

All in all, we did have a really nice evening together. We laughed over and over while we packed our bags, as we pulled up to the hotel, in the elevator - I think I might need to add one more criteria to the scale - c) will result in hilarious memory for years.


The Anderson's said...

LOL... wow. Poor Noah, whatever happened to, "It's all about the effort, not execution!" Okay, okay... tell him we are sorry for the shiner but we did miss him on Thursday. Congrats on the anniversary you two, we miss you and want to hang out now.

Jon said...

I am so jealous you are going to Guatemala. I absolutely love that place, and you are going at a great time of year. Have fun, don't drink the water and don't eat lettuce.

Noahr said...

"Noah, the hopeless romantic, had a different idea." The key word here is 'hopeless.'

lauren said...

ok, love love this story. and i'm seriously the same way, so i'm pretty sure that fact just makes you cool. te hee.

and i'm super jealous about your fun trip. you'll have to post lots of pics when you get back.

candace said...

ohhh, I really like this. a lot.

Ben and Missy said...

hahaha! I am the same way with my husband. I analyze everything we buy, and it drives ben nuts. When we were first married we got into this HUGE argument over whether buying store brand salsa vs. gourmet salsa. It was awesome.
Have fun in Guatemala! I expect to hear about it later :)

Jessica Draper said...

Have fun in Guatemala!! And happy anniversary :)

Quinn and Linds said...

Ahh yes, I understand your phyche all to well. I will drive an extra 10 minutes to find gas that is 10 cents cheaper while i am on the phone making an appointment for a cut and color that will cost me $80!! You guys are going to have so much fun on your trip! Don't forget, we owe you a ride to the airport. Lets us know if we need to pay our debts, we would be happy to!

Natalie said...

Oh I love that! I know exactly what hotel you're talking about...I hope you had a view of the temple or something -- that's romantic!

It is all about the effort! I wish you all the best -- congrats!!

Jen said...

You got it from your Momma....