My Idea Of The Perfect Date – With Myself

My Idea Of The Perfect Date – With Myself

Today I took myself on a date. It cost less than $2 and it was my idea of the perfect date. I stopped working at 2 pm. I got dressed in running gear and took the subway into Washington, DC to the Museum of Natural History (it’s free!).

I visited the Human Genome exhibit first.


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Wow, everyone’s on Pinterest. (Click this image for more details on the exhibit.)

Then I went and checked out the Hope Diamond.


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The Hope Diamond was once a hefty 116 carats but has been whittled down to a sleek 45.5 over the last few centuries. She’s a dark indigo blue but emits a red glow in the dark.

I got to feed my geeky side, and my girly side.

In the genome exhibit I learned that every cell in your body contains a set of instructions for how to grow and live. This is called your genome. That twisting ladder-shaped molecule you’ve probably seen on television is known as DNA. DNA is what determines your unique genetic traits. For example, because my ear lobes are not attached, and I can’t curl my tongue, and my hairline is pointed in the centre, my particular combination of genetic traits is found in only 2% of the population. This means, I’m a unique snowflake. Just like everyone else.

Who would have thought they can map out awesomeness?


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I’m a unique snowflake. Like everyone else.

As for the Hope Diamond, it sat on display in its own room like a lonely debutante. It had a dark indigo blue colour which I didn’t expect. According to Wikipedia, “the stone exhibits an unusually intense and strongly colored type of luminescence: after exposure to short-wave ultraviolet light, the diamond produces a brilliant red phosphorescence (‘glow-in-the-dark’ effect) that persists for some time after the light source has been switched off, and this strange quality may have helped fuel its reputation of being cursed.” Source: Wikipedia.

The Hope Diamond is not the world’s biggest diamond, but it is considered the most perfect. Its history includes “a stint in the French Crown Jewels, a daring theft, two recuttings, an English King, a wealthy American socialite, a bit of mystery and a curse or two.” Source: The Smithsonian.

Don’t you love a bit of intrigue on a date?


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That is not my hand.

The room was jammed with people trying to get a glimpse of the world’s most famous (and supposedly cursed) diamond. I waited my turn, snapped a pic on my iPhone, and then stepped back to let someone else in.

If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, I will stay as far away from the Museum of Natural History as possible.


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(And it was a Wednesday.)

The Hope Diamond was very pretty, but I was more interested in the display of jewels owned by aristocrats like Marie Antoinette. I liked the history behind these glittering gifts given by men to their women. And I realized: I like it when men adorn their adored. Getting your girl a vacuum is brutal. It’s like the modern version of buying her a plough.

Anyway, the gemstone exhibit made me realize how much I like colour in gemstones. In fact, I think I like sapphires best. Especially sapphires set in diamonds. So I learned two new things about myself today: I have a very unique combination of genetic traits and I like sparkly blue gemstones.


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The Hall Sapphire Necklace (also on display at the Smithsonian)

Which is why I love dating myself: I’m always learning new things. Ain’t dating yourself a peach?


My Idea Of The Perfect Date – The Fun Continues

After the Natural History Museum I ran home. It wasn’t my usual running route and that’s what I wanted, to see new things.

The run was about 6 kms (or 4 miles to you Yanks). I passed many important landmarks.


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Okay this teepee thing wasn’t exactly normal for Connecticut Avenue. But it was different!

It was like running through an outdoor museum or a movie set.


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The Monument.


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The WWII Memorial. It has 56 pillars, arches, a plaza and a lovely fountain. It looks very noble.


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The Reflecting Pool.


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The Lincoln Memorial. Hands up for Abe!


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The Pioneer. A Spanish war memorial in Arlington.


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Arlington Cemetery. (I ran outside it on the road – I don’t run in the cemetery. That would be disrespectful.)


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The Iwo Jima War Memorial.

When I got home I felt glow-y and happy and appreciative of my life and my boyfriend. And I wanted to spread that love around. So I asked myself, what can I do for my boyfriend that will make him happy?

So I made cookies.


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Easy almond cookies. Click on the picture for the recipe.

My boyfriend loves this gluten free almond cookie recipe. And now I am picturing him coming home in a few minutes, and seeing the cookies. His face lights up and he kisses me. (After all, the perfect date always ends with a kiss.)

See how dating yourself first makes everything better?

Museums. Sparkly things. Outdoor running. Freshly baked cookies. The buzz of anticipation. A kiss at the end.

That was my idea of the perfect date with myself. What’s yours? I invite you to comment below.

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Author Adele Frizzell/Sophie Winters

Sophie Winters is the author of two books on dating and relationships. Sophie’s real name is Adele Frizzell. She enjoys travel, hiking, and lifting heavy weights. She is a competitive bench presser, certified yoga teacher, and mountain addict. She loves inspiring people to get more out of life.

Her first book, The Cha Cha Club Dating Man-ifesto is written for all the single ladies, while her second relationship advice book, It’s Not You, It’s Us: A Guide for Living Together Without Growing Apart is for couples who want more joy, intimacy and respect in their relationship. She is working on her third book.

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