Tuesday, April 17, 2012

youtube dating - guest post

Today you get a very special treat.  My friend Camille is guest-posting for me, and I am guest-posting for her!  That means you get two posts for the price of one!  And we're both talking about how awesome dating is, so it's pretty much a win-win situation.

Aaand if you read my guest post, I'll let you in on a little secret.  Go check it out here!

Hello!  My name is Camille and I blog over at fridaywereinlove.blogspot.com.
I never thought I'd be blogging about some of the intimate details of love and marriage until I realized one day how much I believe in marriage and keeping love alive, not to mention I'm a believe in fun at any stage of life, and even a fairly private person like me can't deny the huge passion to share it!  My blog I share with my husband, (see, we're sharing so early, we're off to a great start!) where we take turns posting about our weekly date night.

We were lucky enough to take marriage classes with a former clergy leader before our marriage.  In one of those classes we were given the best advice- to go on a weekly date and not let anything get in the way of it.  We were told family obligations, work, church, school- (you name it) would try to get in the way, but to book a date on a calendar and not let anything stop it no matter what.  We giggled a little thinking we are fun people and would not have these problems.  We learned in our first month of marriage that even as newlyweds, both employed, with no kids we would still have to fight for time to have date night.  We do!  It's sacred to us and what we both look forward to each week.  We're up to over a year now, and some weeks we're lucky enough to go on multiple dates.

Feel free to join us anytime to check out some date ideas, share ideas with us, and spread the love over at FridayWereInLove.blogspot.com.  

And just so we don't leave you hanging, here's one of our most popular dates:

YouTube Video Date (aka 2.5 hours of free laughter)

It's hard to go out with friends or family in our age demographic and not have someone say
"did you see that funny movie on YouTube?"  Followed by laughs, acting it out, or loading it
on a laptop or phone to watch instantly.  Whenever we have a bad day or need a laugh we
turn to certain videos.  
So we had this idea about 7 months ago to build a collection of hilarious YouTube videos that
we always turn to for a guaranteed laugh.  We figured if we could get to about an hour and
half we could have a solid date that we could do at home for free.  We've been building for
months asking some of our funniest and most media-centric friends for ideas beyond the
ones we already had.  I must say we did it with some criterion: 
1. It had to be PG-13 rated or better, we wanted to watch it without being offended  
2. It had to be laugh out loud funny to both of us 

When we added a few more this past week we decided to total the time of the video
channel we created- we had over 2 and a half hours of hilarity!  We knew it was time
to enjoy this date that was 7 months in the making!  

We made sure to start the night out right with some Cafe Rio.  

If you live in the Southwest put this on your list!  It started in Provo, Utah and has
expanded greatly.  Good thing, because Camille grew up near the Cafe Rio and went
many times during BYU days and probably would be making trips to Utah to have it
regularly if it wasn't in the Phoenix Metro.  
He recommends the Pork Barbacoa Burrito, green enchilada style

She recommends the Chicken Salad with cilantro ranch dressing

It was a great way to start of the night- and we can always be sure we'll run into
at least 1 person we know.  This night brought 4 long-lost friends.  

After dinner we stopped off at Camille's favorite food store, Trader Joe's to get
their ridiculously amazing kettle corn.  You can't beat this popcorn, trust us
(and it's low calorie)!   

We headed home and fired up the laptop with the special channel we've been creating
and laughed and laughed until we were ready for bed.  
     (we're enjoying our new camera with remote, can you tell?) 
I know what you're thinking, "That sounds like fun, but I'm not sure I have the patience
to spend 7 months building a collection of YouTube clips."  Don't worry friends, we made
 our station public and you are more than welcome to recreate this at home, for free,
and with no effort except maybe obtaining your own treat to eat while watching!  

Warnings in Advance
1. We have a quirky sense of humor, so hopefully you find these funny like we do, but
 it's okay and we're not offended if you don't.  
2. We went PG-13 but there are a few with some swear words.  If you're ultra sensitive
 you may want to skip "Mad TV's Can I Have Your Number," "SNL's Lazy Sunday," and there
is some mature content in "The Bed Intruder Song."   We promise they are funny and pretty
appropriate, but if you can't stand one word don't watch those.  
3. Movie #7 is 1 hour long.  It's a whose line is it anyway and the time flies watching it,
but if you're short on time or attention you may want to save it for last
4. They are all funny, but the first ones added are funniest (to us anyway) and ended up
being last on the list, that just means we saved the best for last!  

Enjoy the fruits of our labor and one funny, free, creative date courtesy of the Whitings!  


Happy DATING friends!  


katilda said...

love it. must watch the youtubes asap!

Kylie said...

I'll keep this in mind for our next date night! Love it when they're on the cheaper but still fun side :)

And I have to say it... Costa Vida is like 1,242,789 times better than Cafe Rio. It just is. And unfortunately, neither reside in my city :P We have to get our fix when we visit my parents.

Emma Frances said...

What a fun date night! And I think the seven months of preparation make the end result so much more fun! :] And I need Cafe Rio! MMMM!