So this one takes me way back to when M and I were just barely dating. Soon after the big “Will you be my girlfriend?” came the “I enlisted in the Navy a while back and am going to be leaving for bootcamp in 3 months”. That got real heavy real fast, am I right?
Me being the Badass Wifey (well, then Badass Girlfriend) that I am, took this terribly saddening news and tried to give it an uplifting spin: A Countdown to Bootcamp. As most of my Man Present Ideas go, this is completely customizable for any occasion and can be modified to fit your relationship.
It is self-explanatory really. Each day (or just random days) leading to the event, do something special. Since M was going away for a long time, I wanted to experience a lot of things together in the short amount of time we had left. Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing:
The Final Countdown
365 – Give him a book/paper/airplane baggy covered with doodles by you about your favorite memories from the previous year or goals you have for the upcoming year
360 – Go somewhere beautiful or significant and take a 360 panoramic photo
341 – Route 341 is 224-mile-long highway entirely in Georgia. If you’re anywhere near there, maybe drive the whole thing or go somewhere on that road.
322 – Another highway. Much longer though so if you’re road-tripping make sure you have a decent block of time
300 – Perfect score in bowling, go out for a bowling night and see who can get closest! Or have a night in with a bottle of wine and some Wii Bowling
120 – Terminal Velocity is 120mph so book a Tandem Skydive. I did this one and he thought it was the most amazing thing ever. Gets pricey, but totally worth it for you and your man to have an incredible experience together.
69 – Yes. Do it. Even if it’s just for 10 seconds of having your noses in each other’s butts, just do it.
66 – Go get your kicks on Route 66
64 – Spend the day playing Nintendo 64!!
60 – Got a car guy? Go to a race track and see how fast you can go 0-60 in your own car or rent a car from the track.
24 – Spend 24 hours together. A whole 24 hours actually being together.
21 – Bootcamp was going to separate us for both of our birthdays. I was going to be turning 21 so on Day 21, we celebrated my upcoming birthday. I had him treat me to dinner at my usual birthday restaurant and we even lied and said it was my birthday getting us my birthday dessert. Non-Birthday Ideas: Play Blackjack at home or casino. Or watch the movie “21”
19 – He was going to turn 19 in bootcamp, so I took him out for his “birthday”.
16 – Pretend you’re both 16 again and go grab a milkshake and fries or whatever you might have done back then.
13 – Eat Lucky Charms! Give him a good luck charm. Watch Friday the 13th for movie night! This one has endless possibilities. Tell him all the reasons you are lucky to have him. Go to a Taylor Swift concert.
12 – Buy a dozen eggs and play Egg Roulette (as seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). Hard boil 9 of them and take turns choosing an egg and cracking it on top of your head. First one to crack 2 raw eggs on their head loses. Then go shower together!
10 – Buy a bunch of new outfits and lingerie and give him judging signs 1-10. Give him a little show of each outfit and then slowly get skimpier and skimpier until you’re there in your lingerie. Then, hell, go out there naked!
9 – Niners (49ers if he’s into subpar football teams), Tech N9ne, Slipknot (also referred to as The Nine)
8 – Buy him a V8 engine car! Or maybe just drink some V8 juice. Get a Magic 8 Ball and ask it questions together. Go skating and try to make a figure 8.
7 – Seven minutes in heaven – Make out for 7 minutes (it’s actually a long time to make out for, so take a deep breath!), Watch the movie Se7en, go to the casino, drink 7 and 7
6 – Go to Six Flags! Again, if he’s a car guy, do something with V6 engines. Buy him a car? Yeah, maybe don’t do that.
5 – For this one I would look for a Five Finger Death Punch concert to take him to. But you could also chew some 5 gum or see who can give the most strangers high fives all day or go to Five Lake in Minnesota.
2 – Do something just the two of you. It’s the number of Helium on the Period Table so maybe get some balloons and have conversations while sounding like munchkins. Spend 2 special nights away together. Tango – it only takes two!
1 – Tell him all the reasons he’s #1 in your life. Spend 1 special night in a hotel.
The possibilities for this one are truly endless and you can basically link any idea to any number if you stretch enough. Please add to the list in the comments down below!!