- Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum! So, trust me, I knew even before I bought them, before they ever came up on Specialicious, that Justin would have less than zero interest. But I, I! I love this kind of thing! My theater days are not so far behind me that I have forgotten the magic of the real-but-fake arts. Although I know very few celebrities, I have always been dying to go. And it was indeed impressive, starting with Beyonce's guided tour video of how they made her figure. I can, however, admit that several aspects of it were slightly questionable! It's super short, as all the reviews will tell you. And it ends with Joan Rivers, which is pretty disappointing in and of itself. But apparently, no matter the time period, all the presidents were SUPER TALL. The Kennedys were represented as being like 5'11! Each! Justin and I questioned historical height. 10/16.
- "Mr. and Mrs." (aka Post-Wedding Engagement) Photo Shoot! Here is a shoot that the Races can really get behind! Our trooper Justin posed, kissed, and hugged like a champ for an hour and change at our new favorite gardens. My ampersand, apples, pumpkins and chalkboards were all put to good use, and despite his doubts and grumbling, Justin ended up really enjoying it too. I, of course, had the best time. We got a few congratulations, which we happily accepted. Pictures hopefully to come soon! Watch for the one Justin staged himself, which includes me sitting in a tree and him attempting to hug both me and a large branch. Christmas card or Awkward Family Photos, I can't decide. Both?? 10/23.
- Maryland Small Arms Firing Range! So, trust me, I knew even before I bought them, before they ever came up on LivingSocial, that I would have less than zero interest. But Justin, Justin! Justin had been longing to shoot the firearm for many moons now. Itching for the real deal instead of plastic, zombies, and Dave and Buster's, he'd been mentioning going to a shooting range ever since a friend showed us his collection of bullets and firearms several months ago. It was going to be their bonding thing; they were going to become Real Dude Friends over guns and the many manly things that went along with that. I tried to bow out of it before it was even scheduled. I would tell both my husband and this couple that I definitely did not want any part of this, I would watch from the outside, I didn't want to shoot any guns. When you make plans to go out with another couple, however, it's generally accepted that both parties of the couple attend. So I went. And I almost died. Not of a bullet, but of such intense dislike of every aspect of the place. Once in the shooting hallway, filled with smoke, flying casings, and other shooters, I jolted at every bang I heard. Naturally, there were a lot of bangs. Loud bangs. Friends, I jump a mile high when a balloon pops, I contort into a hunched, nearly paralyzed, severe cringe at the sound of the oxygen machine blowing up balloons in case the filler overfills and pops the balloon. Can you picture me at a shooting range -- at a small, indoor shooting range! My convulsions alerted me that it might not be the safest idea for me to shoot at all, and I signaled to these kind and well-meaning and gun-comfortable people, through all our headphones, that I was leaving. I never even touched the gun. I was relieved and not entirely surprised to see Justin already in the parking lot, trying to stop trembling. Shooting is not for the Races. 10/24.
- Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise! This came up on Groupon itself, and I fell over with joy. Half price tickets for a three-hour tour of the Potomac and a fancy schmancy dinner buffet! Justin says, of his initial reaction to the Groupon, "Yeah, I was game, but I never thought we'd actually do it." That's where I came in. I insisted we do it. A dinner cruise! It sat and sat, during our super boring summer where we did nothing, and then the school year started, and we didn't do anything then either. So I scheduled it for this past Friday, and it was amazing. We forwent fancy clothes, because it was pretty cold, and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Turns out we were getting ourselves into something with the classy food of a wedding, and the entertainment of a middle school dance. Slash talent show. There was a