That's supposedly the point at which the honeymoon period in the average marriage ends and when romance is officially dead, according to this poll.
I'm not sure I buy it, as one of their examples of "proof" that romance is dead is that husbands leave dirty socks on the floor. Personally, I have been leaving dirty socks around the house since I was old enough to remove my own socks, so if that's indication of me taking my marriage for granted, then my marriage was doomed since I was like... six months old. Plus, I've never known anyone whose fantasies of a romantic marriage revolved around proper dirty sock disposal.
But if you think my skepticism about the validity of these statistics is enough to keep me from planning a ridiculous, over-the-top, wildly romantic evening for when Mr. Darling and I have been married for two years, six months, and twenty-five days... you're wrong. That date has been marked on my calendar since I first heard about this survey on the radio. We'll still be poor-ish at that point (Mr. D will have started his residency just a few weeks earlier and probably won't have gotten his first paycheck yet), so we won't be taking an exotic second honeymoon or renting a fancy hotel room, but I already have quite a few ideas up my sleeve.
Right now, my ideas include an outdoor candlelit picnic dinner under this gigantic tent-thing I have, followed by some, um, lovin'. I'm thinking roses and pictures and flowers and hearts and, of course, the stripper pole. (That part will definitely be indoors.) Actually, I'd like to do a whole romantic week for Mr. D: cook his favorite dinners every evening (which would be extra romantic, since I rarely cook), make use of all of my sexiest lingerie, let him watch Cops as much as he wants, etc. I'm looking for suggestions for how I can make the week extra romantic, and I need your help!
So what are your best cheap romantic ideas? AND do you agree that romance is dead in a marriage after about two and a half years?