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Sometimes, it’s the simple things that mean the most and make the best memories.

My man and I work the craziest of schedules and even on the best of days, we get so busy that we feel like two ships passing in the night, who meet up in the hallway to sneak a kiss and a warm moment, reminding each other how much we care about the other, no matter how busy we are.

Relationships, like anything in this world worth having, take work. It’s important not to forget this and to make spending time with your special someone as big of a priority as anything else you have going on in life. For us, we’ve found that it’s the small things that have become the most meaningful. Having said that, let me also say, we enjoy the good life, a wonderful dinner out, getting away from it all and going somewhere amazing and occasionally treating ourselves to something we want. After all, the balance to working hard, is playing hard and it’s good to have some fun.

But in this economy and busy world, we’ve rediscovered some ways to spend time together at home, which doesn’t break the budget and provides quality time together. We’ve created our own customized version of ‘Date Night – Dinner and a Movie’, watching True Blood on HBO together on Sunday nights.

We love it so much that we’ve created a ritual for the evening…. Sunday night has been declared ‘Garlic Spaghetti Night’.

On Sunday evenings, we stop whatever we’re doing and meet up in the kitchen at 5pm. Together, we cook, mincing fresh garlic and onions and creating a zesty red sauce. Chop up a fresh salad, add some fresh french bread and a glass of red wine and dinner is served and yes, serving up a garlic dish before watching a show about vampires is discussed at length.

We take our time together in the kitchen, chatting and catching up on the week while preparing the food, leisurely enjoying each other’s company. When the meal is ready, we sit down together at the table, taking the time to savor each bite and appreciating the work that each of us put into preparing the meal. While this may sound simple, don’t overlook its significance. Most couples today are so busy with work and family that it’s truly rare to find and embrace some quality time together, where you talk about everything and nothing and just relax in each other’s company. We take it to the limit, unplugging the phone, dimming the lights and lighting candles.

After dinner, it’s time for a quick wash up and tidying the kitchen and then we’re off to snuggle in front of the TV on the cozy sectional couch, just in time to watch True Blood.

We share a lifelong interest in the paranormal, both fiction and non-fiction, and I read and loved the Adventures of Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris before they were turned into the True Blood series. The books are wonderful and the show has deviated from the books in many ways, bringing new life to some of the characters, who played smaller roles in the books. True Blood is fast, chaotic, and messy, just like life at times. It’s also larger than life and meant to be enjoyed as the pure entertainment that it delivers every week. Being born and raised in Louisiana, you can imagine my delight and my chuckles at the variety of scenes and accents in the show.

When my hubby and I met, our first date was dinner at an Italian restaurant and a movie afterwards. After all these years, it’s reassuring to see that some things are still the same, while other things have changed. For us, truly, it all began with Love at the first bite.

As for True Blood, we can hardly bear to dwell on the fact that there are only two shows left! Fortunately, we have a second addiction to fill the time, we’re also avid Treme’ fans, which is coming back to HBO in the spring of 2011. If you haven’t seen Treme, I highly recommend it, it’s like being right there on the streets of New Orleans, which is where we were in April and look forward to returning again soon.

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More about Kala Ambrose: Kala Ambrose is an award winning author, intuitive and talk show host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show. Her thought-provoking interviews entice listeners to tune in around the globe! Described by her guests and listeners as discerning, empowering and inspiring, she speaks with world renowned authors, artists, teachers and researchers delving into metaphysical, holistic and paranormal topics. Kala’s book, 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled delves into the mysteries of ancient Egyptian mystery schools and explains their wisdom teachings. Kala Ambrose is a highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire. She lectures on the Ancient Wisdom Teachings of Egypt and the Mystery Schools, Developing Business Intuition, Working with Auras, Chakras and Energy Fields, and Wise Woman Wisdom.

Kala’s new book Ghost Hunting North Carolina will be available in 2011.
More information about Kala at: www.ExploreYourSpirit.com

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Kala Ambrose is "Your Travel Guide to the Other Side". As an award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose's teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations. A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala teaches and writes about ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled both cover these topics. In addition, Kala shares her love of history, travel and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. Her books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites. Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Entrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, Edgar Cayce's ARE, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, Daily Om and her school, the Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences.

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