Sweet Pea’s Side Dish: Weekly Xena Night

Welcome to the fifth edition of “Sweet Pea’s Side Dish”, where once a week I share with you what’s going on in my life besides food. This is a place to share with you what is going on in my life, baby stuff, our traveling adventures, and whatever else I feel like rambling on about that week. This week I want to share with you my favorite night of the week: Xena Night!

XENA1 copy  Last Christmas we received a large box with Andrew’s name on the front. When we opened it up we saw the complete series of Xena Warrior Princess inside. Six seasons, fifty-two dvd’s, and 3,120 hours wrapped in a keepsake box. At first we thought it was a joke! Andrew has a friend that always sends at least one ridiculous Christmas gift to us every year so I immediately thought it was his doing. But after we saw the price of the complete series ($150) we thought that would be one super expensive joke! We called him to see if it was in fact him that sent the dvd’s and he said no although it would have been a great idea. We called the company that it was mailed from and they finally figured out that it was sent to us by accident although for some reason it was addressed to us. After several attempts (and them not responding to emails and phone calls) to send the DVD’s back to the company, we finally kept the DVD’s.


One night when we were out to dinner with another couple we told them the story about how we are now stuck with the entire series of Xena Warrior Princess. All of us admitted that we have never even seen an episode of Xena and thought that it would be fun (and hilarious) to make a Xena viewing night a weekly occurrence. I mean it was a hit TV show back in the 90’s and it ran for seven seasons-there had to be a reason and we were determined to find out why. 😉 So last June we had our first “Xena Night”. We hosted and provided dinner, dessert, drinks and most importantly watched the Emmy Award winning series Xena Warrior Princess. The first cheesy episode was a bit hard to watch, but we hung in there, after all we had 52 dvd’s we had to watch. We continued our weekly Xena Night, rotating between each others houses for a few months, but after a season or so it was determined that the novelty of Xena had worn off. Although the nighty entertainment has changed the name “Xena Night” has remained the same. Now typically after dinner, we watch a movie or a television show, play games or just chat. In fact our exclusive club has now grown from the original four to now six people every week.


As you can probably imagine, Xena Night has quickly turned into our favorite night of the week. It usually falls midweek on either a Wednesday or Thursday giving us a much needed midweek break to hang out with friends and relax. The meal is usually a surprise for the visitors and it’s always fun to come up with a meal for six instead of a meal for two! For those couples that have kids we bring along our pack and plays for the kids to go to sleep in after dinner. It’s so great being able to put the kids to sleep, have fun and not worry about them being up too late. When it’s time to leave we just transfer Little Sweet Pea to the car and head home. He doesn’t even wake up and when we get home I can place him right into his crib.


The group has turned into somewhat of an extended family for us. With the closest family being seven hours away we lean and depend on our small group of friends like we would our family. It’s amazing how in such a short time we have become so close. Good friends, good food and good wine, isn’t that what life is all about?


Do you have any weekly dinner traditions? 


9 Responses to “Sweet Pea’s Side Dish: Weekly Xena Night”

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    Angel PinaHardin — February 4, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    Ours is a nightly tradition of just sitting down together to discuss how each other’s day has been. We have one son in grade school and getting him to talk about his day is a chore in itself.

    If you decide to get rid of your DVDs, let me know. That was one of my favorite shows, no matter how cheesy! 😉

    • Christina replied: — February 9th, 2014 @ 7:48 am

      Hi Angel,

      That sounds like a great nightly tradition! Growing up we always had dinner at the table and that was our nightly tradition of just sitting down together to discuss how each other’s day went.

      I let a neighbor borrow our DVD’s…I’ll let you know if we ever get them back (she’s a big Xena fan too!). 🙂

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    Patrice Manning — February 4, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    How lucky to receive a gift like that and have friends to share it with.

    We just watch various movies or such on netflix.
    Some are very good, others eh.

    “Once apon a time” and “lost” are two that come to mind.
    Recently we saw the first Hunger Games.

    • Christina replied: — February 9th, 2014 @ 7:51 am


      Ha! I guess “lucky” is a great way to describe those dvd’s! 😉

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    Laura Dembowski — February 5, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    This is such a cute story! Those DVDs were destined to be yours. I’ve never seen Xena before but I just might have to check it out 🙂

    • Christina replied: — February 9th, 2014 @ 7:52 am

      Yeah, I think they were destined to be mine, although I wish it would have been something we actually enjoyed! Ha! 😉

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    Keith Evvans — February 7, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

    OH WOW ! The Zena set….I’m no zen a nerd but just love the chance to watch. The odd copy we get here in the uk, she’s great fun!

    • Christina replied: — February 9th, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      Ha! Some of the episodes are quite entertaining to watch! 😉

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