Friday, June 11, 2010
Fun Fact Friday #15--June 11th Edition
This time for the F3, I give you...MY ENGAGEMENT STORY.
Back in October of 2008 David told me that his friend Joe from Buffalo, NY needed some female advice. I sent him a text and told him that David said that he needed my advice on something. Joe told me that his friend was getting hitched and asked me if I was getting hitched, what kind of a ring I would want. Now I will admit, this got me sort of thinking of that this might be a cover for David, so I said what my ideal ring would be--a diamond of course, but to show the bond between two people. A white gold or a silver band. Maybe the two birthstones around the diamond to signify the bond between the couple. An engraving of the initials of both people on the inside of the band. I also wanted something simple and unique to me. Then Joe asked me if what kind of proposal I would like. I said that I would like it to be an re-enactment of the first date followed by a nice walk along a pier or a beach. He said what if it is snowing or raining. I said a nice restaurant with a fireplace then. After I told him all of this, I did ask if the "friend" line was a cover up for David. He told me no, that his friend Austin was planning on asking his girlfriend to marry him. I asked him when and he said on her birthday which was December 5th. At that point, I said okay and wished his friend good luck.
After that point, I will admit I started to get depressed about the whole engagement thing. Everyone I knew was getting engaged, or were already married and the entire love sick thing. I constantly questioned when my time was going to be. But then I said to myself that if it happens, it happens and to just let it go. Which I did.
Then my friend Emily started to show me rings from the movie The Crow and asked for my opinion. She also started to tell me about all of these gems she found and was going to make them into a ring to signify her family or something or other. At that point I told her that buying rings for me off of the Internet is hard for me because of my size. She then asked me what size I was and I told her. Again, did not think anything of it, just let it go.
Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2008. There is one thing that makes me totally panic and that is when plans are not made in stone. I can not stand it! I need to know where and when and what to wear and the whole thing. Granted, I like surprises but not when it comes to date planning. David told me on Sunday, after freezing in Giants Stadium, to not to make plans on Wednesday and to dress up. Thats another thing I hate--dressing up. I do wear makeup and do the whole mani/pedi/waxing thing but I am comfortable in my jeans and sweaters and sneakers. He then told me to meet up with him at the Manhattan side of the Staten Island ferry about 5-5:30pm. I got there and I waited. He arrived, in a suit. Now David in a suit is an amazement...but he still wore his sneakers. We talked for a little bit and then he asked me to close my eyes. He handed over to me a bouquet of Stargazer Lilies. My favorite! There are 14 of them. So surprised. We then got onto the 1 train and got off at Christopher Street.
He finally told me the place we were going to. Now I do remember telling him that I did want to try this place, and we did. The restaurant is called "One If By Land, Two if By Sea". Our coats were checked and we sat down at this nice table. Then we got the menu. It either had foie gras in it or pomegranate. I like pomegranate so I made sure to order the dishes with that. Then he constantly had to get up from the table. He claimed to check the game score and to see if there was anything else on the menu besides to what they gave us. So we ate our meal, which wasn't that big. I even made a joke about going to McDonald's later to which he said he was thinking the same thing. He then got up from the table again, to go to the bathroom, but this time took his bag. He never takes his bag. When he returned, he said he had to go check on the bill and that he would be right back. He came back to the table and said for me to close my eyes. At this point, he was wearing the David Wright New York Mets jersey I got him as our first anniversary present. When I opened my eyes, there were two glasses of champagne in front of me. He said that the champagne was complimentary since we were special customers. I said cool but my glass was a little bit too fizzy. I looked at it and took a sip, and it tasted sorta funny. I then looked at the bottom of the glass and asked him what was inside of the glass. He said for me to try and get it. I couldn't so he got a spoon and fished out.....THE RING. My heart nearly jumped out of my chest. He took the ring from me, wiped it off, got down onto one knee and said, and I quote verbatim "These past years have been one of the greatest years in my life. Through the good times and the bad times, you make me so very happy and there is no one else I rather be with. Will you give me the honor of being my fiancee'?" He placed the ring on my finger, I looked at him, got choked out, and said "Oh my god...of course...yes!" We kissed and then when he took my hand to go over to the piano, I knocked my glass of champagne over. That is just me. I am a klutz. I even trip up stairs. Anyway, the pianist played a very pretty song by Daniel Bedingfeld. After we enjoyed the song, he got our coats and we left, enjoyed the rest of the night with a carriage ride in Central Park and walking along 5th Avenue. All in all, my time has come and I am so glad it is with my Phenomenal.