Sunday, May 31, 2009

Post 400: Big Times

Sorry I've been AWOL for the past few days. Jim came down this weekend which is always a Big Weekend, but this weekend was quite a bit bigger than I had expected.

He drove down with his roommate on Friday. We had dinner reservations in a nearby town - the restaurant is run by a local culinary school, so the food is muy tasty and muy inexpensive. We had some cocktails and then sat down to a delicious meal, capped by beignets to die for - big, fluffy, warm balls of fried dough covered in powdered sugar. A Fear Food, definitely, but one that I'll willingly eat.

We dropped off the car at our friends and began the walk back to my apartment. We detoured and wandered by the dorms where we used to live. "That's where we had our first kiss." "Do you remember what we did there? And there?" We were even getting nostalgiac for the dining hall, and that's pretty hard to do.

Probably none my dear readers have been to Ohio University (well, maybe some of you), but our campus is hella pretty. College Green, the center of campus, is criscrossed by brick paths and lamps; at night it's beautiful.

Jim stops in front of the oldest building on campus. "Do you remember what we did here?"

I look around. "Uh ... no. What did I forget?"

"We did this."

And then he actually GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE and pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him.

And I said yes. I mean. Duh.

The ring (because I know at least the ladies are interested) is white gold, with a large sapphire flanked by two smaller diamonds. It is flabbergastingly gorgeous.

Of course our parents already knew. Jim is sneaky. The parents-meet-the-parents dinner went even better than I expected. The good news helped break the ice.

So yeah. I'm getting hitched, probably late summer 2010. Jim and I spent yesterday afternoon reading bridal magazines - talk about a feminist's nightmare - scouting venues online, and watching Bridezillas. Emasculation trifecta complete.

All kidding aside, I am insanely happy. I get to marry my best friend - what more could I ask for?


Cammy said...

And I am insanely happy for you! What great news!!! And what a lucky guy, this Jim. :)

Really, you deserve this, Lisa. I am always pleased after reading your posts about him, because it seems like he makes you so happy. A thousand congratulations!

ola said...

Just WOW! It is fantastic:)
I haven´t been reading your blog long, but even the couple of posts where Jim appeared were always... with some special warm and light. You both are lucky!!

licketysplit said...

Ah! So cute! Congrats!

Just Eat It! said...

AHHH! Congratulations! :D

Lissy said...

Wonderful, wonderful! And you were surprised too. That IS a very big weekend.

May you have so many years of happiness. and some easiness too.

iheartsquash said...

YAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!! How glorious!

lisalisa said...

congratulations! Awesome! How wonderful to be marrying your best friend! :) :) :)

Harriet said...

OMG!! How amazing! Congratulations!

And I happen to be a reader who has been to OU, and I'm actually going out there next week to pick up my son. The campus is incredibly beautiful, a wonderful place to get engaged.

Sandy said...

As Lisa's very proud and happy mom, I just want to say: In 2010, 4 of my 5 kids are graduating and 1 is getting married. My cup runneth over!

Tiptoe said...

Lisa, congratulations! I'm really happy for you.

Awww, love is in the air!

brie said...

Aw, congrats - muy magnifico! I got to marry my BFF too, and it's the best!!!!

Sarah said...

AHHHHHH I just screeched and freaked out and I don't even know you in real life. This is AWESOME!! That is such a sweet proposal story and the ring sounds awesome and I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

On a slightly more intelligent note, doesn't this make your work in recovery and the work you put into being present seem worth it?!! And YAAY for bridal magazines--it's so fun to buy them for REALS!! (How did that get into my intelligent sentence?)

Sarah said...

I just read the other comments and that's sweet that your mom reads your blog! Congratulations to you, Sandy, proud mom :) you have a wonderful daughter!

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Katie said...

Congrats, Lisa! That is so exciting!