First of all, thanks to everyone for the congratulations and well wishes! Boo and I are beyond excited!! As promised, here is the story from Saturday night.
Late December I found out that I was moving to a new team at work. Boo told me he wanted to take me out to dinner to celebrate. Well, when March rolled around and we still hadn’t quite gotten to that fancy dinner, Boo told me that we were definitely going out on Saturday. He made reservations at Koi, a Japanese restuarant inside the Bryant Park Hotel. We got gussied up (I’m such an old fogey already!) and, after a more-treacherous-than-usual cab ride, made it to the restaurant. We went early (perfect for us) and sat in a corner table. We ordered drinks and after they arrived I suggested that we toast to something. Boo asked what and when I couldn’t come up with anything, he said this:
“Let’s toast to your new job and to our future together.”
We clinked our glasses, drank and the toast was over. I thought after that it would be business as usual. So when Boo said, “so I have a question for you” do you want to know what I said?
“Yeah, what’s up?”
I said “yeah, what’s up?” after drinking to our futures together. I didn’t bat an eye. It didn’t even occur to me that he might be proposing. Until he reached into his coat pocket. And pulled out the little box. And said “will you marry me?”
I was so shocked that I immediately started crying–I couldn’t even say “yes” right away–I just nodded over and over until I could finally talk and then I think it was a combination of “ooooohmygawd!” and “yessssss!!!!!” and Boo slid the ring on my finger!
The waiter, who was a hoverer (partly due to lack of crowds and partly out of desire for a good tip) saw and had complimentary champagne sent over and they decorated my dessert with “congratulations” in chocolate! (What better way to say it?!)
After dinner (most of which I was too excited to eat!) we took a little walk through Bryant Park and I called my parents, who, of course, already knew it was happening. Even though their “surprised” voices weren’t as convincing as they could have been, they were still absolutely thrilled to hear the news!
After that Boo and I walked to Grand Central and stopped to get Starbucks and take a picture before we hopped the train back to my place. After all, what’s more fitting for us than celebrating, even for a minute, in the one place we’re both in and out of every single weekend on our way to spend time w/each other?
That’s it. That’s the story of our engagement. When we got back to the apartment Rachel and her bf were there, waiting to see the ring because they knew it was happening too! We spent the rest of our night calling friends and family, drinking Rachel’s award-winning (no really, it is!) cocktail and discussing who would win in a battle, a gorilla or a grizzly bear (more on that later).
I have to say, I’ve never been what you’d call a “perceptive” person and I don’t always know what’s going on–even when there are a million hints dropped in front of me. But this? This was probably the biggest and best surprise I’ve ever gotten. And to all of those who had to keep the secret? Well done! I had absolutely no idea it was coming!
Now, to answer the questions that everyone’s been asking:
Boo and I are getting married Friday, October 23, 2009 in Pittsburgh.
We have no idea where we’re going to live yet.
The ring was custom-designed by a jeweler in Boo’s hometown.
And, for good measure, one more picture from our engagment night:
Hm, since we got engaged on Pi Day, does that mean we have to have wedding pie now instead of cake?