|We're officially engaged!!
||[Feb. 16th, 2009|02:49 pm]
Ari proposed to me yesterday, on our four-year anniversary. He took me out on a surprise trip to an unknown destination. It happened to be the baggage claim of JFK Airport...the first place we had seen each other, the place where it all began. He got down on one knee, took out the ring he'd smuggled out of my room without my knowing, and asked me. I said yes, of course...that there was nothing in the world I'd rather do than marry him. He seemed really frightened, and I didn't know why until after...he had carried the ring there in an empty spice box (it still smells of paprika :P) and it turns out that when he took a rattling container out of his pocket and opened it, the security guards were looking at him really suspiciously. When they saw him get down on one knee, one guard rolled his eyes and turned back to his paperwork (I guess they're not into romance?). But anyway, poor Ari was understandably shaken. Then we went over to visit the home of our good friend and official wedding planner, who proceeded to deviously torment Ari (in good fun, of course)...along with nicer things. It was wonderful to have the blessings of Elke and her family, and it was a fun visit.
He's so incredibly, wonderfully romantic! Turns out he'd been planning it for the last four months, and everyone knew about it but me ("everyone" being his entire family and Elke). It's almost impossible for him to plan something long-term, in secret. It really shows just how much this meant to him...he really wanted to do it right (which he certainly did!). I can't begin to describe how happy or lucky I feel to have him, or to be marrying him. The ring fits, but he fits better. Nowhere else could I find such a smart, hot, nerdy, ethical, funny, antiquated, devious, strong, eccentric, trustworthy guy who's insane enough to be such a match for me. Four years later, he still surprises me every day. I love him more than anything...we supplement each other, and together we make a whole. I can't wait to see what wonderful things our lives will hold together.