Thursday, May 08, 2014
Took a day off but am back. You missed me, didin't you?
The contest also has personal significance beyond professional growth. Shortly after we first moved here, I got engaged to Ben late one night after a CA100 speech contest. I was all excited because my student placed third, and I stayed after the final round to meet with my advisor, the man who is now my boss. When I pulled up to our apartment, I saw Ben pacing back and forth in the window, and I thought he was nervous about me coming home so late. I walked inside, and he said, "Oh, I have a surprise for you," and he handed me a People Magazine. I was stoked because I was too broke for magazine subscriptions back in the TA days, and I was happy to have some new reading material for the gym. Imagine my surprise when I looked up from my magazine to see Ben in the middle of our living/dining room down on one knee and holding an open box with a gorgeous diamond solitaire ring inside. He had champagne and roses stashed in the fridge, and we stayed up way too late laughing and calling everyone we knew. (It was a long time ago, so we had no FB or Instagram. Pretty sure I was still excited about my pink Razr).
I think about that sweet proposal every semester when I stay late on campus, and I am not the only one. Driving home from work yesterday, Ben realized that fateful night was exactly 10 years ago yesterday!
He met me at the front door when I came home and had roses and champagne waiting to celebrate our ten-year engage-a-versary! HOW SWEET IS THAT? I took a picture of the flowers this morning in the middle of our breakfast mess. Cooper saw them last night and was excited to show them to me with an adorable TA-DA when he woke up.
Anywho, Jack licked the brownie bowl because I am a raw egg risk taker.