Hello all, it's been awhile. Over half a year ago I quit my job, got depressed, did nothing for a while, decided to travel in Europe alone, and just came back at the end of last month. I have somewhat gained a new perspective on life, but that's not what I wanted to share now! This is what:
My boyfriend of many years had a work meeting in New York so I went with him right after I just came back from Europe. On our *N*th anniversary we went on top the Empire State Building and he proposed to me! I had an inkling of what he was about to do when it started drizzling and he would not leave! I thought after many years I'd be prepared but I was still stunned and dumbfounded as he took my hand and kneeled down and took a little ring box out of his jacket (and I never figured I would cry being proposed at either!). People were gathering nearby to watch us and they were clapping as he put the ring on my finger. Some even came by and took pictures of us. (If only I can track down the strangers for the pictures! ) I was so nervous that I totally forgot what my fiancee had said to me, so I had him repeat the words again later that night. We then called family and friends and shared the news; then we had a nice dinner in an Italian restaurant (where the nice owner/manager took pictures of us and gave us tiramisu on the house as celebration.) It was just perfect what he did and I'm so grateful that he stood by me through all we went through.
I backpacked through London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Munich, and Amsterdam. I didn't make it to Finland, but would love to in the future in a warmer weather! Traveling by myself was freeing at the same time lonely, but I'm glad I visited those beautiful and magnificent cities and immersed myself in different cultures.
Now I'm looking to get a job (so my fiancee and I can pay for the wedding ourselves).
I will post pictures as soon as I learn to maneuver my G3 (still have not read the manuals after a year) to take a close up shot.
Amethyste - please zap my cuticles away! (I loved Europe, but I truly believe that my hands and skin are made even drier from all the secondhand smoke there!) I have hard nails and just noticed that I'm got ridges on my left middle fingernail. Never had a manicure (don't know where to look for a good nail technician).
No wedding date yet, it's hard to set a budget since I don't have a job now. My dream wedding is on a Southern California beach, short and small, followed by a reception indoor with dancing. If anyone has vendor tips, please let me know!
I think I had a quarter-life crisis, not sure what my purpose in life is. But now, I'm keeping myself busy running errands and doing chores in the house (been away too long!), semi-planning the wedding, and looking for a job. I think I just want to *BE*, and be happy and learn new things.