In which I get engaged

Ok, proposal story. I love hearing other people’s, so maybe you’ll love hearing mine.

I had a bad day at work. Shitty day. People were idiots and not tipping (and I was grumpy from staying up too late the night before. I called Aaron as I left work, letting him know I was on my way home but I had to stop at the bank and the liquor store (see: crappy day). He said that he and Luna were hanging out in the backyard, making a campfire, shooting some arrows. “WTF are you doing outside?!” I said. “It’s frickin freezing!” But I told him I would change out of my work clothes and join him.

When I got home, I decided to go say hi first, then change. I headed down the hill, to be greeted by an excited Luna dog. And an even more excited Aaron, waiting for me with open arms (literally). We hung out for a few minutes, but I complained of being cold because it was 20 degrees and windy. He pulled me closer to the campfire and asked if I was warm now, could I stay for a minute? I agreed. which sent Aaron into a soliloquy about how he loves that I am the kind of girl that will hang out in the backyard with a fire even though I’m cold and cranky from work, and he loves me so much “and that’s why I’m asking you to be my wife.”

Me: “what?” 😮

him: “will you marry me?” (produces ring)

Me: “Are you kidding me!?”

*much crying on both parts* At some point I managed to say something in the affirmative. I only remember saying ok, but he says I said a whole myriad of yesses.

We did more crying and kissing and hugging, things that newly engaged couples do. We made some calls, sent some texts, and told the Facebooks. Then we went out to dinner at Village Wayside Grill, which is now very close to our house, but more importantly, it’s where we had our first date (14 months ago). There, a drunk couple at the bar started chatting us up, and asked us if we were having a good Valentine’s Day. (Which is tomorrow, and has nothing to do with the timing of the story, but moving on) and I got to tell random strangers that we just got engaged. Yeah, I’m going to be that girl tonight, so what. Then another couple overheard us, and they wanted to know all the details, see the ring, etc. I admit, it was fun to show off.

THE ONE RING: Aaron (with permission) went through his mother’s jewelry box to find a special ring. He selected a delicate white gold band / sapphire and diamond stone that his father (since passed away) had given to his mom. With my line of work (hairdressing), he wanted a mount for the stone that would not catch hair or get dinged easily. Also, the stone that was in there was pretty and dark blue, but not sparkly. Aaron found a local jeweler (Van Dyke Jewelry) to cut off the old mount & stone and replace it with those of his choosing. The original mount was melted down and added to the band of the ring. (It does need to be resized, but that happens.) The stone he chose was an oval sapphire in very light blue. It’s very sparkly, and appears to change color in certain lights. Also he pointed out that sapphire is almost as hard as diamond, so me working with my hands should have no affect.

Anyhoo…. he liked it so he put a ring on it.