Well I'm back from Santa Monica. I was able to make it on the standby flight and arrived two hours earlier than originally planned on Friday. It turned out to be a great idea as it allowed me to settle in and meet up with my lady and her friends. Let me first say, Santa Monica was beautiful. The weather was perfect. The actual city, although commercial had more character than I expected, overall we both had an amazing time.
On Saturday we started out with breakfast at Huckleberry which came recommended. It was a lovely bakery, brunch spot. We followed that up with a walk around the city to get acclimated with the people and environment. Oh did I mention the weather was perfect? Santa Monica just as any place has its own quirks, but was rather charming.
Later in the afternoon we met up with Paddy K's younger brother and his girlfriend. We decided to get some eats at Blue Plate Oysterette. It is not like me to visit either coast and not get seafood, so of course we got seafood. We then ventured to get some happy hour drinks at a local gastropub called The Yard. It really was fantastic catching up and laughing (lots of laughing oh and the lady was educated about what constitutes Screamo and not Screamo) with the two of them.
After hanging with them we decided to head back to the hotel to prep before dinner. And here is where the weekend will forever remain special. As the lady was distracted getting ready, I brought out the laptop and told her to watch a video I had made. As she watched, it chronicled the last three years of our relationship while being accompanied by one of her favorite songs. Midway through the lady began to realize what was happening (you could say she was crying..a lot). As the video concluded, I got down on one knee and proposed.
Yep, I'm engaged!
(the ring was my grandmother's on my father's side. the only item i've ever had that was hers, the lady was deeply moved.)
We ended the night with a lovely dinner at Jiraffe. The staff was kind enough to accommodate us in every way which made it a perfect bookend to our spectacular weekend.
So needless to say this is a special edition Dunkin as Frank is now Frank the engaged. I'm certain I'll post randomly about updates regarding our plans and new adventures. Honestly, I have to say I am the luckiest man alive. We're excited as can be and so are our families.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading. Hope your weekends were rockin, I'll probably be on Cloud 9 for quite some time! We couldn't be happier.
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