Monday, June 28, 2010

EEEEEE!!!!!!, EEEEE!!!!!, !!!!, and !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's the thing. I'm not what anyone would call "observant" or "prone to paying attention to anything at all." I've fallen for "gullible isn't in the dictionary." More than once.

So, Saturday, when my boyfriend said we had to get up early and go to brunch at Belga Cafe, because his parents were arriving around 1:00 and we should eat first, I didn't put two and two together. (Let's face it, I can't put one and one together before noon.) I was just grumpy that I had to drag myself out of bed at the ungodly, unreasonable hour of 10:00 a.m.

Things that did not occur to me, but probably should have:
1. It was our anniversary, after dating for a year.
2. We went to Belga Cafe on our first date.
3. There was no logical reason for us to take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue after brunch. Especially not to "find out the schedule for the World Cup."

So, let's just say I didn't add it up until there was a bended knee, a beautiful ring, and a whole lot of shrieking and bouncing up and down. And being congratulated by the bouncer from the 18th Amendment.

But that wasn't the end of the surprises. My future in-laws came down from New York to celebrate with us, and take us out for dinner. We decided to pop over to Capitol Lounge for a quick drink after dinner.

Things that did not occur to me, but probably should have:
1. It was almost impossible to get anyone on the phone Saturday. Seriously - it was like all of Washington had vanished.
2. Capitol Lounge? In the basement? Was the basement even open yet?

It was open. Moreover, about twenty of our friends were gathered there to celebrate with us! A surprise engagement party! There was champagne! And brownies! And decorations! And people! From all over D.C. and even New York! And there was shrieking! So much shrieking it was like the Jonas Brothers were in town! EEEEEEE!!!!! And photos! Lovely photos! And lovely people! And so much love!!!

In related news, Cloud Nine is composed almost completely of exclamation points.

23 comments:

Brett said...

!!!!!!!!!!!!

"you invited all my friends. good thinking!"

also I am so hungover.

Shannon said...

Brett - At least you didn't leave me underwears on the couch. And I totally regret not saying that Saturday night!

Lemon Gloria said...

That's some spectacular planning! What a wonderful event!

hannah said...

=D So happy for you dear! I hope Justin hugged you hard enough for me - I sent a few hugs your way via him.

imgonnabreakyourheart said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Shannon said...

LG - There was much, much planning and secret meetings - only somewhat abetted by the fact that I am the least observant person, ever.

Hannah - Dude, I don't have ribs. Just goo where my ribs should be!

imgonnabreakyourheart- Thank you!

Gilahi said...

And Virginia! There were people there all the way from Virginia!

emilyjoyrin said...

ridiculously happy for you even though we've never met. sounds like you've snagged quite the guy.

Shannon said...

Gilahi - Exotic, exciting Virginia! Wheeee!

Emilyjoyrin - Thank you! And I have!

Dagny Taggart said...

Happiest of happy news! So glad to hear it.

Marissa said...

What a great story! Surprises like that almost never work out, so the fates are definitely aligned here. :)

Congrats to you and your new fiancé! :D

(Cloud nine's exclamation points are periodically interrupted to make room for emoticons.) ;p

Carla @ I Run, You Run said...

Oh, yay, congrats! Those surprises are awesome! I did see my coming, but I wasn't completely sure...

Now welcome to wedding-planning land. It'll suck you in.

Alex said...

Holy moly! Congrats!!!

Shannon said...

Dagny - THank you!

Marissa - Emoticons???? Oh, happy day!

Carla - Thanks!

Alex - Holy moly, indeed!

LiLu said...

Ginormous congrats, m'dear. Couldn't be more happy for you :-)

Zandria said...

Even though I was lucky enough to hear this story from you in person, it's still fun reading about it. The celebration on Saturday was SO FUN, and I'm so glad I was able to be a part of it. :)

Shannon said...

LiLu - Thanks!

Zan - I'm STILL a little giddy from Saturday. Also, upon review of the photos, I just have one question: why didn't anyone tell me my slip was showing? Classy!

Mr. J said...

Congratulations! It's funny how everything makes sense after the fact. I can't even tell you how many people I know (my own fiancee included) have a, "I can't believe I didn't get suspicious at all" moment after it happens.

Velvet said...

Aww! REALLY REALLY HAPPY for you!!!

Shannon said...

Mr. J - Really, I spent most of Sunday figuring out why I was so gullible - I mean, LOOK AT A WORLD CUP SCHEDULE? Couldn't we have done that, like, at home? On the Internet?

Velvet - THANK YOU!!!!

suicide_blond said...

sooooooo happy for you kids! xoxo

Jess of citygirlsworld.com said...

Congrats!!!

Shannon said...

blond/Jess - Thank you! Couldn't be happier.