Duncan dropped me off at work on a Tuesday morning so he'd have the car to go stock up at Trader Joe's. It was a beautiful day all day and I was bummed that we'd be headed home for a night of running back and forth to the laundromat. I got the call that he had arrived so I headed out to see it had just started to drizzle outside. Indy was in the backseat along with some other unfamiliar stuff that tipped me off that something was up. "Surprise I did the laundry," he exclaimed! Going from thinking we'd be doing laundry all night to having nothing to do is a pretty amazing feeling, but it only got better from there. Next he explained that he had also planned a little picnic for us, but he didn't know what to do now since raindrops had just started to fall. Because I knew this had to be more than just a nice little surprise, I said, 'nah, let's go it's not so bad.' He handed me a green bandanna and said 'put this on.'
At this point I knew what was eventually coming and was really excited, but completely calm. I didn't want to put on a blindfold while I sat in plain view of my boss' window (who knows what that would have looked like) so he let me just shut my eyes. Once we were parked I was allowed to open my eyes to reveal that we were at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. We don't spend a lot of time in this area of the park but, I have repeatedly commented that I don't understand why more movies aren't filmed there because it's so beautiful. We gathered up the the bags, blanket, and Indy and headed over to the perfect bench that was sheltered from the little bit of rain that was falling.Duncan had picked up my favorite white wine (Cakebread) and my favorite dinner (Thai Chicken Salad from Park Chow). The area of the park we were in was empty except for a drum circle on the other side of the field, you know, to remind us we were in San Francisco. We ate and drank and before we knew it the sun was shining again. I was talking about how bizarre it was that we each got a fortune cookie at dinner the night before that had a fortunes with very specific time frames that tied in with big things in our lives. His was that nothing would get in the way of his success in the coming month when he'd be starting a new contract job. He said, "Well, piggybacking off of that, I wrote you a letter." I'll keep the specifics of the letter between the two of us, but it was amazingly perfect. He had a hard time getting through it without getting choked up and I cried through it all. At the end he asked me if I'd marry him as he pulled out a cute little silver box.
I, of course, said yes and slipped it on my finger to find it fit just perfectly. The ring was one he bought on Etsy as a place holder so we could shop for the perfect ring together. His favorite color is purple and mine is green so each were represented. I've known for a really long time (we've been together for five years) that we'd get married some day, but man, I didn't know it would feel so exciting! Right after I said yes Duncan said, "Oh no! I forgot!" He reached into his backpack and pulled out a photo he had printed out of our kitty Olive that he had glued onto a chopstick. "I wanted the whole family to be here so I brought Olive too," he said as he stuck it into the ground next to Indy.The first thing I asked him was, "Did you call my mom?" He did! He said that was by far the most nerve wracking part of the whole process. He had called almost a week before to ask for permission to marry me, so I called her after a few photos and kisses knowing she had to be really anxious for my call.My Momma was ecstatic and I could hardly wait to call the rest of my family and friends. We headed home for a champagne toast on our back deck right as the sky was perfectly lit up. Let's recap- Between dropping me off and picking me up form work, Duncan went grocery shopping, did 6+ loads of laundry, picked up my favorite wine, ordered and retrieved dinner, gathered all the necessities (including both our Cannon and Instax cameras) and got dressed up. If this isn't a big sign that I should spend the rest of my life with this guy I don't know what is!We had an amazing time picking out the prettiest ring. We looked at quite a few places, but ended up choosing a stunner from the 1920's. I can't recommend Dianne's Estate Jewelry enough. They have a lovely selection and their customer service made us feel like we had been transported back to an earlier time. They even gave us a bottle of champagne when we went to pick up the ring!