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02 May 2007 @ 10:56 pm

We're engaged!

Ben proposed on April 29, 2007.

He took me to a botanical garden in North Carolina. It was a casual visit, with the usual plant-browsing, walking around looking at the trees and the lakes and the flowers.. yada yada.

When we finished looking he suggested we sit down and listen to some music. We popped in the iPod headphones and started listening to a song The song, which was the core of the proposal, was "Question" by the Old 97's. (It's on my myspace if you want to hear it.) You have to hear it to get the feel. After the song was over, he bent down on one knee and said, "You know what I'm gonna ask you" to which I only responded with a dumbfounded look, and then he asked. Cue crying, kissing, hugging, and strangers emerging from the bushes to congratulate us. The end! Heh.

A fun side anecdote though, the entire weekend, God showed us that he had a sense of humor because we kept getting references to marriage, either by means of a hot sauce packet at Taco Bell that said "Will you marry me?" or Ben's fortune cookie at the Chinese restaurant we are lunch in before the proposal that talked about the "Big Question." I shoulda known!

hypnicjerk on May 3rd, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
OMFG! (Yes, I had to use that. I never use that.) Congratulations!

That is amazingly exciting news! I'm so happy for you two!!! Are there other plans? Ahhhh!!! <3
_catrina on May 3rd, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
Nope! No other plans as of yet. I'm kinda taking it one step at a time (the most current step was telling mom!) so today I'm finally settling in the idea that it's really going to happen!!

Thank you so much for the congrats though!
vom_vom on May 3rd, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
catriiiiiiiiiiiiiiina! congratulations! what HAPPY and WONDERFUL news...! yesssssssssss....it is news like this that absolutely positively pulls me out of the gutter (i am currently working on a paper due tomorrow...)and just makes me feel HAPPY! i know this is corny sounding, but whatever!

Go girl...i can almost bet that your mom is happy that you are going to get married to a tall white guy...also, she is probably happy because she knows you two love each other and all....again......YAY! i am crashing your wedding...i will bring noisemakers and confetti poppers for everyone...classy, eh.
_catrina on May 3rd, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Karen! That is so sweet of you to say! And yes, mom is happy, but in the aprehensive way because she has so many things (and not very good things) to say, "you're too young, he didnt win me over" but only because I'm her only child and she's afraid of losing me.

But yes, I think deep down inside she is thrilled. After she saw my ring she was a lot happier. The wedding's going to be out of state so that's going to be expensive if you crash! I think since there are so many people in CA who want to celebrate this with me, we're probably just going to have some kind of informal reception there. The actual ceremony is going to be very intimate (because it's going to be a plane ticket and a hotel stay = $$$$) and I'm not expecting everyone to fly out.

But I'm so so so happy with your reaction; I wish everyone could react that way! :)
vom_vom on May 3rd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
yeah an informal reception here would be awesome! maybe there will be a place for noisemakers and confetti poppers, then!

lol i wanna see the ring!
hypnicjerk on May 5th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ahhh!!! I'm responding here 'cause I want to gush about your ring...it's beautiful! This is so beautiful...haha, like Karen said, it made me really, really happy, too. And it was great news to hear while I was studying for a final. :) + <3
_catrina on May 6th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Hehe yeah I love my ring. And to think that he even mentioned wanting to upgrade it in the future? I don't care that much about the flashy bling, but yay! lol.

And thank you so so much for being so happy and supportive for me! I'm really happy, too. It's becoming more real to me everyday. I can't believe it though!
hypnicjerk on May 6th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
EEEEE!!! Yay for a possible ring upgrade! (Not that it's that important, no.) How did Ben propose, anyway? Was it terribly romantic? Can I crash the wedding, too?!? Do you know when it is? Haha, sorry for harassing you with questions...but of course I'd be supportive of this! It's too cute! <3
_catrina on May 6th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I don't mind the questions at all. I love talking about it.

We're not absolutely sure on when, but we're aiming for a December date. We're trying to coordinate it with my vacation from school (sucks!). The wedding will probably in NC so if you're in town in December, crash the wedding! lol..

The only reason that we were thinking of a small wedding is because of the cost of having people fly/drive out to it and take care of their own lodging, which is a lot to ask for but it takes off some of the financial burden from us. We're funding the wedding ourselves, so it's kind of necessary.

I described how he proposed in the entry. I edited it recently to include it. :) And it might not be terribly romantic in Hollywood-movie standards, but I thought it was romantic to me!
hypnicjerk on May 8th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh! I would love to crash the wedding! Or maybe, you know, be officially invited (though I know it'll be small, so you needn't worry). :) I completely understand about the small wedding business...kudos to you for being financially independent! Ahhh!!! Did I mention how excited I am?!?

The proposal was very, terribly, cutely romantic! (I even listened to "Question" to get a true sense of how it went down.) Love all the hints that he was gonna pop the question, too...a hot sauce packet?!? What in the world? <3
chimpy24 on May 3rd, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't talked to you in foreverrrrrr...but just wanted to say Congrats!!
I think you should make Maroon5 play at the wedding..uh huh... :)

_catrina on May 3rd, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
hahaha, thanks for the suggestion Cristin! Thank you!
fermat200pg on May 3rd, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)

I'm so happy for you guys!
_catrina on May 3rd, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Thanks, Anatol! I'm all growed up! ... Not!
arnogseel on May 3rd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)

_catrina on May 3rd, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hehe .. thank you!!!!!!!!!!
quiet_hands on May 3rd, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for you Cat!! Congratulations!! Gorgeous ring too!!

I wanna hear how it happened...
_catrina on May 3rd, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cyndi! I love the ring, and he spoils me with the thought that there might be an upgrade in the future. (If not, I'm perfectly happy with this one!)

I updated the entry to include the "how".

How are your wedding plans going?
quiet_hands on May 4th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet... And those little signs, how cute! I think he could have given you a paper ring and you'd be happy.

The wedding plans are going well, I'm just starting to kick it into high gear with them. Hopefully things will fall into place with little or no complications.
_catrina on May 6th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Do you guys have a date set?

quiet_hands on May 6th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, our date is set for September 21st.

Have you guys thought of a date yet?
_catrina on May 6th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
No, no date, yet. But we're aiming for December.. white Christmas..white wedding? Haha, no I don't know. But good luck to you and your planning!
quiet_hands on May 9th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
December would be cute. Originally I wanted to have my wedding in the winter too. I wanted to get married in a greenhouse at night so that if the snow started to fall, it'd be a amazing.

I don't know where you're getting married, but my mom got married in the winter with all the fresh fallen snow... It was gorgeous. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v33/karina/The%20Wedding%20Day/Casey/F1050007.jpg

Good luck picking a date and with all of your planning as well. Let me know if you need any help or advice!
starsley on June 28th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
A bit late, but...CONGRATULATIONS, Catrina!! How very exciting. The proposal sounds very cute and romantic. I love the Old 97's, although I'm not sure whether I know the song "Question." Anyhow, YAY! I'm happy for you. :)
_catrina on July 3rd, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
Haha.. well you know what they say about lateness. It's better than never!

But still: thank you very much for taking the time out to say congratulations! I'm really excited and scared and all the good things in between. I'm actually in North Carolina right now with him because we're starting to put our plans together. Sadly, we have nothing. lol.

I really really loved the song, and I hadn't heard of Old 97s before, but it's worth a listen, if you're curious!
starsley on July 5th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the wedding plans!

And I found out that I DO know that song! I just didn't remember the name. Did you happen to have any suspicions while it was playing, or were you oblivious to the fact that he might propose?