Monday, February 28, 2011

Northbound Train

I have a feeling that my regular readers are people who have already found out the news in various other ways ... phone calls, facebook, word-of-mouth, etc. However, I probably should cover all my bases. So here goes. Drumroll, please?

B-d-d-d-d-d- ... (how would you "spell" a drumroll, anyway?)

I am engaged!

(commences dancing, leaping, and general revelry)

And now comes the proposal story, for those of you who have inquired. For those of you who already know the story, or simply don't need/want to know, you may cease reading from this point on, if you so desire. (hyphenated sentences represent megan's inner thoughts.)

Friday night I arrived at Glen's apartment so we could make dinner and do our usual Friday-night-stuff. He immediately said, "Hey, let's go for a walk while it's still light outside. The sun's going to set."

--raises eyebrows ... "a 'walk', huh?"--

So we headed out into the chilly February evening (about 6 o'clock) and walked over to a footbridge at the Provo River fairly close to Glen's place.

--"a bridge? does he know about me and bridges?" harking back to the "anne of green gables" movie (if you pick it up at 9:30, you'll reach the relevant scene) ... to answer that question, yes, he did. esther was kind enough to inform him of that humorous and silly 'fantasy'--

We stood looking at the water, when suddenly, over the din of the rushing water below, I heard strands of music wafting in the air.

--"North and South??? ohhhhh, corny, sweet, and here it comes." megan begins to laugh.--

Ended up that the cord connecting his mp3 player to the speaker was a little faulty, so the music was crackling. He ended up pulling that out of his coat pocket and handing it to me to hold so the music wouldn't keep cutting out and he could actually kneel and pull out the ring. (which is b-e-a-utiful.)

--"wow, this is really happening!" still laughter, kind of welling, but no tears to ruin my make-up, thank goodness--

He asked the question, I (obviously) said yes, and the rest is history. So, completely unexpected to me, I laughed through a good part of the proposal. Hardly poised behavior. But fortunately, Glen loves and knows me well enough to know that I wasn't laughing at him and wondering, "What in the heck are you thinking?"

I spent the rest of the weekend wearing out my phone, which has never been put to so much use the entire length of my ownership thereof.

But it was worth it.

Oh! And when I actually can find a decent camera that will actually manage to get a good shot of my ring, I'll post pictures of it. Unfortunately, my camera really stinks.


"In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk." -Rita Rudner

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hello, I Love You, Won't You Tell Me Your Name?

You know how sometimes it's fun to "people watch"? Not in the sense that you're staring at complete strangers and making them very uncomfortable, of course, but to just watch trends in behavior and such. I've never been much of a people watch-er, but goodness, when I do, I sure enjoy trying to figure out the relationships between the people. Dating, engaged, married, getting-away-from-children-for-a-night, older gents and ladies, etc.

Glen and I were given front-row seats to a VERY obvious first date yesterday afternoon. It was almost laughable to observe. Topics covered included family locations, favorite music, and my personal favorite in the thought-provoking-question category, "What class do you want to take that you haven't?" (answer: "martial arts" -- he's a keeper, honey)

I tried to laugh discreetly with Glen once I discovered what was going on, and I sure hope I was successful. However, I'm pretty sure that the girl was so intent on asking question after question that she wasn't paying much attention to the couple at the other end of the table ("the couple" being us). If there was something to be improved upon, it was the fact that the guy was hardly asking her questions back. We considered slipping him a note with that suggestion for about two seconds, but we refrained. However, if he's hoping for continual dates with the same girl, he's going to have to ask questions about her.

Ah, the world of first dates ... I don't miss it.

(and now i wonder if anybody was observing glen and me ...)

 Awkward first date? Maybe not.


"Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange." -Robin Morgan

Monday, February 14, 2011

You Make Me Smile With My Heart

Valentine's Day again. You either love it or you hate it. I guess I'm still on the fence. I mean, love is great and I'm all for that. But shouldn't you be using every day as an opportunity to express love for those around you? (deep thought, i know.)

But no matter what my thoughts are on the holiday itself, I'm looking forward to spending an evening with my fella. Years ago, my mom got a recipe for this delicious parfait out of The Oregonian, and it's been a family favorite ever since that time. This year was the first year I attempted to make it. Let's hope that it gets a good reception! (glen ...)

Looking over previous posts, I realized that last year I did not include a list of things I love, as in the years before (which i'm sure you allllll noticed). Seeing as how this is a gross violation of a blog tradition that I started three years ago, I must repent of the error and write out a list this year in an attempt to make amends. In this small way I can take steps toward a better and brighter future.

Here goes (in no particular order, for the most part):

My family
My bed
Good oranges
Gal pals
Cute shoes
Sappy movies
Warmer weather
Elinor (my piano)
Pretty choir music
My rice bag
Excellent books
Opportunities to laugh hysterically (even at myself)
Happy tears

I'll stop there. Obviously some of those items are a little more frivolous than others, so perhaps I should clarify the type of love I feel for them. But I'm going to assume that you, my readers, are intelligent enough to distinguish between the real love and the mere infatuation with inanimate objects. ;)

Spread the love, everyone!


"I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals. I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants." -A. Whitney Brown

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Let's Go, Girls

So -- people think that Mormons are weird. Well, quite frankly, I think everyone is weird in their own special way, not just Mormons. I will say that we are definitely different, a fact which made my mom laugh a bit when I told her about our "last roommate hurrah" to commemorate Lisa moving out. I mean, I think going out to dinner with friends is pretty standard when you're moving farther than two minutes away from them, and we did that Friday night. But Saturday morning is when we deviated from what other people may do. Lisa, Betsey, and I left our place at 7 a.m. to make a drive and go to the Manti temple. None of us had been to that temple, but it was a really beautiful place. And I didn't really think anything of it until I told my parents about it and Mom queried, "How many people do that as a last hurrah?" Good question, Mom.

The weekend before last I was also able to do some gal-pal activities because Glen was long gone (to vegas) and naturally that left me with lots of free time. Attending True Grit with Jen and Casey was pretty fun, especially at the parts of the movie that we all cringed at and wished later we hadn't witnessed. heh heh Then there was lunchtime with Becky (and consequently, noah) and to the Carl Bloch exhibit that evening with Esther. Gotta love my girls, and I do. It was nice to spend some time one-on-one with them (and then all together later that same evening when becky and noah dropped by my place).

In other news: pink eye is dumb. I have never had it before, and two weeks ago, I woke up, feeling that my right eye was just ... watering (and other stuff, too, but we won't get into that) and it looked a tad irritated. By the end of the day, it was fully yucky. (nice vocabulary choice, huh? i'm soooo eloquent.) I think I washed every single cloth-like possession of mine in the next two days, as well as visiting the doctor, which I just love, to get some anti-biotic drops to clear it out. It made its way into my left eye, too, but it eventually decided to go away, which made me happy. I sincerely hope I never get it again, because it was a big fat pain ... and I am not an expert at putting stuff in my eyes.

Now we wait for the weather to warm up. PLEASE ... warm up.


"A hospital is no place to be sick." -Samuel Goldwyn