Inspired by my sister and her husband
at my friend Lauren’s Birthday Popstravaganza
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Aug 06 2012
…I got engaged!
Last Wednesday, I flew down to LA to surprise Alicia with a visit. I flew in during the day while she was at work and was at the apartment before she got home from work. So when she came into the bedroom and I was there sitting on the bed…I got a nice scream out of her. She was pretty excited though (once she started breathing again).
As for the engagement, I hadn’t really told anyone that I was thinking about doing it before the trip. Partially because it was going to be a gut feeling kind of thing. Do I do it now, do I wait until she’s moved up here to Portland or I have a job, those kind of thoughts.
Anyway, we had met up with one of my friends in downtown LA on Thursday and after we parted ways with my friend decided to take the new(ish) Expo Line to Culver City. It was then when it popped into my head where/when to do it. When we got to the USC stop, I said “Hey, lets get off here.” (at this point she is a little suspicious) Then we walked towards where we had our first kiss (and she’s a lot more suspicious as we get closer). When we got there, we kissed a couple times and I leaned in and whispered the question in her ear…and she said yes (phew!).
Afterwards, we walked back to the Expo Line and took it to Culver City as planned (going with the original idea to get some dessert). In the end, we just walked around downtown Culver City and didn’t get dessert.
So yeah…that’s my big news of late.
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Mar 12 2009
My first overseas trip has finally happened. I finally made it to Paris, after wanting to go for at least 12 years. Because my current job is still through a temp agency, which means no vacation days, I was only able to schedule a long weekend. I left on Wednesday afternoon from LAX, arriving Thursday morning in Paris. Here is a picture from the plane as we crossed over the English Channel into France:
Saturday, after breakfast (oh have I forgotten to mention the amazing Pain au Chocolat and Baguettes yet?), we headed to the Place Palais Royal to meet my friend Armelle, whom I met working in Sun Valley, ID the summer between my Freshman and Sophmore years of college. We walked around the 1st, a little bit before heading to a cooking class. There we made lemongrass chicken, with fingerling potatoes (cooked with garlic and lime juice) and a mango tart w/ passionfruit caramel. After the class, we walked around some more before heading to Armelle’s apt in the 15th for some homemade crepes.
Sunday, Alicia and I went to church at the American Cathedral and then went to the Louvre. I was able to see the Mona Lisa in person (though a little disapointed that you can’t get within 5-10 feet of it). I think the ceilings and architecture of the Louvre were more interesting than a lot of the art inside, but then we did just do a quick trip through the museum. For dinner, we went to a restaurant on a medival street in the Latin Quarter. It had a 15 euro prix fixe menu. For a starter, I chose escargot, as I figured where else better to try it than in Paris.
Monday, I packed my suitcase and we dropped it off at Alicia’s apt and explored her neighborhood (the 15th) for awhile, until I had to head out to the airport. I really liked Paris a lot. Its a big city, with a small city feel, at least in many of the neighborhoods. The bread was amazing and inexpensive. Same with the cheese. I still don’t know if I had a favorite part though (which is the question everyone asks). I guess I’d have to say the food (and of that the bread) if I had to pick one thing. Restaurants are pretty expensive though, trying to eat fairly frugally, I still spent just under 50 euros for each dinner out (for 2 including wine).
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