We're Engaged!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

He told me a few months prior that he wasn’t going to do it and I believed him; I even told people when they asked that it wasn’t going to happen. I guess you can imagine my surprise and utter confusion when I turned around and there he was down on one knee with a ring box in his hand.

Ernest Jones Engagement Ring

David and I have been together for 2 and a half years. We met at work in 2014 despite the fact we actually went to school together and had been friends on Facebook for years. He knew of me, I didn’t know of him. I thought he was adorable, he liked my butt so after he sat on my head while we watched 8 Mile (in a completely non-sexual way might I add, we’re just really strange people) we suddenly ended up together.

While I’ve had a few long-term relationships, I’ve always struggled with them because of how bored I get of hanging around with the same person on a regular basis. Spending more than a day with someone has a tendency to irritate me and I don’t mean it in a spiteful way; it’s just I like the balance of being around people and also being alone.

With David, I don’t have that struggle and I think it’s that reason that made me realise he was “the one”. There was no romantic or dramatic moment, it was literally just me noticing one day that I wasn’t fed up with him. Dear god, I sound like a douchebag.

Ernest Jones Engagement Ring White Gold

It was that knowledge that made me comfortable enough to book a holiday 10 months in advance. David wanted to see the Northern Lights and I thought there would be no better place to see them than in Iceland. Let’s just ignore the fact they were visible over Scotland 2 months after I booked this holiday.

I had been working some odd hours prior to us leaving for Iceland so I barely got to see David before we went. It turns out he was using the time away from me to ask my parents – more so my dad – for my hand in marriage and also to hunt down an engagement ring. My mum had hidden the ring for him and handed it over to him the day we left for Iceland. He put it in his hand luggage with the intention of proposing to me in front of the Northern Lights.

His plan didn’t quite work out however as our Northern Lights tour was cancelled 2 nights in a row. As far as I’m aware, David didn’t have a backup plan but things came together perfectly for him. We were driving around the Golden Circle on Friday, our last full day in Iceland, when he saw a sign for what he thought was a waterfall*. He turned off the road we were supposed to be on and started driving with no real clue of where we were going. As we drove down this incredibly quiet road, we saw this beautiful patch of water that was so still, it was reflecting the sky clearly.

Iceland Proposal Spots

We pulled over to marvel at the view and just as I finished taking some photos I heard David say “I guess now is a good time to do this”. I turned around to find him down on one knee and making the most amazing David sounding speech imaginable. I genuinely couldn’t believe it was happening so I asked him a good 20 times if he was serious before I finally said yes. I was still looking around for Ashton Kutcher convinced I was being Punk’d for the rest of the day.

To top the most incredible day off, our Northern Lights tour went ahead that night and we finally got to see the lights. We were so lucky as our tour bus was actually about to leave just as the lights appeared. We’d been standing in the dark and cold for 2 hours and saw nothing but, thanks to our tour guide losing his bag and delaying our departure, we got to see the lights. I’m so happy David chose to propose where and when he did as I don’t think the Northern Lights would have been as romantic as it sounds. We were with about 20 other people and it was pitch black, if he had tried to propose then I wouldn’t have actually seen it.

It's been a month since we got engaged and I'm still in shock it actually happened. We have no real intention of getting married for a few years as we want to be a little more financially secure beforehand but I’ve already had meltdowns over various insignificant details. I have absolutely no idea how to plan a wedding and I think this is where the differences between how David does things and how I do things is going to show. I plan everything to a T whereas he’s a bit more spontaneous. I shall be a bridezilla and he’ll just have to deal with it. After all, he’s the one that put the ring on it!

*The waterfall he thought the sign was for was actually 100KM away. Thank goodness for sat navs.

Book Haul

Saturday, 26 November 2016

With the end of my Goodreads reading challenge looming I’ve been doing my best to somehow read the last 12 books – setting a challenge of 25 books with a few months left of the year was a little too ambitious. Annoyingly, I somehow ran out of books to read so what do you do what that happens? You make a trip to Waterstones and accidentally buy more books than you originally intended to.

Waterstones Books

I’m not going to lie, I totally judge books by their covers so a few of these were purchased for that reason while others were purchased for the author. I’m really not fussy so long as I’m not staring at page 100 of Great Expectations wondering why the hell I started it in the first place. I’ve gone off track here, haven’t I? Ok, back to the book haul!

Hubert Selby Jr - Waiting Period: As Requiem for a Dream is my favourite book (and film) and because I enjoyed Last Exit to Brooklyn, I figured another Hubert Selby Jr book wouldn’t hurt.

Waiting Period is about a man who decides to kill himself but is thrown a lifeline when he can’t get a hold of a gun. He spends his second shot at life killing people he feels deserve nothing more. It seems like a happy book right?

Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange: While I’ve never had any desire to watch Stanley Kubrick’s film adaption of A Clockwork Orange, I’ve always wanted to read the book. My other half made me buy this mainly so he could read it and based on his review, it was money well spent. The only issue I can see having when I read this is the language; I have no idea what half of the words mean.

Roald Dahl - Cruelty: I was a huge fan of Roald Dahl as a child so when I noticed his adult books chilling on a shelf, I had to buy one. Cruelty is a collection of short stories that depict human beings at their worst. It’s a relatively short book overall but it was rather endearing to read something by an author who played a huge role in my childhood.

Waterstones books

Dave Eggers - The Circle:
The woman in Waterstones told me I would never view social media the same again after reading The Circle and I think to a degree she’s right. The Circle focuses on a woman who has just landed a job at a prestigious and fast growing internet company. It all sounds delightful until it becomes apparent that ‘The Circle’ is basically a new age 1984. The film adaption of this book is in production and if my Googling is correct, Emma Watson will be playing the main character.

Guy Martin - Worms to Catch: I don’t keep my love of Guy Martin a secret and my excitement for his latest book wasn’t kept a secret either. As Guy Martin has basically stopped racing motorbikes professionally, there’s significantly fewer motorbikes and a lot more bicycles in this book. Worms to Catch focuses a lot of Guy Martin cycling from Canada to Mexico, his Wall of Death record attempt, his trips to Latvia and the latest season of Speed. I’m feeling very lazy while merely writing about what his book involves.

Jodi Picoult - Small Great Things: Small Great Things was purchased after I had a nosy at which books were nominated for Goodreads book awards. It’s described as the 21st century’s answer to One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (conveniently my other half just bought that book). Small Great Things is about prejudice and privilege and is something I am very excited about reading.

A few of these books will appear in my Books of November post that will appear on here at some point next month. Buying new books is always a sure-fire way to make me read so I feel like I should make another trip to Waterstones soon. It closes in around 30 minutes and it takes 25 minutes to get there, I wonder if I can make it...
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