Interstellar Adventures

November 27, 2005

The ‘WOW’ Factor: Redux

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:12 pm

Once upon a time, this girl walked into a Starbucks to meet a guy. It was their first date. They’d met online. He’d winked at her. She checked him out. He sounded interesting. But she wasn’t sure. She checked him out a couple more times before she responded. The clencher? His picture.

He’d wanted a recent photo. And the only one he had was one his brother had taken last Thanksgiving. Any guy that was brave enough to use a picture of himself hanging out of a tree was the kind of guy she was interested in talking to. They talked back and forth over email for a good while. Progressed to the phone. And the culmination of their initial communications? An hour-long chat over a couple of lattes. And at the end of that hour? He said “So, uh, would you, uh, like to…I’m never good at this. I’m trying to think of a way to ask you if you’d like to go out with me again. Would you like to?” “Absolutely.” she said. He didn’t hear her though. He was grinning like the cat that ate the canary.

For their second date, she packed a picnic dinner and took him to a play. They enjoyed cheese and wine and pasta salads while watching a work of The Bard. He could quote The Bard. That impressed her.

They continued to date. To get to know each other. She found him exciting, intelligent, romantic, imperfect, caring, handsome, warm-hearted, funny…the list goes on. He was everything she had been looking for. He made her laugh. He made her feel.

One day, over breakfast, he looked up at her. They’d been talking about IT recently. You know, the hypotheticals, the “What if’s”. As they were sitting in front of the fireplace at “their” breakfast spot, he took her hand in his. She looked up at him. He said “Will you marry me?”. She said “Yes.”

They’ve had this secret for a little while now. The holidays were going to be the perfect time to tell their families. On Thanksgiving Day, during dinner, he started to tell a story. “I was the Valedictorian of my High School class. Everyone told me I had to have a speech. And I said ‘There’s a speech?’. So for a week prior to graduation, everyone was asking me ‘Have you finished your speech? What’s your speech about?’. I had no speech. So when I got up on graduation day, I said ‘Um. I’m really glad I graduated. Had some really nice teachers. Um. Thanks.’ It was a horrible speech and my family cringed. Now, like then, I’m wishing I would have come up with a speech, because I have something to say that I knew I was going to say, but I have no idea how to tell you. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, if none of you have any plans on January 26, 2007, we would like you to come to our wedding. I asked her, and obviously she said yes, or we wouldn’t be inviting you. The first time I met her at Starbucks, there was just something about her. I heard the words to every cheesy love song from David Cassidy to Michael Bolton, and in the words of Al Green thought, ‘Let’s Stay Together’.” Then he looked at her and said “I love you.” She looked back at him and said “I love you too.” And then her family erupted in applause and tears and cheers.

Over the weekend, they went to visit his brother. They owed it all to him you know. He’s the one that took the picture of this guy hanging out of a tree. On their way down, they talked about how to tell the rest of their friends. Since that picture from last Thanksgiving had everything to do with them being together, they decided it would be fitting to take another picture under the tree. Together this time.


  1. Whoa! I just about choked on my Danish Butter Cookie. Speaking of, why can’t they just do the pretzel-shaped ones, the rectangular ones, and the round ones with the holes? I hate the solid round ones.

    Oh. Congratulations you two! That is wonderful!

    Comment by Bone — November 27, 2005 @ 10:42 pm |Reply

  2. Yay yay yay yay yay! You got a good one – though by now you know that already!

    Comment by JustCara — November 28, 2005 @ 4:49 am |Reply

  3. YAY!!! I’m so excited for you…wonderful, wonderful!! I was hoping that was your little secret!!

    Comment by Carnealian — November 28, 2005 @ 7:20 am |Reply

  4. wow! you too look terribly giddy in the picture. Congrats, to both of you!

    Comment by mysrey — November 28, 2005 @ 7:24 am |Reply

  5. Happy Happy, Joy Joy!!

    Comment by UziCue — November 28, 2005 @ 7:34 am |Reply

  6. I do a happy dance for you and your Honey.

    Comment by DeeJay — November 28, 2005 @ 8:31 am |Reply

  7. Oh My God!!! Congratulations!!! I had chills when I read your post. It’s so romantic and you are such a great couple (from what I’ve read). You look beautiful together.

    Comment by Jolynn — November 28, 2005 @ 8:59 am |Reply

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Oh, I’m just soooooooooooooo totally happy for you!!!!! And Nick too, of course. 🙂

    Check out that ring too. It’s gorgeous! And you both look so happy. 🙂

    Comment by Indigo — November 28, 2005 @ 9:01 am |Reply

  9. Oh my goodness! Congratulations!! How wonderful!! Big smile here…

    Comment by Marie — November 28, 2005 @ 9:03 am |Reply

  10. i guess this is you!!!!
    congrats and what a wonderful story to go with that picture.

    Comment by Better Safe Than Sorry — November 28, 2005 @ 12:47 pm |Reply

  11. I’m so happy for you! He sounds like a great guy — and I already know you’re a great gal!

    Many, many blessing upon you both. 🙂

    Comment by FTS — November 28, 2005 @ 12:51 pm |Reply

  12. WOW! THAT’S your secret?! What a whopper! Congratulations!

    Way to go Nick/Tarzan!

    Comment by Anonymous — November 28, 2005 @ 1:54 pm |Reply

  13. oh, sorry. “anonymous” was me. Guess I was all caught up in the moment…

    Comment by abbynormal — November 28, 2005 @ 1:55 pm |Reply

  14. Yay!
    He’s cute and you make such a cute couple!

    Comment by annie — November 28, 2005 @ 2:00 pm |Reply

  15. Congrats! I wondered if that was what it was 😉 Hope to see you guys sometime soon! – Jenny E

    Comment by Anonymous — November 28, 2005 @ 2:18 pm |Reply

  16. Oh Congrats!

    I am sitting here just clutching my heart in awe at the romantic and sweetness!

    Comment by Running2Ks — November 28, 2005 @ 2:31 pm |Reply

  17. Great post, Lass!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — November 28, 2005 @ 3:40 pm |Reply

  18. Congrats to a fellow’er!!!! I was very skeptical at first but it seems to be working! 🙂

    Comment by SnotSucker — November 28, 2005 @ 3:54 pm |Reply

  19. Met mine on (LDSSingles Online). 4 years later, and still crazy in love. Go! Find! Do! WooHoo!

    I think the words of Pfc. Gomer Pyle apply well here: Congratulations!, Congratulations!, Congratulations!

    Comment by sallwood — November 28, 2005 @ 4:01 pm |Reply

  20. That’s so wonderful. I actually have tears in my eyes. You are such a great person, and he looks so kind and fun. I am so happy for you.

    Comment by Raehan — November 28, 2005 @ 4:17 pm |Reply

  21. You sneaky lil brat. I thought your secret was something like you got something pierced, or something fell off of you or so. Now you’re telling me that some other doofus has snapped you up?

    Congrats, and may you have lots of giggles and nudity 😉

    Comment by Coyote Mike — November 28, 2005 @ 4:35 pm |Reply

  22. Wonderful story! Big congrats! You even get to have a pre-anniverssary day!

    Comment by sophie — November 28, 2005 @ 4:40 pm |Reply

  23. Very well told and sweet story! It sucked me right in…especially with the addition of him hanging from the tree!

    (Is the Scarbourough Ren Faire…sort of near Houston. That’s the one I used to go to. I used to live in Tomball!)

    Comment by colleen — November 28, 2005 @ 5:06 pm |Reply

  24. Congratulations! You both look so happy together. Have fun being engaged. 🙂

    Comment by Chickadee — November 28, 2005 @ 8:19 pm |Reply

  25. I can see why the tree clinched it! You look so happy 😉
    Congratulations and all the very best with everything, sending over big goldie hugs x

    Comment by The Wisdom of Wislon — November 29, 2005 @ 3:38 am |Reply

  26. Congratulations

    All the best to you and Nick

    Comment by culfy — November 29, 2005 @ 4:26 am |Reply

  27. whoa, hold up! you are getting married!!!!!! i know i haven’t been keeping up, but whoa! awwww, this is so sweet.

    you are still going to be running in Bandera in January, right????


    Comment by Anonymous — November 29, 2005 @ 8:31 am |Reply

  28. Congratulations!!

    Comment by Texas_Ivy10 — November 29, 2005 @ 2:28 pm |Reply

  29. Oh my YAY!!! What a great story!! And just to think…I’ve been reading it all along:) Congrats sweetie!! Cheers to you both! xoxox

    Comment by MommaK — November 29, 2005 @ 2:46 pm |Reply

  30. I’m late to the party but goodness….



    Good things happen to good people…..

    Comment by The Womanmoose — November 29, 2005 @ 6:21 pm |Reply

  31. Congratulations! Now we need to get him into an adventure race… 🙂

    Comment by evilgeezer — November 30, 2005 @ 4:49 pm |Reply

  32. How sweet is this!? You look adorable, and HAPPY. And the two of you look amazing together!! Congratulations!

    Comment by Leanne — December 1, 2005 @ 7:39 am |Reply

  33. Congratulations! I’ve visited your blog a few times through Michele (I think) and then just saw on MommaK’s blog that you had a neat story to tell. You both make a very cute couple and look so happy!

    Comment by Crazy MomCat — December 1, 2005 @ 12:04 pm |Reply

  34. YAY!!!! I am thrilled for you two! The picture is adorable, and the story was a lot of fun to read. Thanks for sharing and good luck with all the planning, plotting, and anticipation!

    Comment by Jeej — December 1, 2005 @ 8:28 pm |Reply

  35. WOW! WOW! WOW!
    Congratulations you two!
    So happy for you!

    Comment by Michele — December 2, 2005 @ 10:17 pm |Reply

  36. Okay, I am so late getting here on this one! Congrats! I am so happy for you.

    Comment by mommy d — December 3, 2005 @ 10:04 pm |Reply

  37. I’m way late to the party, but congratulations on the engagement–he sounds terrific. And while I’m at it, happy birthday, too! (Is it too soon for Merry Christmas?)

    Comment by Bluegrass Mama — December 6, 2005 @ 10:53 am |Reply

  38. Sorry this is late, I’m trying to catch up here. How sweet!


    Comment by Jen — December 6, 2005 @ 6:56 pm |Reply

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