Jan 22, 2015

Finally

Night Run...quick watch that clip, then come back.

That's Beaverdale, my neighborhood, running grounds and the Flying Mango bistro over on the corner.

This is where I will ask Curls to be my wife.


 

Was going to do it this summer on the California trip.  But the ring tripped me up and I wasn't sure if better to surprise her or let her help pick it out.

Pigtails told me to get it done by the end of the year.  She said "suck it up, grandma!" when I told her I wanted to wait and get it right.

New Year's Eve, time is up.  We began with a husky platter of 24-hr smoked brisket, side of bacon Brussels and an Iowa chocolate stout.  She ordered roast chicken in creamy mushroom wine, slotted with garlic smashed potes.  She likes the Coke.







Everything going nicely.
She asked why I was paparazzi with the camera.
I smiled and said let it go, Frozen.

So we finish up eating, I head to the water closet and get my camera ready.
Must have been nervous, somehow did an 11-shot burst of the toilet.
Please tell me the flash didn't fire, restaurant patrons outside would think a perv' in the b-room.





I talked with her Dad on Christmas about this day.
He said she makes smart choices and would decide.

Gulp.

I handed the camera to a waitress with her hands full of a giant pork platter.  She asked "well, I'm busy, are you going to do it now?!"  Rush mode and she focus no care.




The room went quiet.
She said I was tearing up. 
Allergies.




We shared a few quiet words.





Yes!

Two minutes later, Pigtails called asking how it went.  She'd spent the weekend with her mom's family...went crazy and yelled to them when I told her.

Best night ever, we headed over for a warm flask of sake at Haiku across from Drake.  Much blue in there.


Then to The Varsity old school theater for Wild.  Crazy childhood Cheryl Stayed had.
Both subtle and intense.

Curls, thanks for being patient with me.  I love you!

-Beard

54 comments:

  1. Anonymous1/22/2015

    You two are great together. Actually, I should say you THREE are great together.

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  2. Aww Beard!! So happy for you guys. Been lurking not commenting but had to say hooray!!! That is good stuff.

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  3. Whoohoo... congratulations! Best wishes to your new family of three!

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  4. Wonderful news!!! I couldn't be more thrilled for the three of you. Congratulations!

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  5. Exciting! Congrats!!

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  6. por fin! felicidades!

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  7. Anonymous1/22/2015

    How exciting! Congratulations!!

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  8. Congratulations! I've been hoping this would happen for as long as I've been reading your blog. :). Big congrats!

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  9. Best wishes to Curls, and congratulations to you, Beard! And WHEEE! to Pigtails. Such happy news!

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  10. Woohoo! Thrilled for you--

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  11. Congratulations to you and Curls and Pigtails!

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  12. Congratulations! A very good decision.

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  13. Margaret1/22/2015

    Yay! I'm happy for all 3 of you! I'm glad you finally sucked it up, grandma. :-)

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  14. Congrats and best wishes! Here's to a happy life full of hard work, patience and forgiveness!

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  15. Congratulations! So excited for y'all!

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  16. Congratulations and all the best! You three are perfect together :)

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  17. You've made ALL of us so happy. And now we are all happy together.
    xo
    bb

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  18. Congratulations! What a lovely way to end the year! Much love.

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  19. Congratulations! What a way to start a new year. I was hoping we would see an update from you after your bit of well deserved radio silence. Wishing all three of you years of happiness and joy together.

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  20. Anonymous1/23/2015

    Best. Decision. Ever.

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  21. So I guess the blog title "Chronicles of a single Dad" needs to change?

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  22. Anonymous1/23/2015

    So So Sweet - happy tears and blessings to you on your new family!

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  23. Martha Lopez1/23/2015

    Awesomeness! Guest post from Curls soon por favor. :)

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  24. Congratulations!! Very happy for you both!!

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  25. Congratulations!!! Been following your blog for a while now and can't be happier for you three. How exciting!

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  26. Congratulations! Woo Hoo!!!! HOORAYYYYYY!

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  27. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  28. I have way more excitement about this than is normal for a stranger's announcement! Congratulations! I look forward to reading about your future adventures together!

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  29. Way to suck it up Grandma. Wishing the three of you a long, happy, adventurous life together.

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  30. Great news- Congratulations! You all make a great trio.

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  31. Shannon1/23/2015

    Wonderful news. Wishing you all a lifetime of shared happiness. She seems delightful from everything you post about her. So happy your little Pigtails is thrilled, clearly the right choice as she's not about to approve of just anybody for her dear Dad. :) Sending you all the best as you begin your engagement and embark on your path together.

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  32. Yes! So glad she was patient...we all deserve that grace every now and then and we all have given it more than once in our lives. Congratulations. :)

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  33. Congratulations! So happy for you all!

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  34. Whoo Hoo! So happy I dropped in here today!! Congratulations to all 3 of you! Whoop! Whoop! Happy dancing for you in Australia! Nice one!

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  35. Anonymous1/25/2015

    Congratulations to you both!!

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  36. I've been waiting for this post for such a long time, I know Curls has been too.

    SO happy for all 3 of you!!!!! Much joy coming from Dallas Texas!!!!!

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  37. Thanks for the nice words ya'll! (not even Southern)

    Placeholder ring for the engagement. We finally ordered a real one this weekend after 5 hours at Iowa Diamond, I was glossing over. They had free chocolate chip cookies, which helped.

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  38. Best post ever!!!! You are a wise man! I wish you all much happiness.

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  39. Anonymous1/26/2015

    Super! Congratulations, best wishes, much joy and buckets of patience, forbearance and perseverance all around! I hope this doesn't end your occasional posts, but whatever you need to make your marriage work is what this faithful reader wishes for you!

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  40. Haven't checked in for a while, so I clicked on your page, thinking, "I hope Beard proposes to Curls this year!" Lo and behold... Heartfelt congratulations to all three of you! :-)

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  41. Christina H1/28/2015

    That's great news, congratulations!

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  42. Anonymous2/02/2015

    Congratulations and I wish you both the best! Love Pigtails' joy. God bless you all.

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  43. Congratulations! I hadn't been by in a while and thought I'd see how you were doing. BEST NEWS EVER. God is so good and I am very happy for you! :D

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  44. Anonymous2/05/2015

    This is the best! I've been rooting for you guys for long time. So happy for your family!

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  45. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy you were able to work things out. I know I don't really know you, but you seem like a perfect pair! YAY!

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  46. Anonymous2/10/2015

    Fabulous! Absolutely Fabulous!! .... and congrats to all of you!!

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  47. Hooray! My husband and I got married Jan 3rd. He is the Beard to my Curls. I was patient and careful with his heart and also with that of my new 5 year old stepson. The marriage covenant is so wonderful and sacred. Please enjoy every moment with your sweet Curls. You two have been through quite a bit together and I am so happy the two of you have been so mindful about every step. May God's favor and blessings rain down on your new life together.

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  48. Rachael2/12/2015

    Honestly, this couldn't come at a better time (for me). :)

    I lost my beloved dog on Sunday and now I read this fantastic news about you and Curls and Pigtails! I really needed the emotional lift this gave me. Congratulations and I wish you decades of love and joy. All 3 of you deserve nothing less.

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  49. Wow! I came here to check to see if you'd updated lately and somehow I missed this post. Congratulations! I hope you check in soon and let us know how you all are.

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  50. Wow! I came here to check to see if you'd updated lately and somehow I missed this post. Congratulations! I hope you check in soon and let us know how you all are.

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