Tuesday Night Dinner = Engaged!

So the run tonight did NOT happen.  It’s kind of hard to run 4 miles when you are filled with seafood, frozen yogurt, and CHAMPAGNE!

I cannot believe we are engaged.  I cannot believe my sister and James bought the ring over a month ago when I was in Indianapolis for a wedding (thanks, Susan, you’re the best!).  I cannot believe James called my dad to ask his permission on Sunday when I was driving home from Indiana.

I can’t believe it!

So a few weeks ago, James mentioned that he wanted to go to Mitchell’s Fish Market for dinner.  I thought nothing of this because we random decide to go to dinner, so I thought this was one of those nights.  Apparently James had the ring at work all day today AND in his suit jacket pocket the whole night — including when we tried to take a pic together.

When he got home from work, he had these flowers for me.

Milo was kind enough to make sure they weren't poisoned

Because we hadn’t gone on a “date” in a long long time, I thought he was just being cute and didn’t think anything of them.  I put them in water and we headed out to dinner.

Mitchell’s was amazing:

Bread and New Glarus Cabin Fever Honey Bock to start










Calamari app










Scallops, shrimp, and salmon for me and Surf & Turf for James











I was stuffed when we left, but according to my dad’s theory, there is always room for ice cream.  So I asked if we could stop by Berry Me for some frozen yogurt.  I got a wonderful combo of cake batter and vanilla fro yo with sprinkles, peanut butter cups, and oreos.

James asked if I wanted to take the fro yo home and sit on the balcony with Milo.  Of course I wanted to go home and see Milo.  I grabbed a blanket and we headed out to the balcony.

Gorgeous night

The night was perfect and Milo was sitting outside with us when I said “I think this is my favorite night of 2012.”  You’re welcome, James, for giving you such an amazing transition.  James then said “I think I know what could make the night even better” and put a box on the table in front of me.

I immediately started crying.  He got down on one knee and proposed — I didn’t even say yes right away!  I was crying and hugging him before I realized I hadn’t said yes.

Of course I said yes.  He is my best friend, soul mate, and the father of my dog :)  I can’t live without him and now I never have to!


I was so surprised, there was not one ounce of my being that knew this was coming tonight!

We immediately ran inside, popped the champagne my parents gave us (for the half marathon, but I think this called for an early celebration), and called everyone we knew.

My favorite part is that he said he wanted to come home to propose so Milo could be a part of it…do we love that guy or what?

I am so unbelievably blessed to be engaged to such an amazing man!

Just another Tuesday night dinner, huh?  :)

We’re Engaged!!

So any post I had planned for tonight is now out the window because….James and I are engaged!!!

I am so shocked/excited/blessed/overjoyed that my hands are shaking as I type this.  I’m going to make this a quick post and expand later, but I am the happiest I have ever been in my life!  I am marrying my best friend!

After it sinks in (and we call everyone we know), I will do a full recap tomorrow because I will want to document this forever!

We are engaged!!










Best Night of my Life

My Favorite Things

Good morning, friends!

I was cruising through The Book Thief last night.  I may make the deadline yet (and even if I don’t, it’s ok because I am loving the book).

I did take a minor break to watch a few dances on Dancing with the Stars (Donald is awesome!) while snacking on this delish dessert:









I mixed about three spoonfuls of cool whip with a spoonful of peanut butter and half a package of hot chocolate mix.  I put it in the freezer for about 45 minutes and had faux custard.  Told you I was obsessed with cool whip :)

Luckily, How I Met Your Mother was a repeat last night, so crisis averted by missing it.

Besides my reading skills, I was super productive with the food prep last night, which made this morning a breeze.  I prepared my first batch of overnight oats using a recipe from my May issue of Health Magazine, combining 1/4 c of oats, 1/4 c of milk (I used vanilla almond), 1/4 c of yogurt (I used plain greek), a T of honey, and a t. of vanilla.  Then I put it in the fridge to sit overnight, and my breakfast was ready to go as soon as I woke up.  I meant to add a bit of cinnamon this morning, but I was too tired to think about that.  Oh well!

Overnight oats used to scare me a bit, but I’m a believer.  Super easy, and super tasty.  My two favorite things!

Actually, I have a lot of “favorite” things, which reminds me of this:


That always makes me laugh because it’s so true!

Tonight is going to be an eventful one, so I am already getting excited.  James and I are going out to dinner to celebrate the end of one of his big projects and then we have our first run after our awesome run from Sunday.  Hopefully our momentum carries through to tonight!

Now, I’m off to get ready for work.  How sad is it to have to get ready for work while this face stares at you?

Stay home with me and cuddle!

I miss him already.


Happy Tuesday!