Sorry I've Been AWOL, but I've Had an Engaging Semester2:35 PM
October 29 was a blustery day, what Winnie the Pooh calls a "winds-day." Erich woke up that morning, discerned the weather was nice enough, and thought, "I should probably propose today." So he put the ring in his pocket and waited for an opportune moment.
I'd known he bought a ring. I'd known for weeks. And I let him know daily that I knew. He fake proposed twice to throw me off his tracks. After fake proposing to me over lunch, he said, "Let's go chase leaves!"
We ran around in his backyard trying to catch leaves. The mailman thought we were crazy. His housemate thought we were crazy. I thought we were crazy. But forty minutes later, I was still trying to catch a stupid leaf.
"I'm going inside to do homework," I told Erich.
"Nope," he told me. "You're not going inside until you catch a leaf."
"Well," I said. "Will you marry me if I catch a leaf?"
"Sure," he said. "I have nothing to lose."
But I did catch a leaf. I celebrated my newly found eye-hand coordination with much screaming and jumping, and when I turned around to mock Erich's doubt at my abilities, THERE HE WAS ON HIS KNEES AND THERE WAS THE RING OF MY DREAMS AND NOW I'M ON THE GROUND AND HERE I AM SCREAMING MY LUNGS OUT BECAUSE ASDFGHJKL I'M ENGAGED (and oops, I just dropped the leaf that won this bet).
He just grinned at me. Didn't say anything, just grinned. "Are you going to ask me something?!" I asked twice. He grinned more. "Will you marry me?"
And of course I said yes.
NB: I'll be Mrs. Steger on May 15, 2016, a day after we graduate. Sorry it took me so long to announce this! It's been an insanely hard, busy semester with no time for blogging. I'll start blogging again in the upcoming week.