Monday, November 7

Otherwise Engaged

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. As you know from Tom's posts, I was away on a research cruise for the last two weeks of October. But on October 30, the Thompson finally pulled into shore. I was standing at the rail, eager to get on dry land after 2 weeks at sea, and guess who I saw:

It was Tom! He had surprised me by flying into LA to meet the ship as we pulled into port. Just as the ship pulled up to the dock he rolled up in a convertible (behind the white truck in the picture above) with a huge smile on his face. I was so excited to see him and I ran off the ship to give him a hug and a smooch and say hi.

But he had much more to say than hi. After hugging me, he got down on one knee and proposed! Right there on the dock, with his knee in bird poop and all the scientists and crew watching. Right where the red X is in the picture above. It was terribly romantic. Of course I said yes, and then proceeded to fan my face with my hand (Who DOES that? Me, apparently, when I'm very excited) and tell him I thought I was going to pass out. Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of the proposal because, well, we were just too happy to think about anything as practical as pictures.

After the proposal, we got into the convertible and drove off down the Pacific Coast Highway. It was a beautiful sunny day, I was with my fiance! and life couldn't have been better. We stopped for lunch on the beach in Malibu:

And then continued south, catching the sunset in Venice:

And then we spent the night at the Four Seasons in San Diego, where our main job was to relax and get pampered . It was an amazingly perfect 24 hours.

Tom put so much thought into planning the proposal and making sure everything was perfect. (And this was in addition to all the hard work he did on the bathroom while I was gone - wait til we put up the After pictures!)

Honey, thank you for everything. For working hard to make our home gorgeous, for deciding you want to put up with me for the rest of your life and then planning an absolutely incredible proposal, and most of all for being you: thoughtful and generous and smart and funny and caring and I would go on, but I bet most of our readers are already getting sick in the corner. :)



At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kim and Eric
M/V Abyssinia

At 3:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessi and Tom,


Steve and Jocelyn

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Jen and Chuck said...

That's AWESOME, you two!!!! Tom, if you're in NJ again, please come by - we'd love to congratulate you in person!!!!


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