Friday, June 20, 2008

hello from america!

I am home! I've been back for about a week, which obviously means I have lost all motivation to write a big post detailing our trip. I'm sorry. Maybe later, but right now I'm kind of obsessed with doing important wedding research on the internet. And grilling. And people have been over almost every night since we've been home. But I'll do a quick recap. First we went to Budapest, then Slovakia, then back to Budapest, then Croatia, then back to Budapest, then back to Slovakia, then back to Budapest and then home! Everywhere we went people cooked for me, which I am really thankful for. I had wonderful, wonderful food everywhere, for the first half of the trip I only ate in a few restaurants, which were terrible.

However, there was one AWESOME restaurant in Budapest that had a whole gluten free menu, Etna II. Etna II is an Italian restaurant, with pizza and pastas and soups. Alex loved it, and so did I. We had pizza, as well as gnocchi, tiramisu, and soup (they keep wheat out of their soup until you order it, so you can get the beef vegetable pasta soup without the pasta). If you are ever in Budapest, absolutely go there!!

It is really good to be home, head over to my Flickr to check out more pictures with some info because I can't even think about anything I'm so tired from work.

Monday, June 9, 2008


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I know I'm long overdue for a post, and a long one about what I've ben doing, eating, and seeing for the past month (almost) is in my head, and will be written when we get home (this weekend, Thursday is the day but I'm not making promises I won't keep) but I have big news! Alex proposed!!! And, obviously, I said YES!!!!
It was perfect, while not as dramatic as Lizzies sky-diving proposal (see her blog for details, and congratulations again!) it was perfect.
We were in Croatia, and we went off on a romantic bfgf trip to the beach that included a long stroll down unmarked roads that we hoped were right. The beach was not so much a beach as a rocky place to swim and play with sea urchins (which are everywhere, you have to wear shoes when you swim) but it was beautiful and totally empty, we had the whole cove to ourselves. We splashed around and played in the water and were crabbing, which is something I taught Alex about because it's something we used to do as kids. He ran to check what time it was because we had to be somewhere at 6, and when he came back he was holding his string for catching crabs and asked me to pull it in because he thought he'd caught something. I pulled it and attached to the string was a little red box, with a ring in it. He got down on his knees and proposed, then after a lot of kissing I said yes, and I didn't cry like I thought I would. I did jump up and down like a little girl a lot, though.
So, big news!! We're going to get married next year, probably in May. I can't wait. The ring is a symbolic one, while beautiful it is from a little souvenir shop in town and won't last forever, so I'll get a real ring when we get home.