I have been the proud fiancee of this amazing guy for a whopping 2 days. Let me tell you, I have never been so popular on Facebook. I finally found out the secret to getting 100+ likes - get engaged.
Getting over 100 likes is no everyday occurrence for Phil or myself. Getting nearly 100 COMMENTS is like, fuhgeddaboudit, never gunna happen. But now, blowing up the internet isn't just for my little sister, where reaching over 100 likes is an everyday occurrence. It's for your average Joe and Jane too... or, your average Phil and Julie.
Thank you all so much for your congratulations, kind words and well wishes. We are so so so very happy and excited about being engaged. I keep joking around about how, "Everything is so different when you're engaged..." but part of me really and truly feels like it is.
Some of you have heard the story but for those of you who haven't and are interested... Phil and I had to drive to Fresno for the CalTeach program that he is currently in. On our way there, which happens that the quickest way is through Yosemite National Park, Phil pulled the car over to "take a peep" - which is our endearingly adorable Aseltine-ism way of saying "take a pee." He said there was probably going to be a good view and that I should get out and take some pictures.
Let me remind you, it was barely 6am and I could see from the car window that at this particular pull-out there wasn't a view. I opted to stay in the warm car and began to dig into one of the breakfast burritos that I made.
With a mouth full of egg, tortilla and cheese, I look to my right to see Phil standing outside the passenger door with a little box in his hands. Phil opened the door and got down on one knee. He said he wanted to wait for a better view but he just couldn't wait any longer, he then asked me to marry him.
Of course I said yes.
I have known since I met Phil in 2005 that he was a special guy. Phil came out to Colorado 2 times to visit and climb, we were friends. Friendsssss... right. I was completely naieve and in the dark of Phil's ulterior motives to our friendship. It wasn't until a little over 3 years ago that I saw Phil in the light that I now see him in on a daily basis. Phil is still my friend. He is my best friend actually. But he is more then that, much much more. He is my lover, my confidante, my teammate and the one I plan on spending the rest of my life with. He is the one that I look forward to waking up to and the one I miss when we are apart. He is the one I can be completely myself around. He pushes and encourages me to do things that I am passionate about and supports me in whatever hair brain idea I come up with next. He doesn't care if I want shave my head again and when I tell him that I feel fat he tells me I'm beautiful. I am so lucky to have found Phil. He really is the one for me.
So today I got off work early and we went bouldering at the Buttermilks. After work we stopped in Manor Market to get some tortilla chips. When looking at all the options, I see some fancy ones that say "HOT" across the front. Knowing Phil likes pretty much anything spicy, I suggest that we get those chips. He looks at me as if saying "Really?" You know it's true love when you aren't a fan of spicy and you suggest the spicy chips.
We walk out the door, and with our hot tortilla chips in hand, Phil opens the bag and shoves a few in his mouth. He smiles in utter and complete satisfaction. He looks over at me and goes "This is the best decision we have ever made." Yes, it is nice to have a guy who can find gratification in life's simple pleasures. I try a few chips myself and actually am not too trilled, too many spices, not even as good as a Dorito even though these are organic blue corn and blah blah blah. I look over at him and say "No it's not."
It's like he didn't have to think, Phil immediately gestured to my ring and said, "Yeah, you're right, that's the best decision we have ever made."