Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day

This Friday marks our '3 year engagement anniversary' and I figured I'd share some background with everyone on how I became Mrs. Mike. We went down to Maryland a few days before Valentine's Day to visit my best friend and to attend her daughter's Sweet 16 party. We went down Friday, and Saturday was said party. Saturday, Maryland got about 6 inches or so of snow so going to the party was pretty fun (good thing we took the truck and not the Mustang!) The party was a blast, and the next day (Sunday) we headed from Maryland to Atlantic City. We woke up to a ton of snow on the ground still. Some roads were plowed, some were not. The battery on the truck died, and we got a jump from one of the nice people at the hotel. We went to Wal-mart for some truck necessities to make sure we got to AC in one piece. DH saw signs for the AC Expressway off the NJ Turnpike and we took that way. What a wrong turn! Jersey was complete opposite of Maryland....no roads plowed! The way we took was all backroads....lovely. It ended up taking us double the time to get there. So we got to Harrah's, checked in and went to play some cash games in the poker room.

Okay, so in AC, since it's right on the ocean and bay, they had NO snow on the roads, but the grass and sidewalks had MAYBE an inch....but everything was closed! Some restaurants didn't even open in the casino. So there was no drink lady or food runner for the poker room. DH kept getting up to go to the bathroom, so I figured I was in for him having a stomach problem all weekend...lovely.

We went upstairs to the WSOP Circuit to see what was going on. The next day I was going to play in the ladies event and there was a $1000 buy in event that I was going to try to win DH into. I played a satellite and got sucked out to no end. I was chipleader the entire time, and just kept doubling people up with stupid hands. So I busted out of that satellite, and it was late and I didn't feel too well, so we went to the one place that was open, the diner place at Harrah's (no longer there). I got some chicken soup and complained how I didn't feel well or how badly I got sucked out.

It was pretty late, and I like to get a nice night's sleep before a tournament, so we decided to go up to bed. It was a little past midnight when we made our way back to the room. As we go down the hall, I'm thinking we walked too far down. We get to our room, and DH can't seem to get the key to work. I'm like 'Honey, this isn't our room...we weren't this close to the end of the hall' He's like 'This is our room' Meanwhile, door still not open. Finally he gets it open and I go in. My eyes fixate directly to a vase-ful of long stemmed red roses (my favorite). I didn't even see our luggage on the floor. I get to the flowers, and I'm like 'Honey, we're in someone else's room and they got flowers! How nice! I'm gonna be nosey and read the card' meanwhile, I didn't even look at DH. I open the card, and is says Beth, I love you with all my heart, will you merry me' (yes, it says merry me....they totally blew that one, but at the time, i didn't realize it! HA!). So as I see my name and that, I'm like 'OMG, he meant to propose on Valentine's Day, but it's only Feb 13th!' (it was technically the 13th, it was past midnight). So of course I say yes (who wouldn't!) and we hugged and what not, I called my parents, who already knew! I think I woke my dad up...woops! He did mean to do it on the 13th, he didn't want to do it on Valentine's Day and wanted to surprise me....well...he did!

So of course every year, we go to AC around that time to celebrate our 'engagement' anniversary....and it gives us the excuse to play some poker in the meantime :) This year, thanks to having my money stolen from an employee at the Water Club, our vacation is now comped! Free suite at the Water Club on Valentine's Day AND $100 in food comps to use. Yippee!
This year, on our 'engagement' anniversary, we are having some lovely people come to our house between 5 and 7 to clean our dryer vent and then maybe we'll go out to dinner. We are going to bed early so spend some quality time together snuggling, then getting up early to go to Borgata.
I want to surprise DH with some fun gifts before we leave. I won't post on here because my luck he actually reads my blogs and I don't want to give it away!

So, what's everyone doing for Valentine's Day?


Chicagolandia said...

I love hearing how couples propsosed, or how they met stories. They are the best!

Bobbi Jo said...

That is so sweet! What a great way to propose. He is a hopeless romantic.
Your job has got to be fun but I bet nerve racking sometime too. Going to read more of your blog. Hugs, Bobbi Jo-AZ

Virginia Mom said...

That's a sweet story! The joke around here is that my DH never actually asked me to marry him- he grew up with a guy who eventually became a partner in a big jewelry store so this friend gives DH good deals on jewelry. We had been together for 3 years, and one day we stopped by the jewelry store "just to look". I walked out of the store later wearing a diamond ring on my left hand- no questions asked! DH did eventually ask me to marry him- he surprised me by upgrading my engagement ring to a bigger diamond and setting for our 10th anniversary- and that time he asked me "to marry him again". We'll be married 15 years in May.

spaghetti0625 said...

Virginia Mom: what a lovely story! It's one to pass down generation to generation! Men always seem to find the easy way out...in your case by not getting down on one knee and asking. I hope for your 10 year he did it :)