Feb. 17th, 2007 08:25 pm
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One resolution down.

She said yes.
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Once again, the last post was a complete fabrication, though I do still wish I could go to the dance concert. I think I'll e-mail explaining the situation and see if I can get an MP3 of the Jackie O song.

Anyway, I'm chilling at work right now, but I'm all set to head out. I put everything in the car, and while at work, I haven't remembered everything that I'd forgotten. (Well, I did, but nothing that was at home. I'll be stopping at the store before the flight.)

Speaking of the flight, I only just now noticed, as I was printing out my boarding class that they were first class. This is how busy I've been, I didn't think to wonder why I was in seat "2F". Did you tell me about this, [livejournal.com profile] satch, and I just forgot? Or was I just completely oblivious? Regardless, Satch is clearly angling for a spot as a groomsman, and I don't think I'm in a position to deny him.

Hotel is booked, and I confirmed that I'll be checking in late and getting a room with a king-size bed. I've got a rental car to drive [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan back on Monday. I've got the lyrics to "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." I've got Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Justice for All for my DS. I've got a Nikoli book; I've got a crossword book; I've got a book that just has a story in it. I have a new phone and its charger. I have a new GPSr and its batteries. I have my nice jacket and my nice shoes. I have a scarf. I have my tickets. I have my reservations. Also, I have no reservations. (See what I did there!)

The only scare was that Ojouchan didn't sign into Google Talk this morning before getting on the bus, but I called her room and got voicemail, so I assume she didn't oversleep.

So I've got to grab some food before the jeweler opens, and then I'm off.

In less than 33 hours, I'm going to be engaged.


Feb. 15th, 2007 12:19 pm
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I am so frickin' glad I'm proposing this weekend. Planning this engagement is becoming a huge strain on my relationship.

This morning, in an effort to convince her that I wasn't out shopping for rings (I wasn't) or doing any other proposal preparations (I was) yesterday, I sparked an argument about how I was insensitive in running errands on Valentine's Day instead of thinking of her.

So here's the deal.

I've given up on finding my old phone before tomorrow. I bought a new one today. Because Radio Shack had run out of their cheap phones, I got a $50 phone for $20. Once again, I've kept my number, but not my contacts.

The ring will be ready at 10 a.m. That gives me time to run home and make it back to the jeweler, if I need to. Or I could pick up something at a store nearby. I also have a bit of wiggle room in getting to the airport. But it'll still be pretty stressful.

Saturday, I still have nothing planned for most of the day. [livejournal.com profile] duchez, I'm e-mailing you now about that. The hotel apparently has a Playstation in each room, maybe I'll just bring a game to calm me.

Packing! Eeek!

Okay, seriously, going now. My phone number is here, if you want to offer me support in the next few days.
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Yeah, so, in my last Proposal post, I was a bit panicked and overthinky. Bascially, I know that [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan will have a great tme at the party as it's scheduled, and I know that she'd much rather be proposed to sooner, rather than later (yep, that does apply to a matter of one day). I'm just sad that that one aspect of the party won't have the same meaning.

So I've calmed down. I booked my hotel for Friday-Monday at Hotel Marlowe, and I'll be calling the jeweler tomorrow to check on the status. The location is set: Sandrine's in Harvard Square at 7 p.m. My biggest concern right now is finding my phone. After Ojouchan's latest post, it's clear that I will have to make my entrance by calling her cell phone from my cell phone and singing to her as I enter.

Incidentally, during my free time in Boston between waking up and getting to the restaurant, I'd like to get a professional haircut and shave. I could get a haircut here (just a trim of course), but to get the shave and have it mean anything, I'd have to have an appointment on Friday morning, which is no good. I don't know if this is actually feasible, but I'd like to try.

I feel like I've forgotten to mention something, but I can't think of it.
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So, after having a flight generously donated by the totally awesome and totally miles-having [livejournal.com profile] satch, there were some problems.

First, the bus company raised its prices, and [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan decided she probably wasn't going to Boston. So, I asked [livejournal.com profile] hahathor to prod her to keep going, and then I bought her the tickets as a "Valentine's Day" gift.

Then, this morning, she said that she probably wasn't going to go to Boston because she'd been offered the lead in her Bhangra performance and couldn't miss performances.

This time, I really panicked. I mean, honestly, how much control do I have over that? So I scanned her college's website for information on Bhangra, found the two people most likely to be the contact people for the group, and asked them to tell her that she didn't really need to go to rehearsal.

I probably didn't need to do that, Hathor managed to sway Ojouchan by preemptively announcing a party on her behalf on Sunday.

There are some difficulties.

One, is that, every time the trip was looking to be off, Ojou pushed hard with a line of "I'm not going to go . . . unless there's a particular reason you want me to be there." It's been getting progressively harder to find ways of actually convincing her to go without raising suspicion. I have already accepted the fact that she'll be mad at me for keeping things secret, but that's because she doesn't much care for surprises regarding very importnat things, while I feel very strongly that some things need to be surprises. At the end of it, both of us will be engaged to somebody cool, so I'm hoping it all works out.

There's a more serious issue that has me feeling uneasy, though. The party announced on Sunday has been marketed as a party for Ojouchan, which is something that has made her very, very, very happy. She often worries that I'm overshadowing her among our puzzling acquaintances (though not with our close puzzle friends). So I'm asking you, if you're in the Boston area and able to go to this party, DO NOT TELL PEOPLE THAT I'M GOING TO BE THERE. Do not say, "Don't worry, it's actually a party about announcing an engagement." I know that she'll have a great time, but it tears me up that it won't be the same ego boost it is right now.

I mean, I'm obviously an egomaniac here. I'm manipulating every event without her knowledge and displaying all of my brilliant intricacies to the select few, but this weekend is not about me; it's about the woman I love.

Real Plans.

Feb. 6th, 2007 01:30 pm
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My last post is a decoy. I won't be going to the Joe Goode Performance group, though they are fantastic and you should go see them. I will be flying to Boston after picking up the ring that I purchased today.

So, Boston proposal is go. I picked out the ring today at Frank Vernon after they guaranteed that the ring could be done by next Friday. The ring is going to be based on this one, but in platinum, with an oval amethyst, and with smaller and fewer prongs. It will be available by noon on Friday 16. At which point, I will probably get on a plane to Boston.

I'll arrive too late on Friday to make an appearance, but I'll be there on Saturday. I think I'll try to have [livejournal.com profile] hahathor take [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan somewhere for dinner saying it's one place then, surprise, it's somewhere else with me dressed up nice to propose to her. Then I whisk her away for the evening, while Hathor goes off to her party.

Incidentally, for you recommending proposal settings, here's how it's going to work: Hathor's going to bring Ojouchan somewhere. She's going to see me. She's going to start crying. I pretty much have to propose to her there because at that point, she won't be doing much until I put a ring on her finger. So in terms of getting her somewhere, it needs to be somewhere that Hathor can bring her to without arousing much suspicion (possibly through the use of lies and sneakery).

Now to book a flight.

The Plan.

Feb. 2nd, 2007 01:31 pm
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Okay, here's the plan.

The Ring

After talking with [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan and going over internet jewelry sites, I have a good sense of what she wants. I also have the things she told me she wants. Basically, I'm looking for an Edwardian or Edwardian-style filigree ring with a large amethyst, not a diamond. The amethyst should be around a carat, it can be bigger, but obviously not so big that it starts to overpower her hand. She prefers marquis, princess, and pear-shaped cuts. Originally, she was asking for white gold, but her sister's white-gold ring hasn't been doing so well, so I'm looking at platinum instead. Her ring size is 7.

I'm going to be talking to a jeweler about all this soon. Here are the rings that I'm going to print out to show:I think the last two have the style down the best. As for price, Ojouchan expects something around $800; I expect to spend a little more.

The Where

What I know is this:
  • I do not want to propose at Williams.
  • I do not want to propose in New Jersey.
  • I do not want to propose at graduation.
  • I do want to propose before [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan moves out here.
Depending on how much you know about the calendars and atlases involved, you can see that I don't have very many opportunities. As I see it, I have three chances:
  • Spring Break—March 16 to April 2. I'll be spending Spring Break with her in Elizabeth, and I can easily arrange for something to have something happen in New York, a city she loves.
  • Presidents' Day Weekend—February 16-19. She's going to be visiting friends (many of which are conveniently on this filter) that weekend. I can coordinate an event through them.
  • Class Trip—TBA. She's taking a class (I believe it's this one) which will involve taking trips away from Williams to see performances. Unfortunately, the specific performances apparently need to be chosen by the class, so there aren't any dates yet.
Out of these three options, here are the problems. Spring Break is the obvious choice. The extremely obvious choice. So obvious, that I'm fairly certain that Ojou is planning for me to propose to her while I'm there and will be dressing up no matter where we go knowing that one of them will feature a ring. I'm trying to manage a bit more surprise than that, so Spring Break is my last resort.

Personally, I think my best option is the class trips. Unfortunately, not knowing what they're going to be is a problem. I've e-mailed the person who I think is the teacher, but I haven't heard a response back from her, and I don't know how else to get information about when those dates are. And what's more, if there's a date in, say, April, that would be ideal, the element of surprise will still be gone. After Spring Break, Ojou will know that I've got something planned and will be able to figure out that I'm giong to propose during one of these trips. As long as Spring Break looms as the obvious choice, it'll be easy to keep her in the dark.

The last option, Presidents' Day Weekend, is soon. Real soon. Especially since I don't have a ring in my pocket right now. On the other hand, if I were to get a ring and fly out to Boston in time, I'd certainly have the element of surprise back on my side.

The Plan

I was talking with my mom about plans to go ring shopping (including getting an appointment with the jeweler my family has been using for years), and given the fact that I still have no information about the class trips, she believes that I should prepare to try to propose on Presidents' Day Weekend. We're meeting with the jeweler on Tuesday morning, and I'll be going through the LA Jewelry District afterward. Hopefully, I'll know by then whether the timeframe is possible. I'm still hoping for the class trip information to come in, because I'd be able to take some more time and prepare something in New York, but if I can't get that information fast, I'll be trying to score a JetBlue flight pretty quickly.

Ojouchan's main concern is making sure that she's suitably pretty for the proposal whenever it occurs. This means nice hair and nice clothes. I'll need to make sure this happens. Apparently, she's getting her hair done before the Boston trip (she just told me) so that makes Boston a better option. Backup plan for that is probably to give her some sort of spa day certrificate for Valentine's Day and encourage her to use it at some point.

Your Mission

Here are the things I need help with.
  • If you can recommend a good jeweler in Los Angeles, tell me.
  • If you can get information about the class at Williams without asking Ojou, do so.
  • If you think you can get the information out of Ojou without arousing suspicion, tell me but don't try to do it unless I say so. I just have this fear that every one of her friends that I know will suddenly be asking her about one particular class and it just might pique her curiosity.
  • If you can recommend a setting in Boston, tell me.
  • If you are [livejournal.com profile] hahathor, e-mail me.
  • If you can recommend a setting in New York, tell me.
  • If you are in Los Angeles, and can make plans with me for Presidents' Day Weekend that can serve as a reasonable "I'm totally not flying to Boston" cover story, let me know. (Keep in mind that if I decide not to go to Boston, I will probably want to go through with the plans.)
  • Act normal. She does know that a bunch of her friends are on this filter. If she seems like she's looking for hints, you should suggest that I'm trying to move things quickly.

Things changed between when I wrote most of this e-mail and now, when I'm posting it, based on a conversation with Ojouchan. Presidents Day now sounds like the best time. So, I'm probably going to aim for that, jewelry willing.

Now go!
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That's because this is the first post on my Ring filter, the one where I plan my proposal to [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan. If you feel like you don't want to be a part of this filter, then let me know, and I'll take you off. So, if you just feel like you wouldn't be able to keep a secret if she asked you what's been going on, you might want to jump the ship before you have a chance to loose your lip.

Otherwise, there are a lot of people who are on this filter who don't personally know me or her other than through LJ, if at all. I figured you might want to be able to read what's going on too. I mean, that's the point of a usually public journal, right?
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So, because of my unusual week, I may be off my goal for posting five days a week. In my head, my resolutions post was on Sunday, but it was actually on Monday, which set me behind the curve anyway, since I was missing a day. Regardless, post today and post tomorrow.

On the other hand, yesterday, instead of posting, I spent lots and lots and lots of time looking at rings on the internet. First, I spent a lot of times looking at rings alone and getting hopelessly confused. Then I spent some time looking at them with [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan, with much better results. At the end of a few hours, I have a pretty good idea of what she wants, which is good because she's not going to be with me when I go shopping.

Anyway, sleepytime.
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So today, I met with my family to celebrate my birthday. I had a nice lunch and got a new GPS receiver to replace the one that got busticated a while back. More importantly I talked about some of my previously-alluded-to resolutions, so I can talk about them here.

Resolutions for the year:
  • Get a new job.
  • Move into a new apartment.
  • Post to Livejournal at least five days a week (at least one having some significant substance).
  • Exercise at least four days a week.
  • Spend time with other people socially at least once a week, at least three weeks a months.
  • Write Intercoastal Altercations 5 with [livejournal.com profile] foggyb.
And most importantly:
That last one in particular was one I didn't want to put onto the internet until I'd told my parents, but now that's done, so now you know. Unless you happened to be in the bar with us last Sunday night in which case you probably already know. (And incidentally, thank you to all of those people for not blogging about it.)

My plan is to keep track of my progress using LJ tags. And if you have any tips or advice, I'd be glad to hear them.

Okay, back to work.


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