Alarming News

September 30, 2008

How it happened

Several people have asked me to tell the engagement story and never let it be said I don’t give the people what they want:

I.C. and I had been throwing around the idea of getting away for a weekend. We looked into Miami but as it’s hurricane season it didn’t get chosen. Bermuda is already cold, Montreal didn’t seem right, no cruises fit our schedule and with the Jewish holidays around the corner we had sort of given up on the idea of getting away. Both of us play poker and at some point last week I.C. suggested going to Atlantic City.

I had been wanting to check out a new hotel on the boardwalk, The Chelsea and so we reserved a room for two nights.

Going into the weekend I had no idea that he might propose, although in retrospect there were so many signs. He kept saying how the weekend was all about me and that “you can have whatever you like.” By coincidence, several of our friends were at the Borgata on Friday night but heading back right around the time we arrived in A.C. I wanted to stop by and see them, I.C. was concerned about “leaving the laptop in the car in the parking lot” and made it clear he’d prefer to go to our hotel first. Oh, also, he suggested I bring the laptop. He never suggests I bring the laptop! (It was because he knew I’d want to blog/facebook the news shortly after it happened.) Then, when we checked into our room, the I.C. said “no, we need a different room, the safe is broken.” It didn’t seem that weird at the time because we were there to play poker and did have some cash on us but now it’s obvious he needed the safe for the ring.

We had a casual dinner on Friday night and spent a few hours at the poker table. He won a little, I lost a little. On Saturday, we slept in and lazy-ed around our room for a few hours before deciding to go get some breakfast. When we were showered and ready to leave, I.C. put his arms around me and told me he loved me. I said I loved him too. He said “yeah? And you want to be with me forever?” I giggled and said yes. And then he completely stunned me, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised I just kept saying “oh my G-d” and finally “yes!”

The rest of the day was a surreal daze. After we called our families and close friends, we tried to go to the coffee shop in our hotel. But we couldn’t eat. We were so excited and just giddy. We walked on the boardwalk and just watched the ocean for awhile. We stared at my ring. Shiny. We talked about the wedding and talked about the future. We kissed a lot. It was awesome. We’re very happy and feel very lucky to be together. It took us awhile (that’s a whole other post, maybe tomorrow!) to get here but we’re so happy it happened; falling in love with my best friend has been completely magical and I can’t wait to begin our married life together.

UPDATE: IC said it’s tacky to post a picture of the ring but if the ring happens to be visible in a photo taken of me drinking an awesome blueberry mojito at Buddakan in AC, how can I not share?

Posted by Karol at 10:56 PM |
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Aw darn, I’m here at work and ready to cry after reading that! Wow. Again, my very best to you both.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at October 1, 2008 at 10:44 am

1) I always knew you were a sap
2) when is the big day?
3) did you enjoy the complete ass whoopin my Skins put on the Cowgirls?…I couldn’t tell from ur texts

Posted by: Larry at October 1, 2008 at 10:55 am

I could sign under Perry’s comment. Except I did cry a little.
It’s so good to see happy people. Makes one be a bit happier, too.

Posted by: Tatyana at October 1, 2008 at 11:08 am

That’s soo lovely!! Congtaulations to you both!!! xxx Love Pu

Posted by: Pu at October 1, 2008 at 11:15 am

Thanks for sharing…how wonderful! I’m so happy for both of you.
And not to take away from the adorable engagement story, but I’m also v. curious to hear how The Chelsea was.

Posted by: Angela at October 1, 2008 at 11:15 am

i knew k was a sap but she like to play tough lol love you both very happy for you can wait for the little ones :) ))))

Posted by: cora at October 1, 2008 at 11:32 am

I’m AMAZED I didn’t run into you. I had several friends staying at the Chelsea last weekend for my 30th.
Congrats, babe!

Posted by: Jay at October 1, 2008 at 11:41 am

Congrats, K – very happy for you!

Posted by: Jason at October 1, 2008 at 12:11 pm

What a lovely story. Perry only got tearful when he heard you lost some money at poker (only joking Perry!).
I don’t think posting ring pictures is tacky at all. If people can post their baby scans and kidney stones online, I think rings are way down the list.

Posted by: bryan at October 1, 2008 at 2:20 pm

You look very, very happy in that pic. Must be the mojito. ;)

Posted by: someone at October 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Wow, what a beautiful ring? shiny indeed? is that a gold band with a square diamond?? so pretty

Posted by: rachel! at October 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Every girl loves her ring.. So, I say, post away! Mozeltov! The ring is gorgeous

Posted by: Toby at October 1, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Yeah, in the genre of wedding porn two things are ever mandatory: the ring and the dress.

Posted by: Not Dawn Summers at October 1, 2008 at 8:54 pm

How does any of this help Michelle Obama’s kids? Hmmm?

Posted by: Radical Redneck at October 1, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Congratulations! This calls for a long needed reunion accompanied by drinks, more drinks, and some heated debating.

Posted by: liquidtrader at October 2, 2008 at 1:55 am

very sweet. He’s obviously a closet homo.
I kid, I kid! Congrats!
I still vote for the courthouse wedding. The local color in the courthouse wedding in NYC should be blog fodder for years.

Posted by: Falstaff at October 2, 2008 at 9:01 am

Whatever. That kind of shit happens to me all the time. Except my suitor and I usually win big at the craps table first!!
Okay- not totally true.
I can’t wait to see you and your ring (and finace).
Big Hug,

Posted by: Carolyn at October 2, 2008 at 10:00 am

Thank you for the rest of the story, Karol.
Your engagement ring is lovely.

Posted by: PattyAnn at October 2, 2008 at 10:37 am

Thank you to everyone for your good wishes. I am often amazed by the comments on this site and all the comments on the engaged posts have been incredible.
Since people (well, Rachel) asked, it’s a cushion cut diamond on a platinum band. The picture does it no justice at all, it’s sparkly and gorgeous and I still can’t stop looking at it.
And, I didn’t mention it in the post but I KILLED it in poker the next night. :-)

Posted by: Karol at October 2, 2008 at 10:59 am

Congratulations red!!! I’m very happy for you. I’ll let you know the next time I’m in NYC and maybe we can hang out. I’d like to see that disco ball for myself.

Posted by: Bradley at October 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Im soooo happy for you. I cant wait to meet him and see the ring in person (the picture of it looks great). I checked out the pictures of you two and you make a beautiful couple. Iv never seen you look so radiant.

Posted by: Karina at October 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Always those stupid practicalities that you don’t think about until engagement time, when you realize you’re walking around with something worth a small car in your pocket. Safe is broken! Suuuuccccks. I decided to do it in Fire Island and because no one locks houses on Fire Island I ended up walking around with the damn thing in my pocket for two days.

Posted by: Ken at October 3, 2008 at 2:32 pm

congratulations! very glad you posted the ring as it is fab. how was buddhakan, lol?

Posted by: anna at October 4, 2008 at 12:14 am

What did I always say?
Congrats lovey!

Posted by: maryama at October 6, 2008 at 7:03 am

Congrats… May you two be happy forever..

Posted by: Paula at October 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Playing poker the night before, priceless.

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