Dan and I met in college and really did not have any romantic intentions toward one another. A year or so after we first met, I invited Dan to my sorority's formal. This is when sparks began to fly. Fast forward five years, and we are now engaged to be married! We were engaged on January 8, 2009. I later found out, Dan had planned on proposing two other times, but they didn't work out the way he hoped. He wanted to wait for the moment to be special, in his words, for the moment "he couldn't wait any longer to ask me be his wife."
Dan and I had planned to go on a vacation in late December and early January, but we couldn't go at the last minute. As some sort of sad consolation, we decided to cook ourselves a fancy four course dinner - cheese palmiers appetizers, spinach and blue cheese salad, beef tenderloin with roasted asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes, and tiramisu for dessert. We had a fun day, mashing potatoes, rolling dough, dipping ladyfingers in espresso, and marinating steak. We ate a candlelit dinner, during which I told Dan it was the best dinner I had ever had. I later found out, this is what caused Dan to propose that night.
After dinner and before dessert, Dan called a friend of his who was moving to Amsterdam the next morning. She wanted us to pick up some housewares from her house that she wasn't taking with her abroad. We got in the car, and headed to where I thought she was staying for her last night in Chicago. Instead, Dan drove to Belmont Harbor and awkwardly claimed to be lost. Finally, he pulled over at this gorgeous clock tower and asked if I wanted to go "explore" around the tower at night in the freezing cold. I agreed, though I'm not sure why. We got out of the car and walked around for a bit.
I was so cold that I told Dan I was going back to the car. He asked me if I wanted him to call his friend for directions. I said that I did. He then said, "Can I ask you something first?" When I turned back to look at him, he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. He asked me to marry him and I couldn't contain my excitement as I burst into tears and said yes. We never got that hand mixer or those lamps.