Time for a lengthy update.
First off, it's worth saying that I've been neglecting my LJ since I've been very busy lately. As it is, I'm writing this at work. Here goes!
I'm happy to say that Rosemary and I are going to be making it official. She now wears a ring on her finger that she nicknamed her "Sparkley". Our wedding date is 6/20/04, and we will be making a wedding website soon.
A funny note is how the engagement went down. I bought the ring right after work and headed home. I beat Rosemary home by minutes and once she got in the house I was already sweating bullets. I wasn't so nervous about her saying yes/no, I was nervous that she would discover the ring before I asked her and ruined the surprise.
I decided to ask her that day because if I didn't do it now, that chance of her finding the ring was very good. I tried to coax her to go for a walk in a romantic spot, or at least let me take her out to dinner or ANYTHING but all my pleas went unheard. Rosemary wanted to stay in and that was that.
I decided to sit in my favorite chair and figure out a clever way to ask Rosemary. While thinking about how to ask her, Rosemary came over and gave me a fantastic kiss. While we were kissing, her hand was about 2 inches from the pocket holding the ring. Out of fear I got up quickly and said the most romantic things I could muster and proposed.
Her first reaction was shock, soon after she was dissappointed with how I asked her. :/ She was hoping for something more romantic. Leave it to me to blow it. This whole thing bothered me a lot, I was hoping to do something great for her, and I killed it. Luckily I had a plan.
My plan for how to fix the situation came with a solution to a problem. I got here a ring in size 7 and Rosemary is a 6.25. So first we had to get it fixed. The ring was fixed in 2 days and now I decided to repropose.
Rosemary and I decided to take advantage of a Saturday without wrestling, and go to Scarborough, RI beach. This is where I decided to repropose.
After spending some time sunbathing I asked Rosemary to go for a walk. I knew 2 things, 1 I didn't want to ask her in the waves in fear that I'd lose the ring, and 2 I didn't want to do it in front of people.
I remembered a spot on the shore down a ways from the main beach. After walking a ways Rosemary wished to go back. I was most insistant on her going further down to where I wanted to repropose. After a LOT of convincing we continued down. We were barefoot and there were a lot of sharp rocks and glass around so she was unhappy about continuing. I wasn't going to allow this to slow me down though, I ruined one proposal and I won't ruin another! So finally we go to the spot, we kissed and I again surprised her with her ring, this time sized correctly.
All in all a great time at the beach, although she was very burned afterwards.
Wrestling in Uxbridge
After 2000 flyers, 30 hours of hard work and 35 bucks in advertising. Our show in Uxbridge was ready to take off. After watching the show on tape the show wasn't what I wanted it to be, and we lost money on the show. On the upside my mother, brother Mike, Mike's girlfriend Kellie, my father, Dad's girlfriend Annie, Rosemary's mom, her boyfriend, Rosemary's brother Sean, Marcia + Stephanie from work, and their husbands got to see me wrestle. My match with Mike was a decent match, again I went in wishing for more.
Slamtech is finally reopening after a long hiatus. We will be having an open house on August 10th where we will hopefully attact some new bodies into the gym. Without getting into details in a public forum, I've been given incentive to put more time into Slamtech, I do hope that this takes off!
Planning for the wedding.
Rosemary and I have had many a discussion (and a handful of fights) over planning for our wedding. Another concern is that my mother will swoop in and try to take over the wedding. Up to now Mom's been great, I hope that continues.
Also we have the initial wedding invitation list taken care of. We are inviting most of our family and some friends as well. 123 guest + Rosemary and I makes the 125 maximum we were looking for. We're going with a picnic theme and we're saving 100 bucks a week in hopes of paying for it all. We'll probably put the rest of the tab on a credit card, and continue paying 100 bucks a week after the wedding till we have it all paid off.
As you probably know, I often write in my LJ about how wrestling sucks and I should quit. Well my feelings today, and I say today because they change by the day, is tha it doesn't suck at all. But still it takes up a lot of time and I think it's slowing my process at life. If I wasn't wrestling I would have the time to be going to college part time. I could have a part time job and put in another 10-30 hours a week After taxes that'd be around $6500 a year. Money I could really use during wedding planning time.
I've considered 2 options. Wrestle until Craig comes home from Iraq, than join him in going to college and leaving wrestling altogether. The other option is to be a ref. That would keep me in the business and the loop, but no training, and more time to myself outside of shows. Oh well... the constant struggle continues. :)