Eventful may not even be the word I could use to describe the start of 2017. On January 1st, my then boyfriend, Andrew (will explain that), and our car ride enthusiast dog, Delilah, set off from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas.
The morning started out fairly well considering. Somehow we had managed to not drink ourselves into sleeping past our alarm. Oh! And Andrew cut his finger open trying to get one of those security tags off of a bow tie and almost didn’t make it out the night before. We had made the rounds, starting at Las Perls for a Margarita and some Mezcal. It was there that my good friend Hila and her fiancé, Oded joined us. From there we made our way to La Caña and had some Rum and a Brazilian Necktie (I may be wrong in capitalizing drinks but they were that good I think they deserve it). We finally made it to Seven Grand and drank some Whisk(e)y, beers and a Moscow Mule. I know, it sounds like a lot, but really, it was ok.
We made it home, re-inflated our air mattress and hit the sack. We woke up with our alarm around 8, showered and got to business. We packed up the remaining clothes and tried to fit as much as possible in the remaining spaces that my Honda Civic had left. Some stuff got left behind, but we had what was important and an adventure to look forward to.
We were off to breakfast, Andrew had picked the spot and I had made him check the day before if they were in fact open on New Year’s Day and they were. We all piled in and went down our steep driveway (oh that awful sound of scrapping). We started driving down 6th headed west towards our breakfast destination. I was hungry, breakfast is my jam and what I look forward to even when I’m going to bed. We ended up parking on 6th just past Fairfax. I was curious as to what cafe or restaurant we were going to around there. Whatever, I thought, as Andrew was looking at his phone for what I assume was an address. We started walking toward Wilshire and I’m thinking, this guy is gonna make me walk really far for food and I am so hungry (I have been known to get hangry at times, especially with breakfast). We start getting closer to Johnnies Cafe, which obviously gives me great memories as it is the spot I randomly ran into Andrew almost 7 years prior, only a couple days after first meeting him at Seven Grand. It was there that we set up our first date.
Andrew starts to slow down and and move to my side, and I’m thinking what is going on with him. He stops and turns me around, and has this nervous, excited look on his face. Oh, Shit. It’s happening. Then he starts talking. I remember bits and pieces but it is a blur. Andrew rarely looks nervous and what I do vividly remember is that he had this look on his face I had never seen. It made me start to cry. Not the sexy tear down the cheek cry, but full on ugly cry. Did I mention, Leo came around the corner right as he had turned me around and started taking photos. Sneaky boy (Andrew had put him up in a hotel around the corner so he didn’t have to drive far after working a long shift on NYE just to come around and drive back to take photos). He got down on his knee and opened a little box. It was the ring I had been describing and from the jeweler I loved. After he asked me, I think I said of course and bent down to kiss him.
We thanked Leo and started to walk back towards the car. Even though I had been waiting for this for so long he still caught me by surprise. It felt even more amazing than I thought it would. I had all of these ideas of saying “about time,” “oh I don’t know,” “took you long enough,” but none of them came to mind. Love overcame my smart-assness. I’m so happy it turned out like this. It was so worth the wait.
We called our parents and siblings and felt their excitement and happiness thru the phone. He had asked my parents during Thanksgiving and his Mother already knew, but he didn’t tell them when, so they had been patiently waiting. We got in the car, then had to really figure out what to eat. Breakfast was horrible but the company and feelings we had made it the best breakfast I’ve ever had. In the car we crammed, and off we went to Austin.
Next will be about the 1,400 mile drive!