24 November 2009

The Engagement Post

About a month ago I was leaving work for the day and the doorman said to me as I approached, "Ah, I know that look. That's the look of a girl in love!"

Tis too true!

I have been in love with Sir Jeff Hayes, Esquire for many moons now. As of last night at approximately 8 pm the long-haul nature of our relationship became most official.

This included the most delicious dinner I've ever had, hands down, at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach (which meant 3 YEAR OLD CHEESE from the FROMAGE PLATE OF DIVINITY,)

This also included a spell spent at the bonfire on the hotel grounds, and finally, and most importantly, down on the patio right by the shore, included those crucial words of the betrothing kind and a response in the emphatic affirmative. And the securing of this wowzer on my left ring finer (I KNOW!):

I can hardly wipe the silly grin off my face.

By the way, more pictures are coming from the camera with the missing USB cable.

It was really quite perfect, a finer adrenaline rush I've never had. And that is the truth.

Warning: The proceeding could be qualified as a Gush

I can hardly wrap my mind around my excessive good fortune in finding Jeff Hayes (thanks Erica!). He is kind, brilliant, buff, handsome, cultured, has a work ethic that shames Joan Baez, and cooks.

And, major gush, he is my best friend, cracks me up, supports me to the bitter end, and makes me want to to a hitch-kick for joy ALL THE TIME.

I can't count all the times over the last 15 months that he has shown me, in word and deed, through the big things and the small, hard times and the good, that I am one lucky girl to be his girl.

January 23, 2010 you may call me Madame Hayes. I can't wait.


[AnnieR] said...

Yay Yay Yay! I'm so excited for you both!!!

[AnnieR] said...

P.S.--you ARE aware that I'm putting another notch in my "You Have Me To Thank For Meeting Your Spouse" belt, right? Well. 3/4 of one anyway.

Meredith said...

For sure, Annie. Without you I'd never have met Erica :). And we both know that a 3/4 belt hole will still get the job done :). Just wish you could be there, but I know how it goes. You and cam will be there in spirit.

Dave Donaldson said...

:) Congratulations. I knew the first time you posted about him that he would be the one. You two are perfect together (or so it seems from your blog ;)

Margaret said...

Wowzer indeed! Beautiful Merz. So excited, so so excited. (Say that to the beat of 'be agressive, be be agressive.)
love you much.

ericareynolds said...

I'm going to get all smug and say that I knew it was you from the beginning. I mean how could my smart brother not fall in love with you? I think this matchmaking thing might go to my head. Watch out world--here I come. Maybe I'll start a business or something. Hmm. At the very least, I must purchase my own belt.

Has the official date moved up from last night? I thought it was Feb. 6th. Can't wait, eh? :)

CoCo said...

I love this. Facebook only let me like it, but I want you to know that I love it. :)

kt said...

yessssss! I have been nagging Michelle for MONTHS to tell me the EXACT MOMENT this happened. I haven't yet met you face to face, but from our brief web conversation I knew I wanted Jeff to marry you! WOO HOO!

M + D said...

I am SOOO excited for your two!! Congrats Merzy!!

Ken said...

Dear Meredith Hayes,

Every time I have checked in on this here blog o' yers for the past many months, I have held my breath, peeked out of one eye, and anticipated seeing this VERY post, announcing this VERY wonderful thing. Congratulations, and I'm thrilled for you. And thrilled for Jeff, whose life just got exponentially better. I don't know how you swing both sophisticated and adorable, but darn if ya don't do it well! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!


dre said...

Merz - Ken stole the very words I was going to say right out of my finger tips.

But who better to say, right?!

I'm very happy for you. I really am.

brightonislove said...

yay!!! congrats!!! i'm so happy for you!

KatieB said...

can i just saw how awesome meredith hayes sounds? congrats on the new name and the guy! i'm so happy for you and all your gushing happiness. can't wait for future engagement and wedding posts!

ps- the word verification i'm being asked to type in is "pregi", i'm assuming that's not the reason for the short engagement?? :)

The Jensen Family said...

We are so happy for you! Congratulations!

Hilary and Dave said...

The ring...Gorgeous!!! I am thrilled beyond measure for you! I can't wait to meet him; I feel so deprived that I don't even know Merzy's other half! I look forward to that great day!!

laceyjo said...

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO! Welcome to the coolest club ever!