One ring to rule them all

The boyfriend and I went on a trip for our 5 year anniversary to Dubuque, Iowa. We’ve been planning it for a little bit cause I decided I wanted us to do something special. And why Dubuque? Because it’s on the Mighty Mississip. Stop asking silly questions.

Friday was kind of the best day of my life for several reasons. I felt really good all day and that was nice. Plus I broke out a cute outfit I hadn’t worn yet and I must admit I was rocking it hard core. We stopped at the car place to get a new battery, then I got a pumpkin spice latte and then a gluten free pumpkin muffin. I also got tweeted at by one of our favorite comic makers, Mister Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics. BAM!

Oh, and I ate freaking amazing gluten free pizza at Pizza Ranch.

Mmmmmmmmm pizzzzaaaaa.

Once we got to Dubuque, we explored the National Mississippi River Museum – and Aquarium! – and I totally freaked out because there were super cute otters yawning at me and also snuggling. I had a Kristen Bell sloth moment. If you feel out of the loop, click here… though I will say it was like towards the end when Ellen tricks her and not when she’s fetal in case you were worried.

There were so many things there though! The coolest was probably between the otters, the huge abundance of turtles, and this giant fish that probably could have eaten Theron.


There was a steam boat there too! It was pouring down rain and I was in flip flops (Theron: what else?) which meant I was slipping and sliding and my left leg is still a little sore from almost biffing it on some stairs.

We stopped in a casino and blew literally a single dollar on slots, thought it was stupid and left. (Theron says I’m failing to mention that we won ten cents… which then basically got added to our slot credits. Is that really winning?)

We went back to the hotel for a little bit before heading to Carlos O’Kelly’s (yes this is a real place) and I got a jumbo margarita!

Then we went for a walk around downtown, chasing steeples and golden domes before making our way to the Fenelon Place Elevator.

Especially at night!!!

We got up there a little after dusk and it was really pretty. It was cool to see all the places we had walked around from such a great view. We walked around the block up there and it was nice. The houses were really fancy though. We headed back to the overlook spot for a bit before we went back down.

I will admit I had kind of a feeling about what was coming. 2 different times Theron really wanted to go to the store by himself and I thought that was pretty silly cause he always makes me drive. But in all seriousness, after our walk around the block I sensed what was going to happen with my sloth skills.

Theron was talking about how it was pretty up at the overlook and then that I was pretty and I was all psssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh.

And then he was all “I like going on trips with you.”

Me: “Yeah, it’s pretty fun.”

Him: “You know what would be cool?” *cue hug from behind* “Going on trips forever with you.”

*ring box to the face*

Okay, it didn’t hit me in the face but it was all up in my face and I was all “Is this a joke? There isn’t an onion ring in there right?”

For a good ten minutes, I felt the need to double check that he did indeed ask me to marry him… as it was more of a statement and I was like freaking out kind of inside. After much kissing, he reminded me that I didn’t really answer his (not-really) question to which I replied “okay” like a four year old.

You totally do not have a ring as cool as this one.
There was much kissing and snuggling to be had.
The ring is sapphire with little diamonds on the side. It is so pretty. Theron got the sapphire because we met in September and because I like blue and he says blue looks good on me cause of my eyes 🙂
So Saturday we kind of alerted everyone on Facebook and Twitter (well, I did anyhow :-p). Then we did some more exploring – riding a trolley, walking along the Mississippi, staring into three states at one time, and more gluten free pizza (can you have too much pizza? I think not). We also found the Knippel store.

And it’s right next to Hammer Time!

And we of course rode the elevator again where I got this fancy pants shot:

My phone is fancy with panoramas!

And then I took this of myself because I felt like it.

Damn, I’m hot. I would want to marry me too.

Then today we hiked around – like literally hiked.

Think this times a bunch and add some stone steps too. Yeaaaaah.

I haven’t been able to do that in a really long time. I was out of shape and my left leg, still unhappy over Friday’s slipping, was pretty close to a breakdown. But I am very grateful for everything that happened this weekend and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with the boyfriend… I guess fiance?
For now, it’s time for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Life of a Spoonie!

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  1. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! CONGRATULATIONS! You really have to see me squealing and jumping in my chair for your wonderful news! I am soooooo happy for you and Theron. What a beautiful ring too! The reasons for it are unique to you two as well. Now we can bitch about planning weddings on our blogs together. Ahahaha.


  2. Aaaahhhhhhh thank youuuuuuu! And oh yes, there will be bitching I'm sure haha 🙂 Hooray!!!1!

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