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Thoughts on this website…

by Jenn

How in the hell did he do all of this without me having a clue!  And.. I thought I read everything yesterday but I missed a whole page.  It all feels so surreal.

I have not gotten a chance to tell anyone in person… I have however said things like – “this is my fiance’s card” to the guy at Costco.  EEEK!  Every now and then I have an o.m.g. moment – “you are going to be my husband!” or he says “hey my fiance”  EEEK!

I am super excited to continue to post – so much is going through my head.  I want to think about all the possibilities in our future.  I want to pick his brain about all his thoughts before the proposal.  I want to hug him and kiss him and never let him go.  I am so HAPPY!

36 hours left & Tricia Helfer

by Jeff McNeil
Tricia Helfer in Command & Conquer 3 as Kilian Qatar

Tricia Helfer in Command & Conquer 3 as Kilian Qatar

A day and a half before the proposal, the same time it takes to get up to Seattle by train, is all that stands between me and a “Yes” or “No” from Jenn.  All plans are still good and confirmations are coming in.  This morning I got a text from the Limo service, they will be arriving on time with the 6 person white limo.  Laura is on board with confirmed reservations at the Happy Nails salon.  James confirmed as photographer will meet me .  I have the necessary gift cards and credit cards.  Extra champagne is on tap for later that night. I just need to get through today at work and tomorrow morning.  I feel that I will be stressed out tomorrow around noon.  I have been keeping my mind on my computer games as of late and it has prevented me from being too anxious or stressed.  It is amazing what a little real time strategy game (Command & Conquer 3) will do for a guy especially with Tricia Helfer in leather, thank you so much EA.  Tonight is going to be Toy Story 3 and then maybe some relaxing jacuzzi time at home.  36 little hours… I can make it.

The cat has one paw out of the bag

by Jeff McNeil
Secret is out

Secret is out

So now there are more people that know about plans this weekend.  Denise and Joseph, both from my work, now know.  They have no direct ties to Jenn so I am confident that nothing has gotten back to her.  It is hard to not tell anyone else at this point.  Joseph found out when he came into my office and saw the website. I told Denise myself so that I could get her input on the matter.  Laura knows, her boyfriend knows of course.  My co-worker Cindy knows because I asked her about rings, her proposal etc.  Nancy another co-worker knows because she knows everything that goes on at work or outside of work.  John Resurreccion knows because I told him at his graduation party.  We were talking about up and coming big plans etc so I talked about it.  Some other people at the party know because we were comparing proposal stories.  I will be posting on Facebook when everything is said and done, all those people who find this website from there… TADA all my planning worked. Keep reading the blog to learn about everything I did from Day 1.  Please register using your e-mail address and comment on any blog posting you wish.  I would really like this to be a public forum as a true blog should be.

Making a list, and checking it twice

by Jeff McNeil

Jenn has been very nice, so she gets coal turned into a diamond this weekend.  Well really a few dozen diamonds in the wedding band.  I am pulling together my last minute lists of things to do and things I have done for Saturday.  It is a list that keeps getting longer the more I think about things.  I hope I have enough time to get it all done before Jenn and Laura come back to the apartment to get changed.  I said I would go to the movies, I really want to leave the apartment by 5pm, 3 hours of alone time get things done… we shall see.  I am excited! Jenn is excited! Laura is excited!

The ultimate gift card

by Jeff McNeil
Ultimate Credit Card

Ultimate Credit Card

This last weekend was a good weekend for planning.  I was able to go to the Irvine Spectrum and pick up numerous gift cards and the ultimate gift card, a credit card.  I got cards at White House|Black Market, Windsor, Forever 21, Fredrick’s and Claire’s.  I told Jenn that if there is anything that the gift cards don’t cover, use your brand new credit card! (The Price is Right music plays in the background)  She was excited about the small billfold I presented the cards in and even more that I was able to pay for her and Laura’s pedicures.  She is getting very excited about this weekend as am I.  I am no longer nervous, more excited that this is going to happen.  All the planning is coming into place and to take a line from the A-Team movie, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

T-minus: 7 Days…

by Jeff McNeil

So now that everything is in place, for the msot part, I am getting more nervous.  Jenn is finally turning around and getting excited about shopping with my money.  I fear that she will buy the dress she likes on sale than the dress she loves at full price.  I am going to go down to the Irvine Spectrum today to pick up some gift cards at stores I want her to shop at.  Those stores will be Windsor, White House | Black Market, Claire’s and Happy Nails.  If she needs more I will have to get something else for her to use.  I am not 100% sure how I am going to do this whole gift card thing but we will see later today.  Jenn is going to see the new Disney World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure today, this should give me enough time to get home with the gift certificates and put them in a card or something a little mroe presentable.

New Shirt and Tie. Who likes it?

by Jeff McNeil
Lavender Tie & Shirt

Proposal Shirt & TIe

During my lunch break today I went to Macy’s and found what I think will be a good new shirt and tie.  I wanted a Perry Ellis Portofino shirt like the one I wore at Sarah and Evan’s wedding.  However neither Macy’s or Nordstrom had the brand and style.  Oh there was plenty of Perry, just no Portofino style. So I settled for this Geoffrey Beene shirt.  I felt since it had Jeffrey in the name (even thought it is the unauthorized way to spell Jeffrey) it was more fitting, pardon the pun.  This is where I need help people… does the tie go well with it? I need to know.  Please register with the website to post your comments.  I would really appreciate it.

Photos of the Wedding Ring Set

by Jeff McNeil

Below are images taken with my new macro lens at home.  The bride and groom rubber duckies are ones Jenn bought in Seattle.  The rubber ducky with the “I (heart) U” was the original duck I told Jenn that I loved her with.  It has sentimental value to both her and I.  And incase you want to know, the purple diamonds are scatter, not actually diamonds. Two months gross salary at First American doesn’t cover all those purple diamonds.  I am so excited to give her both of them on June 19th 2010.

Wedding set on royal gold

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Limo as good as done

by Jeff McNeil
6 Passenger Limo

6 Passenger Limo

So my final part of the planning for the proposal night has been set in motion.  I just spoke with Jason at Affordable Limos and he has given me a great price quote far better than anything I have seen yet.  I await his reply e-mail to confirm everything but I am excited.  I feel that if this all goes well in 2 weeks I will be so relived.  First of all I will be so relived if at 2pm Laura and Jenn leave the apartment.  No baby please Sarah, not before June 20th.  The limo will be a sight for sore eyes when it arrives on June 19th.  I am going to be reserved and not say anything, I am just going to say goodbye and have a fun night. Then frantically pull everything together I need for the night and go to the Hotel Angeleno to meet up with James later that day.  My heart is racing right now as I think about all this stuff going on.

Next, get the ring in the apartment so I don’t forget about it and have the bank be closed.

2 Weeks, I’m getting anxious

by Jeff McNeil
Counting Down

Counting Down

I woke up this morning, left the apartment and thought to myself I have 2 weeks to pull the rest of the proposal together.  So far I have her friend Laura on board for helping get Jenn out of the house and spending money.  Then Laura’s boyfriend James agreed to take photos of the proposal.  I booked rooms at the Hotel Angeleno for Jenn and me when dinner is over to relax and enjoy her proposal night.  I booked the reservation at the WEST for 4 at 7:15 knowing she might arrive anytime between 7:30 and 8:00pm.  I have the ring in the safe deposit box all cleaned and shiny. I need to get my suit dry cleaned and I need to book the limo.   The suit, a simple matter, the limo…. damn it is hard to get a good deal.

I found some people offering $40 an hour but when I called on Sunday they were not well put together and forgot everything I had told them earlier.  So I wont go with the bargain basement people.  That means I need to up my price, which is going to be even more expensive.  Hopefully I will have some replies to E-mails I sent out yesterday.  I really want to put this last major step behind me. HAHA this major step, it was a major step to decide to make this “major step.”  I just hope all this planning goes well.

Slight plan change for the proposal.  Jenn and Laura will be going back home to change instead of changing on the way to dinner.  That way they can feel pretty and get dressed in a comfortable place not jsut a dressing room or limo.  I have also decided against Jenn’s mom being involved due to the logistical nightmare of booking and possible re-booking of airfare from San Jose to LAX.  While it was a great idea, cost and logistics aren’t going to allow it to happen.

So that there is the current situation, I am getting nervous due to all the planning.  However for a wedding I think it will be better on me sicne Jenn will know that the wedding is comming.  She can help with the planning, wait… she will be doing the planning, I will be helping .  It is of course HER wedding.

What to say?

by Jeff McNeil
What to say?

What to say?

The books i have been reading all say there needs to be some sort of perfect mini-speech right before I ask Jenn.  I am freaking out as to what to write.  I know I could go all wishy-washy and make her cry (she might be crying without my speech) but I just want her to know how much she means to me.  Like the hugs in the morning before work and the snuggles in the evening when we go to bed.  Those things are very important to me.  The constant closeness that we have from living together has brought us closer together.  This might be as hard as those who have written their own vows. So how do you do it?  How do you make it touching but not crying?  Are there certain words to hit on and certain ones to stay away from? Help!

Seattle could have been a great place to propose

by Jeff McNeil
Seattle-Space-Needle

Seattle Space Needle

This last weekend Jenn and I went to Seattle. We took the Coast Starlight Amtrak train from Los Angeles Union Station to Seattle.  It took 36 hours to get to Seattle and was a great ride.  While in Seattle I made reservations at SkyCity which is at the top level of the Seattle Space Needle.  It has a rotating restaurant which makes a full rotation in 47 minutes.  On the window side of the restaurant there is small ledge where people left drink coasters with messages.  Things like “Florida state represent: Sign your name” and “Sign the card for Steve’s 16th birthday.”  Jenn then says “This would be a great way to propose, leave the message on the ledge to have it come around for her to read.”  Internally I turn into Homer Simpson, “D’OH!” That WOULD have been a great idea, however it never occurred to me.   I wish I would have thought of it and could have done it there.  It was a nice romantic night and would have been great to do it in this location.  But noooooo! My plan is similar but different.  I hope it all works out. If not, another trip to Seattle is my #2 plan then.

The Secret Lunch with Laura

by Jeff McNeil

Memphis LogoThe game is a foot.  I have just returned from lunch with Laura, Jenn’s friend who is going to assist me in planning and carrying out the proposal.  She is totally on board with the general idea of the proposal and is going to get her boyfriend James involved as a photographer for me.  The date is set for June 19th for Jenn and Laura to take a limo around OC and LA shopping and getting new clothes for dinner and dancing later that night.  All is going according to plan so far.  I have reserved 3 nights at the Hotel Angeleno just in case Sarah, Jenn’s sister, has her baby earlier than June 24th.  So if the plans fall through on June 19th, then i have June 24th and then July 3rd.  I have even negotiated with a limo company to wave cancellation fees if i agree to book with them the following weekend for the same thing.  I am getting excited about all of this and the only thing Laura and I have to do is come up with the white lies to get Jenn to agree to go on the outing and spend my money.  Hard to do, lying to Jenn.  She is so sharp she always knows when something is up so I will have to put my game face on for all of this.  Let the games begin!

Hotel Angeleno convention blocking my plans

by Jeff McNeil

Well I attempted to get a date for the proposal confirmed at the Hotel Angeleno.  However I was unable to because they are 100% booked for that night.  So I reserved the following night.  I sure how that Jenn’s sister Sarah doesn’t have her baby early so that I can do this before the whole baby born thing.  I want to not have to go up to San Jose twice, once fot the baby and the second time for the engagement announcement. I am getting worried about when I can propose.  I hope Laura finishes school soon so that I can contact her about how to get this set up.

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