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The cat’s out of the bag, and the beans are spilled. We finally told Rob’s parents last night and WHEW…what a relief!
I like to think that I can keep a secret pretty well.
I never did say anything when we were kids and used to play a game that consisted of throwing eggs around until someone missed (and hilarity ensued, ha ha!) and my mom would muse aloud, “So strange that the chickens don’t seem to be laying very well these days…?!”. I kept my mirth to myself.
Or the time (or rather… times…) my little brother snuck out of the house to go party with his rowdy buddies and rolled the car all the way down the driveway in the dead of night so my parents wouldn’t hear him. I didn’t breathe a word though I had many opportunities (I think may have been secretly proud/in awe of his daredevil ways).
How is it that when there’s something you know you can’t say, it is the only thing that keeps popping up in your mind and you feel an irrational desire to BLURT OUT THAT VERY THING YOU KNOW YOU CAN’T?!
We picked up Rob’s parents from the airport last night after two weeks of frolicking in Mexico – two very tortured weeks for us two pour souls, having to keeping our mouths shut (or so they would have been tortured had not the news itself been so happy in its very nature). It just didn’t feel real until we told them, especially since we got to share the news in person with my family moments afterwards, as we were up at El Rancho for Thanksgiving with the whole Kneb Clan.
In the car on the way to their house, every question Rob’s parents asked seemed uncannily steeped in innuendo (but only to paranoid ol’ me, you see). Their lighthearted “So what’s new?” made me bite my lip and look away while I replied, “Oh, you know, same old, same old”, and their innocent inquiry of how my parents were made me squirm in my seat and my face heat up as I told what I knew was a largely downplayed “Oh, they’re really good.”
Really good? Really GOOD?! My parents were teary eyed and buoyed with emotion that must have surpassed the human capacity for joy, and all I could say was, ‘really good’?!!!?
Wow, I suck at lying.
So I’m glad it’s finally out and I can smile widely at all and sundry without check.
Rob and I are engaged!
And it’s so hard not to be nauseatingly blissful about it.
Photo courtesy of Duaner
The other day, I got to act out a secret fantasy of mine… being the room-decorator person at Ikea.
I mean, have you not ever walked around those staged living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens and thought to yourself, man, that looks sooo nice! I could totally do that, and then when you get to the bottomless black hole that is the warehouse part, you realize that $50 bucks worth of empty white boxes, tea lights and those tiny square mirrors in wooden frames somehow just don’t give the same effect??
At our progressive-slash-wanna-be-Google office this week, we set up a lounge area that is supposed to look and feel like a living room. Of course, marketing was entrusted to the design and decor, with the presidential edict of “just don’t spend to much money”.
Still, we would be able to make purchases with more abandon than I had ever enjoyed in previous private shopping excursions.
Shopping on a whim! How glorious!….?
Oddly, it was not nearly as satisfying as I thought it would be.
It really is true: when you’re not making a sacrifice to purchase these things at which you will spend many hours lovingly gazing (and thinking about the all the bag lunches you survived in order to be able to gaze so lovingly), somehow, it’s just not the same.
Could this be what it’s like to be Paris Hilton? (substitute Ikea for Dior/Vuitton/Saks 5th Avenue, natch).
If so, I think I might indeed feel badly for her. For a moment, at least.
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On a different, but related note, if you should happen to be wondering where on earth you could get some books to fill up your brand new bookshelves and make you look smart to all and sundry, you are in luck my friends – for you of the relaxed purse strings and mushy cranial filling need look no further than the venerable Strand Books of New York City where you can buy books by the foot. That’s right, folks. Want sexy, smart-looking tall books bound in leather to match your decor? No problem. A mixture of taller and shorter books to make it look like you’re a wise scholar with a range of interests? We’ve got you covered! We’ve got books for everyone, from the loser who’s not only dumb but also cheap ($10 per foot) to the pedantic richie-rich who will probably has never even heard of half these books but hey, don’t they complement the colors of the Persian rug ($400 per foot)? Our website even features an asinine quote about books that sounds really good from some guy we don’t know but hey, who cares? It looks GOOD. (Aren’t we clever?)