With a vacation in sight, I think I can actually feel myself relaxing. Just slightly. We have a loonnnnggg car ride first (with a Toddler who still strongly dislikes the car – send tips!), but a few of my co-workers that have gotten some time away, said that it’s been literally life-changing for their mental health and I just can’t wait. I need the lake, the lack of staring at screens all day, the fresh air, and most importantly: some of my family.
We have a short work week, and then just ONE more week after, and we’ll be packing up and heading north. Here’s hoping States don’t shut down more/again before then (but between the 4th of July holiday and Virginia opening up to 250 person events & 1000 (!!!!!!) people indoors, I am not hopeful).
Stay safe Romancers.
Dare we say it? We met on one of those dating apps. We then ended up having coffee together nearly every morning after that first date. And the rest is history. We began talking to each other because we’re both plant nerds. Jacob did a PhD studying plant physiological ecology, and Justin is the curator of orchids at the Smithsonian gardens. A lot of people in DC say not to ask about what your date’s occupation is, but it’s what led us to connect.
We took a vacation to Mexico in 2019 and just had the most wonderful time together. It was after coming back from that trip that Jacob said to himself, “Are you an idiot?! This guy is awesome! Marry him!” Jacob ended up planning an engagement in a weeks time.
Jacob told Justin that they would be taking family photos. He arranged for everyone, including their puppy Ms. Harvey, to wear flannel. Jacob also had a new dog tag printed for Ms. Harvey that read, “Marry me?” When they arrived at Meridian Hill Park where they would take their “family photos,” Jacob pulled out the dog tag telling Justin that he had a new one made for Justin. He asked Justin to read the tag. As Justin began to tear up in disbelief, Jacob got on one knee and proposed.