Phew the first day back to work after almost 2 weeks of NO work … is a doozy. My legs HURT from standing all day, and my brain hurts a bit. It doesn’t help that there is 5 inches of snow outside and all I want to do is sled with the kids :)
It’s going to be a crazy week with the GA runoff and the violent fascists invading DC. I am apprehensive and trying my best to remain hopeful that violence won’t be that bad and that Dems take the Senate. As always, focusing on love, light, and happiness.
Josh and I met on his first day of work as a Sous Chef at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, at an event meeting I was hosting. Josh always says he immediately noticed my passion for work and was drawn to me, while I, oblivious to it all, was immediately blushing the moment he walked in. I began stumbling over my event plans, and wrapped the meeting up as quickly as possible to avoid total embarrassment.
After working together on just a few events, and getting to know each other a little, you could find Josh sneakily delivering avocados and Diet Cokes to my office, while I’d simultaneously scale the hotel kitchen looking to “talk to Chef Josh about an upcoming group.” Although we were often caught flirting, I turned down all of Josh’s attempts at a date. I was totally convinced that I could not allow myself to get into an “entanglement” with a colleague.
Finally though, Josh successfully coerced me into going out with him after work (even though I thought we were just going down the street for beers with co-workers – he completely denies having ever said that). Within the first 30 minutes of our date, we both knew we had found our forever. We’ve since packed up our Baltimore lives, and moved to DC with our Border Collie, Finn.
After the crazy year we’ve experienced, and both being furloughed from our hotel careers, I had pretty much given up on any hope that anything good was going to come out of 2020. But little did I know what was coming. We had planned a trip to visit my best friend in NYC, which would be Josh’s first trip to the big apple. I figured because of the pandemic, we’d hang out at her apartment and maybe walk-through some parks and outdoor restaurants. The second day of our trip, Josh and my BFF, Megan, told me we were going to drink mimosas in Central Park. After 20 minutes into our walk through the 100 degree temperatures, I noticed Megan had disappeared and Josh began to lead me to a trail of rose petals under a gazebo. I soon noticed the videographer and photographer, and Josh began his speech and got on one knee. I was in complete shock.
Immediately after I said yes, I looked to my left and saw all of my closest friends! I was soon swarmed with bottles of champagne and lots of love. From there, he continued to surprise me, minute after minute, up until the last second of the night. He brought me to my favorite hotel in NYC and had our room decorated from floor to ceiling with pictures of us and all of our incredible memories. We ended up at Magic Hour rooftop in Times Square where more of our friends had been waiting to surprise us. It was the most magical day of my life!