Thursday was my 21st anniversary.
Some trivia regarding Chuck and I:
- we met in a stereo shop when I was 17 and he was 20
- his boss made him ask me out
- our first "date" was at a party at his house
- within two weeks he had decided that I was "the one"
- Chuck never asked me to marry him. It was assumed.
- Neither of us remember much about our wedding
- Time flies by way too fast
Wednesday I was out shopping for all kinds of stuff for Thursday. Chuck never had any idea what was going to happen and I asked him not to guess. Chuck has a bad habit of reading minds. It's actually a little scary that he can read what people think or feel sometimes.
Thursday comes and it's a busy day as usual. Rachel has a class. I'm home by 4pm and then it's go time.
I packed an overnight bag and a toiletries bag and left it on the bed along with a card that gave instructions:
- Pack for 1 night
- Bring suitcase and toiletry bag
- Put on something nice
- Go to 2500 South Shore Blvd.
- Text me when you first turn on FM 518
- Go to front desk and ask for room key to Kelly Schumann's room
I rushed to the room (there was a lot of rushing on that day!) and got the champagne chilling, set out some Godiva truffles, set out some battery operated candles in the room......
By this time I was sweating from trying to make everything perfect. I turned the AC down to 62* to try to get things chilled down.
Time to get dressed. I bought a little black dress for $22 (love me a good bargain). I wore the earrings, which you can't see in the picture, that I wore when I got married 21 years ago.
I also bought some red heels Wednesday to go with my dress. (sidenote: I had to return those cute little heels because they gave me a very nasty blister. They were so cute!)
Then it was time to wait. The room had a nice balcony.
Finally I receive the text that he has turned onto 518 so I leave a card on the bed that says to meet me at the bar in the lobby.
I go downstairs and take a seat at the bar. I felt a little uncomfortable at first. I was the only girl sitting there with a bunch of men. But after having a Grey Goose martini I felt much more relaxed.
One gentleman offered to buy me my next drink but I declined. Thank you anyway. I chatted with the bartender for a while and he made me a drink called a Starf***er. Raspberry vodka, watermelon pucker, and a bit of Red Bull. Wow!! That's some tasty stuff!
Chuck surprises me. Apparently he caught a glimpse of me at the bar (though I still don't know how!) while he was waiting to get his room key. He says hi then goes upstairs then he's back down and we have our drinks. It was a lot of fun surprising him. He brings back a very sweet anniversary card for me. Thank you, Chuck!
OK. So these aren't the best pictures.
We then headed to Cullen's Upscale restaurant where I had reservations. Another surprise.
We started off with tuna tartar in wonton cups. Oh, these were incredible!
I ordered the special which was 24oz of dry aged beef. Delicious!
Though he's not smiling, trust me he was very happy and impressed with what I went through to pull everything off. We had a great time.
We ended the night with an order of perfect creme brulee and headed back to the hotel in the rain. Apparently we were getting a cold front.
The next morning we got to see a nice view from our balcony while we sipped champagne. It's like a mimosa. We just left out the orange juice.
Then downstairs where we had complimentary breakfast buffet. Yum!
We had a wonderful time. I had fun planning the whole thing. Surprises are so much fun!
And when I got home my anniversary gift was in! I ordered it myself (why thanks, Chuck! It's just what I wanted!) . I guess the 21st anniversary is the year of iron because I got myself a Timex Ironman GPS training watch. I'm a bit excited about this.
I think this was one of our more memorable celebrations. It was a lot of fun to plan. :)
Happy anniversary, Chuck. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.