Friday, April 13, 2012

A bit of an update

I feel like my blogging has been very life-focused of late. There was our recent trip north to Exmouth. A number of birthdays. The bugs in my lungs. You know, life sorts of things.

As a result of this, I have rather a lot of thoughts, musings, and draft posts floating around in my head. Posts that actually relate to food, recipes, health, fitness, and other more usual topics.

I'm afraid, though, that they will have to wait just a little bit longer. I have one more life-related post up my sleeve and today is its day.

You see, I didn't quite post everything about our trip to Exmouth. Or more specifically, our visit to Coral Bay.

I showed you these pictures;


But I didn't mention what happened after we continued walking past those rocks...

Past here...



...right up to here, our own private stretch of beach.



Sitting in the above spot, a week ago last Wednesday, Mr Bite asked me to marry him.

Whilst the question came as a (delightful) surprise, there was never any doubt that my answer would be yes. I am still quite dizzy with the happiness, excitement and overwhelming love that seems to come with being engaged. It has been a surreal week!

I think things are made all the more surreal by my firm belief, 5 to 10 years ago, that I would never get married. I couldn't imagine being in a relationship where I wanted to be with someone forever. Even, for that matter, where I wanted to be with someone at all.

I was so introverted, so driven towards my demented ideas of achievement, and so socially withdrawn 10 years ago that whilst I could appear happy at parties or social events, I absolutely hated them. I was much happier at home studying than out late at night with friends. I didn't think I would ever be in that category of people that fell in love and got married.

Mr B. changed all that, and I will be forever grateful to him. Our wedding celebrations may be many months away (we have no plans, other than that they will be small) but I am so very excited to think that one day I will be his wife.

And that, I think, is my last 'life' post for a little while :-) Normal life shall return soon!

40 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! How very very wonderful!!! :)

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  2. Congratulations! what a lovely story! fellow sweat pink ambassador stopping by!

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    1. Lovely to meet you! And thank you :)

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  3. Awww. Sweat Pink Ambassador here too. I am so glad that I stopped by today! What a happy post! Congrats!

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    1. Thank you! Both for stopping by and the congratulations :)

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  4. Congratulations, darling!! So happy for you - so happy and delighted that I'm going to resist making this comment about me and the parts that both align and don't align with how I feel right now :P

    xoxoxo WHEEEE!!!!!!!

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    1. But I love hearing about how things do and don't align with you :)

      More seriously - thank you so much :) Your happiness makes me even happier in turn (imagine if we could keep that going, we'd have hit on some eternal euphoria)!

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    2. I wouldn't mind eternal euphoria at all :)

      The melding is not being able to comprehend ever being in a relationship or meeting someone I want to be in a relationship with, the not-melding is that I can no longer blame that on being a miserable hermit as I'm passed that, but still can't seem to want to be with anyone. Yay oversharing!

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    3. Except, I'm kind of glad you did, because that is so exactly how I felt a few years back that it makes me shiver. It was the not wanting to be with someone that bothered me, rather than not being with someone when so many others were. I couldn't understand why I didn't have the same desire for coupledom. I don't really know what changed even, other than perhaps the right person, who got under my skin and changed my mind. I'm a few years older than you so I'd allow yourself the luxury of just being you for a while longer :) xox

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  5. Oh wow, congratulations Kari!!! What a totally perfect holiday that ended being! I hope your wedding turns out exactly as you wish it to be and on the scale that you want. We had a very small wedding but had to battle with our families to keep it that way.

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    1. Thank you Mel - it was a nice twist to the holiday!

      I am taking every opportunity to say "it will be very small" so I am hoping everyone gets the message! But I can see how it might be hard to keep everyone happy if you get caught up in trying to do that. I'm glad you ended up with the size you wanted.

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  6. To be honest, I thought you were already married. But now that I know that you aren't and are now engaged, I'm really excited for you! This post is so sweet. It's amazing how the right partner can bring out the sentimental side in us, huh? Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you!! And yes, it is funny how there's a sentimental side tucked away until something brings it out :) I guess some things are meant to be.

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  7. oooh congratulations! I see now, being recently engaged is causing those loved up feelings you spoke about on my blog :) gorgeous!! So much fun awaits you with planning!
    Heidi xo

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    1. Indeed - I knew just how you felt (or nearly perhaps) :) Thank you!

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  8. Congratulations Kari! That is fantabulous news. I love an engagement story.

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  9. Congratulations! Looks like a perfect spot for a proposal (or a wedding if you were that way inclined). Good luck with keeping the wedding small and not getting overwhelmed with wedding plans. It is funny how life changes in ways you can never predict - so glad you sound so happy!

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    1. Thank you Johanna! It has been amazing to think how much has changed (although of course, also how much hasn't, given it's just a question and an answer and we are still the same people!) in 2 weeks. The lack of predictability in life is a good thing at times :)

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  10. Oh my gosh!!! So excited for you!!! Congrats, lady!

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  11. Oh my goodness!!!! how exciting! That is amazing, and a huge congratulations to you both!!

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  12. Congratulations - that is amazing and exciting! I can't wait to read more about it!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting!!!

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  14. Congrats!!!!! Enjoy the moment of being engaged :-)

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    1. Thanks Tasha :) It is a pretty exciting time it seems!

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  15. How could you contain yourself! That is such exciting news. Congratulations. And what a beautiful place for a proposal and how fortunate you have the photos to capture the moment. I think we've all felt like we'd be happy to be single forever but then THE ONE comes along and we form new ideas. Congrats again - so happy for you! xx

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    1. Thank you! What a lovely comment - and yes, so true, about how things change when the right person arrives :)

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  16. Woop woop!!! That's awesome news Kari. I'm absolutely thrilled for you!
    What a gorgeous spot too...maybe you could get married there :-)

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    1. Thank you Brydie! It was a beautiful spot - if people start talking about big weddings perhaps we will duck back up north and return to the same stretch of beach :-)

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  17. Oh yay! How very wonderful and exciting! Congratulations to you both, and enjoy the planning of weddings and marriages and futures. I had a lot of fun planning my wedding, mainly because it was SO small, 5 guests, so there was almost nothing to stress about. So, I think your plans to have a small wedding will be great!

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    1. Thank you - and that is such a relief to hear! So many of my friends have had big weddings and it's nice to know that others share the small minded approach, and have had it work!

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  18. Kari, I cannot believe that I am late to this party, but CONGRATULATIONS, I am so thrilled for you and Mr Bite and wish you much happiness for your future.
    xx Liz N

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    1. Hehe, thank you Liz :D Not very late at all and your congratulations are very much appreciated! Thank you xo

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