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Metaphors we live by [May. 29th, 2011|02:06 am]
Lindsey Kuper

A bit over two weeks ago, I went to the airport to meet Alex oniugnip's flight from Indianapolis. There, on the ground floor at SFO, next to baggage carousel 18, he got down on one knee, took my hand, slipped a ring on my finger, and said, "Will you marry me?" Even though we've been publicly engaged since last November (and less publicly engaged for rather longer); even though the ring was the one that we picked out together and ordered several months ago; even though wedding planning is long since under way; even though "Will you marry me?" is something we say to each other on a more or less daily basis anyway -- it was still pretty great to be Proposed To, there in a crowd of people. I'm pretty sure it all happened so fast that hardly anyone around noticed, although one middle-aged lady did nudge me and say "Congratulations!" as she was rolling her suitcase away.

So, Alex has been out here for a bit over two weeks now, and for a bit over two weeks now I've had a sparkly thing affixed to my finger that I still feel rather self-conscious about even though no one has said anything, and for a bit over two weeks now, we've been living together in my apartment in Mountain View, which, if we fold the bed up into the wall, is just big enough for us to have exactly three people over, as long as they don't mind the lack of chairs. Right now, we're on our way back to that apartment, on the last train south from the city, having just been to an incredible dance performance with Martin and Lauryn. Alex is in the seat next to me, listening to Tool in headphones and reading Metaphors We Live By, which he brought out here with him; it had been on my bookshelf back in Bloomington for some time, but I'd never gotten around to reading it. I think he may have decided that being George Lakoff when he grows up would be an acceptable backup plan in case the whole machine-translation-researcher thing doesn't work out. I don't even have a Plan A for what I want to be when I grow up, let alone a Plan B. Maybe I ought to read more books. It's a shame about the headphones, though; if it weren't for them, I'm pretty sure Alex would be experiencing nearly as much delight as I am in the conversation that the three guys in the seats in front of us are having, which as far as I can tell has been entirely in German except for the words "garbage collection", "namespace", "GPU", "Froyo", "Gingerbread", "Honeycomb", "Ice Cream Sandwich", um, "T-bone", "pot roast" (well, okay, now they're just being silly!), "bootstrapping", and "California".

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[User Picture]From: gwillen
2011-05-29 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. That conversation sounds hilarious.

Where in Mountain View do you guys exist, exactly? I am moving to that area soon and am interested in data points on where I know people. (My initial plan involves walking as my primary mode of transportation, so I'm trying to locate myself accordingly.)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-05-29 06:59 pm (UTC)
We're a few blocks away from the Mountain View Caltrain station. Quite walkable.
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[User Picture]From: snafuuu
2011-05-29 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ummm, this entry is useless without pics. :-P

Also, in my hunger-induced haze, I just read your website as "shoebox full of tapas." Mmmmm, tapas.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-05-29 06:55 pm (UTC)
What would you like pics of? The sparkly thing? It's basically this. I wanted something that was extremely simple and iconic -- more or less like what a little kid would draw if you asked them to draw a picture of an engagement ring. Also, I'm planning to wear a wedding band on the same finger, so I wanted a ring that would stack with another ring. (From what I can tell, engagement rings and wedding bands sometimes come in matched sets, but the wedding band tends to have some sort of notch or divot in it to allow it to sit flush next to the other ring, and that seems weird to me. I wanted rings that would be complete unto themselves but also sit comfortably next to each other.)
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[User Picture]From: snafuuu
2011-05-29 08:19 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Yes, even though I wear pretty much no jewelry, I love seeing pictures of people's sparkling engagement things. Yeah, my wedding ring doesn't stack with my engagement ring, so when I did wear them, I wore them on different hands.

So, when's the big day? Do you guys have a wedding website that I can stalk?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-05-29 09:53 pm (UTC)
We're getting married on August 27. A wedding website? I wouldn't know anything about that. *whistles innocently*
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[User Picture]From: snafuuu
2011-05-30 02:51 am (UTC)
I see where you're getting married. NERRRRRRDS!!!

(Well, more like "GEEEEEEEEEKS!" but it just doesn't have the same ring.)

Are you registered anywhere? *whistles innocently*
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-05-30 04:26 am (UTC)
That's so nice of you to ask! We're not really doing the registry thing, but we will happily accept invitations to dinner if we ever manage to be in Austin. (I was last there in 2003. Dear God, that was a long time ago.)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-05-29 06:55 pm (UTC)
Your search - "shoebox full of tapas" - did not match any documents.

I think we need to do something about this.
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[User Picture]From: gorthx
2011-05-29 06:27 pm (UTC)
:sigh: so romantical!
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From: ms_nico_blue
2011-05-29 06:37 pm (UTC)

<3

d'awwwwww! My hopeless romantic self loves this!! :D

You guys are awesome
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2011-05-29 07:18 pm (UTC)
Proper nouns getting changed across languages is so weird: can words not end in "ia" in German?

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalifornien
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