Meet the newest additions to the Zipi household. Libby is small one (3/4 pug, 1/4 beagle), and Ubee is the big one (border collie, German shepherd mix, we think). Clearly, working at a humane society is a bad idea for me :P
It's been interesting getting to know new dogs. I'd forgotten what it's like to actually have to train them, so that took some adjustment (though we're still struggling with Libby's housebreaking. Her previous owner paper trained her and trained her to not go potty on grass [why would they DO that!?], so not only do we have to train her we have to break the previous training). But they're good dogs and I'm enjoying having them here :) Even with Ubee's excessive shedding (OMG. I cannot keep up with the hair XD).
And the other important thing:
Matt and I got engaged! :D
It was a simple proposal (he didn't want me to guess what was happening so he kept it very low key) at the beach after work one day. I almost ruined it because I was too tired, but luckily he dragged me out of the house, albeit in my baggy, frumpy-but-comfortable clothes :P
Us at the beach, awkwardly taking pictures of ourselves because I was too shy to ask someone else to despite Matt's odd insistence.
Around this time a woman stopped and asked if she could take our picture because she hated seeing people do it themselves, and Matt jumped at the opportunity (oddly enough :P). Right when she was about to take the picture, Matt asked her to hold on a sec because he, "found something in the sand." I looked down and it was a seashell box. Thinking he had legitimately dropped it, I looked away to give him a chance to recover, but then he grabbed my hand and pulled me to look at him.
This is what I saw when I looked back. You can see on my dorktastic face my thoughts were akin to, "Durr. Whatcha doin' down thur?"
He popped the question, I said a giggly yes and did a little clappy thing that I don't remember doing but the camera caught the evidence :P
He's putting my shiny on.
Me being giggly.
More composed now.
The most important part of the night: the goldfish cracker Matt found on the beach and just HAD to have a picture of. Obviously XD
The ring's original box.
The seashell box he gave it to me in.
Presentation is important.
The wedding band (it's a "puzzle ring").
What the set will look like.
IT IS TOO SHINY TO BE PICTURED!
Unless I bring it inside :P
I think the best part about this though was that Matt knew I would want to tell my best friend, Alicia, about it right away, but also that I would want to do it in person. So the next morning, after agonizing over how I wasn't sure when I would be able to get down to LA to tell her, we went to breakfast and who did I find there but Alicia! Totally made my weekend.
He had apparently tried to get her out there the night of, but she couldn't make it due to work. He didn't tell her what was going on though, so she was just as surprised :) And to hide this surprise from me, he changed her contact name in his phone to Tom (one of our other friends) so I wouldn't get suspicious, and to hide the surprise from her, he told her he wanted her to come out because I was depressed (which made her imagine me curled up in a ball in the corner. She was much relieved at the actual reason XD).
So what we learned that weekend was that Matt is a master of deception. ...his mastery of which which will hopefully only be used for good.
So that's most of what's been going on with me! Work is going fine, though I can definitely see why people have a time working at a non-profit despite wanting to help out. There is A LOT of bureaucratic BS from the "higher ups" I have to deal with and guilt trips about how the clinic is bankrupting the organization (even though the accountant tells us otherwise) but whatevs. I gots two new puppies and a shiny thing on my finger (oh. And I suppose a great guy ;P) so :D