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Cloud Nine

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, Nikhil invited me on a boat cruise of the Chicago harbour. His friend's wife was planning a party for his friend who just defended his PhD thesis and a bunch of his close friends were getting together to celebrate his graduation. Honoured just to be invited, of course I said yes - and immediately hit up Kohl's for a new dress.

It was a pretty big deal. I was going to be meeting all of his nearest and dearest friends in a single night and a) he felt comfortable enough to ask me to join him, and b) he doesn't take introductions of girls to those closest to him lightly. I was super excited, and only a little bit nervous about the whole affair.

The plan was that his best friend and his friend's roommate were going to drive up from Iowa and hang out with us at Nikhil's apartment for the day before having dinner and heading to the cruise. We started the day on Saturday like we normally do - me going to Zumba and him to soccer with the promise to meet up later in the afternoon. While he went home to shower and meet the guys, I baked a couple of batches of cookies to take with me (I'm no dummy - I know how to win over a male audience) and packed my bags for the weekend.

Saturday was HOT and lugging around a bunch of stuff on the CTA trains and buses in the middle of the afternoon had me sweating in no time - so much for looking awesome upon arrival - and I arrived fashionably late as usual. When I got there I met his friends and the jokes started flowing immediately, which to me meant that things were already going pretty well. They dove in to the cookies and praised my culinary prowess between mouthfuls - score! - while I had a bit of lunch that Nikhil had made for us. We waited for one more guy to show up and join our party before heading out to a local bar to have a couple of drinks and get the party started.

Nikhil told the guys to go on ahead and save us a table while we hung back for a bit. He had forgotten his wallet in his car and had to go get it, but really I think he just wanted some alone time with us since we ended up walking slowly together, hand in hand to the bar - giving the guys ahead ample space.

After some fun bar conversation and a couple of beers, we headed home again. The guys went to score some hookah at a hookah bar, but again, Nikhil stayed back with me and we napped on the couch to refresh ourselves for the evening. When the guys returned, we all decided that it was time to get ready, so I retired with my dress and make-up to his roommate's bathroom and left them to it. I had a shower, did my hair and make-up, and put on my new purple maxi-halter dress and a pair of borrowed earrings that matched perfectly. I felt like a million bucks. A couple of sprays of perfume and a deep breath and I emerged from the bedroom to all four guys sitting on the couch awaiting my arrival. And I couldn't have asked for a better response:

"DAMN!"

Nikhil was all smiles. And the rest of the guys were all nodding in approval. I quickly went to put my bag back in his room and then returned to the couch to snuggle up next to him. He leaned over and kissed my cheek and whispered "so pretty" in my ear. Now I'm grinning too for sure.

Time to go, and he escorted me out the door with the rest of the entourage as we headed for Navy Pier (with a stop at D4 first to meet the group).

Well - the night was fantastic. I met the rest of "the family" as they called themselves - his friends and their wives/girlfriends. They are all such wonderful people and I felt instantly comfortable and like one of the crew. We boarded the boat and enjoyed the most beautiful, breezy evening right up on the open bow overlooking the Chicago skyline with a lightning show in the distance. We kissed and held each other as the waves lapped the side of the boat, and we danced and celebrated with his buddies on the dance floor. The only bad thing about the night was the food at the buffet - ew gross - but everything else was pretty darned perfect.

Not wanting the night to end, we all headed to another bar to keep going until the wee hours once the boat docked at the Pier. More drinks, more dancing, more fun with my man and the people who matter most in his life.





I lost count of my drinks. I ate too much crappy food. I definitely didn't get enough sleep. But I was on Cloud Nine and that's all that mattered to me. After many good-byes and see-you-soons, we piled in a cab and headed home. The sun was coming up as we bid each other goodnight and passed out in/on the various rooms and surfaces of the apartment. I enjoyed another hot shower while listening to the drone of four drunk guys sawing logs. Hilarious.

Sunday we stayed in bed. I had planned on a 6.5 mile run which we started out the day with every intention of doing. But as the hours ticked by, it became pretty apparent that it wasn't going to happen. We did surface and go out into the world twice - once for brunch around 2pm and again to get ingredients for dinner around 10pm. The rest of the day was spent cuddling, napping, and enjoying each others' company in the best of all possible ways :). There is no doubt in my mind that I am falling hard for this guy. He makes it hard for me not to. We are so very compatible in so many ways - not to mention he spoils me rotten and treats me like an absolute princess. A girl can get used to these things! Sunday night ended with a shared bottle of wine, delicious chicken curry that we made together, and a romantic night on his balcony overlooking the city. Neither one of us wanted the night to end.

Monday morning came too early. I needed to make an early a.m. appointment to get the rest of my shots for Africa, so I rushed out of the house before he was out of the shower. Thankfully, I had business to attend to downtown for the morning, so I called him up for a lunch date. I sprung him from work around 1pm and we walked over to Greek town and shared some Spanikopita and Greek salad. We walked to a nearby park and shared a quick cuddle before returning to our respective places of employment for the afternoon. Sigh. I could do that every day and never get bored of it. I swear.

The fun definitely ended this morning when I stepped on the scale. My big loss from last week was swallowed up in a sea of alcohol and bad eating - but as it did after the long weekend binge of a few weeks back, this weight too shall leave, and soon I'd imagine. I skipped my morning run today in favour of getting caught up on more of my sleep, and then immediately regretted it when I stepped outside and realized that it was an insanely beautiful day weather-wise. My sleepy-time rational of 'I'll just ride my bike to work today' was also squandered by the remembrance of a post-work meeting tonight on the far north side. Too far to ride my bike to. Bummer.

Fast forward to the end of today though and my meeting is canceled. Hmmm. Maybe I can get that run in after all. I work a little late to get caught up on some stuff on my desk and head out into the late evening air. It's BEAUTIFUL and cool and breezy. Yes. I'm running tonight. I grab a latte for the bus ride home since dinner will have to wait. Get home, get my gear on quickly, and bust out the door - raring to go. And go I did. I ran, and ran, and ran. And smiled. And sang along to my music. My heart is happy and my legs know it. I could have kept going all night. I ran for 90 minutes straight. My goal was 6.5 miles to make up for Sunday. I finally called it quits at 7. Seven miles. Cloud Nine. I've never run that far. And I feel amazing.

So what if I gained a few water-weight pounds over the weekend? I just ran seven miles. I have the most wonderful boyfriend in the world. And my heart is so happy it could burst. I'm a lucky girl and I know it. I'm making things happen for myself right now and all of my hard work is paying off in spades. When times get tough, at least I have this blog to come back and read.

Cloud Nine. And loving every minute of it.
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ALOFA0509 8/25/2011 7:02PM

   
You Rock sista!!!!!!

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FREETHEGODDESS 8/21/2011 6:20PM

    Sounds like a romance novel! I am happy for you! Life is to be enjoyed and Love is to be shared! You are doing both. Glad to see you haven't forgotten to take care of your body. It's okay to "party" once in a while as long as you get right back on track. You have the right attitude! Best wishes to you and thanks for sharing so much about your life...enjoyed reading it!
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/17/2011 11:03AM

    Girl, I ate this blog up like popcorn at a movie. I LOOOOOOOOVE that you are so happy and smitten with a man who is treating you like the queen you are.

This blog is brimming with sexy as well.

I love that last picture with you glowing and beaming. Absolutely stunning!

You go girl! So romantical :)

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KAKAKALI4 8/9/2011 12:16PM

    You are amazing! Way to understand and not worry about the change in the weight from a weekend off the grid! And holy cow .. I wish I could run at all .. i am working on it but you are an inspiration!
Teri

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STEFFIROCKSIT 8/9/2011 6:59AM

    Aaaaawww, just the way he looks into your eyes on that photo makes me want to cry. Soooooo beautiful! I am so happy for you!
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PELESJEWEL 8/6/2011 7:47PM

    You look absolutely fantastic!

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AMBER281 8/4/2011 5:53PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend and you looked amazing!

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LOTUSFLOWER 8/4/2011 5:31PM

    JENN LOVE THAT YOU POSTED THE PICTURES!!!! Gor-Geous!!!!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 8/4/2011 11:20AM

    AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.........
What a wonderful Blog! Sounds like a super amazing guy!!!
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MILLIE5522 8/4/2011 10:53AM

    The look of love!

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GRUBBMEISTER 8/3/2011 4:40PM

  Just wanted to ask you like Chicagohealthy.....were your feet touching the ground while you ran....hehe

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LUEYGIRL 8/3/2011 12:32PM

    Awesome. I love the early part of a relationship and getting to know one another.

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AMELIASEWS 8/3/2011 10:43AM

    Lucky girl! sounds like a wonderful weekend!

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MILLIE5522 8/1/2011 12:07PM

    Wonderful blog....I felt as tho I was there too!! emoticon

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CARAFAE37 7/30/2011 10:34AM

    This blog makes me smile emoticon

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WYND10 7/29/2011 6:21PM

    I am so VERY VERY VERY happy for you!!! Like...over the moon happy for you :). Congratulations!!!


Weddi
ng plans/details will be forth coming, for now I've focused on finding work before I go completely crazy.

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 7/28/2011 4:02PM

    The best part of this blog is the "so what" conclusion at the end. I don't think you're falling in love, though - I think you've already fallen! Enjoy.

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MOMASAURUS 7/28/2011 12:53PM

    Amazing weekend, and 7 miles!!! AWESOME!!
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FTHOODBABY 7/27/2011 7:45PM

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NANASAMM 7/27/2011 7:28PM

    Oh my! Sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend. I can actually see you running those seven miles WITHOUT your feet ever touching the ground. So happy for you! emoticon

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 7/27/2011 5:11PM

    What a beautiful blog! Your happiness exudes off of the page. I overwhelmed with joy for your happiness! You certainly have been blessed with a lot right now. Your love story is better than any script Hollywood could write.

A big emoticon on your 7 miles. You are going to fly through the 10K in a week and a half!

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LMLOPEZ 7/27/2011 3:40PM

    YESSSSS!!!!!! Sounds like a wonderful time-tracking, schmacking. Your cloud 9 seems like a wonderful place to hang for a while-plus you ran 7 so that's perfect!!!
WOO HOO!!!

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HOLLIEWALLY 7/27/2011 2:54PM

    Great, great blog!

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MERETHOMP 7/27/2011 2:36PM

    So happy for all your happy! 7 miles is beyond awesome. Congrats!

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JENNIFER_67 7/27/2011 1:59PM

    emoticon Sounds like you had a great weekend.

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FINDING_MELI 7/27/2011 1:16PM

    Yay!

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 7/27/2011 1:00PM

    SO happy for you. You have no idea how much I'm grinning after reading this. You deserve this!

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KRAWRS 7/27/2011 12:58PM

    I am SO happy for you! You know I love reading your love story blogs. :D I dance in my set for you! Excitation! :D I agree though, where is the picture of you in this amazing purple dress? And random btw, I absolutely LOVE spanokopita. I used to get it from time to time at Miller's Pub in the loop. Glad everything, and I do mean everything, is going so beautifully for you!

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CHICAT63 7/27/2011 12:29PM

    No pictures of this freaking fantastic purple dress??? So happy you had a fabulous weekend, meeting the "friends/family" can be at times stressful but you shone through !!! What water weigh??? It will be gone soon enough.... emoticon

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MINERVASPARKING 7/27/2011 12:18PM

    soooo happy for you! :D

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RONOSOF 7/27/2011 12:10PM

    Cloud Nine is a wonderful place to be! I can feel your happiness in your words.

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SSORENSEN1 7/27/2011 11:58AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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CABUSBEY 7/27/2011 11:42AM

    Such a happy blog! Love it!

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_AIYANNA_ 7/27/2011 11:26AM

    Reading this put a big smile on my face :) Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! Here's to many more to come :)

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YOOVIE 7/27/2011 11:19AM

    AWESOME.

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HUGS2013 7/27/2011 11:12AM

    Woo-Hoo! Life on "Cloud #9" can be pretty sweet. Way to rock the new healthy lifestyle...all things in moderation! You go Girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNSWIMS 7/27/2011 11:02AM

    Fantastic! It sounds like you are really making this lifestyle thing a lifestyle. Making it work for you. :)

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KKINNEA 7/27/2011 10:31AM

    Wonderful, sounds like a great weekend and continuance of your excellent goals!

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SNOOKUMS19 7/27/2011 10:30AM

    How lovely. Love is so grand and you deserve every sweet second of it. Enjoy. You are inspiration. Love life and all its glory.

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MAMADWARF 7/27/2011 10:15AM

    Wow! Look who's living her life! Good for you! I have the biggest smile on my face reading that! WHat a great weekend and is there anything better than falling in love? YOu dont have to be the perfect eater or non drinker. You are fully living and you are fitting in fitness and healthy food to make it all work. I am so happy for you. You have come a long way, baby!!!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/27/2011 9:59AM

    What an amazing weekend, Jenn! That sounds like heaven! And your 7 mile run sounds amazing too, it's so gratifying when we push ourselves to our limits, and then surpass that. emoticon

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SLFRISBEY 7/27/2011 9:28AM

    I love this blog! I just can't tell you how happy I am that you and the new man are hitting things off so well! He sounds like a doll! Congrats on the seven mile run too, by the way!

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JENJESS48 7/27/2011 9:22AM

    I'm so happy for you, Jenn!

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JEREMY723 7/27/2011 8:32AM

    So happy for you!

My fam was in Chicago in June and took the Architecture Cruise--most fun and great buildings to look at in C-Town!

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VICKYMARIEC 7/27/2011 8:30AM

    I love it! I love that this man is treating you like a queen - you deserve it!

7 miles?! CRAPOLA!!!! That's amazing!

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SNATCHCARRIE 7/27/2011 8:20AM

    You make me walk around with a big smile on my face. My man makes me feel just the same and every woman deserves to know this feeling. Have a great week!

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-POOKIE- 7/27/2011 7:47AM

    *big smiles*

Im so glad you are happy xx

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EUPHRATES 7/27/2011 6:59AM

    Ah young love. Ain't it grand? :)
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LAURIETAIT 7/27/2011 1:53AM

    I want to see the dress too. Reading this blog just made me feel good. I think I will start living vicariously through you, at least in the love department. As for the temporary weight gain it's definitely not affecting your running!

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ANDEEC09 7/27/2011 1:18AM

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Loved this!

Any pics of you in your gorgeous dress??

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