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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Goin’ to the Chapel: RadioPotato is getting hitched!

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I’m getting married!  Going from the quintessential single gal about town to a betrothed woman has had more twists and turns than a roller coaster at Six Flags.  As I knock on the door of 37 years, I feel like I’m in the exact right spot but conversely, feel the ticking of that internal time bomb that so many women feel – did I wait too long?

I met Chris on December 4, 2008.  Match.com Date.  His first one ever.  Me? Notevenclose.  On our first date at Graveyard Tavern, Chris did a shot before I got there and I told him he hit the jackpot.  I know, I’m a total catch.  After two weeks of interesting conversation and him being super sweet, I dumped him.  I wasn’t used to that nonsense.  Plus, he took me to Black Bear Tavern….where alcoholics go to die.   And so concluded our short romantic stint.  Or did it?

Chris was smart, funny, into music, and an incredible conversationalist.  We had something else in common, too.  We L-O-V-E-D to explore the city and sight see.  So he said that even though we weren’t dating anymore, he’d love to hang out sometimes and check out the unique parts of the city.  Meanwhile, Chris was googling “how to get out of the friend zone.”  Yes, I’m serious.  And just so you know, all the advice said to be a jerk.

After two months and a fortuitous jovial “old hag” comment that resulted in me hysterically crying and an uncharacteristically moving hand-written letter response from Chris, I finally came to my senses.  Sometimes us women are so used to ranking lower than we should on the priority scale by others that we subconsciously re-create that pattern over and over.  I wasn’t used to how he treated me and cautiously tiptoed into his arms.

Fast forward 2 1/2 years, things just get better and better between us.  There are four major reasons why I love and admire Chris – and why I’m ecstatic and honored to take his last name.

  1. He is strong with my head and gentle with my heart
  2. Chris hates being the center of attention – so he isn’t the kind of guy that stands out in a crowd.  But when you talk to him one-on-one, you’re left feeling so much better about yourself.  He’s so genuinely interesting and interested
  3. I’m a crazy and driven woman.  Chris has not only been encouraging and supportive (in fact, he suggested I start this blog), but he tells me he’s proud of me every single day
  4. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know he cooks for me every night.  This is not an activity I share the same (or any) passion for but he comes home with the biggest smile on his face when he can take care of me.  He deserves a medal.  For realz.

So the engagement.  Yes, I knew it was coming thanks to my fiance and my amazing sister-in-law (who was in cahoots with Chris) who are not exactly famous for concealing important information. :)  Our very first vacation was in Asheville, NC in 2009 and we just love everything about the little mountain town.  Street musicians everywhere, drum circles, the hippie culture, the haunted history, aaaaand the Biltmore Estate, the Vanderbilt’s breathtaking summer home nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Chris and I have a really great time traveling and exploring cities.  I’m assuming that after Chris bought the ring, he excitedly said we should go on vacation in September. Back to Asheville, it was!  So on Saturday, September 10, 2011, we were at the Biltmore.  I could feel Chris’ hand getting clammy during some points of the day and I wondered when he would pop the question.  We went on two tours of the Biltmore, went through the gardens, stopped in a field of sunflowers, went to the Biltmore winery.  Nothing.  But after a couple of cocktails at the wine tasting, Chris said let’s go back to the Biltmore and see if we can take some pictures at sunset.  And we did.  There were no cars and nobody around.  And then, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  This is what happened:

YES!!!!  So as we embark on our journey towards marriage, we are so excited!  For me, I’ve been dizzy with happiness and good news.  What I would LOVE more than anything, is to have a happy, successful, healthy marriage.  And I’d love your advice.  Successful relationships, failed relationships, and hopeful single people – if you feel so inclined, I would be so honored if you would share your advice in the comments section below.

Oh, and since this is a music blog, I thought this song was appropriate.

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Allison Hare wrote 138 articles on this blog.

A modern-day dame with a bionic ear for discovering emerging artists and a penchant for live shows. Admitted radio junkie

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15 Responses to “Goin’ to the Chapel: RadioPotato is getting hitched!”
  1. Paul McConaughy (@minutrition) says:

    Congratulations and best wishes!

    I have 43 years of experience (of course we got married much younger back then.) and it sounds like Chris may demonstrate the behavior that got me to this point… There is not a single morning in those 43 years when I didn’t wake up amazed that she chose me! Starting from that point, everything I do every day is about proving to her that she made a good choice.

  2. Diana Adams says:

    Ok, I admit it, I cried when I read this. I suddenly had a flashback of us walking through Target (doing you know what) and you nicknaming Henry (who was 10 months old) Headry cause his head was big. Remember? And… All those Christmases when I came over to your house to check out your ever-growing snoopy collection. And… When we both got on Twitter, and we had no clue how to tweet. Remember that too? :)

    You are right, you are a great catch, and Chris is a lucky man! I’m sure you are equally as blessed, and I am so thrilled that you found each other. I wish you both decades of happiness together. There will be ups, downs and all arounds, but in the end, it will be one big adventure together, and I know it will be a great one!!!!! xoxoxoxo

  3. Kelly Fiore says:

    What a wonderful journey you have been on! Congrats to you. Here’s my advice ( for what it’s worth). For marriage to work you have to always be willing to speak up when you have an opinion and also be willing to listen when Chris chooses to speak up too. The other thing that I find to be super important is; when marriage becomes routine or monotonous, make sure to find ways to fall in love again. You will be shocked how simple this really is! That’s all I’ve got bea

  4. Kelly Fiore says:

    Oops. Because its easy being married, even during tough times, when you are married to you best friend! Good luck!

  5. SlowhandKev says:

    The best advice my dear is to ignore any advice you may receive. The only people who know the whole story about situations you and Mr. Incredibly Lucky will encounter are you and Mr. Incredibly Lucky.
    I’ve observed that practically all advice I’ve received regarding my own very successful marriage is actually therapy for the advice-giver as they try and deal with whatever disaster they went through, which probably came about because they took someone else’s advice ; ) When in doubt, trust in your love and yourselves and you’ve got it made…

  6. Audrey says:

    I am SO happy for you and Chris!! I love you both and it’s been a beautiful journey! Can’t wait for your special day…..well you know what, you guys make every day special! Lots of love!
    ~Audrey

  7. Raymie says:

    Congrats to both of you ! With this union on getting hitched I’ll be true on saying you’ll be on a roller coaster of a ride the high’s and low’s, good and bad times all part of being married. Been together with my Liz 30 years and celebrating 28th anniversary in October :) Wishing you and Chris every happiness on the years ahead !

  8. Bruce says:

    This means so many things.

    First, it means that Chris neglected my advice for either an FBI background check on Ms. Potato or a psychiatric evaluation. You were warned.

    Second, it means that Allison and Chris have each found that one person in the universe specifically designed to be able to withstand the particular type of insanity possessed by the other one. In fact, those little quirks that others would chalk up to severe mental instability or bad juju are probably considered endearing traits and qualities.

    Third, it means CAKE. Lots and lots of cake. Cake tastings, cake tryouts, cupcakes, cakes made from Krispy Kreme donuts, vanilla cakes, chocolate cakes, swirl cakes, filled cakes, round cakes, square cakes, cakes with little people on them, cakes made by little people, cakes made of little…wait, getting ahead of myself. The point is, you now have an excuse to eat cake, all the time! When else does this occur?

    Congratulations to you both.

  9. bbryon says:

    Allison,
    So many happy wishes for you and Chris! I think it’s awesome about match.com . @GarnetChris33 & I actually re-connected because of match. When we first met it wasn’t the right time, now coming up in 2012 we’ll be married.
    I hope you two enjoy and cherish all the time, now and for the rest of your lives. It is quite astonishing to meet that one other person who really “gets” you.
    ~bbryon

  10. Congratulations !!! Mr. and Mrs. Potato !!!!

  11. Allison Rizk says:

    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu, Michael!

  12. Milee Marcotte says:

    One piece of wisdom (I won’t call it advice), is… it’s much better to be happy than right! :-)
    Mileeski

  13. Mountains are very pretty in western Carolina.

  14. Patty W says:

    It may seem like he can read your mind sometimes and vice versa, but it is really just good guessing. Dont get mad or frustrated when you have to say what you really want outload. You will grow closer over the years and learn more about each other, but this is a rule that applies no matter how long you are together.

  15. Chad says:

    Congrats guys! So excited that you are embarking on the most rewarding and frustrating relationship on earth but the best one you will EVER have!!!

    My adivce: It is a roller coaster that is hopefully filled with more ups than downs but savor every second of it the good, the bad, the ugly…and it will be blessed and happy!

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