Earlier in the week (I think Monday or Tuesday) Dan asked me if we could have a date night after my shift on Friday. Sounded good to me. I was a little suspicious, because as I mentioned in my last post, our first date was on a Friday night after my evening shift too. So Friday afternoon I went off to work. Dan employed some misdirection, telling me it wasn't a date really and that I could invite the rest of the flight control team, if people wanted to go out after the shift. Then, when I texted to tell him that handover was starting which meant I was almost done, he went from slightly sneaky to extremely shady. He asked me to go upstairs to the historic Apollo mission control room to "do something" for him. Now extremely suspicious, I decided not to test his lying powers and just let him have that one.
|Historic Mission Control|
|There he is, texting me from one floor up. Liar.|
|"Stephanie, you know I love you." "Yeah..."|
|"Did you steal all these from my blog?"|
Then Jen and Shawn had to get home so they could run Warrior Dash today. Since I was at work and a couple of my friends were on console, I stopped in the current mission control room (which I had just left half and hour before) to show off my bling. Then Dan and I headed out to a bar and had a drink while we texted everyone. It was after midnight in Houston, which means after 1am where most of our family and friends live on the east coast. We got in touch with a few people and had a ceremonial Facebook-status changing. We are big nerds. If that was not overwhelmingly obvious.
I know he couldn't make it a total surprise, but I am still shocked and amazed at all the planning and orchestrating, and little touches he pulled off. That room has so much history. It's the room they controlled Apollo 11 from, the first moon landing. And it's the room where I said yes. I wonder if any other NASA nerd couples have gotten engaged in that same room, or if we are the first.
Special thanks to Shawn Murphy for the spectacular pictures and to Jen Murphy for the misdirection and bringing a picnic! You guys are awesome! :-)