On Friday The Quail and I celebrated nine years together! The day was extra special because we picked up my engagement ring and wedding band from the extremely gracious and talented Blanca Monros Gomez. We went to her Park Slope studio in March to look at rings. I chose a diamond solitaire in rose gold with a matching rose gold and diamond band, and she handmade them in the following weeks. The rings came out beautifully, they are simple, delicate and so pretty. I really couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Blanca is so sweet and lovely and, for me, supporting a local artist rather than a big jewelry store was very important. Afterward we had a very long and wine-filled lunch at Benchmark, which is also in Park Slope. We toasted to spending the rest of our lives together. It was a sweet, sunny and romantic afternoon.
*That bottom picture is a recent shot of the rose garden at Pratt Institute, where on April 15, 2002 I met The Quail after he hit me with a baseball.