Now that I’m done with sev­eral weeks of travel, it’s time for a lit­tle update here.  And first things first — I’m engaged to Claire!

Here’s a basic recap.  A lit­tle more than a month ago, with­out Claire know­ing, I flew to Seat­tle to ask her par­ents for their bless­ing.  Fast for­ward to two weeks ago, Claire thought I would be arriv­ing in D.C. on a Tues­day.  In fact, I secretly arrived in D.C. a day early.  I had Claire’s room­mate Ash­ley invite Claire out for a room­mate din­ner.  Ash­ley pre­tended that they needed to drop her boyfriend Rick off at the National Cathe­dral for a pho­tog­ra­phy class.  Rick came and met me in the nearby Bish­op’s Gar­den, then called Ash­ley to say he “for­got” a lens in the car.  Ash­ley drove back and had Claire run the lens to Rick.

When she did, I walked towards Claire — she did­n’t even rec­og­nize me at first because she thought I was dri­ving up the next day (but she assures me she thought this strange gen­tle­man smil­ing at her was very hand­some).  I took Claire to a nearby cor­ner of the gar­den with a pretty arch and foun­tain, asked her to marry me, and gave her the ring!  After call­ing friends and fam­ily we went to a lovely din­ner, and the next day went to a high ropes course in Mary­land — some­thing Claire’s wanted to do for a while now.

The dia­mond in the ring is from my grand­mother Tutu’s engage­ment ring.  We’re pretty darn excited, and are plan­ning for a fall 2013 wed­ding in the San Fran­cisco area.  Speak­ing of the San Fran­cisco area, the other good news is that I’m accept­ing a job offer from Wil­son Son­sini in Palo Alto for next fall.  The offer came about 24 hours after the pro­posal, so it was a pretty amaz­ing cou­ple of days.

I’m now back in Williams­burg to begin my third and final year of law school.  We’re well under­way into our vol­ume at the Law Review, hav­ing on-boarded a fresh batch of 2Ls last week.  I’m tak­ing a Copy­right Lit­i­ga­tion sem­i­nar, Patent Law, First Amend­ment, and Fed­eral Income Tax.  Claire is start­ing her final semes­ter of nurs­ing school at George­town, and look­ing for jobs in the Bay Area begin­ning around Feb­ru­ary 2013.