October 28th, 2007



Melanie and Eric  

Boun Giorno! I just wanted to thank you all for visiting over the last couple of weeks while I have been MIA in Italy and now in Dallas. I took my laptop and camera to Italy with visions of posting on a somewhat regular basis, but neglected to include the wire that connects camera to computer and, truthfully, it was great to take a vacation from internet and email obligations!!

I will be “back at it”, a lot of “it,” in the coming week but just wanted to let you know that everthing is fine with my family, friends and home in San Diego (thank goodness!)

Our Italy trip was full of amazing art, food, wine and adventures but they all pale to the specialness of an evening in Montalcino where Eric surprised me with a beautiful ring and sweet proposal of marriage. Eric is the mystery man that I am with in my blog photo. We met almost six years ago when he asked me to dance at a milonga and the standard two to three polite dances turned into 15 dances in a row. I am feeling very blessed with a complete current life and an exciting and constantly evolving future full of love and passionate pursuits!

16 Responses to “Amore”

  1. Karen Jorgenson Says:

    Congratulations, Melanie! We were hoping to have you two over for a reciprocal wine tasting when you two and Russ got home from Italy. Now you have to come over for a celebration! You two are great together. I’m so stoked for you both. I’ll be raising my glass to you tonite. Ciao

  2. Vicki Schultz Says:

    Congratulations, Melanie! How exciting and romantic. I’m so happy for you both. And glad that your home survived as well. Here’s to a bright, fulfilled future.

  3. Sheryl Barlow Says:

    Melanie, Congratulations!!!! I am so very happy for you. I really missed being on the Italy trip and I know it was wonderful, especially for you. Am glad to hear all is well with your friends, family, and home in San Diego.

  4. Rhonda Canales Says:

    Congratulations on your engagement, and what a wonderful place to have it happen…. he must be very romantic! La vita e’ bella! Salute!

  5. Rhonda Canales Says:

    Hey Melanie, Did you two Milanga with a rose in your teeth? You never cease to amaze me!!! Congratulations again, he is a lucky man!

  6. Melanie Says:

    Thank you all! We had some excellent wine in Italy, Karen. Have a case of Vino Nobile from Montepulciano on the way…

    No roses, Rhonda. That style of dancing is “ballroom” and not even close to the true romance of Argentine Tango. We like to thumb our noses at that :) Makes for good drama, though!

  7. Kate Hunter Says:

    Melanie!!! Congratz!!! I am so excited for you!!! Blessings for a long and happy life together!

  8. Carol Leonesio Says:

    Congrats, Melanie! You are such an inspiration… especially to all us hard working, single gals! Be well and happy!

  9. Lesley Cangialosi Says:

    Congratulations Melanie! What a lovely way to become engaged…Italy, wine,romance….serendipity….lol..wishing you all the best of love and happiness.

    I’m so happy to hear that all is well with your home and businesses safe from the fires…we were worried about you.


  10. jann Krone Says:

    Brooke and I were at the MOM in Dallas this past weekend and stopped by to say hello. We spoke with Kari but everytime we came by you were bombarded with people. We should have waited so we could get an up close and personal look at “the” ring!!! We were both glad to hear all was well with family, home, etc during the fires. Good luck with the new place and can’t wait to get back to San Diego to see it.

    All the best to you and Eric with many happy blissful, romantic years ahead.


  11. anna sadler Says:


    Congratulations! That is SOOOO romantic; I am so happy for you both! You have so many wonderful and exciting things happening for you now; you deserve it! Next time you plan another Italy trip, let me know! Glad to hear all went well with regards to the fires.See you soon I hope!

    Whens the big day by the way?


  12. Helen morris Says:

    Yaaaay, I’m so thrilled. Congratulations. I am also happy that you and family were all safe in San Diego the news reaching UK was scary.

  13. Debbie Morthland Says:

    I felt so blessed to be witness to your special day. You really made me cry tears of joy! All the best to you. You’re both awesome!
    Indiana Deb

  14. Melanie Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Ain’t love grand???

  15. Jamie Blazek Says:

    I hope your journey together is as beautiful as your stencils! I love the new look of your web-site! Awesome Art!

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