Where Have I Been? The Proposal

After all the hi-jinx with getting a wedding ring, then seeking Nadia's fathers blessing, I was finally back in Vancouver and can now concentrate on the actual proposal, and I actually had a plan...

Nadia's sister Daniela and her husband Ryan were coming into town for Christmas, from Victoria on December 22nd, and I knew I wanted to use them to help in the proposal. You see, regardless of what religious or statutory holiday a long weekends fall on, we being the four of us (Me, Nadia,Daniela, and Ryan), seem to have our own traditions that we do when they come into town...

1) Go for Sushi
Sushi seems to be something everyone enjoys eating. It's diverse offerings can easily accommodate the most strictest of dietary restrictions while still satisfying the palette. I'm also of the belief, from personal trial and error, that Victoria even though surrounded by water and fish, really has sub par Sushi (just saying).

2). Go for Ernest Ice Cream
Usually a summer thing, where after dinner we drive to any of the local Ernest Ice Cream locations, grab some ice cream and go for a leisurely stroll. Ernest offers a variety of unique flavours as well as a whole offering of vegan options.

3) Play Video Games
Usually after a nice evening stroll, we strap in for some intense, bragging rights inspired, video gaming. This usually consists of games on the original Xbox, or the Nintendo Wii

With the above knowledge in hand, I devised the plan that what would ultimately set the stage for the proposal. Since the weather in December was so bad, and we couldn't possibly go for a evening stroll, I took it upon myself to acquired some Ernest Ice Cream in take home pints(as shown above), with each person getting their preferred flavour.

I brought home the Ernest Ice Cream pints, and scooped out enough ice cream from Nadia's pint, so as to fit the ring inside. Originally I wanted to fit both the ring and box inside the pint's jar, but the ring box wouldn't fit. Instead I had to improvise, so I searched for a way to shelter the ring from getting all messy in ice cream while hidden in the ice cream jar. Luckily for me, it was the Christmas season and we had all our gift wrapping supplies handy, where I managed to find a balloon, just big enough to fit the ring into. I stretched the balloon over the ring, and tied it closed, then dropped it into the carved out hole in the ice cream pint, and then began to re-fill with ice cream. Ok, so here is where I ran into problems, you see when they fill pints at Ernest, they have a machine, which fills uniformly without making a mess, unlike my attempt. I got as much melted ice cream back into the container, and returned the pint to the freezer to sit adjacent the other pints. At this point the stages was set.

Fast forward to December 23rd, and we had just finished having dinner (sushi, go figure) and I suggest we have Ice Cream for dessert. At first Nadia didn't want any dessert, and luckily we all peer pressured her into having some. Then she opens her pint of ice cream and instantly notices that it doesn't look right. WTF... Why is it, in all the romantic comedies, plans go off without a hitch, yet I'm struggling to get through one simple dessert!

Apparently in my haste to put the melting ice cream back into its container, I didn't recreate the "famous" dollop peak found in Ernest Ice Cream pints. Thankfully, Daniela convinced Nadia to scoop some out and see if the texture is the same, if not we would return it.

So some ice cream gets scooped out of the pint and into a bowl, exposing the balloon covered ring and the excitement ensues.

She said yes, for those still wondering