Did you look at rings together?
Not really. I once showed him a photo of the style I liked. His response was, “But it’s so small.”
Do you like your ring? Did you from the beginning?…and be honest!
I absolutely love my ring. It’s not something that I would have selected at a jewelry store — and that’s probably because it doesn’t exist at a jewelry store. Alan selected the diamonds from a diamond auction and designed the setting. Yes, he really is that talented, and yes, I really am the most blessed woman in the world.
How often do you wear your rings?
I take it off when I shower, apply lotion and sometimes when I type.
Do you clean your rings?
Yes — I have jewelry cleaner at home and have had it cleaned at Zales on occasion.
What went through your mind the very first time you saw your ring?
That is very large.
I wish I had something more romantic or philosophical to impart, but I imagine that much more cannot be expected from a woman who simply said “yes,” without crying or squealing or showing much more emotion than a smile.
While completing some errands today, Alan and I saw almost 70 turkeys less than two miles from the house. He quickly pulled over so I could count them and take a few photos — turkeys (especially that many) have been rare lately.
This evening, the church held our annual Valentine’s Day banquet. I personally am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. After working in retail and seeing countless men stop by the store and purchase a mass-produced item on the way home from work, I quickly fell out of love with the idea of expressing one’s love and undying devotion to a significant other. However, Alan is changing my mind about that. He doesn’t just show his affection and appreciation one day out of the year, it’s a daily thing. I am incredibly appreciative for that fact and for the fact that his parents reared him to be the wonderful man he is today. Nevertheless, I spent the majority of the time taking photos. Especially of my engagement ring. Which was designed by Alan. And the diamonds were hand-picked. Why yes, as a matter of fact I am engaged to the most amazingly wonderful man on the face of the planet.
And then, after eating a three-course meal and fellowshipping (I just made up that word), we came home and I made ginger beef rice, which we ate at 10 p.m. And then Alan made fried rice. Which Shooter really wanted. And I just finished eating.
Ginger Beef Rice
- 8 C. rice
- 1/4 C. water
- 1/4 C. soy sauce
- 8 tsp. sake or mirin
- 8 tsp. sugar (7 tsp. if using mirin, as mirin is a sweet version of sake)
- ginger to taste
- 1/2 lb. roast beef
Bring water, soy sauce, sake or mirin, sugar and ginger to boil. Add beef and reduce heat to low; simmer two to three minutes. Add to rice. I also mixed in a Japanese version of scrambled eggs, which simply requires mixing eggs, sugar and soy sauce to taste (I use approximately twice as much soy sauce as I use sugar).