Met my girlfriend's parents Saturday morning at around 10:30a. After spending the day with them we had a talk at around 7pm. My fiancée's parents are flying back home tomorrow.
Janine summarized it from her perspective.
Okay, so a number of people knew it was coming. There were two things that held it back: 1) I wanted to have the ring, 2) when I asked her if asking her parents was important to her she said that it might be important to them... so I had to do that, too. Number 1 is still 6-8 weeks away (gasp!), hopefully on the lesser side of that, it'd be nice if my parents could see it when they're out here. Number 2 was taken care of last night... then the 4 of us watched the pilot of Alias and I indicated that had I already/recently seen it I probably wouldn't have been able to ask :).
Let's see... what parts do I remember.
10:30a Picked up Janine's parents at airport.
11:04a Lunch at Red Mill Burgers. There wasn't a line for the first time, ever (they opened at 11:00a), so we wanted to see why there's always a line. Not line-worthy in my opinion, but good.
12:00p Presentation of wedding location scouting photographs.
1:00p? Begin "wander around in Fremont'
3:30p End wandering, begin idle in coffee shop
7:00p Leave for dinner at Rialto. (2nd time I've been there, both dishes I ordered I thought they were a bit heavy with the sauce. Oh well.)
7:05p? Janine's plan is to drive back to her apartment to park and walk back to the restaurant (2.5 whole blocks), I say that I'm going to get some bonding time in with her parents.
7:10p? Ask for, and receive, blessing (not permission) for marriage.
8:15p Head back to Janine's, visibly smug; when she asked I told her I passed a test.
8:25p Begin Alias pilot
10:40p See that my package from Amazon did, in fact, arrive.
6:15a Wake up. Go back to sleep
7:45a Wake up, try to fall back asleep, fail. Poke around in Fish Tycoon, continue reading Monday Mourning after deciding it's too early to cut the grass.
10:50a Wake up again after getting text asking if I'll be heading to Janine's soon.
11:40a Arrive at Janine's.
11:50a Finally decide that "short and sweet" is the way to propose; spend way too long in the execution phase, finally ask the question.
12:20p Lunch at Pita Pit.
1:00p Pick up Janine's parents from their hotel.
1:45p Find parking near the Argosy pier, wander around.
3:30p Begin Argosy Locks Cruise
6:05p Return, proving that the garage that closed at 6 would have been fail.
6:30p Dinner at Ray's Boathouse (it was okay; next door (Anthony's Homeport - Ballard) would probably have been better, but now I've been to Ray's)
9:00p Alias S01E02 (looks like pilot was S01E01, not special).
10:00p Say farewell to future in-laws (and fiancée); go home, read more Monday Mourning
11:30p Get text saying Janine updated LJ (and other things), decide to update LJ.
After the preposal Janine started this 72ish hour cycle of "it's okay to make wedding plans" to "but I'm not -technically- engaged". One of my answers to that was a temporary ring until I got a real one. Once she made up her mind it was an emphatic 'no'. My mother (and one of my aunts) agreed with 'no', they said to get a birthstone ring instead (so that after the real ring arrives the temporary is "just another ring"). Wikipedia for birth stones says they're all weird and such, but then has a chart of the various different birth stone schemas. The Modern stone for March is an aquamarine, which isn't really a Janine-stone. Mystic, however, is jade, which is a Janine colour and stone. Google suggested Amazon, I placed the order on the 20th. The ring didn't ship until the 25th (eep!) but USPS delivered it on Saturday allowing my plan of [ask, propose] to work just fine.
So, yeah, we're engaged. Best advice I received was "when it's right you just know". And there's always "making the decision to marry will be the easiest decision you will ever have to make", to which I have to add "; deciding when and how will feel like the hardest". Of course I get another try once the ring's ready.