It took her a few seconds to realize, after discussing the possibility of marriage for quite some time, I was ready to genuinely make this real.
I then presented to Lanna a really swanktacular engagement ring, crafted by the TeNo company, featuring a modest but still really nice diamond, set in nickel-free stainless steel, accented by two curved lines made of inlaid black ceramic. It was almost as beautiful and unique as Lanna herself. The ring was housed in an exquisite wooden (mainly bubinga and spalted maple) box, handcrafted by a really cool woodworker named Al Ladd.
Then, to nobody's surprise (because I rock so hard), Lanna said "Yeah," and it was official.
Jump forward to Tuesday, at Gypsy's open mic night. I convinced Lanna to allow me to re-propose to her there, in front of a crowd of screaming Badger fans. (Okay, maybe most of them weren't Badger fans, but a lot of them were screaming. Or at least applauding.)
Special thanks go out to the following: Atari 2600 programmer extraordinaire Paul Slocum (http://www.qotile.net) for hacking Donkey Kong for this event; Al over at AtariAge (http://www.atariage.com) for putting Paul's reprogrammed version onto a genuine Atari cartridge; TeNo jewelry (http://www.teno.com) for designing such a phenomenal ring, and Al Ladd (http://www.alladd.com), who did the incredible woodwork for the ring box.
So, that's it. We're engaged. It's amazing. Go us. More later. :)