Tom proposed on Saturday, November 15, 1997, at the Valley View Mall in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
We ate lunch at the Olive Garden prior to him popping the big question. I ate angel hair pasta, warm freshly baked breadsticks, and white grape "love" juice (italian) delicioso! Tom ate, yes, you guessed right, pizza italiano, breadsticks, and white grape juice "the love juice!"
The engagement ring is beautiful. 1/4 carat mounted in a cathedral setting. Flawless, and I might add, very sparkly. I am a nurse and many of my patients, along with dear family and friends, have made endless comments about the ring's beauty.
(Editor's note: Tom actually proposed in the mall parking lot, having chicken-shitted out from doing it at the Garden).