Yesterday, June 21, I proposed to Xiujuan. It was the third anniversary of the day I first met her, so it seemed like a good time as any. It's always best to try and have multiple special events on the same day of the same month, to make important dates easier to remember. Girls always expect you to remember their birthday, the day you first met her, the day you first kissed her, the day you first had sex with her, the day she became your girlfriend, the day you proposed, the day you got married, etc. It's much easier if you try to arrange it so multiple such events happen exactly integer numbers of years apart.
I baked Xiujuan a huge chocolate cake with lots of frosting and Chinese bayberry syrup between layers (yeah, there are still a ton of bayberries left even though we've been eating practically nothing else three meals a day). On top of the cake I wrote "Xiujuan Mo, Marry Me" in Chinese characters made of frosting. I'd never decorated a cake before, and it is harder than it looks, especially without proper tools. I couldn't find the proper cake decorating tools in China, so I used a 10-ml medical syringe, which I had laying around because I used to carry them in case of emergency when backpacking in remote parts of China. It was really hard getting the frosting into the syringe tube and I had to fill it up three times before I finished the six Chinese characters and other decoration.
The cake turned out really yummy and Xiujuan was very impressed at my baking skills, which despite being poor are impressive to her since Chinese people never bake anything. We are not sure exactly when we are going to get married yet, but probably pretty soon so we can work on getting Xuijuan a visa and she can visit the US. Xiujuan is already 25 years old, but has never traveled outside of China, never seen the ocean or even a beach, and never flown on a plane. We will have to remedy that soon.