Andrew’s point of view: "I wanted to propose to Helen for some time, but struggled to get away unsuspicious to buy the ring. When I got the opportunity to take a course in downtown Calgary for 2 days. The day before I proposed, I knew this was my opportunity to buy the ring. Instead of buying just a one way pass on the LRT to the course, I purchased a day pass. When I got home that evening, I decided to complain to Helen about how I accidentally bought a day pass and how I was going to take the LRT to the mall to make my value. It was at this moment, I knew I had the slim window to get the ring and knew exactly which one to get (with some approval from her sisters of course!). When I returned home later in the evening, Helen noticed that I bought something and quickly asked ‘Whats that!?!?’ (as she normally does!). I quickly responded that it was a Christmas gift and proceeded to hide it. After I had hid the ring, and knowing that I was flying to Stellarton that weekend, Helen says ‘You know, when you’re gone I’m going to clean the spare bedroom’. It was at that moment I knew that regardless of where I hid it, she was going to find it as she cleaned when I was gone. I knew I had to act quick!
The next day, my course ended 3 hours early. As I came home on the LRT, I was working through my head how I was going to propose – when I realized tonight is the night! By the time I got home, I was kind of tired (the course was boring …) so decided to set up the proposal plan. Knowing Helen was going to be baking when she got home from work I hid the ring amongst her baking supplies and left little notes directing her through the apartment to the cupboard. I looked at the clock and noticed Helen wouldn’t be home for another hour so decided to take a cat nap. Well, for those who know me – a cat nap can easily turn into a 2-3 hour snooze fest. This time it did! I woke in a frantic, sure to find Helen admiring her ring already but she was nowhere to be found. Being the ‘nervous nancy’ I am – my head immediately jumped to conclusions and started looking for accident reports on Deerfoot Trail when I could reach her on her phone. Finally she calls me back and says – ‘Hey I was at the gym and now at the bulk barn’. My nervousness didn’t calm, instead they intensified albeit now because I was t-minus 5 minutes from proposing. Helen finally gets home, looking swell as always, follows the notes and when she reaches in the cupboard she turns around and I am on one knee proposing to the love of my life."