"Words cannot express how extraordinarily happy I am," Smith wrote on her blog Tuesday. "Not because I have a [sic] engagement ring, but because I'm going to spend the rest of my life having ridiculously amazing adventures with my soul mate." At the time, she was working on sandwich No. 257.
Of course, even with more than 30 sandwiches to go before the "deadline," blog entries leading up to yesterday's revealed the mounting pressure the arrangement was placing on Smith and her boyfriend, Eric. On May 2, she wrote: "I swore I would not put pressure on E to propose. But after 254 sandwiches, I wondered how much longer would I have to hold out for an engagement. Even George Freaking Clooney put a ring on the finger of that hot international lawyer he's been dating FOR ONLY SIX MONTHS. She must have made him one hell of a sandwich."
The initial launch of Smith's site was met with widespread criticism from feminist writers across the Internet and led to the creation of the #300feministsandwiches hashtag on Twitter, with users proposing recipes such as the "Pull Your Own Damn Pork Sandwich."