My discussion on wedding rings

This is my question: what, nowadays, is the “right” amount for a wedding ring? (a personal question that I don’t expect answered)

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My cousin’s super duper pretty ring.

Now, I know that it is different– completely different– for every person/couple. BUT, why I wonder this is because weddings have been a hot topic in the last few months in my house. My sister got married in August, I was in my cousins wedding over the weekend, and my roommate LOVES weddings and plans hers daily. Her and her boyfriend have been together for almost 6 years, so it isn’t a secret that a wedding is in their future.

Whenever it’s talked about, herself and my other roommate say rings should be in the $5,000+ range. I quote, “A guy should have to take out a loan… we are going to have it for the rest of our lives!” And I thought that was absurd. $5,000 for a ring?!? And they were convinced that amount wasn’t crazy and said they would not, however, let their significant other spend more than $10,000. I’m sorry….. but when I think of rings, that number doesn’t.even.cross my mind.

Am I just out of the times? Or naive? Maybe I don’t look at rings enough — which is probably a good thing because that would really freak me out, let alone my boyfriend, too.

So we discussed our views for a little bit, because then I really started to wonder if maybe I am ignorant. I mean, okay, who wouldn’t enjoy a huge, boulder-like ring on their finger? But is it necessary? I’m not saying it’s terrible (at all) to want or expect that, I’m not even saying it’s wrong or anything negative. If someone has a great job and can afford that, that is one thing and I am truly happy for you; but why would I asked my soon-to-be-husband to spend his life savings on something he could spend half on and it would still mean just as much? There are some gorgeous rings out there that don’t require a loan.  I get my roommate’s points of view, it is a big thing, but I don’t think I would ask that of my significant other. (for more reasons which I won’t get into here)

This discussion just really intrigued me. So if anyone feels compelled to shoot me their 2 cents, I would love to hear it! Please, enlighten me with your views.

Just for wedding’s sake, some photos:

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the party crew

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My sister on the left.. people say we look alike, but we don’t see it at all.

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The two on the left are my cousin’s kids: flower girl and ring bearer. I could NOT get over how cute they were… look at him in that tux!!

2 reasons why iNeed an iPhone

I know, I know “#firstworldproblems”

But hear me out. This isn’t about entitlement or about complaining; it’s about me using my old phone until it is lifeless, using every last bit I can before entering the “new” world of smartphones.  This is about me convincing myself it is time to move on from a long-time companion. Not wanting to spend money might also pay a big role.

With that, the two best reasons I have come up with:

#1. My future depends on it. Okay just kidding, that is a little dramatic. But what isn’t dramatic is what is to follow, because it’s a true story: I was at a leadership retreat this weekend. One of the speakers, coincidentally enough it was Arik Hanson (super great speaker), gave us a presentation about the 10 skills of PR pros this day-in-age. #3 was Mobile. You know what he did? He held up his smart phone, wiggled it in the air and said, “These things”… he said PR professions this day and age need to know how mobile works,  how on-the-go works, how people are connecting right at their fingertips.

The point of this anecdote is that being mobile, and all it encompasses,  is part of the PR world. See, really, this is a learning experience. Right? I mean, this is my future we are talking about! :)

and #2.  My go-phone goes no longer. Plain and simple. My junior year of high school my slide-screen AT&T awesome-phone got some sort of water damage, so my mom took me to the store. I willingly suggested I get this $60 go-phone (the kind you pay-as-you-go, except that it would just go with the family plan)  since it will hold up until my next upgrade in a few months.

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I call it the Blueberry, since many times people have called it a “Blackberry” from a distance.

Fast-forward 4 years when I’m a junior in college, about 3 upgrades later, and this phone is still hanging in there. Hardly. I hear “What??” 10 times during every conversation, or it ends with “Okayyyy, well I can hardly hear you so I’ll call you later” (repeat, repeat, repeat). It doesn’t surprise me anymore when I look down at my phone, realizing I’m talking to no one. I call back and ask, “So what’s the last thing you hear? Oh, okay, (repeat what I said for the past 3 minutes)..”

This thing is a trooper, but its time has come. It has seen many great days, heard many great stories and contains more secrets than I’d like to admit. Bless its soul for sticking around so long.

**Disclaimer: I would be/am content and happy to have any phone/ device that keeps me in contact with the people I love. Truthfully. I am lucky. It’s just time for an upgrade, Julia.

3 steps to a cozy room for cheap

If you’re anything like me, a cozy room is essential to life. If it isn’t juuuuust right, it’s all wrong. So this weekend I finally got it right with 3 things:

1. White Christmas lights. Any where, any way… these things are miracle workers. Buy some, and it will brighten (literally and metaphorically) up any room instantaneously. If you already have these, don’t you agree? Or is it just me? You can get a 16 foot length for about $7.00. Or wait until Christmas is over all everything gets even way cheaper.

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2. Wall decor. I’ve had these shelves for a few weeks now. I got them both at Salvation Army for $2.50. I was going to paint the wood part white, but this weekend I got too anxious so I put them up just to see how they’d look. I decided the brown looked better in too many ways that made too much sense, and before I knew it, it was as if I transformed my whole room with just some simple wall decorations.

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3. Candles. Candles, candles, candles. This one is $1 at Dollar Tree. Smells great. Looks cute. And let’s face it, candles just make everything better. (paired with a favorite picture and you’re golden)

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Knitting: knot a normal 20-year-old’s hobby

Okay so maybe it isn’t that great of a hobby, since I can only knit one thing. BUT, I’ve made two roommates now fall in love with it, so that leads me to believe I can title it a hobby at this point.

I learned how to knit freshman year– no. idea. why. One day I was like… you know what? I think I should learn to knit. Knit sweaters. Knit mittens. Knit scarves? Sure. Why not? So I traveled to Yarnology downtown (Which by the way is almost like walking into a bookstore if you love books), got myself some knittin’ sticks and some free yarn. I had my mom teach me at home, but that didn’t go that great since I later found out she was actually teaching me how to purl. Makes it difficult to know how to knit when you’re being taught to purl.

ANYHOW..the happy part of the story is when a friend’s girlfriend and Youtube finally taught me how — the proper way. My first took me over a year (mainly because I took about a 3 month break), but hey who’s keeping track? Then I combined the proper sticks- which I think are really called “needles”- with the right yarn and voila!

Fast forward to last winter when I was finishing up a scarf, and my roommate goes, “Are you knitting?!” Sure am. And yes, it’s on a Saturday night. Judge me.

Then this happened:

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Before you know it, we were having knitting lessons, then she was selling them to family and friends. Now we are on to roommie #2 who currently looks like this:

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So proud.

So if you’re ever itchin’ to do some knittin’ — and who cares that the rest of the world says this is for grandmas! –come to Wilson street! (or if you ever want to buy one–this is where I throw in a pitch for myself).

OR check out this odd video on Youtube.

Trust me… most relaxing thing. This + Gilmore Girls/your favorite movie + some delicious beverage such as tea or coffee = happiness.

41 Signs You’re Still Obsessed With Gilmore Girls

I will never get over my love for this show.

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1. You can quote the entire show in your sleep — and probably do. You’ve been known to reference GG without even realizing that was a Gilmore Girls quote.

2. You know who Zoltan Kemeny and Xuxa are now, because you looked them up.

3. You have considered naming a child after one of the main characters.

4. You brag about loving Melissa McCarthy before it was cool.

5. You really wanted to go to Yale, because Rory went to Yale.

6. You know what “Copper boom!” and “Oy, with the poodles already!” mean.

7. You’ve taken an online personality quiz to find out which character you are, but often go back and forth depending on your mood. Sometimes you’re having a Lorelai day, but today you’re definitely feeling Lane. Watch out when you’re having a Paris day.

8. You know that coffee is best consumed in a vat or…

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Let’s talk about fall

It’s that time again. Fall. I could go on and on about fall (as could every other human because how can one not love fall?).. in fact, the other day I did talk about fall and all my plans for about a half hour before my boyfriend stopped replying. I can take a hint.. so naturally I just kept on talking because I assumed that meant he was just so intrigued. ;)

Anyhow..this weekend was a great fall weekend. If you need help on how to make the best of a what-turned-into a dreary weekend, this is how to do it:

1. Have a study date by the lake. Better yet, make it a reading date. It’s a little distracting when the kids in kayaks find a little baby turtle, but, nonetheless, such a good place to be while doing homework.

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Fall weather has surely arrived, now just waiting on those leaves to change!

2. Go to the Farmers Market early on Saturday morning with some roomies/friends. (Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures while there, so you will have to go yourself JUST to see what the hype is all about). I did however purchase some squash:

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The carved out one on the left is spaghetti squash, and if you’ve never tried it, try it. They don’t call it spaghetti squash for nothing. Cut it in half, take out the guts and seeds, put some olive oil down on a cookie sheet, bake in the oven for about 45 min. (or until soft) at 450 degrees. Once it’s done, take a fork and scrape at the inside. It will look like angel hair spaghetti, and you can eat it just as you would noodles. Healthy and delicious!

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This is what finished spaghetti squash looks like

I bought regular squash, too, and cooked it in the oven. I also thought to get adventurous and bake the seeds like you would pumpkin seeds. It turned out like this:

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Clearly I forgot about them for a little bit. They were still tasty though..

3. Make Cinnamon Spiced Pumpkin Bread.

I found this recipe on Pinterest (where else?)

It stated like this:

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and ended like this:

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To be completely honest…..love pumpkin recipes because that’s what fall is all about. BUT, still either a homemade bread or banana bread kind of girl. Regardless, if you’re looking for some fall cookin’, give it a try if you like pumpkin bread. My roommates had good reviews, so maybe that counts for something..

Carrie Underwood’s Legs

Male or female, Carrie Underwood’s legs will make anyone look.

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I mean, c’mon…

(now that I have all of your attention..)

For once though, instead of everyone falling all over her legs, she was falling over her own. Yep.. full on fall on stage. Watch the video if you haven’t seen it yet. Just to get the full effect.

But let’s talk about what she tweeted afterward. Because, from a PR standpoint (and hey we’re all PR majors), this is bound to cause some uproar, and I think she handled her little tumble so. wonderfully.

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(click to see it bigger.. haven’t master this photo thing, and I don’t know how to make it bigger)

As if we didn’t love her enough.. she laughs right along with it. And she had a sprain. She finished her song perfectly and acted like nothing happened (acting like she meant to do that) all while simultaneous spraining her ankle. So, there it is in a nutshell why ever guy and ever girl in America can’t help but to love Carrie Underwood. I was so happy as a CU fan to see her be so gracefully about it afterward, too.