Weekly Musings

1. My boyfriend and I got engaged in London! We shared it with family and close friends in person as soon as we came back home, then shared the news via social media last week! Ahhhh!

 
 

2. So its no surprise that I've been thinking about diamonds a lot recently. We had fun buying from Tiffany's while abroad in London (more on that process to come), but I have always had an interest in moissanite, a gem that deserves more recognition than just "diamond alternative." Did you know that moissanite actually generates more fire (colored light reflection) and has more brilliance (white light reflection) than diamonds? Here's some comparison figures I found online:

 
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They do sparkle differently, though -- click to play this comparison video:

Okay, so considering that moissanite is such a strong contender against diamonds, why does almost everyone buy a diamond for engagement rings and other jewelry? Is this just proof that social customs can be so strong that they overpower rational alternatives? I do think that in the future, if I ever want a second pair of larger diamond studs, I'll consider moissanite. I'm always scared of losing an earring, and moissanite would give me more peace of mind. Yes it is less durable than diamonds -- but at 9.25 (out of 10 on Mohs scale) it's still very tough… and earrings don't get knocked around like, say, a ring -- so earrings might be the perfect opportunity for me to try moissanite! Would you ever consider moissanite?

3. Happy new year again, everyone, and thanks for reading. I'm looking forward to blogging more in 2017 :)

2017

Happy new year, everyone!

Hope your first week of the year was everything you hoped it would be. What'd you do? I worked (my weekend job at the hospital), visited family, got a haircut, didn't take down the Christmas tree, and... what else?

Oh yeah!

The biggest thing I did was...

(Stay tuned)

Now, Shake Hands

Just because I haven't written in this blog for over a year doesn't mean I haven't thought about it.

I actually think about it almost weekly, every time I have a question I'd like to ask you guys, my internet friends. So for the grand re-opening of this blog, I'd like to start with a Q&A. But not your grandmother's Q&A... Because I'll be the one asking the questions. And you'll be the ones providing answers :) Today I have only one question:

The other day at a car dealership (we were just browsing), after saying our goodbyes to the dealer who helped us, Jon and the dealer shook hands. I reached out my hand to shake goodbye as well, and there was a split second of pause before the dealer tried to seamlessly also shake my hand, as if he had been going to do that all along. 

I know in the old fashioned ways that women don't shake hands. We stand a half-step behind the man and smile sweetly and nod goodbye and let the men do the manly business of shaking hands.

But in today's world, half the time the guy reaches out to shake my hand and half the time he doesn't. When he doesn't reach out until I do, I feel a bit silly and awkward and even a little embarrassed, as if he's only shaking my hand to humor me. 

What do you all do?