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Hi guys! It’s Wednesday and that obviously means I’ve got something for you regarding the wedding hence the non-specific title of this post. You probably couldn’t tell, could ya?

A week after the big proposal, Joe and I made our way to the jewelry store. I needed to resize my engagement ring so it was the perfect time to pick up our wedding bands. My engagement ring has a matching wedding band, so it was pretty easy to pick mine up.

Joe had an idea of which ring he wanted. When we had visited the store weeks prior, Joe had checked out what he did and didn’t like. He liked the two-toned look which included the combination of both white and yellow gold. He was undecided on additional diamonds in the band.

He stuck with the two-tone. It was a really good choice. I’m pretty partial to diamond wedding bands for guys. Sometimes they look good and other times they look super gaudy.

I love the little details of my rings. The design on the side of the band has that vintage feel, but the rest of it screams modern. It’s a princess cut diamond with stones throughout the setting and wedding band. I’m not a big jewelry person, so I’ve always known my wedding rings would be really special. I absolutely love them. Scott Kay designed them and he did a beautiful job.

Pictures really don’t do Joe’s ring any justice. I love how shiny and new his looks. It has a design on the top that emphasizes that two-tone. Joe has large hands so I’m glad he went with something that wasn’t too thin. I can’t wait to see him wear this all the time. He’s been trying it out every so often during our evenings at home. It’s so sweet to see how excited he gets when he wears and checks it out. Fiance swooning over here!

We decided that since Joe was paying for my rings that I’d pay for his. No big deal there. I was happy to pay for something that would last forever. A credit card swipe and we were good to go. And then I got a call from my bank two weeks later. They left a message saying my card “seemed” fraudulent and they’d be sending me a new one. I pay a few dollars every month for fraud protection, but I think they went a little too far. After double checking my statements, the only thing it could have been was this ring purchase. It was really random and a bit unexpected, but at least I know those few bucks I pay are protecting me from my own purchases. Good to know.

Either way, we’re both really happy with our rings and can’t wait for the day to wear them permanently. Until then, expect to find Joe giddy like a schoolgirl wearing his wedding band to “practice.” Come to think about it. Is it bad luck to wear your band a bit before the wedding? Eh. We’ll take our chances.

Have a great one guys!

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Friday night, my mom and I went hunting for hot air balloons. A balloon festival was in town and seeing as we only wanted to see some balloons, we stayed outside the festival searching the skies for big balloons. I say we got some decent views. Saturday was spent hunting for apartments. Our current place is raising the rent (not by that much), so we went in search to see what else is out there. We were very successful. Goodbye one bedroom. Hello two bedroom, two bath with an attached garage. Holla! We spent Sunday afternoon with our dear friend Andrew who underwent surgery on Friday to remove that pesky tumor. He’s recovering nicely. He’s a serious fighter and we’re all so happy and proud of him for kicking some serious cancer ass.

-A

I’m linking up today with the amazing Erin at Living in Yellow because well, lets face it, she’s a bad A.

The concept is pretty simple. Just finish the sentence with what you believe in. Here we go!

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I believe in…

Making weird faces in the elevator.

Buying pretty heels even though 90% of the time I wear flats.

Embarrassing myself by talking baby talk to any and all animals.

The greatness of blogging.

Encouraging others.

Giving complete strangers high fives.

A good outfit can seriously make your day.

And with that said, taking pictures in the work bathroom.

Reading Erin’s blog religiously. Seriously. Do it.

Singing One Direction and Carley Rae Jepson songs at random.

Painting my nails.

Making one new recipe a week.

Taking pictures of my food.

Always saying ‘I love you’ before bed.

Squeezing kitties because sometimes it’s the best form of therapy.

Running…because it’s the other best form of therapy.

A good beer…because it’s the third best form of therapy. Wait, do I have this backwards?

Chips and queso because you can never go wrong with good Mexican food Tex-Mex.

Everyone should eat cake and celebrate their birthday every year no matter how old.

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Shall I stop? Eh. I might as well stop while I’m ahead. This could get pretty lengthy. So join me and link up with that little lady and her sweet blog up there. She’s quite the little pistol I must say.

Happy Thursday lovies! We’re almost to the weekend!

Many years ago, my mother, a librarian, bought my brother and me beautiful, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. As a library science major, my mother has always loved reading. Delving deep into fiction, non-fiction, biographies, historical novels, you name it she’s read something of the sort. Luckily, she passed her love of reading onto me and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

So I read books.

I read books often.

And with that said, I love spending an afternoon in a Half Price Books store hunting for more stories to sink my teeth eyes into. I usually end up walking out with half a dozen books and a big grin plastered on my face. Oh lounging on the couch with a good book never looked so good.

Here’s my problem.

I buy these books and then they go in a queue. Yes, a queue. I have to force myself to stay away from any and all bookstores until all the books on my current bookshelf have been read. And we’ve got two bookshelves. One is in our apartment while the one my mother bought me sits at my parents for safe keeping until we have more room.

And let me tell you, the list isn’t short:

Um, yeah. I better get to reading. And this is just the books from the apartment bookshelf!

There’s something so fun about escaping your world and diving head first into someone elses. It’s better than any television show by far. A world in a book could be an apocalyptic world with flesh eating zombies or a 1920’s genre based on unrequited lovers tragically separated. Books tell the truth, they create fantasies and let your mind wonder. Books have a way of tugging at your heartstrings and rooting for the protagonist all while you paint the picture in your head.

To simply put it words are powerful. So grab yourself a good book, some tea and hunker deep into your couch for a night of good fiction. You know I will be.

P.S. What have you been reading lately??

P.S.S. Go grab yourself some of that yummy Spiced Pumpkin candle. You won’t regret it. Promise.

I never knew the importance of a good pair of running shoes until I bought a new pair a couple weeks ago. My old pair had stuck by me since December 2011 and I was in desperate need of a new pair. They say you should get between 300-500 miles into each pair of running shoes before you’re due for another.

I had been noticing with the weeks leading up to my trip to the RunOn store that my running wasn’t up to my standards. I was losing my form, not running as far and simply pooping out sooner than normal. I knew it was the shoes, but for some reason I let it go.

I let it go for several more weeks when I got my very first shin splint. There are a few reasons why you can get shin splints. You may have overworked yourself or you didn’t stretch properly. I’m always so careful when it comes to injuries. I listen to my body and you can always find me stretching during and after my runs. Something wasn’t right and I kept going back to the fact that I needed new shoes.

After a few days of resting my legs, I continued making average runs on the trail. I have no idea why I waited as long as I did. It’s a really stupid decision if you think about it.

Finally, around early August, I made the decision to get some new shoes. I was fitted at a local RunOn store. The sales lady had me walk across the floor without any shoes or socks. She noticed a very minimal pronation. I was a little skeptical that she could find a good shoe all by simply watching me walk.

She headed to the back and came back with three different running shoes. I ended up choosing the Brooks Ravenna 3’s.

Here’s what the Brooks website says about them:

“Perfectly bridging the gap between Neutral and Support, the Ravenna 3 hits the sweet spot for a large number of runners. With a new last and adjustable midfoot saddle, expect a close fit that provides just the right amount of support for mild pronation. Underfoot features include Flextra technology, which offers optimal stiffness during the propulsion phase, and enhanced Omega Flex Grooves for more flexibility.”

My old shoes which were New Balance didn’t compare to these. The Ravenna 3 shoe is lighter and the cushion is perfect for what I was looking for. They breathe real nicely and they seem to have good support. These are meant for the generic runner. There’s nothing that really distinguishes this shoe. It’s just a really good general running shoe.

My first run wearing the Brooks Ravenna 3’s was awesome. I noticed a huge difference in how I was running and the distance I was covering was making me feel like a rockstar. The second run was one big suckfest due to a few reasons. I wore the wrong socks which lead to blisters on both heels. Also, these shoes have a higher back to them. It’s a deep shoe. I believe the purpose is support, but I wasn’t a huge fan about this part of the shoe.

I was still willing to give the shoes a shot, so I opted to buy some high ankle socks that wouldn’t ride too low. I ended up going with Feeture socks. They aren’t made out of cotton so they are very breathable and they have extra support in the arch. They also have an extra flap in the back to prevent heel blisters. Each sock is specifically made for either the right or left foot. They aren’t a unisex kind of sock.

Since then, I haven’t had any problems with my Brooks shoes or my Feeture socks for that matter. They complement each other really well. Even though I had some slight issues with my first pair of Brooks, I’ll stay committed to the Brooks brand. I just won’t stay committed to the Ravenna 3’s.