Questions first. Then jewels.

Apparently the text outputs for the New York Times and Cosmo were mixed up on the 17th. Next month, confused Cosmo readers everywhere are going to be raising their eyebrows at a cover story entitled “Self-Proclaimed Freedom Fighter Charged in Killings of 18 Iraqi Soldiers.” I have come to this conclusion after reading the recent hard-hitting Times article, “Questions Couples Should Ask (Or Wish They Had) Before Marrying.” It features gems like:

1) Have we discussed whether or not to have children, and if the answer is yes, who is going to be the primary care giver?

3) Have we discussed our expectations for how the household will be maintained, and are we in agreement on who will manage the chores?

7) Will there be a television in the bedroom?

11) Do we value and respect each otherís parents, and is either of us concerned about whether the parents will interfere with the relationship?

12) What does my family do that annoys you?

Sure, these are good questions to ask, but if you need a piece in the Times New York Times Weddings & Celebrations section to tell you this, you may want to consider counseling before tying the knot.

But, hell, it’s the holidays. Who cares what the stodgy old dodgers at the Times think. I want to look at fabulous handmade jewelry, like that crafted by Erica Weiner. She uses scavenged and vintage materials, as well as baubles she collects on her travels, to create whimsical and imaginative necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The descriptions on her site are fabulous as they give a clue into the origins of the materials she used to create each piece.

Check these out:

From the glass factory

This kitten\'s got claws

Wear a piece of history

2 Responses to “Questions first. Then jewels.”

  1. srah says:

    I could see having a conversation about whether you want to have kids or not, but deciding who’s going to take care of the hypothetical children before you pop/accept the question would not have occurred to me!

  2. Twistie says:

    I’m with you, NtB. Any couple that needs a magazine or newspaper article to tell them they need to discuss things like whether or not to have children just aren’t ready to be settling down together.

    OTOH, I think asking what your family does that annoys your SO is sort of opening a can of potentially very ugly worms. Chances are you already know the answer, but encouraging someone to complain about your nearest and dearest is often a lot more upsetting than you realize it will be going in. I’d advise caution with that question.

    As for the jewelry…(pets) how pretty and fun!