I'm Engaged!

Mosaic Ring from Tiffany & Co.

Mike proposed to me last night, which means I’m engaged! WHAT? I know! It’s crazy talk.

It didn’t sink in until this morning at 5am, and then I couldn’t sleep, which is why I’m writing this on my hotel balcony now. (I’m currently on vacation in Hawaii). Total shocker. I mean, I knew it was going to happen eventually…maybe in the next few years or so…but I didn’t know it was going to happen now.

The Proposal

We had a delicious dinner at a local Japanese restaurant, and decided to take a walk down Waikiki beach before heading back to our hotel. It was a beautiful, warm night, and the shore felt so peaceful, especially since it was the exact same spot where we were running and splashing around in like idiots earlier in the day. (For the record, I can’t surf, no matter how hard I try.)

We sat down on the rocks overlooking the ocean, and Mike started mumbling wonderful things about our lives together which I didn’t really register because I was jet-lagged and tipsy. Anyway, he got down on a knee and bam! a black velvet box appeared out of nowhere.

He asked me if

I would marry him.

I said no! And I hurled the ring into the ocean as hard as I could.

Just kidding. I said yes. At this point, I’m bawling like a baby. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

The proposal wasn’t a big production, it wasn’t meticulously planned, but it was absolutely perfect. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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(The spot is now officially archived on Google Maps)

The Backstory

It’s funny that he proposed to me now, because I was hoping he would soon. We read each other’s minds a lot, and as cheesy at it sounds, it’s true. That’s the kind of connection we have (aww). It turns out that this ring was burning a hole in his pocket for five months.


He got the ring in Georgia, when he went back home to visit his family for Christmas. He went straight to Tiffany’s to pick out a ring after a conversation with his mom (thank you, future mother-in-law).

But here’s the thing that really touched me. He asked my parents for their blessing two days before our trip. It’s uncommon nowadays, but he’s an old-fashioned guy who knows that I have old-fashioned parents. If you know my parents, you know what a big deal this is. Doing this showed me how much he cared for me – my parents love me to death, but they are tough people, and have very high expectations for me. I think most guys would give up after meeting them for the first time.

My parents grilled him for 45 minutes. He sweated. All the questions were answered correctly, and was given the ok to go ahead and do it. YAY!

The Bling

He proposed to me with the torque ring designed by Frank Gehry. It’s a ring that I’ve been wanting to get myself for a while. He didn’t know what kind of ring to get me, but didn’t

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want to be ringless when proposing, so he got me a ring that I liked, with the intention that we would trade it in for another if I preferred something different.

The ring is a smooth, silver band that’s been

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twisted. It’s super cool, especially if you like unconventional jewelry like I do. As awesome as it is, it’s getting traded in for another one because it is huge. It looks like a men’s ring on me. We’re going shopping today. Fun!

Update: We traded in my ring for the Mosaic Ring from Tiffany & Co. Woo!


I am thrilled. Not just for today, but for the next 124 years (we decided we’re living to 150). In the time we’ve been dating, he’s helped me become who I really am, and made me laugh really hard the entire way. He’s going to be by my side, and I couldn’t be happier.


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  1. Gwen Salas says:

    Your future mother in law is balling. I’m so excited. Love and hugs.

    • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

      I’m excited too! Thanks for everything. Can’t wait until you guys are out here.

  2. Brittany says:

    Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you two!

  3. effie says:

    you know…. even though this post is surprisingly photo-less…. its probably my favorite post youve ever made!!!! ahhhhhhhHHhHHHhh!!!! im so happy for the two of you!!!!! congratulations!!!! :)

    • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

      Thanks, Effie! I’m glad you like the post. I’m not used to writing blog posts without images…it feels naked, haha. I’ll add images soon. :)

  4. Gita Vaysburg says:

    Congrats!!! So excited and happy for you guys! Seems like only yesterday when Mike was planning how to ask you out :)

    • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

      I know! I always mention you when people ask how we met. You guys were scheming behind my back…it totally worked. Thanks, Gita.

      • Mike says:

        Hehe. :) Gita helped me out a lot in the beginning…I was bumbling around clueless. She was helping me through chat though…so she couldn’t see that I was accidentally wearing the same blue shirt to the first 3 dates in a row. ;)

        I love this post, it’s fun to read. And I love you!!

        • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

          Yes, you needed help. Your awkwardness was cute, though. What happened to that blue shirt? You don’t wear it anymore.

  5. Diane says:

    Congratulations, fantastic news. Looking forward to all the next news……… Diane xx

  6. Stephen C. says:

    Paula, I know for a long time that Michael wanted to love and care for someone special. I am so glad that you two have found each other. I cannot not be happier for the two of you. Congratulations..

  7. Angela says:

    I am SO happy for you Paula! sheesh girl. This is AWESOME NEWS. On other news. Annie got married last year and is expecting! *tear everybody grows up!
    love ya always!

    • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

      Thanks, Angela. I can’t believe Annie is pregnant now! Time flies.

  8. jon corpuz says:

    Oh my goodness, a match made in design heaven! Congrats to you two superstar designers!!! So happy for ya’ll, wish you guys the best and many babies…also love your Tinkering Monkey site, P & M you rock!

    • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

      Thanks, Jon! We’re excited about Tinkering Monkey – there’s more stuff coming soon. Oh yeah, and I don’t know about the many babies part, haha.

  9. You both are awesome. Now you’re awesome together, officially.

  10. Becky H. says:

    Hi Paula,
    I landed on your blog by chance – or should I say by fate? – and I immediately liked it, liked your writing and liked you. I feel that you are an amazing person. A creative one. I’m just passing by to say: Congrats, from the deepest of my heart. Wish you both all the best, and wish your story will be “Happily ever after” ^__^

    Best of luck friend :)

  11. Zsuzsa Katona says:

    What a beautiful engagement/story. Congratulations to you both!!! Go great to read it on your beautiful website. Yay to two talented and terrific people/couple! :)

    • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

      Thanks, Zsuzsa! Sorry we had to miss your lovely wine and cheese party. We should get together soon, neighbor!

  12. Vanessa says:

    Yay to both of us having Tiffany rings! :)

  13. Dan Gough says:

    This is just the cutest thing ever!

  14. Holly says:

    Ooh congrats!!
    Love your story – 5 months thats such a long time!!

    Best wishes to you all :)

  15. Michelle says:


    Congrats on your engagement! You seem like a wonderful couple…

    I actually stumbled upon your website because I was looking for pictures of the tiffany mosaic ring! I love how this ring looks on your hand! Maybe you can answer some questions for me?? I was wondering what your ring size is and why did you choose this over a traditional tiffany engagement ring… The appeal to me right now is the price and the fact that it is so unique…

    Thanks and congrats!
    Gainesville, FL

    • Paula is QuiteCurious says: (Author)

      Thanks! I actually don’t know what my ring size is. I chose this over a traditional engagement ring because it’s unique, and it sits closer to my hand, which is easier for me to wear (it won’t snag on things). I hope that answers your questions.

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