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A Few of My Favorite Things


It’s the Christmas season, which means that the radio is blaring with Christmas music and one particular song from The Sound of Music. You know, My Favorite Things? “Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens”? My mom always asks why the radio stations play that song, since technically it’s not a Christmas or holiday song. Maria sings it to the kids after a thunderstorm. Hmmm.

Anywho, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things at Christmastime.

Christmas Trees

Up until this Christmas season, I’d put up the Christmas tree at my house (aka my parents house). We had this fabulous 9ft tree (artificial, see above) and I would spend the better part of a weekend fluffing up the branches. Thank you for the ingenuity of pre-lit trees! Then, I’d decorate it with my mom and sister with our family’s collection of ornaments, old and new. Like the first ornament I EVER made in preschool. And my sister’s baby shoe. I think my mom would turn anything my sister and I made into an ornament if she could. Anyway, turns out this year, my parents have gone a little greener and bought a pre-lit LED tree. And even though we’ll be out of town for Christmas, I think we’ll get ourselves a little mini tree.

Holiday Beverages at Starbucks

I like Starbucks. A lot. I like the experience. I like that it’s dependable and predictable. I like that they have free Wifi and are pretty much everywhere. And I like their Peppermint Mocha during Christmastime. The red cup signals the start of the holiday season (which seems to start earlier and earlier every year!). Now, this is not to say that I don’t like little coffee shops run by mom & pop – I totally do. But when it comes to a chain coffee shop, I’ll take my Starbucks. I get totally lost and nervous when trying to order at Seattle’s Best or Peet’s.

Online Shopping & Wishlists

While I love going out to shop for Christmas, the hustle and bustle, the sales, and the crazy fun atmosphere, I also love the ability to shop ONLINE. With both of our family on opposite coasts, and air travel at Christmas, I love that I can order gifts online and send them to their recipient. With baggage fees increasing, and my inability to pack light, I’m going to try and send ahead as much as possible. Plus, if you travel with your gifts, you have to keep them unwrapped!

Oh and a super convenient thing that Amazon provides is Wishlists. I love their wish list function. And I love it even more when other people share their wishlists. This makes shopping easier AND you can give a gift that someone really wants! I know, it’s predictable and all, but at least you’ll know they’ll like the gift. Santa had a good idea…

Christmas Music

Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite classic Christmas songs. It also makes me think of Home Alone. I like that Christmas music plays on the radio. However, when it starts BEFORE Thanksgiving, it feels weird to me. I feel like the kickoff to Christmas happens on Thanksgiving with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After that, proceed with the Christmas tunes. Just sayin’


And the best part of Christmas, giving. “It’s better to give than to receive,” wasn’t made up for nothing. It’s really true. I love that the holiday season puts nearly everyone into the giving mood. I just wish it lasted throughout the year, and not just at Christmastime. And thanks to you, lovely readers, we are up to 61 cans! 61 cans for the North Texas Food Bank. Don’t forget the Giving is Awesome giveaway! You have until December 20 to nominate someone who needs it.

What do you love during the holidays?

Happy Thursday!



Name Change Game


So whenever I think about the name changing process, I always think of this episode of FRIENDS.

I was actually a late comer to watching this series, usually because I had a Ballet class or was coming home from one right at the same time every Thursday. So I started watching Friends in re-runs and got hooked. The final season of Friends was broadcast when I was studying abroad in France, and it was so funny to watch Friends dubbed over. The voices were so different. And of course the jokes weren’t quite the same. But when you’re an American in France, feeling a little homesick, you take what you can get.

A friend recently asked me about my take on changing my name. The simple answer? It’s a personal decision.

For me, I knew that when I got married, I couldn’t just drop my last name. It’s been a part of me and my identity forever, and something about just wiping my name slate clean and writing in a new one, just felt wrong. Mind you, this was long before I was ever engaged or even dating Cent.

When I worked in an office, I had three co-workers who were married in the span of a year and I watched them go through the process of changing their last names to their husband’s last name. I also had a co-worker who kept her maiden name, and she and her husband are married five years strong. To me, both of these options just seemed incomplete. I couldn’t wrap my head around “deleting” my last name – Ronquillo. (While people have trouble pronouncing it, it’s typically unique and get excited when I meet another person with my last name.) At the same time, I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable with just keeping my last name either.

So I’m doing what works for the both of us. I’m adding Cent’s last name. My maiden name gets upgraded to my middle name spot and add on his last name. No hyphen though. My last name barely fit on an SAT scantron, so imagine what it would be like for my name and his in one bitty box! While I kind of had to sell Cent on this idea, I gave him my reasoning, and it was all good. This is also what my mom did, so that’s probably where I got the idea. I’m thankful that she didn’t do the hyphen thing either. Otherwise, my maiden name would be 19 letters long! 20 characters if you include the hyphen!

Alright Internet, here’s another confession: I haven’t changed my name yet! (Although I did on Facebook, so that’s makes it real, right?)

I do have a legit reason for this. And a couple of other reasons. I won’t be changing my name until the new year because:

  • We have air travel plans for Christmas. Tickets are issued with my maiden name.
  • We were in process of buying a house and my maiden name was on the stack of paperwork.
  • I moved states and needed to figure out the requirements and process for Texas, and our marriage certificate was issued in CA.

But I will! Promise.

Here are some handy steps for changing your name in the state of Texas :

  1. Get two certified copies of your marriage certificate.
  2. Change Driver’s License at the DMV. Bring your previous license and marriage certificate.
  3. Change Social Security at the Social Security Administration office. Bring your new license and marriage certificate. (And bring a book.)
  4. After these, you can proceed to your passport (online here), bank accounts, credit cards, etc.

(Special thanks to my friend, Stephanie of Stephanie Michele Events for sharing this with me!)

Also, if you’re looking for a one-stop shop to get you through the name changing process, check out MissNowMrs.!

These days, I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer. It’s totally a personal decision that you should make with your fiance/spouse. Come to a decision you can both be comfortable and live with happily.

What’s your opinion about changing or keeping your last name?

Happy Wednesday!

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