By Clarissa Cruz
Updated June 15, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

When her longtime Brit boyfriend proposes to someone else on national TV, 36-year-old Genie decides to fake an engagement, complete with a $24.95 cubic zirconia ring in Sarah Strohmeyer?s The Sleeping Beauty Proposal.

Biological Ticktock
”One whiff of a prospective husband and I get knocked up,” says Genie’s newly pregnant friend. ”Now I gotta sell the Porsche and start making lasagna.”

The been-around-the-block romantic insights of her thirtysomething circle ring true.B