Welcome to The Nerd’s Wife blog!

My name is Arena — yes, like a rodeo arena — and I married a nerd.

The Nerd's Wife Family

A family photo on our recent trip to British Columbia to visit The Nerd’s family!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy more than anything and I’d never trade our life together. But sometimes it’s a little tough to process all of the bizarrely nerdy situations in which I find myself.

That’s where you come in. This blog is my creative outlet. You’ll find recipes, photos and stories about all things nerdy. Oh boy!

A Dallas Mom Blog

James is The Nerd. He’s a mechanical engineer and the smartest man I know. He enjoys watching Star Trek, playing first-person shooters, collecting Magic cards and listening to podcasts.

Arena is a former newspaper reporter and yearbook representative. In 2012, she decided to work from home, writing this Dallas Mom Blog and doing some social media consulting. She also contributes at Dallas Moms Blog and She Is Dallas.

In November 2011, we welcomed our only son, Andrew into the world six weeks early. I shared the story of my extended medical stay, preeclampsia and his birth on this blog.

We have two puppies: Georgie is a feisty pomeranian who loves to tease his sister and won’t leave my side for anything. Kaylee is a spunky beagle whose favorite place is under the couch (or the covers). She gets into everything and is always contemplating her next adventure.

We both graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Whoop! Yup, we’re Aggies and we’re proud of it!

The Nerd's Wife Aggies

Here we are before the A&M vs. Baylor football game. We had awesome seats!

How We Met

We met in College Station, which is the place where all great things start anyway. I had already graduated, but he was still in school. I was a reporter for the local newspaper, working long days and often late nights.

Our very first date was to the campy, graphic novel film 300. I don’t remember most of the film because I was too busy staring into his big, blue eyes. I was smitten, and I guess he was, too. We saw each other pretty much every day after that. We were constantly together.

Pretty soon, his nerdiness started to rub off on me. I found myself trying to play computer games and wearing Transformers masks.

The Nerd's Wife Transformers

This is us at James’ 23rd birthday party. It was Transformers themed!

The Rest of the Story

We soon got married and found ourselves living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. As our lives changed and we grew up, I started trying my hand at different recipes, taking photos and documenting our adventures to ease my itch to write.

And, thus, this blog was born.

The Nerd's Wife Wedding

This is us at our wedding!

The Blog

The Nerd’s Wife is an eclectic mix of life lessons, photography, recipes, reading and nerdy things.

Each month, we receive more than 35,000 unique visitors with 85,000 page views.

We have more than 750 email subscribers, 2,000 Facebook fans and 5,000 Twitter followers.

And we’re continually growing!

You may e-mail me with any questions that you have.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy your time here!

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