<3 First Anniversary

A year ago yesterday, I married the man of my dreams.

He also happens to be a Nerd.

This blog is about my life with him. And all the fun things I get to experience because I married a Nerd.

I’m so thankful that I met this man, fell madly in love with him, and moved away with him with no job, no money, nothing but my faith in him. At the time, there were people in my life telling me that I was making the wrong decision. That I should wait a year or two, and see where this relationship was heading before I made the “big leap.”

Those people have never truly experienced love, in my opinion. When you find the person you’re meant to be with, you just know it. It doesn’t take a year or two or three to realize that you want to be with someone forever. Deep in your heart, you know it. And you’re either ready to take that leap of faith, or you’re not.

I’m so glad I did.

Us on our wedding day: Jan. 3, 2009

Us on our one-year anniversary: Jan. 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2010? Where did this year go?

It seems like just yesterday I was planning a wedding and trying to make it through my first full year at work. Wow.

So, I’m going to try to remember a monthly recap of the exciting things that The Nerd and I did this past year.

We got married! We had family fly in from South Dakota and Canada and all across Texas. My best friend flew in from England! It was such a great time and the best day of my life! I’m a very lucky gal.


We went on our honeymoon in Las Vegas and saw The Blue Man Group. It is a fantastic show, even if you’re not a nerd.

Not much noteworthy happened in February. We just hung out and spent time together as newlyweds.

We moved from an apartment to a house! Our first house! Isn’t it cute?


No, this photo was *not* taken in March. But hey, you use what you got, right? :)

Our good friends, April and Eric, introduced us to a fun little game called Magic: The Gathering. It’s *very* nerdy, but it’s one of the few nerdy things that I love. I then proceeded to purchase large quantities of cards and tried to convince everyone else I knew to play as well. Fun times.


The Nerd (when he had a beard….I miss the beard…) with piles and piles of Magic cards. Such a glorious sight.

We went to visit April and Eric in Houston and watched Star Trek. That was a major milestone this year for The Nerd. He loved it. And proceeded to debate with Eric as to whether the bug the Romulans implanted in Captain Pike was the same bug from The Wrath of Khan. I tuned out this conversation.


School was out for the summer. I rested lots and took some time off work to enjoy myself.

We went to visit James’ parents for the Fourth of July and spent some time at the beach. My birthday was later in the month and James gave me a beautiful pair of earrings from Tiffany. Can you say spoiled?

In August, we probably did the most nerdy thing of the whole year: We attended QuakeCon 2009. This was my birthday present to James. We stayed at the Gaylord Texan with Eric, April, Ryan and John and the boys spent the weekend drooling over video game equipment and other things. It was lots of fun and I think it will be a yearly tradition. Now that we have the blog. it will be fun to chronicle our adventures.

Not a whole lot happened. At least nothing I can recall now. Hehe.

We attended the Magic Pro Tour in Austin, TX. It was awesome! We went with April, Eric and Josh and watched *real* Magic players, collected cards and got beat in some booster drafts. But it was so much fun! :)

My whole family came over to our house for Thanksgiving dinner! I started *really* blog stalking in search of recipes for the event. We had lots of great food and I am looking forward to next year!

I started this blog! We went to visit James’ parents and had Christmas at the beach, and spent the last week of the year with my family at my parents’ house!


What a year it has been! So long 2009, looking forward to 2010! :)

Live long and prosper!

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Authors I’ve Met

Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve had the chance to meet several wonderful authors that I adore.
Here’s a list of the literary masters I’ve met:
Holly Black
Holly Black, author of White Cat and Zombies vs. Unicorns
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Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot
, author of Insatiable and contributor to Zombies vs. Unicorns
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Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness
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Kristen Miller
Kirsten Miller, author of The Eternal Ones.
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Andrea Cremer
Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade.
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Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan and Behemoth, and contributor to Zombies vs. Unicorns
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Justine Larbalestier
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Maggie Stiefvater
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Charlaine Harris
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Wishful Wednesday: Christmas Edition

Wishful Wednesday

As you know, I’m an avid blog stalker. I love finding these blog carnivals and reading about their assigned topics. What a great idea to have many different bloggers give their insight on one topic! This is Wishful Wednesday over at The Seattle Smith’s and I thought I’d participate.

Here’s the topic: “I wish … Santa would have remembered ________ on my list!”

There really isn’t a whole lot that I wish I would have gotten for Christmas. As you’ve read, I got a really good haul this year!

But, there is *one* thing that I was hoping to get that I didn’t come away with. This *amazing* necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs would have made me very happy:

Maybe it will be a nice Valentine’s Day or birthday present. I just have to convince The Nerd that the reason I don’t wear necklaces is because I don’t have *this* necklace. :)

And now, for your viewing pleasure, some photos from the Christmas celebration with my side of the family. You got to see our family photos yesterday, but now here are some photos of everyone opening their presents!


River had lots of presents. She got a Pooh Bear doll from The Nerd and me, a Pooh Bear tree house from Nanna and Pappy, some adorable clothes and a toy vacuum from Brad & Jet!


Riv was so excited, she couldn’t wait to get it out of the box!


She really loves Pooh Bear!


Brad got some super-sweet sunglasses! (And the Game of Life!)


Here’s Jet looking at some of Hyrum’s haul: a Baby Bjorn carrier, a singing bear and a singing octopus!


Isn’t their family so cute?

Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of James and me, or Nanna and Pappy. :( I was too absorbed by the babies to photograph much else!

I got the complete set of Sookie Sackhouse books (the books that True Blood is based on).

James got Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. We now own every BSG show/film ever made. Score.

Pappy got a novel on revelation. He’s reading it now.

Nanny got an awesome frame that says “Nanna and Pappy’s House” and lists their grandchildren.

Awesome presents, right?

What do you wish that Santa had brought that he didn’t? I’d love to hear your wish lists!

Thanks for looking!

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