July 2008-- I have just moved to Houston, fresh out of college, for the job. I am trying a long distance relationship with my college boyfriend, who is still in school. A coworker drags me out for a night on the town. At a bar, we meet up with some other NASA folks. Dan is one of them, out celebrating a friend's birthday. Funny thing, I don't remember him. He doesn't remember meeting me either. Early in our relationship I told him a story about that night, and we both realized the other was there. No it's not because I was drunk, and I remember several other details from the night, but he wasn't one of them. Luckily the universe would give me a chance to correct that oversight.
|Halloween at NASA in 2008 in Apollo mission control. Can you spot me?|
|Softball team- Is that a rocket on your shirt or are you just happy to see me?|
|One of our first dates- Drive In Movie|
The next night we have our first official date. Before this date, I met up with some coworkers, including Naveen. When I tell them about this date, Naveen remembers Dan from that night at the bar and says "You're going to marry him." I protest, after all we've only been on one date. I meet up with Dan for the lamest house party ever- the host had his whole family there and it was much more tame than the bash we were expecting. After such a letdown, he thinks I'll probably never date him again. I think I might fall in love with him. He surprises me by kissing me in the driveway when we leave the party. I think those must be the fireworks all the movies talk about. We go out to a bar after the party. We hold hands under the table the whole time. That was May 14, 2010.
|Emily's wedding in January|
|Me and my fiancé! I will not get tired of saying that!|
Photo credits: 1. Paul Reichert and 4. Blue Jade Studio