Friday, August 23, 2013

A New Direction

When I started this blog, I wanted to get healthier and more active and thought the accountability to internet strangers would help. And it definitely did! Knowing that every week I would have to report when I did- and didn't- workout gave me the motivation to be more diligent with training. I had been reading some fitness blogs for awhile and thought the community looked friendly and welcoming (for the most part, it is) and I wanted to give it a try.

But here's the truth... I am not a fitness blogger. I am not one of those people who looks forward to workouts. I don't run because I am a runner, I run because I like to eat and also fit into my pants. I sign up for races because I like the challenge, and because committing to a race means I'll have to do it, and if I have to do it then I'll have to train, which means I might still fit in my pants when it's over.

This is not to say that I didn't enjoy the accomplishment of finishing the half marathon or the triathlon. I loved both of those (well, for the half that more true after I could walk again) and am already eager to plan my next races for each event. But I want to focus on other aspects of my life.

Nerds-in-love.net was the domain name that Dan and I bought for our wedding website. After the wedding was over, I cancelled our wedding website but kept the domain name for some future use. And now its the new home of my blog. (If you subscribe in a reader you may need to update your subscription to point to the new page; although spaceysteph.blogspot.com address will redirect, I'm not sure how it will affect apps.)

The Nerds In Love name was inspired by a comment from my rabbi's wife when I brought my Catholic boyfriend to Sukkot dinner almost 3 years ago. "If you have a Jewish soul, you have a Jewish soul mate," she said to me. I came back to this thought for months, as things became more serious between me and Dan, as I considered that he was perhaps more future-husband than fling.

It's true that we don't have religion in common, but we do have other things in common. While our names for God and the rituals we relate to him through are different, I believe we share faith in the same God. Many of my coworkers actively try not to date inside NASA, but I loved that we could talk about our days using so easily, could use technical terms and shorthand. I loved that we could both look at the sky and see the same desire to explore. I may be Jewish, but I don't define myself solely by my Jewishness. I define myself often by my nerdiness. I have a Nerd soul. And so does my husband. Nerd soulmates.

Though people thought it was cute, and most assumed it related to our Mission Control engagement or was predictive of a space-themed wedding, "Nerds in Love" was part of what I consider to be our actual wedding theme: What we have in common is more important than what divides us.

On the revamped blog, I'll continue to explore interfaith marriage (and maybe one day, interfaith babies!). I have more to say about being Jewish in America, especially now that I have a front row seat to how "the other half" lives. There's another half marathon on our horizon and you'll hear about that too (because, still, accountability to the internet makes me try harder.) I'll keep showing you yummy food and fun adventures and the occasional tales from mission control. This is now Nerds in Love, and this is our story.

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