Love and Robots


Tuesday night Jeremy spent the night down at OU putting the final touches on his robot. He grabbed four hours of half-assed shut-eye in a sleeping bag under his work bench while other students desperately hurried to finish their bots. Meanwhile, I managed to give myself Texas Chainsaw Massacre style nightmares all night.

I met up with Jeremy on Wednesday afternoon, before his robot competition, in the lab as he put the final touches on his bot. The room smelled like college – the odor that comes from all-nighters and stale pizza. Everyone was rocking some red eyes and unkempt facial hair. After a few final tweaks and tests, we headed over to the competition where Jeremy’s robot came in second place by just 1/2 a point in the final round. I looked around and found myself completely out of my element. In a moment of self-consciousness, I considered that I might even be a bit embarrassing to my other half.

I shared this moment of insecurity with Jeremy on the drive home. He grabbed my hand and said “Nobody could possibly understand the whole story of who I am until they meet you.” It goes both ways, and I couldn’t have said it better.

P.S. Yesterday we celebrated four years of marriage. 

  1. You two are so adorable. Congratulations.

  2. That is quite possibly one of the sweetest things I have ever read.

  3. Jen

    I love that. What a sweet, genuine sentiment.

  4. What can you say Robot competitions are a natural aphrodisiac.

  5. Vanessa

    Aw that’s so sweet. I’m writing that quote down.

  6. Amanda

    Aww, such a sweet, vulnerable moment. Thank you for sharing it with us. And happy anniversary!

  7. Aw geez. That is too cute!

    Congrats on 2nd place Jeremy & congrats on coming in 1st place with your marriage 😉 (cheeese!)

    Lot’s of love to you two!

  8. Adorbs. I can’t wait to meet you both someday!

  9. Ashlae

    Goddamnit, that made me cry.

    Happy four years!

  10. Congrats on four years of marriage, and for getting 2nd place in the competition, Jeremy!

  11. Becca

    That is very sweet, I hope you felt so special hearing that. Congrats on the anniversary!

  12. ~abi~

    love this. 🙂

  13. :)

    Aww, that is so touching. And thank you for reminding us that even super awesome, eloquent, intelligent, accomplished, talented people feel “out of their element” sometimes. Glad it is not just me! 🙂

    -Sharon @ Granola Meets Grits

  14. goddammit Jeremy, that line just made me burst into happy tears in my studio. thankfully Karyn already left so I can sob in private. so happy for you two kittens!! <3

    congrats on the robot too.. can you make me one to clean the litterboxes? pleaseandthankyou.

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