What the Varchar?
This is Maura from Happy Deal – Happy Day! My blog has nothing to do with geeky husbands, just great deal shopping tips with some awesome reviews and
giveaways. I stumbled up on this site
though because I know I’m also married to a geek. This would be one place on the web that would
understand what I’m about to share – so here goes:
I knew I wanted to marry an engineer, so when I first heard about my future hubby, and that he was getting his Master’s Degree in
mechanical engineering, I was up for a date.
I have to admit that I’m thankful that it was actually our moms that set
us up on a semi-blind date. I’ve
actually known his mom for like 20 years – she was my eye doctor. I remember after our first date telling my
friend that I knew I wanted to marry him!
So now I’m about to share just how much of a geek I am married to, and all of our geeky romantic gifts that we’ve given to each other
over the past few years. I have to admit that I’m not totally out of the water
of being a geek myself. I’m a science
geek and taught high school biology for 8 years. But I was also a cheerleading coach, so I
tried to cover up my own geekiness with that “cool” job. Hopefully this post will serve as future gift
ideas for yourself, or if nothing less, just a few minutes of entertainment
over our idea of romance. :)
To start, let me introduce my DH. This pic is of my hubby when he was still in college – sitting at his desk. It was
taken by one of his college housemates.
His buddy fully embellished it with labels to prove his stereotypical
I tried hard to find a pic of him riding the segway that he helped build, but I couldn’t find one. Yeah, go ahead and watch this video again – he fits it in SO many ways!!
So here is my first Valentine’s Day gift: notice what the flowers are in - yes, it is a large (1000ml?) graduated cylinder!!
I made him a rose – out of duct tape!
The next year’s Valentine’s Day (we were engaged at this point) for sure topped off the previous years gifts.
This time he made me a puzzle of a collage of pictures of us.
I just want to highlight that the third one down on the left, was one of me sitting in an abandoned wolf den from when I took a wolf
restoration class at Yellowstone National Park.
I knew that someday my husband would have to appreciate that I did
something like that. Also notice the upper
right hand corner shot that you’ve already seen. The bottom center one is very special – that
was when we were dating early on and when he’d drive me out to special dinners,
we’d listen to music on his homemade MP3
player.I held it on my lap while we
were driving. :) It wasn’t finished yet and all of the wires
were still just on a bread board. I
should also point out that the white cowboy hat says “SAE” which is for the
Society of Automotive Engineers for the mini baja team that he was on in college. That was the club where he built a
transmission, suspension system, and other technical off-road vehicle type apparatuses.
In return, I gave him a circuit board clip board with a valentine’s poem
clipped to it:
Here’s what the poem said because I know it is hard to read:
I was alone and all was dark
Beneath me and above
My life was full of volts and amps
But not the spark of love
But now that you’re here with me
My heart is overjoyed
You turn the square of my heart
Into a sinusoid
You load things from my memory
Onto my system bus
My life was once assembly code
Now its’ C++
I love the way you solder things
My circuits you can fix
The voltage across your diode is
Much more than just point six
With your amps and resistors
You have built my integrator
I cannot survive without you
You are my function generator
You have charged my life, increased my gain
And made my maths discrete
And now I’ll end my poem here
Control, Alt and Delete
**I did not write this. I totally stole it somewhere off the internet. I don’t remember the site, so I cannot
properly give credit where it is due. If
anyone knows where this comes from, please give it the proper credit.**
I also wore this shirt when he took me out to dinner for Valentine’s day: (I purchased this on Cafepress.com – go there now and check out Keri’s shop!)
We got married in April of that year, and headed to Aruba for our honeymoon. I also busted out that shirt and snapped this pic: .”
We were watching CNN and there was some report about robots, so I thought it was funny for me to get a pic in front of the TV wearing that
shirt. Oh, did I mention that his thesis
was on robots? In fact he has an article
published in Volume 25 of the journal Robotica titled “Dynamic redundancy
resolution in a nonholonomic wheeled mobile manipulator.”
Ok girls, don’t be jealous over the next gift picture I’m about to share. I think I got these for my birthday (yes, these were hand crafted by my husband):
Oh yes, these are in fact resistor earrings!!! I had tons of fun wearing these when I was teaching 8th graders about circuits!
Any geeky marriage would not be complete with out this shirt:
That shirt helped our family grow so that we needed to buy this shirt for our now one-year old daughter:
We have the best family in the world and we sure are blessed. I love and respect my husband
and I wouldn’t want to be married to anyone but him. Geeks are the best!! Anyone out there who is single – go to the
nearest engineering department at a local college and find a guy. I doubt you’ll have to compete with many
women as there are so few in engineering programs. :) Geeky husbands are the
most faithful, loyal, dependable and loving guys in the whole world!!