Three weeks ago, Nate and I had the opportunity to nudge each out of our comfort zones. It began on Friday night with a trip to Nate's high school alma mater, as in the high school 15 miles down the road from my hometown...as in the high school I learned to strongly dislike (especially during volleyball season :-) from age 14-18. As predicted, it was slightly odd being surrounded by fans in red instead of maroon, but I must admit it was very cool to see how their community rallies around football. Plus the Falcons came away with a dominating homecoming win, so got to see some quality football, as well.
After spending some quality time with Mom and Dad Summers, we woke up early the next day (Yes, well before the sun on a Saturday, which means it must have been very important) to drive to Iowa City to watch the Hawkeyes! I may or may not have been crazy excited for this game. Although I've been a lifelong Iowa fan, this was my first trip to Kinnick which explains part of the excitement. The rest of my excitement was comprised of one part seeing my family and one part seeing Nate wear an Iowa shirt. Doesn't he look great in black and gold? :-)
Nate is a very loyal Michigan fan, so this was a very generous act on his part. I'm guessing there will come a day when I'll have to return the favor, but for right now I'm just enjoying that picture. :-) Despite the rain and chilly temperatures, we had a great time watching the Hawkeyes soundly beat Ball State (the university where my brother and his girlfriend both work), enjoying the generosity of Iowa season ticket holders, and hanging out with Andrew, Lisa, and my parents. Nate was a great sport about the whole day. Hopefully he will do the same today, as Iowa plays Michigan. This may be the most stressful day of our marriage to date. :-) Here's a little sampling from the day.
In the time after this weekend trip, life gets a little fuzzy in my memory. While I am still searching for a permanent job, I started working as a temporary administrative assistant on the Monday after we got home from Iowa City. It is such a blessing to have a multiple week temporary position while I continue the search, but my life was reduced to this: wake up, go to work, come home, study for the LSAT, go to bed, repeat. I think there was food thrown in there, as well, but if it wasn't part of an argument or a logic game, I don't remember a lot. :-)
Two weeks ago we were able to celebrate the marriage of new friends. Scott and Samantha's wedding was so beautiful and so much fun! Plus it was a great reason to stop studying for a few hours. We spent the majority of our time with Drew and Andi. We've always known we had a lot in common, but the wedding revealed new depths of this truth. :-)
Well, if you're still reading this, I appreciate it. I didn't mean for things to get so long! But I suppose covering 3 weeks in one post is a little much, huh? I promise to write more about my job, the LSAT, etc, but my time is up! I now get to go to go see my precious niece (and her family). Priorities! :-)