Since this blog is about our lives combining as one, you may want to know a little about how the “together” in Crazy Together came about.
Even before we started dating, both of us spent a tremendous amount of time on our computers. Obviously, that has continued – to the point where we half-jokingly, half-seriously thought about taking our Macbooks with us to our engagement photo shoot because they are such important parts of our lives.
Unsurprisingly, for two people so attached to their computers, we met on the internet. Shocking, I know. We both joined eHarmony to meet other people, although we had reasons for online dating. I'm not the type of person to meet people in clubs or bars and I had pretty much tapped out all the single girls that my friends and family knew. Maria, being the more sociable one, was quite comfortable meeting people at the bar. She just wasn't happy with the type of people she was meeting. So we each decided to meet someone in a different way: online.
Before I met Maria, I had actually been on eHarmony for a while, as had Maria. We each had our share of experiences with online dating, which we'll probably talk about another time. We almost didn't even get beyond messaging on eHarmony as Maria was not notified of a message from me one time. After getting no response for a week or so, I had given up and thought she lost interest and she thought the same about me. Oh how dramatically different our lives would be if she hadn't logged in to double check her messages!
After a few weeks of messaging, we took the plunge and decided to meet in person. Our first date was at a small bar halfway between our towns. Maria and I both live in the Detroit area, but we live and work about 45 minutes apart. We got together, had some drinks, and talked about everything from blogging to Sherlock to our families. It was great. We clicked.
We continued dating and discovered that there was more than the initial attraction. We mesh well; we're comfortable together. We're just as at ease with each other at a fancy dinner or sitting on the couch all day in pajamas working on our blogs. Most importantly, Maria and I work very well together – both as a team and as a couple. Disagreements are rare and when they arise, we discuss the issue until we reach an agreement. We support each other in everything we do. For all those reasons, and many others besides, after nearly a year and a half together, I proposed. Maria accepted and we began making plans to spend the rest of our lives together.
In the end, we did get one Macbook photo during our engagement session. It was of Maria's ring resting on her keyboard as a nod to how we met and our mutual affection for writing and creating online. Fitting, isn't it?
PS – Rob is still so overjoyed that Maria checked her eHarmony messages on that one fateful day, he did a little happy dance with the eHarmony app on his iPad. Maria cracks up every time she looks at this GIF.