December 05, 2005

signed, dorkus malorkus

This weekend I stayed up in Santa Barbara watching my boyfriend work tirelessly on a final project for his Masters-level Operating Systems course. When I wasn't napping on his super-long twin bed, I was watching him work on his filesystem, with multiple Terminal windows open, running tests and writing code, and re-running tests and re-writing code. And gosh, if that wasn't super-hot!

I sat silently behind him as he cursed when something didn't work right; and I delighted in him waking me up at 3am with a kiss on the cheek, to share a success. I giggled, watching him dance in his chair when he had tackled a troubling problem; and I softly squeezed his arm as he held his face in his hands, tortured by an error. He spent hours and hours and hours working, and not one moment went by that I felt bored at all. I found it all pretty mesmerizing, actually. It was fascinating watching Erik work - he's really brilliant, and is among a group of people who think in ways most of us couldn't imagine.

I left him on his own last night, just after 9pm, knowing that he was going to be pulling an all-nighter to get his filesystem into its required turn-in condition. It's just after 10am, and in little under an hour he (along with his two other groupmates) will be going to the final class to tackle a series of system tests and, ultimately, turn in the code for grading. He probably won't read this until after the deal has been done, but for whatever it's worth: Erik, I wish you the very best of luck, and know that, whatever the outcome of this project, and ultimately this class, and even-more ultimately this degree - you get an "A+++..." as a boyfriend.


posted by julie at December 5, 2005 10:21 AM


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