The first time I saw Jennifer was in January of 2011 during one of the notorious birthday celebrations of half of my friends. I managed to uncharacteristically arrive on time to the Kobe Steakhouse on Kirkman Rd. So I waited at the bar for the very large party to show up. Amy Goodpaster (who was one of the friends celebrating their January birthday) arrived shortly with a group of exceptionally educated folks (they're all doctors now) and she proceeded to introduce her friend Jennifer in the same manner in which she had first been introduced to me a year previous. "This is my friend Jennifer, she's into Asians." Immediately, I thought that this girl is beautiful and I need to stand out to make any kind of lasting impression with her. So I very suavely, in a manner that would make James Bond himself proud, articulated in excellent English, how fortunate she was that I just so happened to be Asian. Unfortunately that display of social prowess only happened in my imagination, as I only managed to take her hand in my sweaty one and shake it as my tongue that now seemed to be too big for my mouth blurted "nice to meet you." We were soon whisked away to separate hibachi tables to dine separately. I managed to look over from time to time, but never really got a chance to say anything more to her as our large group split up and went to different destinations.

Unfortunately for the next couple of months that was all. I chalked Jennifer up as another one of those missed opportunities, until one day out of the blue, I got a random game request from someone named genesee something or another on Words with Friends. I accepted and started playing some high scoring words on this unknown opponent. After a few turns, I got a message that read "Aren't you going to let me win?" I laughed to myself and responded stupidly with "Haha, no." Then thought better of it and added "Who is this?" I got the reply "It's Jennifer, Amy's friend." I'm not going to lie, I giggled to myself and spent the next 20 minutes trying to come up with a totally awesome response. It seemed to work, because we continued talking to each other over the in game chat for the next couple of days. That Friday a group of friends and I went to see the Roots in concert at Universal Studios, it was an awesome night and it only got better when I invited Jennifer to come out to City Walk with us afterwards to which she amazingly agreed to.

We met up in the Cigars bar in City Walk, and I spotted her immediately and time seemed to stop for me as I floated on air to her. We talked, we laughed, we danced. It was one of the best nights of my life and by the end of it I had a date with her for the next day. For the date we had Vietnamese food (not the best food if you don't want to feel like you have food all over your face the rest of the night) and as nervous as I was, I had to have wiped my mouth 5 times after every messy bite of noodles. But this girl who I quickly figured out would be the love of my life, stuck with me despite my nerdy tendencies, stupid jokes, and regularly not hearing people talking to me (I have little ears, look at the pictures).

The next year and a half were the best of my life. I had the amazing opportunity to get to know and love Jennifer more than life itself. I get to marry my love and best friend this November and I thank God for the blessing that she has been to me.

We first met in January of 2011, at a Kobe Steakhouse for the celebration of a few mutual friend’s birthdays. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Joey that night by my friend and maid of honor, Amy Goodpaster. I was also lucky enough to be introduced as "This is Jennifer, she likes Asians," (thanks Amy). You would think that would have sealed the deal right there, but we politely shook hands after I finished blushing, and went our separate ways.

Joey and I didn’t have contact for a few months after our first meeting until Amy (yes..THE Amy) decided to download Words with Friends on my phone and invite some of her friends to play with me…including the one and only Joey Corcoran.

I started my first game and after seeing my score of ohh 75 points (me), 300 points (Joey), I graciously asked him to go easy on me since it was my first time playing . Well…if anyone has played Words with Friends with Joey you would know he dishes out no mercy to anyone…even a girl who likes Asians. However, he didn’t mind asking me if I wanted to hang out at Universal City Walk that night while he was kicking my butt.

Our meeting at City Walk wasn’t really a date since I was meeting him and his friends that he was already going with. Amy (she keeps showing up!) and I were waiting for everyone to met us up at the Cigar Bar since they had already been at City Walk for a few hours. I found myself excited and nervous to meet up with this guy who I saw 3 months ago, and talked to for 30 seconds. When he did arrive, I of course gave him a hard time for having us wait and he of course, being the gentleman he is, told me that I looked really great. From there everything was lighthearted, fun (and funny) since I got to see firsthand, buzzed Joey. We laughed, and danced (I learned Joey dances like his dad... too cute), and had beads from Mardi Gras thrown at us (that actually was not so fun). I didn’t want the night to end.

I would say that the rest is history, and you all know what happened from there…but even I don’t know what happened. I was given my other half, without even realizing I was missing him, and now I can’t imagine a day without him. Our meeting seemed so simple, and yet it was something that has been planned since the moment I took my first breath. Every trouble-free and complicated action in my life, from waking up on December 2, 1999 and going to school to deciding to move to Florida, has led me to this wonderful human being. I will forever be grateful to God for giving me my piece of heaven on earth and I will count down the days until I can call myself Mrs. Corcoran.