World Cup fever has been ravaging our house for a few days now. This is just one of many events that only happens every four years (both Olympics, presidential elections, etc.), but it will probably always have a special place in my heart because the 2010 World Cup fell during a particularly exciting period of transition in my life. For that reason, I'm taking a moment to reflect on life in 2010 versus life in 2014.
- I had just moved to Pittsburgh, living with Billy and two of his college roommates in an arrangement that could be likened to a sitcom of sorts. Even though, on paper, that seems like a bizarre set-up, it was amazing. One of the best summers ever.
- We had gotten engaged only a few months prior and had next to no wedding planning completed at that point in time. I think we had a date and a venue, but otherwise we were still ironing details out. Over the course of the World Cup, we put together our bridal party and spent time in hardware stores looking at paint samples for color palette inspiration while mooching off their free A/C
- I actually found and purchased my wedding dress on the day that the United States was eliminated from the tournament by Ghana
- I was in the summer between college and grad school, getting used to my new city and trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up
- I was working a few part-time jobs over the course of the summer, which meant that my odd schedule fit right in with my roommates' odd schedules, as they were all in their last summer semesters and had fairly light courseloads as a result
- I was preparing to move from my sitcom-living arrangement to my first solo apartment, which I thought was practically a mansion, as it was the first space that was all mine
- I've been in Pittsburgh for over four years now. I can't even fathom how that is the case. I am finally getting more familiar with the ins and outs of the highways and bridges and would feel moderately comfortable giving an out-of-towner directions. If he asked for directions to the right place, that is
- I am (obviously) living with Billy, and we have a hairy third roommate who has become our latest obsession
- We're homeowners! Since the apartment in which we watched the 2010 World Cup, we've been in two individual apartments and one shared apartment before purchasing our first home.
- I finished graduate school and moved into my first full-time job, which I have been in for almost three years
- We are within shouting-distance of our three-year wedding anniversary