Ryan and I met at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. However, it tooks a few meetings before the we felt sparks fly. The first week of our first year at UND, we both joined a student government group called "Emerging Leaders". At the first meeting, we were put into groups and 4, and sure enough; Ryan and I were in the same group, and I was chosen as "group leader". Well, I quit the next day--so that ended things very quickly!
The year went by, and we both got settled in at school; with different groups and friends and different lives. We ran into each other every once in awhile--and he would occasionally tease me about being a "quitter".
It was the last day of our school before summer, and I ran into him again. However, my impression I made on him was less than excellent; where I tripped over a chair, fell into a door, and cut my eye open. Despite that, I remember leaving school for the summer being smitten by Ryan Nastase.
Summer passed, and Ryan was in Tucson and I was living Minneapolis. During the summer I applied to the University of Minnesota and was ready to move to MN in the winter. The first weekend at school, I was at the first get-together of the year, and was on the opposite volleyball team as Ryan. After the game, he had made me a drink and I ended up spilling pomegranate juice all over his new white polo!!!
I insisted on getting the stain out of the shirt. He told me if I could; he would take me on a date. Sure enough, we had our first date the next morning. He picked me up on his motorcycle, and took me out for ice cream.
The first week we ended up seeing each other almost every day, and found that we had a great deal in common! Since August 30, 2007; Ryan has become my best friend, and every day is more exciting than the last.