Safety First

January 3rd, 2010

Safety First - Behind The Awkwardness

Chris and I met while we were both general chemistry teaching assistants at the University of Tennessee. So he thought it would be only appropriate to pop the question while I was in the middle of teaching the titration lab in gen chem. I was mortified when everyone started cheering. The girls thought it was fabulous and the freshman boys were just confused as to why I would want to get married at all.”

(submitted by Allyn)

39 Responses to “Safety First”

  1. mary says:

    i dont get whats so science-y, beyond the safety glasses…is there a mineral in the box?

  2. mary says:

    mortified?? aw cmon, be proud!

  3. CNLAughs says:

    Aww I took Chemistry @ UT! I would have loved to see that happen in one of my classes!

  4. Ashley says:

    I think this one’s more adorable than awkward. But it could be because my hubby and I are huge nerds, and his proposal wasn’t so far off from that one! :-D

  5. Ya says:

    She blinded me with SCIENCE!

  6. Anthony says:

    OMG! You are my TA for my chemistry lab and I almost had a heart attack when I saw you.. haha..

  7. Jesse says:

    I think this guy is one of my professors…

  8. laura says:


  9. Jon says:

    Good Luck to you two!!! You look happy and that’s about all that matters….:)

  10. AG says:

    This is not awkward at all. It’s so cute!

  11. Miriam says:

    This is just awesome. Geeks make the absolute best husbands.

  12. Schmidty says:

    Here, titrate this!

  13. Lynn says:

    Hey, which UT school are/were you at? My brother teaches at UTKnoxville! OH, CONGRATULATIONS!

  14. Amanda says:

    University of TN, eh? Im from Tennessee! Go Vols! (And on the related note, that’s pretty sweet)

  15. hcw80 says:

    I love it! Much happiness together and Go Vols!

  16. Jean says:

    Being the science geek that I am, I love it!

  17. Patricia says:

    It looks like maybe he opened an evil ring box that squirted acid in her eyes. He had to squat down to get a better angle. Maybe she said no and he’s getting her back? Actually, this is sweet and genuine. Happy happy life!

  18. Volfan says:

    Very cool, but please don’t let my wife see this. 25 years and I still can’t live down my very poor, unromantic engagement proposal. I thought I was being cute when I whipped out the Service Merchandise catalog and asked her if she’d like to go pick out engagement and wedding rings, but she wanted the traditional kneeling-on-the-floor proposal. Still, she said yes and we’ve been married 25 years, have 6 children, and 1 grandchild.

    • Jean says:

      So do you still do that when you ask her what she wants for Christmas? =)

      Honestly, some women are just too uptight. (I’m a woman so I can say that without being called a chauvinist pig I think.) I think the most important thing is that you asked her to marry you. The second most important is that you thought out the method of proposal, and the third thing is that you had a sense of humor! Getting on one knee is a cop out — doesn’t require any thought. By the way, got any single sons? =)

      • Missy says:

        Ow. He said he was happily married and you went in and ripped apart his wife. That is cold. Never seen that on AFP. But truly made the comments much more awkward. So thanks! :)

    • jenn says:

      so you should do a re-proposal. renew your vows! ask her to marry you again. but this time, pick the ring yourself lol

  19. Smarty says:

    And they took down my caption. How uncool is that?

  20. Sherry says:

    Nothing awkward about this photo at all – I just love it. Hope you have a very happy life together!

  21. Modine says:

    What a great picture! Better living through chemistry!

  22. Allyn says:

    Just so you know, I did, in fact, say yes. And yes, I believe I did hit myself in the face.

  23. Boppie says:

    She looks like she just hit herself in the head, and clearly the guy suspects something might come his way or he would have taken his safety glasses off first. But then, I’m kind of an anti-romantic, so I think every one should be dealt a sharp blow to the head as soon as they agree to get married… :-]

  24. Sam says:

    … but did she say yes?

  25. CarpoolMom says:

    Well at least it was just a ring and not hydrochloric acid!

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