I love both of these girls more than anything. It's been great having them around as much as they are. Fresh, hot meals. Regularly spanked bottoms. People as an audience to my dumb jokes instead of furniture. It's been awesome.
It's also been jarring to my nesting habits.
Is it supposed to be common knowledge that girls shed 30 million metric tons (calculations pending) of hair per day??? It's everywhere. It's in my kitchen. It's in my bathroom. It's in my bedroom. Somehow, it even ends up entangled in my fresh laundry.
Speaking of which, I used to have a pretty awesome system for laundry. It's somewhat common knowledge among my friends that I pride myself on owning as many clothes as I can wear in a week. This normally means owning two pairs of pants, five shirts, and fresh socks. When I'd do laundry, I'd leave the clean clothes in the laundry basket. As I wore clothes, I'd stick the dirty ones on the other side of the laundry basket from the clean ones. Once the basket was full of dirty clothes, I knew it was time to do laundry.
Now it comes in heaps. Girls wear SO MANY clothes. I don't even understand how it accumulates as it does within the few days that it does. Do they invite friends over to leave their clothes at our place? Are they organizing a clearinghouse for some orphanage in Afghanistan?
Needless to say, my habits have been suspended. I had happily acclimated to the life of a bachelor. Tuna Helper whenever I wanted it, laptop and TV positioned perfectly in front of my mattress so I'd never have to leave my bed, and soapy water retained in my kitchen sink doing most of the work for me. I also had a pretty good system in place for when girls visited:
Of course, I knew that Alex was going to be moving here in November. This elicited endless hours of ruminating over what to do regarding my lifestyle. She loves domesticity. She likes living in a clean space. She likes whole foods in her meals rather than processed foods creatively congealed into $2 dinners. What was I going to do with all that nonsense? Eat well, wear clean things, have space to walk around in, and otherwise be healthy? I think not!
Obviously, she won that one. I feel I helped her spirit of domestication by providing nearly endless opportunity for improvement in her new living arrangements.
All that being said, I can honestly say that my life is much more meaningful with a female presence keeping my masculine apathy towards cleanliness in check.
So, life is different. I now live in a world where food is made from other foods, where shirts don't have to be turned inside-out to be considered 'clean', and I can invite people over now without needing three hours time to prepare for their arrival. On the other hand, girly stuff is everywhere. Stuffed animals now populate areas where once was a mesh of electrical components from dead motherboards. Things with animals that no man would ever need as a pet now embroider towels and adorn refrigerator magnets.
We are still getting used to each other, and connecting as much as we do as friends, partners, and spankos really aids in the process. I know the ride has just begun, but I'm really looking forward to the years and experiences which lay ahead of us. Maybe I'll even buy a tie someday.