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November 14, 2006

Keeping House

For some reason, David and I both do our most avid housecleaning when the other is out of town. I don't know if this is simply because it is easier to clean without another person underfoot, or if it is because we are cleaning up the detritus of a brief period of singlehood. Perhaps it is that each of us knows how nice it is to return to a clean house and we want to give that gift to each other. In any case, David will return home tonight to spotless floors, which I cleaned yesterday, and fresh sheets, which are in the dryer right now. I must admit that I hate washing the sheets, and I only do it when David is returning from a trip or when he specifically asks me to. The actual washing is the easy part -- I don't mind stripping the bed, carrying everything down two flights of stairs, and throwing it in the washer -- the part I loathe is putting the clean sheets and pillowcases back on the bed.

Again, this shouldn't be terribly difficult, but David has very high standards for his bed. This is one of the major differences between us. I never even made my bed until I went to college, and even then I dispensed with the customary top sheet in order to make it easier for myself. This may sound pretty vile to hard-core hygienists, but what can I say? It worked. Since I have been living with David, however, not only have I been using a top sheet, but I have also learned about hospital corners. The problem, though, is that no matter how many times he shows me how to do it, I always forget. There is also a problem with our comforter/cover situation: the cover is a couple of feet longer than the comforter, and the excess material has to be tucked under at the foot of the bed to keep it from getting all tangled. Isn't life hard? I'll stop complaining now and just consign making the bed to the "labor of love" category!

Posted by eklanche at November 14, 2006 08:38 AM


Thank you, sweetie, for the clean floors and the clean bed--which was made perfectly I might add :-)

Posted by: dmerch at November 16, 2006 11:57 AM

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