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May 06, 2004

The Artist and J-"Hi!"

My friends in Seattle, the Artist and his squeeze J-"Hi!", are moving in together at the end of this month. It's a big step for the both of them and they asked for some survival tips from friends.

All I could think of at the time was to advise separate bathrooms. That's really too short an answer but at the time all I could think of. Here are some better suggestions:

Take the time to garden together. Even if one or both of you have no talent for it the odds are that everyone will benefit from your efforts.

Make sure that if something one of you owns bothers the other that you tell them straight away. Fabulous Babe weeded some couches out very early on.

Sunday morning breakfasts in bed with the paper can do more for tension and stress than any medicine or therapy.

Multiple vacuum cleaners are not a bad thing. Having two makes the clean up go a LOT faster.

Be prepared to visit Home Depot almost daily in the first month. Don?t be discouraged when the staff begins to know you by sight. It?s part of your evolution of being a homeowner.

Stock her favorite candy but keep it hidden.

Have people over. Regularly. No visitors means you're a pair of hermits and these days that's only a couple of steps away from being that weird couple with 8 cats and a house full of junk. ;-)

Use the move as an excuse to part with truly dreadful clothes you will NEVER wear again.

Buy a two wheel dolly cart at Office Depot. The $75 you spend will repay itself when you first start moving boxes of books.

Revel in the fact that you wake up next to someone everyday that loves you enough to tolerate your morning breath. (Bed hair as well.) When you wake up go brush your teeth, rinse out with mouthwash and THEN kiss her.

Anyone have any others?

Posted by Jim at May 6, 2004 12:36 AM


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