Monday, 30 May 2011

Observations of a Newly* Living Together Full Time** Couple

*Newly as in properly, as opposed to just staying at each other's houses.
** Living Together Full Time as in as close as you can get when one half has a fly-in fly-out (FiFo) roster

It has been interesting to note some of the things I've noticed since moving in properly with Mr Rock.  We really are a classic case of opposites attract, thankfully while also complementing each other and not getting annoyed at each other.  I think the FiFo roster definitely helps to some extent as we haven't been used to residing in the same house so there have been some things to get used to.

Firstly, there is the spending time together thing.  Last year (and the years before that) I lived in the country and MR lived in the city as well as worked away.  So time together was at a premium and we saw each other approximately one weekend out of three.  We made the most of those weekends and spent a lot of time together.  Now, we see each other one week out of three (wow, luxury!) so we are getting used to being in the same house but not necessarily both doing the same thing.  And going out and catching up with friends/family by ourselves.  We did the latter before, but not much of the former.  It is strange being in one room reading and knowing that MR is in another playing playstation.

Which brings us to the differences and the other random observations. 

I like quiet quiet time (reading, blogging without TV or music on).  MR likes noisy quiet time (tinkering with his car/bike, Playstation, TV, whatever it is, must have either music or tv on).

I don't mind doing the dishes, MR hates it.  When he does do them it is lovely, but I really don't mind that he doesn't too much because it turns out I'm quite particular about the order of and how my dishes are washed/rinsed/drained.

The difference between washing clothes for one and washing for two seems to have somehow quadrupled.

Clothes brought home from the Pilbara need washing again, even if they are clean.

Boys socks s-t-i-n-k.  Particularly work socks.

I eat really slow.  MR eats really fast.  This has been very much highlighted by our decision to eat dinner at the table at least twice each time he is home (as opposed to on the couch with the tv on)

It really truly is awesome when you don't have to cook dinner every night.  (One of our similarities is that we both enjoy cooking)

Gardening can be actually be quite enjoyable if the weather is nice and you have someone to do it with (and to do all the hard heavy lifting stuff for you)

I don't get on the computer as much when MR is home.

Boys are handy to have around the house when something needs fixing.  Particularly boys with a shed full of power tools.

I'm sure there are many more, these are just the ones I could think of off the top of my head.  Oh, and it is also handy when you are in need of some quiet quiet time to catch up on blogs and relax that you can give a Go-Catch-Up-With-Your-Mates Drinking Pass and have both parties entirely satisfied with the results.  I'm off to catch up on my blog reader now!


2paw said...

I'm glad that your differences are ones that are easy to live with!! I am sure you will have lots of fun now you have time to be together and boys can be very useful!!!!

Michelle said...

I can so relate to this post. How is it that the washing quadrupils? I still haven't figured that one out yet and it drives me crazy! I think its a great idea of eating at the table a few times a week, means you have one anothers undivided attention :)

Amanda said...

Glad things are going well for you living together and that you're managing to deal with these little differences.