What would late winter be without my perennial cold? Ya, I habba bad cold and it’s not much fun, as usual. I think I’m at the top of the cycle, so things should be improving. Wouldn’t be so bad, except that the s.o. (significant other) has been laid up with a bad back for a few weeks now, so I’ve been doing the domestic goddess thing (domestic part for sure, goddess is arguable…).
While I’m used to doing all those things from my days as a bachelor, I wasn’t quite ready for the clothes washing routine she uses for her “delicates.” Hey, I’m a guy…you have soap, clothes, and a washer…how difficult can this be? You toss ’em in, dump some soap, turn a few knobs, and the clothes come out looking reasonably the same color as they went in (I confess to wearing my share of grayed underwear in the past, but I digress…). Now when I wash her delicates, not only are there “dark” delicates and “light” delicates but each has special soap, and special procedures. Not willing to incur her wrath if I screw something up, I made her stand there while I sorted and filled the washer. But the real fun begins in the dryer cycle. As a guy, you have wet clothes and a dryer and some buttons. How hard is this? Nooo, we have pre-fluffing, timed air fluff cycles, delicate cycles, ten minutes partial dryings, etc….but only for this but not that, then hang these up on specific hangers, but “don’t dry the pantyhose and make sure you hang things up inside out.” Sheesh. Had no idea women’s clothes required the exactness of gene therapy. Maybe the military should have enlisted domestic goddesses to oversee their intelligence efforts. No doubt they’d leave no stone unturned.
All in all, though, I can’t really complain. Guys have exacting procedures for things they do and care about, so why not compulsive behavior for taking care of delicate dainties? I’m sure the extra care makes them last longer, although if this keeps up I wonder if it will have the same effect on our relationship! As with all things, time has a way of healing and our routine should (hopefully) be back to normal in a few weeks and I’ll be free of these perplexing delicate dilemmas. In the meantime, I need to find yet another box of Kleenex and the dryer just dinged, so I have to go and hang something up…inside out, most likely.