Well, The boyfriend and I have officially been living together for a little over a month and I have to say, it's been pretty awesome. Of course there has been moments when it wasn't so awesome, but all-in-all it's and he is pretty great. I have learned a few things this past month and some were a bit harder to learn than others.
First lesson; Moving day is better when we just don't speak. May 1st we woke up early and ready to get all of our things into the new place. Well, mostly my things, but we will get to that later. We picked up the Uhaul and moved the stuff I had at my parents house 1st. This was supposed to be an easy task, as most of my things were in a storage unit. After a few boxes and a mattress we immediately began to hate each other. I tried to over take control as he went off about how much "shit" I have. Finally, we both stopped talking all together, and it went smoothly from there. Well, except for the fact the Uhaul was almost full before we even left for the storage unit. Yes. I have a lot of things. Things I use. We managed to finish unloading everything at the new place pretty quickly considering it was just the two of us, and that was that.
Lesson #2; Everyone should grocery shop for themselves. About a week after move-in, it was clear a trip to the grocery store was in order. It was decided I would go because...well I'm not really sure why. I had the boyfriend text me a list of what he wanted and off to Wal-Mart I went, because they are damn cheap and if you don't like it I don't care. I spent about 2 hours shopping (keep in mind we had nothing at the house), and spent about $200. I thought I did pretty damn well. Got a lot of stuff, everything on his list and mine. So, apparently my boyfriend is "brand-specific" and does not care for wal-mart brand items or whatever happens to be the cheapest I can find. I've always shopped for the cheapest products, so this sounded absurd to me. For example, Kraft BBQ sauce is .78 and Sweet Baby Rays is 1.78. I chose Kraft. I chose wrong. I mean, I know SBR is better, but I was trying to save some dough. So from now on I get a SPECIFIC list with brand names included and so far I think that works.
Lesson #3; Some people like warm salsa. What!? I know it sounds crazy but apparently when you put groceries away you should not put the jar of salsa directly into the fridge, it should stay on the pantry shelf so that the first serving will be delicious and warm and not cold. After opening, it should go in the fridge of course. I was trying to save a step, but I was not aware that room temperature salsa is appealing to anyone. This apparently is also true of Jelly. So yes, different people like different things, and this can only be learned through getting to know each other more and more each day. From now on we put our own groceries away also.
Lesson #4; Gardening is NOT relaxing, it is hard and tiring. We had some bare plant beds in the front of the house that were screaming for life and color so I made a trip to Home Depot on my day off and decided to get flowers and plant them. I figured it wouldn't take long and it would be pretty easy. I figured wrong. It took forever, it was hot out, I was sweaty and it was freakin hard to do. I also realized there is a difference between 'potting soil' and 'top soil', but hopefully it won't affect the plants too much that I used the wrong one :( The front of the house does look much better though and I must have done a good job because my boyfriend assumed I hired Mexicans to do it.
So, the first month has been interesting but I am enjoying every bit of it. It's kind of amazing this domestic bliss thing. I've been trying to make dinners but run out of ideas pretty quickly. I have discovered that 'Hamburger Helper' really isn't all that much help and that a 'Magic Bullet' totally is. Any dinner ideas would be greatly appreciated. Make them easy ideas because a Chef I am not. A happy girlfriend I am though.