Orv is the emergency back up substitute co-GM of Eff the Ineffable. He heard Nymphy was writing about moving in together and wanted to make sure she didn’t blurt all of his embarrassing habits out to all the readers... then had to put his two cents in.
*Dusts off the blog, sneezes a couple times* Wow, deserted much? But to be honest, while we are majorly behind on a lot of projects, there really isn’t much WoW material to be had. Yes, Eff the Ineffable is proud to have cleared 2/8 heroic Dragon Soul and knocked out about half the steps for the meta achievements as well. But real life has a way of interfering and that is exactly what happened with us. The biggest news of course is that Nymphy is expecting a baby at the end of November. For those keeping time by when Mists of Pandaria is released, she is due approximately two months into the expansion. The fine people of Twitter have dubbed the baby “Lockling” as it was conceived by a mage (blue) and a pally (pink) whose class colors combine to make purple(ish). Such logic can’t be refuted.
In other exciting news, Orv and Nymphy are finally moved in together after 18 long months of living in different states, which brings up the core of this post; what happens when two geeks who have been in a long distance relationship finally move in together? Whose nerd swag gets to go on the prominent shelves? How do you behave around each other? Well ladies and gentleman, this is the post for you. The answer to all the questions, including the most important one.... “Where does the cereal go?”
The Oatmeal, a fine comic, puts forth that cereal should go on the middle shelf of a cupboard or a pantry. Ahem, WRONG! Cereal needs to be admired, it has to have easy access, and most importantly, it is too much effort to open the door to see the variety of cereal. Therefore, it should be on top of the fridge. That way it is only a couple steps from cereal to the milk. Easy peasy! As far as other food, well it can live where it wants. The only important thing is where the cereal lives. And variety is a must!
|Where are we putting your stuff?|
Another questions is what happens when you see each other now? Before when you saw each other maybe once a month you made sure you were showered, shaved, looked and smelled nice. What happens now that you are going to be living together? Well, I will tell you that ALL CHANGES! Ladies, he is going to see your bed head (and not the artfully done with gel and hairspray tousled look either), he is going to smell your morning breath after you have slept all night with your mouth open and possibly drool at the corners. Guys, she is going to see you with your hair sticking up all sideways and wild (Orv is a curly haired man, he knows what I am talking about!) Perhaps you, too, drool and are a mouth breather.
Orv says: Hopefully by the time you’re ready to move in together you’ll seen enough of each other’s flaws to have some idea what you’re getting into. Your partner’s snores, drool, or the way they encroach on your side of the bed if you give them even the tiniest inch(!!!) should not come as a surprise at this point. The challenge is to avoid letting the comfort you need to have with each other take away from the intimacy you share.
|If he doesn't move his hand I'm going to shank him.|
Orv says: For Nymphy and I this was something of a settled issue. I can’t sleep on my left side since I hurt that shoulder a few years back, so we lay so that I can sleep on my right side and curl up with her. Despite that, it was something we spent a lot of time talking about early on in our relationship, so we would know what to do when sleeping together. (Does that make us weird? I don’t have a good baseline here.)
|Orv's been doing it wrong all this time.|
Orv says: Nymphy and I were lucky here in that neither of us are particularly self-conscious in that area, but for those of you that are it is important to respect your partner’s personal space. That’s advice that shouldn’t be limited to privacy in the bathroom. Just because the two of you have moved in together doesn’t mean that you won’t each feel the need for some privacy from time to time.
|He doesn't know it but I'm trying to kill him... with my mind.|
Orv says: Nymphy and I have been fortunate that we are good at working through arguments.... when we have some distance between us. Resolving our mutual stubbornness and strong opinions when we are face to face after a day that has been frustrating for both of us... is a challenge we still have to figure out.