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sock it to me, baby

got up at 6am and made myself available for a load. It was 10:30 before they assigned me one, and it won't be ready to pickup until 4pm this afternoon in Hebron, KY headed for Blaine, WA. That gives me a few hours to kill today. I have the house to myself; welfy began her first day of work at Rebecca Ruth. I thought about driving downtown around lunchtime to surprise her, but then I remembered, "Duhhh, big truck."

So the plan is to have a couple more cups of tea, maybe a bowl of cereal, and to write a proper final chapter to my Tatham Springs Hotel series with the photos from my recent visit there.

ne of the things that amuses me about cohabitation with a new person is all the teensy differences in housekeeping that occur. There is no right or wrong way, just the way you learned to keep your home from your parents, or from previous cohabitants, or from trial and error on your own. Most of these things I don't give a second thought. One of the consequences of my years spent in the restaurant industry is that I am picky about the kitchen, but not to the point of caring so much that it would come to fisticuffs. The thing which drives me up the wall for some weird reason though, is laundry folding. It doesn't irk me to the point of being angry or demanding, but it bothers me in a manner where I find myself refolding things because it's not to my liking. Take for instance, socks. They way I fold socks is the way I learned it from my mother; you fold the top of one of the socks outside-in over the other and roll it down just past the heel, leaving the foot portion of the sock to dangle. This is the correct and proper way to fold socks, because it is MOM APPROVED.

My ex-wife went to one extreme, completely rolling the entire pair of socks into the elastic portion of the sock. Obviously, this causes undue stress of the elastic portion of the sock, which could result in unwanted sock slippage at an inappropriate moment.

Notice I said ex wife.

Welf goes to the other extreme. She tucks just a small portion of the upper sock outside-in, leaving the foot, heel, and calf of the sock outside of the roll. While this is much better for the sock than my ex wife's ball of destruction, it causes another problem; there's just not enough holding the sock-pair together.

I'm afraid they're going to come apart. It's hard enough not losing one sock in the dryer. Stephen Hawking should be looking for wormholes in the modern dryer; he's more likely to find one and the lint is fun to play with.

Then there's T-shirts. I just fold them in half the long way, then fold them over. Sometimes I tuck the sleeve into the fold, sometimes I don't. Welf does this really tiny fold. If the Rebecca Ruth thing doesn't work out, she's got a bright future at The Gap. Honestly, I don't care how a T-shirt is folded. The compulsion to refold them doesn't come from being opposed to the fold, but because now they don't match the way the rest of my shirts are folded. Got OCD?

an't get enough of them legs! These belong to a new livejournal.friend, just made within the past couple of weeks. Judging from a recent entry she made, stillimage's 17th birthday is later this month, making these jail bait gams. She admits to having a sock obsession (although not the same type from which I apparently suffer), which made for a fun picture.

I have to fold and hang my clothes one way and my husband's another. Drives me a little batty, but until I find some gainful employment, I can't really complain about having laundry duty.

Bah screw him. If you're the one doing the laundry, he can't really complain about how you fold it.

Unless of course, you're folding WRONG!!!!

On your way to Blaine, stop for coffee in Bellingham - at a coffee house run by one of my favorite LJ friends cheapdialogue. It's called The Black Drop which has its own LJ page the_black_drop... I fantasize being able to get down there whenever I'm up in Vancouver and it just doesn't happen. I need to get up there to see my Dad, wish I could hitch a ride with you.

Ah well.

About the house stuff: it's really not OCD, I get accused of that myself. IT's a comfort zone area. Thing is.. I KNOW you adore her and appreciate her, but for heaven's sake realize how much a woman has to love you to fold your stuff for you... any which way! It's the old 'more flies with honey' approach. Rather than 'THIS IS WRONG' it goes down better to say 'THIS WORKS BETTER, DONCHA THINK?' My goodness she's trying. Don't knock her down for it!

Can get a truck/trailer anywhere near the place?

I'm not knocking her down, this is in the spirit of amusement and one of life's little curiosities and my mock dismay is more "creative license" for the purposes of an entertaining journal entry. I thought it would be interesting to write about because I was pretty sure that a majority of peope on my f-list could probably relate to it, in one way or another. :)

Ha! My preference is to roll socks in the same fashion as your ex-wife. My boy doesn't even fold his socks, though; he smooths them out and stacks them on top of each other in much the same way they come when you buy them in a pack. We don't co-mingle our laundry, though, so there is no controversy there.

Cohabitation is a strange thing; I agree. My boy mentions on occasion the way I shift little things around, or about the way I am always adjusting the curtains and the blinds. They all have to hang at the same level against the window, and if one curtain is open, all of the curtains in the room need to be opened in the same exact style.

He also notices that when he makes the bed, I go in after him and adjust it slightly. He pulls the sheets and quilts all the way to the top of the mattress, whereas I fold them down neatly so that you can see the border on the sheets and pull them down without moving the pillows off of them.

Don't get me wrong; he is excellent at making the bed, and it is truly a kind gesture on his part because he knows that I CANNOT SLEEP IN AN UNMADE BED when it doesn't really matter to him if the bed has been made or not before he climbs in. I would make it every day without complaint, but I am not going to deprive him from such nice little gestures. He's very lovable.

I feel a little bad when he notices I've adjusted the bed, but I am sure to tell him that anyway he wants to make it is just fine because it's a nice gesture on his part, regardless of my OCD tendencies.

my dad is OCD when it comes to making a bed.

My wife folds socks like welfy. If it were up to me, I'd probably just throw them into the drawer and match as I go, but I'm smart enough to keep the peace. Therefore, I also fold my socks like welfy.

I've always been a sock folder. I think it boils down to where you prefer saving your time. In your case, you're saving time during the laundering process. I need to save time in the getting dressed section of my life. I'd rather of the socks pre-matched and waiting for me than to have to sort on the spot.

I bet you say "Yes, dear" a lot, too. ;-)

I don't fold socks at all; I just have a specific sock drawer and the majority of my socks are all the same (gold toe black socks).

Something I'm weird about is ice cube trays. If you pop out one cube, you have to pop them all out and refill the damn tray. I would yell at my own grandmother for that. Consequently, I try and keep a lot of ice around so it never comes up.

Uggggh! I hate the single-cube tray poppers! When I was making some iced tea yesterday, I pulled out an ice tray and it was like, partially empty. The little bin for holding ice cubes was also empty. So coughSOMEONEcough had popped just an ice cube or two from the tray then put it back, rather than emtpy the entire tray into the bin and refill the tray.

Naturally, I spent 5 minutes emptying ALL the trays so that the bin was replenished and refilled all the trays.

i do my socks like your exwife.

yeah, for shame!! i know.

they just go in the drawer so much nicer when you dont have the foot part all over! but you do have to use care when folding down the top of the sock so that you dont make it all bumpy and lumpy like your example. your sock wouldnt go in my drawer!

brandon on the other hand does his the way you like yours. its no big deal really. i just dont have him fold my socks. im the one that does the laundry 99% of the time, but if i see him trying to fold my socks i grab the up and say, "let me do that for you!". and then i dig out all of his socks for him to fold.

the rest of the laundry is no big deal. he doesnt do it the way i do but he doesnt care and neither do i. as long as they get done.

when i was in basic training you had to roll your socks into a ball then flip the end around the ball making what looked to be a mouth. i hated doing that but it does help to make room while packing!

Your fella Brandon seems like a sensible fella while you are a sock fold'n psycho hose beast.

You are obviously a sensible person, then.

You should teach sock folding up at UK. Because the MOM APPROVED method is the only way to go.

The first semester could be on sock - elastic theory, thus when the practical application (sock lab) comes up in the second semeseter, it would all make sense.

Hrm. I don't know if there's enough to warrant two full semesters. Maybe it should be a four hour, single semester course: three hours of lecture with a n hour sock lab weekly with a TA. The TA would have to be picked by me of course. Can't have any of those free-think'n, patchouli smell'n, beard wear'n grad students with "alternative" sock folding ideas in their heads teaching my labs.

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It was the only way they would let me start eating at the big table on Thanksgiving.

When I was in college, I used to bring my clean laundry in from the dryer and drop it in a pile in the bottom of my closet.

baahhaha..socks and jailbait gams. Rock!!!!

I'm dying laughing over here.

Anyways I am so happy to know today I am an expert sock folder.

I'm glad to see the outpouring of love and solidarity from the People Who Know How To Fold Socks Properly on LiveJournal. It's greatly appreciated.

I also do socks like you.

The laundry thing I'm OCD about most are towels and fitted sheets. Those I will refold if done incorrectly.

I SUCK at folding fitted sheets. I'm happy if I can get them into some semblance of a "fold". It usually ends up looking like it was half-wadded, half-folded. Flat sheets I'm cool with, but fitted sheets are a pain in the ass.

I've adapated over the years on towels. I learned a tri-fold method from my mom that's very compact and neat looking. When I keep towels in a visible place or space is a premium, I revert to that, but when they're simply housed in a spacious closet, I just fold it in half then fold it in half again.

I also do socks like you.

You're a sensible, decent, and reasonable human being.

I must admit I subscribe to a bit of a "ball-method". I don't go for the full, limp-baseball-bat tube-stretch as pictured though. I manage to leave a bit of toe sticking out... compact, doesn't wear the elastic as much, and gets the point across when you throw it at someone (Sock Artillery is a specialty of mine).

Honestly though, I only have two main colors of socks: white, and black. The day I can't tell white from black is the day I can't read any of your posts. Hence, my socks are never rolled up (see, the "why make the bed" philosphy applies immesurably)!

i was going to say... your socks are never folded, but you decided the roll and tuck method (fold sock pair flat together, neatly roll all the way up, then tuck/fold over they eleastic.) for my socks.... since I used to only fold them over (why I always have avariety of socks... easier to match ha ha

Ha, a whole post about socks, nice. And, I don't fold my socks, they're just in a whole area of my clothes, flowing over, I own way too many, I'll take a picture for you sometime, some are folded some aren't. :P

now if were wer talking Bathroom towels, we could have a "real" discussion j/k....

Srsly, bath towels are to be folded in half, then quarters (to make the long ways the shortest), then that into thirds. I swear one day I shall make a photo diagram of this. I cannont changes as I had many a spanken for not doing it "right" so no matter what I shall make my towels look like what GIC says all hotely. Hey, they fit best in the closet that way too.