Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shacking Up

Got your attention?

Yes, tomorrow I begin living with a man 
for the first time in 8 years!!!

No not him, DAMN!

No, not like that....
This man is the lovely husband 
of a dear friend of mine.
Now I've really got you going...

The story:
My friend Kristin and I met about 8 years ago,
when we worked together and became good friends.
 Even though she soon moved out of state, 
we always stayed in touch and kept up with 
each other's lives.
Kristin and her husband have had to live apart
the past few months as he relocated
back to work here in lala land and 
she and the kids remained several states away.
Times are tough and paying two rents 
while you have 6 kids
is not an easy task, so in order to expedite 
the entire family's move here,
Rick will be staying in my guest room
to help make this family move all happen by June.

Now new roomie is a very nice man,
but I've been thinking it will take some adjustment 
 as many things will change.
No more lazing around in my old pj's, 
with no bra and gaps and holes in crotches....
or dropping my pants to throw in the laundry 
downstairs at the last minute.
No more burping (or other gases), that 
are permitted whenever you wish, when you live alone.
I might actually have to check the mirror 
before leaving my room so as not to frighten the poor guy.

So things are changing every which way I look.
I am finally reasonably recovered from the creeping crud.
I am employed outside the home, for the first time 
in many years, and I am currently purging my home 
of hundreds of items as I lighten up.

It's good to be brave, it's good to GIVE.
I think this deed might meet my 2012 word criteria.
Also been helping a friend with a sudden move,
holding group garage sale for friends in need again,
and trying to plan some classes, and an event at my
home perhaps this fall...so GIVING is in residence.
Of course, all this means I have been posting less
but that too will change as I settle into 2012.
I have a Zillion design ideas I want to try
and I have been craving handwork so 
out come my needle and thread, or rug hook, or 
knitting needles, or...stay tuned
Z


40 comments:

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Wow, You have had quite the year so far and it's only February! Lots of change. But change is good, well, at least I like it. lol I'd love to be a fly on the wall for the first week of your new house guest living there. Can't wait to see what designs you have come up with. Oh, this is going to be fun!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Joy said...

What a deed of kindness...it isn't easy living with a man under any circumstances...lol

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Zuzu said...

Definitely got my attention. :)

I feel like I'm standing still whenever I visit you - zoom, zip, there goes z! Take care & enjoy your 2012!

Hugs,
the other Z

regan said...

Be grateful it's NOT the guy in the pic, cuz you'd NEVER get anything done! lol

A few years back, we took in some folks to help them through a rough spot, even held their wedding at our house! Yeah, it changes a LOT of things you do, but you feel like you are really helping someone out, and that feels SO good.

Grammy Goodwill said...

How generous of you to open your home for him.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That is a great thing to do! We have had three geographical bachelors live with us (that's what they call it in the Navy) over the years and although it DOES make a change in you life, it gives you happiness to know you have helped someone who needed it! One of the guys we had was a super neatnick and was always straightening up (YAY). Another one liked to cook (YAY) And the third broke my computer but helped my husband install a French drain and build china cabinets in the dining room (boohoo & YAY)The last one was my own brother so I had to forgive him.....LOL
Hope it works out as a YAY for you both!
Lorraine

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

What a wonderful friend you are Z....and, it's really going to help them out tremendously. You're a gooden you are !!
....you are also very brave !! haha
Actually, I think that it will be lovely for you and nice to have the company whilst doing a really lovely thing for friends.
Oh and thanks so much for your kind birthday wishes.....you are a lovely blogging friend too !! XXXX

miss flibbertigibbet said...

How great! We have had three geographical bachelors (that's what they call it in the armed forces) stay with us over the years. it DOES change your daily habits a bit but can be wonderful! One of the guys was a neatnik and always straightening up and washing dishes (YAY). One liked to cook (YAY) and bought groceries at the commissary. One broke my computer (boohoo) but helped my husband install a French drain and remodel our dining room (YAY) So, enjoy the opportunity! I hope it works out as a YAY for you both.
It IS too bad the first guy couldn't stay but think of the pressure...always having to look your hottest....not worth the trouble at our age...LOL
Lorraine
PS...my first attempt to post didn't work so just delete one if they both show up!

Bead and Needle said...

Giving is residence and in your heart, for sure, Chica! Most giving soul I think I've met! Hope the roommate thing is good...I know Howie and Justice will think so...XOXOXO Tanya

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

You certainly are a Giver!
...and a funny one at that! lol
Yes, I would say that is an adjustment and a generous offer.
That's why we all love you!
:)

Debbie said...

Oh my gosh! You are a hoot! I laughed right out loud when reading about your pj's.
Bless your heart for being so gracious, and helping out the way you do, Suzan.
How are you feeling? Is work going well for you?
xxoo

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh it is and adjustment for sure.So nice of you to help out though.Best of Luck~Cheers Kim

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You are a good friend! I think it's wonderful that you can help them move sooner and be a family living together again. I think your Giving is going well you are really sounding happy!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh ya! The Mr. up top is my Fav! ~Cheers Kim

Di said...

That is great, you will have compancy and giving your heart and home! Di@cottage-wishes

April said...

You definitely deserve some kind of award for opening up your heart and home to help a friend out. I'm certain your kindness and generosity won't soon be forgotten.

Bead and Needle said...

OK, I had to leave a second comment...when I first opened your blog this morning, I thought you were trying to make a statement of some sort, as it opened in the "abbreviated page mode", and all I got was your photo from the waist down!

I just dropped by again, for something I missed, and WOW - if this was really your roommate, I would be asking to rent the third room!

Theanne said...

ROFLMAO...I felt this way when I stayed with my son and DIL for 2 1/2 months after Don died! I was grateful but I couldn't do any of things you said in your post...really cramps a persons style ;-)

How wonderful that you are able to do all these things for your friends! So happy you're feeling better and life is looking UP^

Blondie's Journal said...

You have a big heart!

XO,
Jane

MEM said...

Would love to meet you in person and live nearby because you seem to always be doing good deeds for others. Also, I'd love to be on the receiving end or purchasing end of your downsizing and garage sales! Your comments and word pictures always hit so close to home---fun, fun, fun.

Kathy said...

Yikes, and this is just the first month of 2012!! You are a good woman to open your home. We have been in that situation a couple times and it does take adjustments but it is paying forward because you never know when you might need a little help yourself.

Susie said...

Suzan, What a great favor for your friends. You are helping them so much. Smiles to you, Susie(She Junks)

Razmataz said...

Good God Z....I don;t think I could handle a new man on my turf no matter how lovely he is. My morning hair would certainly make him appreciate his wife back home.

I think you are so kind to open your home like this. New experiences are always good for the heart and soul.

So glad you are feeling better.

The Boston Lady said...

Oh I can see that this will provide much fodder for blog posts. Sorry it isn't Robert moving in, but you are good to help out friends. Ann

Carole said...

You are always looking out for everyone else. I have a feeling things will all work out for you in 2012.

hugs
Carole

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

What a good friend you are! I'm sure it will be different and interesting to have a 'roommate'.....especially regarding your home attire! Love your honesty..and I can certainly relate. Yesterday, I noticed that my blouse was on inside-out and didn't even care as I was having a 'work' day. I later thought to myself though..."Oh no.....I've turned into one of those old women".....
Oh well....
Blessings always....stay well,
susie

Nella said...

Dear Suzan,you are so funny!! Sweet and kind too...everything we give comes back to us ten fold! Enjoy your needlework. I am curious to see what you are up to.
N. XO

A Cottage Muse said...

You always get me to laugh out loud!
You have a big heart Z and what goes around comes around!!
Have a great weekend!

Jane said...

Hi Z,
It's wonderful that you are able to help your friends out and it doesn't surprise me in the least!
I just bought a copy of Country Sampler last night and got a chance to look at all the lovely photos of your home. It is beautiful. It's so much fun to read these magazines when I know the people being featured!!
I'm adjusting slowly to a quiet house. Too many loose ends to follow up on right now to think too much about what the future holds for me. But now that I read that you're planning more classes......a trip to Vegas might be just what I need.
Jane

gail said...

you are a good person....don't know if I could do that. first of all, ALL my pjs have holes in the crotch.
Sounds like you've been busy and adjusting to changes. hope all goes well for you. I'm not much of a poster these days either. I don't know where the time goes, but it sure goes!
hugs,
gail

YONKS said...

That most definitely qualifies for your good deed for 2012. Well done, you brave lady. I too have to put on a bra when people call around. they would be mortified if they saw the real state of boosoom! :-)
Di
x

Jillayne said...

What a gal! And what a year so far... jobs and roomies... they'll both change things but maybe a shake-up is a good thing now and then. Can't wait to hear the inevitable stories!

A Quilter Awakens said...

Good way to get and keep reader's attention! You will be participating in your own little social experiment. Too bad for us the cameras won't be rolling. You'll have a great time having some company, and you are doing the family a wonderful favor! Karmen

Pooch Purple Reign said...

soooo can i have the guy in the photo then ? :)
~ laura xx

Evi said...

what a nice looking speciment!!!!!!
You are a sweetie for doing all you do.
Yikes, having to "dress" up for a guy. Definitely no taking off your undies in the garage!!!!!
Because of all your good deads, 2012 will be a banner year for you...I just know.
Finally found the magazine and loved the article about your abode.
Hugs to you and have a great week,
Evi

Romeo said...

Of course "give" lives in your house this year. She has lived there in years past too. Her first name is "Z".....and if that hunk was living there with you, I'd be asking you to GIVE him to me ;)

Hugs for positive changes!

"Her" and Romeo

Amber said...

You are a wonderful friend! Can't wait to hear how the adventure goes! :)

June said...

Holy cats Z. I couldn't give up all those wonderful habits up no matter who was coming to live with me...you are really special to be doing this for a dear friend!
Oh yes, I do believe you are awesome.
hugs from here...

Boxwood Cottage said...

What a pity it's not HIM! Love that photo!
You are a very good giving girl dear Z!
Today I'd like to wish you a very Happy Valentines's day!
xoxo~ Carola

TheCrankyCrow said...

Yes....you did definitely get my attention. I'm catching up on my blog reading and decided I wasn't going to bombard you with tons of comments on each and every post I missed and was finally reading, but couldn't pass this one up. You can ship HIM and the couch he's on straight to Nod. I seriously doubt that your new roomie will be as embarrassed as my son and his friends were when they went in MY study to use MY computer and MY bra happened to be laying on the daybed. C'est la vie, ya know? Good luck with the "arrangement" - I'm sure he'll be having just as many adjustments to make....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin