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Monday, March 29, 2004
The Former Pig Sty
If you have even briefly passed through our house in the past few years, you probably know that we’re either pack rats or slobs (and usually both). We have more stuff than we have places to neatly put it, and we usually don’t put too much effort into finding where the “place” for a particular item might be.

Until now.

Michelle and her bandmates had a “girls’ night” this past Friday. I was cast out of the house, left to the mercy of Mr. ADD for a night that included beer, take-out bar food, basketball (viewing), and select Ultimate Fighting Championship fights on DVD. (Might have been better off drinking champagne and watching Duran Duran videos and VH-1 with the girls.)

Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that Michelle made sure the house was clean. I did (very) little to help, and I was blown away by how much better things look. So blown away, in fact, that I’ve been going out of my way to not mess it up. And, as surprising as it sounds, not only does the house look almost as clean as it did Friday at 6:30 p.m., but we’re also making plans to do more cleaning and improvements. In fact, this weekend, Michelle has plans to paint the hallway (for the third time since purchasing the house in 2000) and hang curtains in our kitchen eat-in area (which currently has two sliding glass doors that open to our back porch . . . and which we oftentimes walk past in various stages of undress).

We've done top-to-bottom cleanings before, but it never sticks. First it's one magazine left on the coffee table, then a few candy wrappers, then a empty can of soda, a plate, a week's worth of mail, and then we're moving aside piles of things to put other things down. So, wish us luck in keeping things tidy. Hope there will be other (dirtier) developments later this week. Keep your eyes open.