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Love me, love my house [Aug. 1st, 2009|02:01 pm]
Zoethe
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Ferrett's and my home is a house that's very much lived in. There is no formal living space: the MPS is right here in the living room, along with a pile of Rock Band instruments. The living room bookshelves are actually DVD shelves; X-Box games are piled on top. Generally there's a laptop at each end of the couch.

The dining area is dominated by a "knick knack shelf" that is completely crammed with Magic cards and topped with deck boxes stacked four high. The hall linen closet is dominated by boxed games. The downstairs family room is a combination library, TV room and home gym, with a couple comfy chairs.

Most of the time I just live in it, enjoy it, and don't think too much about it. Only when someone who's never been here and isn't coming with the intent of playing games do I look around and realize that there is nothing about our house that says "grownups live here."

I like it. It's comfortable. But cleaning up for family members who've never seen my home before is an odd reminder that not everyone lives like play might break out any second.
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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2009-08-01 06:28 pm (UTC)
not everyone lives like play might break out any second.

Oh, if only.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-01 06:46 pm (UTC)
Believe me, I'm not complaining!
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-08-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
Grown up houses are overrated. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-01 06:45 pm (UTC)
I think so, too. It's just that once in a while there's part of me that thinks, "say, aren't you supposed to be, you know, 50-something???"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-01 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! thanks, dear!!!
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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2009-08-01 07:31 pm (UTC)
Best answer! Best answer!
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[User Picture]From: bbwoof
2009-08-19 10:13 pm (UTC)
As it turns out, I AM, you know, 50-something. But my house looks a lot like yours, but with a not-nearly-so-pretty yard.

"... lives like play might break out at any second." Heh, heh, heh. Can I steal that line?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-20 04:39 am (UTC)
Certainly!
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[User Picture]From: naath
2009-08-01 06:49 pm (UTC)
Feh upon grownup houses. Way too much effort. I admit to a certain admiration for my mother's pristine living room, but I really cba. Our living room is covered in fabric and computer stuff and books :-)
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2009-08-01 07:03 pm (UTC)
Good for you. A home is for living in.

Then again, I inherited china from a great-grandparent that nobody else wanted to deal with, and I eat off of it every day. People cringe to see me putting the plates into the dishwasher. But what use is it if it cannot be used?
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2009-08-01 08:33 pm (UTC)
Does china tend to be as sturdy as regular dishes or is it more delicate? If you think about it, how many times do you actually break a dish? I'm guessing the chance of actually breaking a piece is quite remote. Speaking for myself, I'd never buy a bunch of expensive china just to have it set in a cabinet for the next forty/fifty years until somebody else inherits it. I'd use it too.
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[User Picture]From: libco
2009-08-02 12:06 am (UTC)
Hey dishwashers were invited by a rich woman who got tired of servants breaking her china. only super fine china or china with things painted on aren't safe.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2009-08-02 12:08 am (UTC)
I've broken one small plate in a decade, out of 12 pieces of 3 types. It does chip around the edges if you are not careful, but I eat from the centre of the plate so a tiny chip on the edge does not bother me. It seems to be at least as sturdy as coffee mugs are (more so, perhaps, since the handles don't snap off).

The only problem I have is that my set has a gold rim, meaning it can't go into the microwave. For that I have some other inherited Corelware from the 60s. Talk about a good investment: my parents bought a set for $25 which I happily took off with me to university and have used ever since, whenever I needed a bowl or plate and did not care if it happened to break.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 01:40 am (UTC)
That is the best attitude, really.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-08-01 07:05 pm (UTC)
I've always dreamed of having a house like the ones they show in movies, absolutely pristine, everything in its place, you can find what you're looking for the first time...

But I know myself, and I know that if I really wanted such a house, I would have to employ about fifteen maids, because I do not naturally keep a house like that.

Your house is a very good house, similar to what I aspire to have one day. XD I'll also hopefully have several dogs and cats and a recording studio, but I'm not too picky. ;D I want people to come in and feel comfy right away, like I felt in your house.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad you felt comfortable here; that is definitely what we aim for.
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[User Picture]From: ladiefare
2009-08-01 07:18 pm (UTC)

Meh Grownups are overrated

like we say growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional.
If they don't know you well enough to love you anyways and be envious....well I'll be nice ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 01:46 am (UTC)

Re: Meh Grownups are overrated

Thanks. We went for a hike, so just getting back to the house now.
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[User Picture]From: sacramentalist
2009-08-01 07:36 pm (UTC)
You ever hang around with "grown-ups"? Discussing Important Matters like the glazing on paving stones, and property taxes? Eeugh!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 01:47 am (UTC)
Good point!
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[User Picture]From: norda
2009-08-01 07:37 pm (UTC)
I have four longboxes of comics in my living room.

The walls of our dining room are lined with cartons of DVDs and VHS tapes.

My desktop computer is in the middle of the kitchen.

Being a grown-up is overrated.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:01 am (UTC)
Good point there.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2009-08-01 08:04 pm (UTC)
We have a house running over with games, DVDs, computers (at least one per person!), books and craft supplies. When I apologized once to a friend she said "Oh, no, I love coming here because there's so much interesting stuff happening. Those super-clean houses in magazines are where boring people live!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:02 am (UTC)
That's great. I like that!
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-08-02 05:50 am (UTC)
I can personally attest to that. XD My aunt (who is not a bad person, although tainted by being on my dad's side of the family) has the most immaculate house I've ever seen. The only things she does for fun are go to the gym and watch TV. Occasionally she goes to Broadway shows (she lives roughly 45 mins outside NYC and is richer than sin), but that's it. I mean, granted, she has a lot of nice, expensive stuff, but really, give me my comfy blue armchair that's older than dirt over one of those expensive hand carved antique chairs that are painful to sit in. x.x
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:20 pm (UTC)
I am reminded of my ex's aunt, who had exactly two books in her house - and one was the Bible. But in the den she had a stripe of chair rail-height wallpaper that was pictures of book shelves. Real books were too messy, but pictures of book spines were decorative.

And, yes, entertainment in that household consisted of shopping, TV, and the occasional game of cards.
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[User Picture]From: iscari0t
2009-08-01 08:24 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of my favorite xkcd (which, in fact, is thumb-tacked to my apartment door):

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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2009-08-02 02:00 am (UTC)
It is (or was at one point) also hanging on zoethe's fridge.

BTW, Z, I think you have a grown up house - because I can't afford all the toys you have, so you must be more grown up than me!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:17 am (UTC)
I have toys you don't *want*. I'm not sure that counts. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:03 am (UTC)
We have that hanging on our refrigerator, autographed and everything!
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2009-08-01 08:36 pm (UTC)
Having people over--or at least some--can suddenly make you quite self-conscious about your house. A friend of mine laughed about hi mom tearing the house apart when they were to have company, even to the point of cleaning the inside of closets that nobody will ever see.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:07 am (UTC)
I never go that far, but it's a nice motivation to clean house!
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2009-08-02 05:04 am (UTC)
Sean has a game here every second Sunday, so I actually clean at least once every two weeks, whether it needs it or not... Excellent motivation, although guys don't seem to care much about such things, one way or the other. As long as there are comfortable chairs and there's lots of food and sodas, no biggie whether it's vacuumed. Matters to me, a little, but that's upbringing talking, not necessity. I like to think of the furniture, etc. as *eclectic*, which covers a lot of mismatched and well-used stuff. I'd a lot rather spend any extra money on good times, rather than good furnishings.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 01:11 pm (UTC)
With that, I concur.
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[User Picture]From: kellirose1313
2009-08-01 09:34 pm (UTC)
Our living room is filled with comic collectibles, books and shelves, dvds, every console out there and at least 3 computers. Grown-up homes are no fun and I'll take fun over pristine any day!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:09 am (UTC)
Yay for fun.
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[User Picture]From: mamaursula
2009-08-01 11:42 pm (UTC)
We should be neighbors, then it wouldn't look so odd. "What do you mean our house is a wreck? You should see how they live next door!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:13 am (UTC)
LOL! Actually, my friends on the right are like that.
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[User Picture]From: jumpinfool
2009-08-02 12:41 am (UTC)
there is nothing about our house that says "grownups live here."

And that is only one of many reasons why we love you!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 02:16 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: wrendragon
2009-08-02 02:37 am (UTC)
I have the same issue, plus the 'shrine to Optimus Prime' (an Optimus talking helmet toy framed by some appropriate-looking metal gauntlets) right there beside the tv in the living room. And people walk by the window into my artspace/office on the way into the house, so I can't even skip tidying my 'persona' space when people come over (at least I can hide the pile of clean clothes my other half never puts away by closing the bedroom door).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 03:01 am (UTC)
Bedroom doors are a blessing. The spare one is The Great Dumping Ground.
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[User Picture]From: hippie_mamabear
2009-08-02 04:41 am (UTC)
there is nothing about our house that says "grownups live here."

Thank goodness; i thought we were the only ones!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-02 01:07 pm (UTC)
Good to know I'm in such admirable company!
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2009-08-02 02:53 pm (UTC)
Depends on your definition of "grownups", doesn't it?

I've been a gamer since I was introduced to D&D in 1975 (before TSR trashed it) way back when we used "Chainmail" rules. ;>

I tend to tell people who call me a Boomer Baby that I'm actually a Gamer Baby!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-03 01:52 am (UTC)
I didn't start roleplaying until Ferrett and I married. I love it, but I still have no use for the manuals.
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[User Picture]From: geli_tripping
2009-08-03 02:32 pm (UTC)
Your house sounds like a fun place! I can relate to what you say about nothing looking as if grownups live here, our living room is full of stuffed animals, games, legos, etc. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-03 03:02 pm (UTC)
Fun places! Yay!
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2009-08-03 06:58 pm (UTC)
You've seen my place. I grok.
Then again, I'm using Pippi Longstocking as my "house-buying" icon, and planning on naming my new place Villa Villekula.
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