Wednesday, January 16, 2013

BabyStep1: Meet the Newest FlyGuy!

Hello lovelies! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the newest FlyLady hostage  member, and ladies- keep your hands to yourself because he's MINE.  I'll cut you.  Just kidding.  (Maybe).  Anyway, please welcome to our little cult, standing at 6'5" tall, the newest FlyGuy, "The Tall Cute Guy"!
Me convincing the Tall Cute Guy why he should try FlyLady-ing with me.
In actuality, he really didn't need much convincing.  (The above photo was taken on our second date, and we were just joshing around for the camera.)  I briefly mentioned the idea to him last week and didn't get much of a response, but then I flat out and asked him if he would do it the other night and he said yes.  Very little whining involved on my part.  Sweet.

Yesterday after work I went over to TCG's apartment and was prepared to do a little FlyLady planning session.  You know, explain the system, get signed up for the emails, yada yada yada.  Imagine my surprise when he told me he had already gone onto and looked up information on where he should begin!  The following conversation went something like this:

TCG: "So, apparently the first thing I'm supposed to do is shine my sink.  I don't really get that".

Me: [Begins to prepare speech in head about WHY it's the first step and how he really needs to do it, even if he doesn't understand it, because that's how you're supposed to start FlyLady and why can't you just do what she/I tell you to do, you're already backing out of this, and , and AND...]

TCG: "So I went to the store after work and bought some bleach and Comet because that's what FlyLady said to use."  [Pulls the cleaning supplies out of the cupboard]

Me: [Speechless]

I really didn't know what to say!  I am so used to people questioning/mocking the FlyLady system and running for the hills if I ask them to participate, I really wasn't expecting him to be such a willing and involved participant!  I wasn't even prepared to take photos of the sink-scrubbing process and didn't have a real camera with me, so I had to settle for sub-par iPhone pics.

Sink before.  He had already taken the dishes out and started to
clean when I yelled at him to stop so I could take a  "before" picture.
Doesn't he know how blogging works?
Soaking in the bleach water for an hour (I still don't understand this step).
The following video was taken as the sink was soaking in the bleach water and the Tall Cute Guy started to use his pocketknife to scrape the gunk out from around the edges (please ignore my cackling laugh):

Scrubbing with the Comet.  He didn't have rubber gloves, so he used a
plastic bag from Target to protect his hands.  Classy!
All done!  Ooooo, shiny!
After it was all over, he was EXHAUSTED!  I told him that was partially the point, IMO.  Doing all that manual labor makes you never want to have to do it again, preventing you from mucking it up so badly in the future.

Commentary from the Tall Cute Guy after the sink was shining:

1.  I am a sink Nazi.

2.  He doesn't think the bleach step really matters, either.

3.  He is pretty OCD about keeping his car clean, and he thinks trying to maintain his apartment to that level as well may be too much.  He thinks that if he has to pick one, the car will win.

4.  Ugghhhhhhmmmmmmmmpppph.  (He lost the ability to speak by that point due to fatigue.)

Before I left, I told TCG that the next BabyStep was to get dressed to shoes first thing in the morning.  Shouldn't be a problem, since he does that anyway on work-days.  Hope you enjoyed!


Anonymous,  February 1, 2013 at 1:29 AM  

I think Flylady must have a white sink, like me. As we are avid tea drinkers (hello, I married a Brit) AND coffee addicts, I have to bleach the sink once a week or so.

Chandra February 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM  

I seriously never thought of that. Could be!

Anonymous,  March 3, 2013 at 9:38 PM  

I am so glad to see you are posting again! I miss you when you take a break. Looking forward to reading more especially about how you and TCG make out with FLYING.

Anonymous,  March 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM  

Love your wit and humor. Great to see a guy scrubbing the sink!