Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world, yes it does

MFD and I are total opposites. We approach most things in life quite differently which can produce epic clashes between us. However in many cases, our different views and ways help balance the other person out. We complement each other well. Some things we do differently:

He packs 20 minutes before we leave for trips. If he forgets something (usually underwear) he rolls with it. 
I pack in advance, and the one time I don't and forget something I fret about it internally and aloud for a few hours. Or days. 

He leaves at the last possible second. 
I leave 10-15 minutes before I need to. 

He goes to church. 
I enter churches for weddings, christenings, and funerals. 

He folds towels nicely but will not put them away.
I fold towels like a thumb-less animal and put them away.
He is extremely approachable.
I have bitchy resting face.

He doesn't drink.
I enjoy the occasional cocktail. 

He is happy in the morning.
I am completely miserable.

He is spontaneous.
I am not.

He likes to iron and have his clothes pressed nicely. 
I couldn't tell you the last time I ironed something. I'm pretty sure I don't know how to iron properly.

He likes Five Guys and Arby's.
I do not. 

He only reads if he has to or is very inspired to. 
I am an avid reader and I never go anywhere without a book. 

His world is controlled chaos.
My world is orderly. 

He prescribes to the love everyone theory.
I just don't like some people. And they know it. 

What about you? How are you and your partner similar, different, or complementary?

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36 comments:

  1. You guys sound very similar to Thomas and I.I should pay attention and put a similar list together!

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  2. ha! yes, my husband and i are opposite with a lot of things but the one thing we're the same - humans. as in we dont like them. especially on vacation? leave us alone. do not try and talk to us, do not try and incorporate us into your group, do not sit with us at dinner or talk to us at the bar. just don't.

    he's more laid back and i'm more up tight. he irons and me? where is the iron.

    he's ok with having a gross bathroom (must be a guy thing) but i have to clean it once a week.

    thanks for linking up!
    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. This is fun! Significant and I are the same as you and MFD as far as packing and reading, but that's it. In general, I'm very methodical when it comes to organizing, cleaning, and social gatherings. He's methodical about gathering information for expenses, investments, and technology. Lately Significant has been making extravagant plans for when we're rich and can hire a house cleaner, and I hate the idea of a stranger coming into and cleaning my house. Fortunately the having extra money thing is not imminent, so I have time to either change his mind, or come to terms with it. :P

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  4. Ah! Again with a post that's such a great idea!! I love seeing your differences (and found myself nodding my head to so many of them)! Such a great post idea!

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  5. I love this, Tyson and I are so completely opposite in so many ways. The biggest difference is everyone is his friend, it doesn't matter where we are or what we're doing he makes a friend. Me on the other hand, even the neighbors think I'm a bitch because I don't want to talk to them. Not just our now neighbors but historically all our neighbors, I just don't like people in general.

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  6. Complete opposites. So much so, I wonder how we make it. Compromise, I guess. I just threw out my ironing board, but for some odd reason kept the iron.....I hate ironing and I've never seen C iron!

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  7. haha i love this! the packing thing, i'm the same as you and my husband is the same as yours. he never puts towels away, or if he does, he'll put a whole pile of different sizes (hand towels, bath towels, kitchen towels, cleaning rags) in the closet without looking where it goes and i get soooo mad like you KNOW thats not how they go, husband. haha.

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  8. Another fun blog! Now I will be singing Sly and the Family Stone's everyday people all day. Or be saying What you talkin about Willis! LOL I am get it done quickly, Rich is anal and takes forever. I always say we should meet in the middle and we would take our world by storm. Thank God we are all different in some ways and similar in others.
    Carpe Diem, this not-so-humid summer day.
    Love your MOMMA

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  9. Cute take on confessions plus I love hearing how couples are the so different but still work :)

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  10. I love this! Chris and I are different in a lot of ways as well. I am a more laid back person, quiet and reserved and go with the flow. He is more up tight and not reserved, ever. I will hold some things back in fear of confrontation, Chris will let you know at any given time about anything that needs confronting. I am very neat and orderly, I end up picking up after Chris like a child because he leaves his clothes on the floor, the dishes on the sink, and wrappers...so many damn wrappers every damn where. I like that we are different, it keeps life interesting.

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  11. I usually have nothing in common with any of the guys I date...The one guy that I actually had tons of stuff in common with turned out to be gay, lol.

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  12. I don't even know how to iron :)

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  13. I love this. there are a lot of differences between michael and I and it really made me think about how different we are. but what i really like about this is despite your differences (drinking and church especially) you guys accept eachother for who you are.

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  14. Oh my gosh - Jose and I are so opposite in so many ways! I joke that I feel bad for our kids because if one parent allows it, then the other is staunchly against (and vice versa). Although our personalities and habits can be complete opposites, we are super aligned in activities we like to do. So it balances out.

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  15. Can we add to this list that MFD has palmed my ass and you have not? I'm not sure why I remembered that from our Philly Black Ice One Night Meetup from 10+ years ago lolol

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  16. hahaha oh I am you. 100%. Minus the reading but I was always reading as a kid. Law school ruined that.

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  17. Steve and I are complete opposites. Steve is you and I am MFD. Except the ironing thing… yuck.

    Wonderful post, darling!

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  18. Me and my BF are pretty opposite too, and actually in a lot of ways you and MFD are. The packing, leaving early and towel folding/putting away are all exactly the same in my household. I think it is good to have opposites to balance each other out, but sometimes it drives me freaking crazy!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. My husband and I have some similarities but are pretty different for the most part. He's not a fan of order and I can't stand it when things are out of place. But we both have the sense of humor of an 8 year old. :)

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  20. I love this! Made me think about all of the differences between Justin and me...I suppose that's what keeps our relationship interesting! :)

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  21. He is extremely approachable.
    I have bitchy resting face.
    HAHA. Same dynamic going on in my relationship. Everyone's all like, "Cal, you're so fun and funny. What's wrong with your wife though?"

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  22. MFD is a lot like me :/ ... my chaos is very organized ... but it is chaos. I never ever pack way in advance, I literally pack at the last moment possible. In fact I am a procrastinator in general! haha Love this post!

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  23. I laughed so hard at this!!! This is a great post idea. My husband and I are the same - complete opposites. But we make a good balance! PS - No way, you as such an organized and neat person, folds towels like a thumbless animal. No way!

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  24. My husbands folds stuff really well too! Meanwhile, I just stuff things into drawers.

    He doesn't read much either :( I love it!

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  25. So funny! My bf folds like crap and will stuff it in the closet. I fold neatly and place it neatly in the closet and/or drawer. We both love being social but he doesn't like new people and I'll talk to just about anyone!

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  26. Love reading about all your differences especially because I know (as much as a reader can) how you really do make it work and happily!

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  27. I have resting bitchy face too. People at work are always like "what is wrong" and I'm like nothing besides that fact that I'm at work! Haha

    I love seeing the differences - interesting that he doesn't drink! I can't imagine my life w/o wine. Lol

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  28. Isn't is funny how opposites attract! I'm so with you on reading and packing. I love this post idea, do you mind if I use it?

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  29. This is awesome and I see so many similarities in me and Jacob! We are also HUGE opposites, but somehow it works perfectly. I might have to do this on my blog too. :)

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  30. Love the differences. I like to pack in advance otherwise I always forget things. I can't imagine not having a book on me at all times!

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  31. The Yin and the Yang. I panic. Jack does not but as the stress mounts he does lose it then we are both similar messes lol. I am working on it. I want to sweat the small stuff less. It is a struggle lol.

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  32. This is such a good idea. I mean I know he's an adult and you shouldn't have to but don't you just want to pack for him to avoid the inevitable? I always pack for Andrew because he can't fold clothes nor can he remember things like socks and undershirts (no honey, you cannot wear your sperrys to a nice restaurant). He is the neat and responsible one and I am the mess. He's more big picture, and I think of the details and how hard it can be to get to that big picture. He looks to the future more whereas I like to think of right now. Oh, and sleep. I store it up like I may never nap again and he always wants to be DOING.

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  33. I love this post. J & I are opposite in so many ways, but it helps keep us both calm. There's no way I could handle another person like me around all the time. He totally has resting bitch face and I finally pointed it out to him... it was quite entertaining and we now discuss it often.

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  34. I went to SF without my glasses (hello, I'm blind), makeup brushes or a comb/brush because I waited until the day of to pack. I never do that and now I know why. I freaked for an hour or so and had planned to pop into CVS to pick a few thing up but after the first night I said f it and just went without. Luckily the hotel had a disposable comb in the bathroom, besides SF was crazy windy so there was no point in doing my hair anyway :).

    Dar and I are similar where it matters (views on children, money etc,) but totally function on different levels everywhere else. He's hyper aware, I walk around oblivious. He's super in control, I'm out if control :). He's a neat freak, I'm a bit of a slob. Gosh, I'm really making myself sound like a dream aren't I? Ha!

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  35. P and I are similar in a lot of ways but also different in some of the same ways you guys are. I pretty much cannot iron; P irons any of my clothes that need it :) He is much more a morning person than I am, he will wake me up in the mornings and bring me tea.

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