I am slowly easing Girlfriend into "The Crazy" and things have gone well. Parts of "The Crazy" she now knows:
1) I can't be late to places. Can. Not. Be. Late. I don't care that Girlfriend is always late. Her internal clock runs about 10-15 minutes slower than the rest of the world. As long as I am not late and making her (or anyone) wait, I'm good. She thinks it's strange that I will get somewhere 10-15 minutes early just in case, but accepts it. She also knows I will lie to her and tell her we need to be somewhere 30 minutes earlier than we actually do so she will be on time.
2) I have created assigned spots for people to sit during meals at work and at home. Do. Not. Sit. In. My. Seat. I can't eat. I don't know why, but it just is...don't judge, don't question, just accept.
Tonight she got introduced to another element of "The Crazy" when she went grocery shopping with me. We met halfway for dinner and after dinner I had to get some tree-hugger food at the local Whole Foods. Now, I know I'm strange when it comes to the grocery store. I know this. I was slightly hesitant when she asked if she could come with me, simply because this is a big part of "The Crazy" and it's still early in the relationship. Here is how the conversation went when the subject came up:
Girlfriend: Is it okay if I come with you to Whole Foods?
Me: I'd love your company but, um...are you sure?
Girlfriend: Why do you have a weird routine? (gasp) You totally do! Oh I'm coming, but don't worry I will stay out of your way. Promise.
Me: Ok, if you are sure. I mean you are going to experience "The Crazy" at the grocery store eventually.
Yup, she laughed at "The Crazy" that she experienced tonight. Hell I laugh at "The Crazy" when it comes to the grocery store. Now that I have thoroughly intrigued you with what "The Crazy" at Whole Foods consists of, here are a few elements:
1) I have to go up and down every isle-if I need something there or not starting from the right side of the store to the left
2) I have a list and must get each item in the order of it being on the list (most times things are listed out from one side of the store to the other with an occasional backtrack)
3) Dry and cold things must be separated in the top and bottom baskets
4) I put things in the cart emphatically...I'm not mad, just on a mission
5) I talk to myself...extensively...after about six items she realized I was having the conversation with myself and stopped answering...
As we were putting the groceries into my car I looked at her and said, "So?" She said to me, "It's a little weird but I'm not surprised at all. Your routine is cute and you make me laugh...in a good way."