In my defense from yesterday’s post, I need to point out something about Jennifer.

She’s not normal.

She is an Obsessively and Cleanly Disturbing Wife.

Granted, she wasn’t always like this. I cite its onset with the arrival of sub-humanoid life forms within our domain. Though I suspect it was always within her, just dormant.

After I wrote yesterday’s post, I went down into the kitchen and opened the dishwasher. The top drawer was exactly as it appears in the picture.

Who does that?

Granted, it’s not like that every day. But the “Disturbing” element comes in when you consider she *wishes* it was like that everyday.

So to all those of you who live with a spouse like mine, I feel your pain at always being told the thing you’re looking for us right in front of you. And for those of you who have a form of OCDW, while we are grateful for the clean house you ensure, go easy on those of us without your keen eye, sharp color an pattern distinction, and supernatural ability to organize. ch:



Tara Smalley Reimer · 5 Jan ’12 at 11:01 am

….THAT is completely normal! πŸ™‚

Jillene · 5 Jan ’12 at 11:04 am

Yup, I concur. That’s normal. It is efficient and functional. Order makes me happy. Nothing like a clean counter or an organized drawer to brighten my day. Kudos Jenny!

Leah · 5 Jan ’12 at 11:06 am

Completely normal…and is there any other way to load a dishwasher…similar to the way I hang laundry on the line. Size and color and individual sorted…much easier when you fold and take care of:)…

Christian Fahey · 5 Jan ’12 at 11:14 am

Rock on!!! Love this!! (jumping up and down inside πŸ™‚

Nathan R. · 5 Jan ’12 at 12:00 pm

I thought OCDW would stand for “Obsessively Compulsive Dish Washer”

Bethany · 5 Jan ’12 at 12:04 pm

Wait isnt that how a dishwasher is supposed to look when you open it?? hehe πŸ™‚

Rebekah B · 5 Jan ’12 at 12:43 pm

Um, have you ever seen my mom’s dishwasher!? Haha, I’m so on board with your wife…*sigh* I just love her. πŸ™‚

Angela · 5 Jan ’12 at 1:20 pm

I fail to see what is wrong with that picture πŸ™‚

Enid · 5 Jan ’12 at 1:45 pm

I’m not sure what it is I’m looking at? What is a dishwasher? When someone suggests to my husband that he needs to get me a dishwasher all he says is ” I married one.” I’m so confused right now? Seriously though, is the point of this picture the fact that it is still in the dishwasher or is it the way things are arranged?

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 2:12 pm

    God bless you! Awesome. And yes, because of the way she placed the dished in the rack. (Versus me who just throws them in…un-rinsed, too, which I was recently scolded for).

Crouch · 5 Jan ’12 at 2:04 pm

Totally Normal! Everything has a place and an order. I dare you to move 1 thing. She will know. We always know! πŸ˜‰

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 2:11 pm

    You disturb me, Mrs. Crouch.

    Paula G. · 5 Jan ’12 at 2:14 pm


Paula G. · 5 Jan ’12 at 2:13 pm

I love it Jennifer!!! I can totally appreciate this post πŸ™‚

Heather · 5 Jan ’12 at 3:21 pm

You must load the dish washer like Steve. I’m extremely thankful he takes the time to put stuff in it. But his way doesn’t make sense (As I said to the air this morning). Do it neat and you can get more in there. And ALWAYS rinse. πŸ™‚

Kayti · 5 Jan ’12 at 3:24 pm

I see that no men are touching this post with a ten foot pole…

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 3:35 pm

    LOL! Too funny.

    Well, Christian Fahey did, but he has a complete photographic memory of his entire life, and he’s a genius, so that doesn’t count.

    Christian Fahey · 6 Jan ’12 at 12:20 am

    I shall pay thee later for this kindness, dear Christopher. Would’st thou like it in $20’s or $50’s? Oh, BTW, there’s a man sitting about 25 feet east of you, off your right flank (sorry to be cheeky) who once commented, upon seeing my office in D-ville, “This is so organized it’s sin!” (It’s a dirty job, I know, but someone’s…..well, you get the idea). Seriously, your novels are an inspiration but I’ve missed your daily contribution. Fantabulous. Don’t stop.

Tara Smalley Reimer · 5 Jan ’12 at 5:27 pm

….I hope you get the drift Chris…. you need some counseling and you’re wife is fabulous! πŸ™‚ We all still love you lots!! Women rule, OCD, “Obviously Certified Divas”…


    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 6:05 pm

    Of course, of course. Love you right back. And yes – she is FABULOUS. As are you.

gabe · 5 Jan ’12 at 6:01 pm

my mom doesnt do that, but she does have the really amazing ability to fit stuff in the dishwasher that shouldn’t be able to fit, but somehow she makes it fit anyway. i’ve talked to a bunch of my friends about it, and they say their moms do the same thing. i guess girls just get that automatically when they become moms.

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 6:15 pm

    “I guess girls just get that automatically when they become moms.”

    Ha ha, yes – it’s part of their contract.

Jennifer Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 6:48 pm

Hahaha thank you ladies for agreeing! Love you all! And Christopher… You’re welcome (said like Greg Glovins)

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 6:52 pm

    You’re simply the best. I’d be dead without you.

Pathfinder · 5 Jan ’12 at 8:40 pm

Which is worse: the dishwasher, or clothes hanging up in the closet in the order of the visible light spectrum?

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 11:38 pm

    Oh gosh! Definitely the second…

    …but then again that’s so cool!

Nate · 5 Jan ’12 at 10:02 pm

Isn’t the point of a dishwasher that you don’t have to do anything to clean the dishes? Just load and hit start. Who rinses the dishes first? Absurd!!!

Glade · 5 Jan ’12 at 10:45 pm

*shakes head in amusement* I have yet to pass the threshold into adulthood–or womanhood–and yet I already have OCD, and have every indication (should it be the will of God) of becoming an OCDW!

P.S. *scratches head* Who DOESN’T rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher? Strange. Very strange . . . πŸ˜‰

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Jan ’12 at 11:40 pm

    Who *doesn’t*? Oh my…um…all the guys I know for one!

    You’ll make a marvelous OCDW. πŸ™‚

    Pathfinder · 6 Jan ’12 at 5:37 pm

    Hear, hear, Glade!

    We must know different guys… πŸ˜›

      Christopher Hopper · 6 Jan ’12 at 6:23 pm

      This has been a hilarious comments section. lol

Miriam Woodruff · 6 Jan ’12 at 6:44 am

Sorry I’m late coming to the party, but… In your defense I just recently read on the internet that you should just scrape the dishes of excess food AND NOT rinse them before putting them in the DW. Something about – the DW works more efficiently that way. I don’t remember the exact details of the article… it was enough for me to know “one should not rinse dishes before putting them in the DW.” And ….. you’re welcome. πŸ™‚

Susie · 7 Jan ’12 at 12:20 pm

I might be dying from laughter from these comments…I guess this is normal…but I’m abnormal. I would never do that, it’s a pointless waste of time. haha

chelsea · 19 May ’12 at 8:30 pm

my ex which is a guy always rinsed the dishes nd cleaned them before throwing them in. his roommate however would just toss em in. they looked the same when thy got out so there is no difference if u rinse or not. unless u have a cheap dishwasher detergent then it doesnt work πŸ™‚

    Christopher Hopper · 20 May ’12 at 10:43 am

    Ha ha ha – too funny. I’ll note that about the detergent. Thanks.

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