Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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An Inventory of My Girlfriend's Influence on My Apartment

My girlfriend has brought lots of happiness and excitement into my life. She's also brought lots of other stuff into my apartment. I feel compelled to make a list. Some of these things are hers and some of them are mine, but all of them have entered my apartment because of her:
  • Babyji by Abha Dawesar

  • 1 bar of soap

  • black full-length winter coat

  • black pepper

  • 1 bottle Guinness draught beer

  • 2 bottles white wine

  • 3 business cards of hers, each with a different design

  • California state fair ticket and associated photography stub

  • Daedalus Books Fall 2007 catalog

  • 19 cans Dr. Pepper

  • 10 chopsticks

  • classwork from a community college "Geology of Yosemite" class

  • 1/2 clove garlic

  • coffee beans

  • coffee grinder

  • coffeepot

  • colander

  • Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon

  • corkscrew

  • 1 cube real butter

  • Dijon mustard

  • hairbrush

  • hiking boots

  • hoisin sauce

  • Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle by Lois W. Banner

  • 3 matchboxes filled with tiny rocks

  • Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California by M. Nevin Smith

  • navy blue button-down shirt

  • olive oil

  • pickled ginger

  • photographs of her

  • 2 potatoes

  • purple blazer with blue and gold lapel pin

  • 2 razors

  • 5 medium-sized rocks

  • Russian fruit drink that I don't know the details of because the entire label is in Russian

  • 2 Sacramento Monarchs programs from August 23rd and associated photography stub

  • self-inflating camping mattress

  • sesame oil

  • 4 sharp knives

  • sourdough bread

  • Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World by Sarah Vowell

  • tan pants with pinstripes

  • tea kettle

  • The Atlantic 150th anniversary issue

  • The Complete Poems 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop

  • The Mistress's Daughter by A. M. Homes

  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

  • Time and Materials by Robert Hass

  • toothbrush

  • toothpaste

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service booklet "Discover Wildlife California"

  • wasabi

  • whipping cream

  • whisk

  • Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert

  • 1 wooden chair

  • 2 wooden spoons

  • Worcestershire sauce
It only took her two months to bring all this into my life. What will she manage to bring in another two months?

For comparison, the only things I can think of that I have caused to enter her apartment are: The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings, Identity by Milan Kundera, two sleeping bags, two sonnets, two cat-shaped pins, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, some extra-dark chocolate that's probably gone by now, and one rock. You'd think we spend more time at my place, which we don't. We spend more time at her place. But she is more of a stuff-owning person than me, so she finds my place lacking in stuff and she fills in the gaps. Most of the gaps she finds are in my kitchen.

She was here this morning, and she took away some of her stuff. She took away a black button-down shirt that I sewed new buttons onto for her, a Tupperware container that used to contain the remains of the dinner she cooked for me last Saturday, and a travel mug that said, "If you can read this, thank a teacher!" on the side of it. I don't think she brought any new stuff this time. But then, I never think she has brought any new stuff until I stumble across it unexpectedly after she's gone. I never know what new and unfamiliar objects may turn up in my apartment these days.

My girlfriend reads faster than I do. I was reading parts of The Atlantic over her shoulder in bed last night, and she kept finishing the pages before I did. Nobody ever reads faster than I do! It's unheard of. Now I am intimidated. Wait, I was intimidated already anyway because she is beautiful and knows practically everything, including what she's doing at almost any given moment and how to do it competently. But now I have one more reason to be intimidated. It is very convenient that she is so in love with me, because otherwise I might be too intimidated to ask her out!
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