Friday, August 14, 2009

the More the Merrier

Last weekend, and most likely this weekend too, I spent my time trying to clean and organize the apartment. There was also a considerable amount of money spent on buying things to help me clean and organize the apartment. Why, you ask? Well, it is certainly not because I enjoy such tasks. I wish I could list "neat freak" as one of my personality traits but, alas, I live more in a state of "organized chaos," as I like to call it. Though, othersahem, my boyfriendjust call it a bona fide mess.

Anyhow, the reason for the cleaning and organizing is... we got a new roommate! Yes, the boy's friend and co-worker (well, technically, the boy is our new roommate's boss... details, details) named Brook moved in with us last weekend. He needed a place to live and the extra rent money would really help us out, so it was a win-win for everyone. 

The only thing is, the boy is not used to living with other people and sharing his space. He is 35 and having roommates is kind of a thing of the past for him. I, on the other hand, am very used to living with roommates. Did it all throughout college and after college, until I moved in with the boy. I have lived with all types and I can pretty much get along with anyone. But the funny thing is, even though the boy and Brook are good friends, I think the boy is feeling like he is on Brook-overload. I'm not worried though; I'm sure we'll all settle into the new living situation soon. 

Still, there is one thing I am quickly realizing: With another boy in the house, I have lost my "veto" power when it comes to watching hours and hours of sports (at the moment, baseball). Before, I could just nag the boy to change the channel when I simply couldn't stand to watch another pitch. But now, I feel outnumbered! 

Oh, and I can't just walk around in my bra anymore. Haha, the joys of living with a male roommate. But trust, I would NEVER let another girl move in here with me and my guy. Even a friend. Funny double standard, huh?

So, what's your take on roommates? Love 'em or leave 'em?

And, what on your weekend agenda? Like I said, I have much more cleaning and organizing to do. It never ends! But maybe I will squeeze in some time to read one of the many unread books lining the shelves of our new bookcase (one of those organizing things we finally bought even though we've lived here for 6 months). I have so many options, too: "Julie & Julia" by Julie Powell, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver, "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks, "The Almost Moon" by Alice Sebold, "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd... oh, the list goes on and on. If you have an opinion, which do you think I should read first?

P.S. We went to the county fair last night. Stay tuned for pics!

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Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

We went through a whole organizing thing a month or so ago. We got rid of SO MUCH STUFF and also spent a lot of money on things to help with the organization. A month later I feel like our apartment is cluttered again! It's like a lose-lose situation with us.

So I wouldn't say I'm *quite* in the same boat as you, BUT Eric's brother did just arrive today to stay with us for a couple weeks. It's hard getting used to having someone else in the house - especially when I do spend a considerable amount of time in panties and a tank top and peeing/showering with the door open! Haha

I like living with Eric, but sometimes I really miss living with girlfriends!! It can be stressful/annoying sometimes to have roommates but it can also be really fun!

Happy weekend :-)

Shoshanah said...

First, I haven't read any of those books, but have heard good things about most of them. I'm actually planning on reading Julie and Julia as my next book.

On the roommate situation, when me and my bf first moved into our 2 bedroom apartment we talked about renting out the 2nd bedroom to someone, maybe one of its friends. While I could see it maybe helping financially, I wouldn't want to deal with all of the other things that you talked about. But I'm hoping it works out the best for you!

Elizabeth Marie said...

I need to read Julie and Julia before I see the movie!!

And the roommate thing is always so touch and go, right? I hope it's an easy transition for you!

Hope you're having a great weekend girl! XO

Andhari said...

I never really have a roommate beside my siblings, I hope you guys can adapt quickly. It's the territory thing that can be a problem from time to time right? Wish things happen nicely for you.