Whew! Where has the time gone?! Can you believe we are in November already? We blinked our eyes and summer was over. The cold has settled in and I am not quite ready to say goodbye to 2014. Changes are still happening around me, however, I am in a better mood to engage in life, my job, and my short term personal goals. I have been able to work it out so that I can still attend group therapy during the work week, and my brand spanking new roommate moved in today. I can’t believe to tell you what a relief it has been to secure a roommate. That means that I don’t have to sacrifice my whole paycheck for one pay period a month. It means freedom! It means I can eat Chipotle once a week. It means I can buy some bottles of wine to keep my fridge stocked (and my stressful evenings at a minimum). It means I can pay all my bills when they are due. And it means I generally have more room to breathe (financially) week to week.
I moved out of DC to save money. That just hadn’t happened the past 3 months. It’s feasible now. I walked into the apartment today and sensed the difference though. It smelled different. But, that’s minor. I think this roommate business has its pro’s and con’s. I summed them up below:
Pro’s to having a roommate:
- You’re not alone very often. To a person with depression, company could be a good thing.
- You have someone who pretends to care when you’re sick, suffering, etc. Or they may not be pretending. Generally, you “pretend” at first.
- The MOST obvious, you’re saving $$$.
- You have someone to share your food with.
- You have someone to share a drink with.
- It’s like a never ending sleepover, a good thing if a friendship is cultivated.
- You learn how to compromise.
Con’s to having a roommate:
- You’re not alone very often. To a person that thrives from personal space and time, this may be stiffling.
- I can’t pee with the door open.
- I have to spray after I use my bathroom. (for courtesy)
- My morning routines (including playing music, etc.) may have to change.
- You have someone to share your food with, and may feel obligated to share with them in order to appear as if you have home training.
- You have someone to share a drink with. Then you get paranoid and hide your alcohol because you don’t trust your roommate.
- It’s like a never ending sleepover, and you just want your space back.
- You can’t remember what food in the fridge you bought.
- You’re afraid over every little noise when you’re not sure if they are home or not.
- You can’t be “spontaneous” with company. Sexy time is “courteous.”
These are just some of the anxieties I may deal with later down the road, but as of right now I’m still on the high of saving $$$. Especially today, the First of the month. November is already looking up! So today, I celebrate new beginnings, more money in the bank, the cold making a grand entrance and the writing process.
What are some things you’re celebrating on the First? Any Pro’s or Con’s to add to the list?