Monday, October 03, 2005

New chapter

It's late. Something soft and soothing (aside: good word) is playing. Sarah McLachlin, I think. I feel like I've been stuck in this chair forever. It's only been a few hours. I need a new chair, one that doesn't twist my back into knots. I've got a ton of work to do for tomorrow which means no time for chit chat. Well, there's always a little time. If I don't stop every once in a while and take a break the tension just builds up faster and faster. The tune has changed.

I thought this was interesting: the definition of clever, especially the regional note at the bottom. It's a perfectly acceptible compliment here in the South - He's such a clever boy - I had no idea that it isn't universally so.

It appears that I may be getting a roommate. A renter, actually. A friend of mine has signed a contract to sell his house in the 'burb and would like to rent out my downstairs room for a couple of months while he looks for work in Austin. While it'll be nice to have a little help with the bills, I can't say I'm terribly thrilled with the prospect. I've lived alone for far too long, so it'll probably be good for me. Still, I need to figure out all the rules I need to impose. All of my cookware and cutlery is good stuff- handwash only, which is a lot to ask of someone else. I'm sure he's got all of that stuff himself which can probably all go in the dishwasher, so we either need to use all of his stuff, or keep everything separate. Plus, I'm a no-shoes-in-the-house person. Just the tip of the iceberg, really...

What are your best roommate rules?


At 5:52 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Would love to hear from you after the first month of having a roommate. I'm sure you'll surprise even yourself with how much of the iceberg there is ;)

roommate rule : do not use the dish cloth to wipe up the floor

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Allie#3ga said...

the roommmate has to put out.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Fuzzball said...


The only rule I can think of is the "no bra" rule that my best friend and I instituted when we lived together. The minute you come in the house you have to take your bra off and put your pj's on. It's comfort only in our house, baby! ;)

Upon reflection I guess the no-bra policy doesn't really apply to your situation. Hm. Sorry about that.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Hooch said...

Ummmm... my only rule is don't get really drunk at a new year's party and inadvertently shag your housemate... especially if you actually have the hots for the OTHER housemate. *slaps forehead*

Other than that... drop your standards. A lot. It will make life less stressful for you, and this is just a temporary arrangement.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Duly Inspired said...

Aside from avoiding it all completely, and taking esther's rule and applying it a bit beyond the kitchen, roommate rule: Do not use the wash cloth to clean the tub

One more roommate rule: Do not leave your stuff all over the house

At 10:26 AM, Blogger tinyhands said...

3sth3r: I'm sure it'll become an ongoing saga. Good rule & reminder to specify floor towels.

Mimi: When you visit, everyone will put out.

Fuzzy: Good rule, "spend more time at Fuzzy's"

She-chidna: Drop my standards? You don't know me at all! Or maybe you're not talking about roommates.

Alison: Separate bathrooms, fortunately, but he'll be responsible for keeping the "publicly accessible" one presentable.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger kcterrilynn said...

My roommate rule would have to be: don't have one. You are much braver (or nicer) than I am. I'm too set in my ways and would either drive someone crazy or be driven crazy...

At 12:45 PM, Blogger me said...

only one rule: no walking or sitting on the counters.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Jammie J. said...

must handwash anything that has teflon.

must clear the microwave if you pull the food out before it beeps.

don't put stinky stuff in the indoor trashcan.

if you make a mess, clean it up. right when you make it.

if you take the last of something, put it on the grocery list.

don't eat my chocolate, lunch or breakfast food. doing so means you have your living trust in order and casket ready.

i'm sure there's more. let me think...

good luck with the roommate thing.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger tinyhands said...

KCTL: I don't particularly want one, but it'll definitely help stretch my "early retirement" bank account, at least until I get me a sugar momma. Any takers? (PS: Don't forget- I'll see you in 2 weeks. I booked my flight yesterday.)

ブレベン: If that's the ONLY rule, forget Fuzzy's, I'm coming over to your place!

J: Food/groceries is a whole messy thing. Maybe I can ask him not to eat or drink anything while he lives with me.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Fuzzball said...

Geez are you fickle! Fine, you're no longer invited over for Naked Thursdays. Hmph.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Jammie J. said...

Yeah, that'd be good. Also, that whole breathing/farting thing should be considered.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger christ*el #3tx said...

we had a coat hanger rule. if there was a hanger on the doorknob... you might not want to come looking for me.

if you use the last of something, you must be the one to buy more.

if you buy beer, you must buy enough for both. i will do the same.

no boinking my goat and i wont harrass your monkey.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger kcterrilynn said...

You read my mind...I was looking at my calendar just yesterday thinking I had somewhere to be on the 16th. You'll have no trouble spotting me, look for a redhead wearing "the boots." ;) And just for kicks, where does one apply for sugar momma consideration?

At 10:10 AM, Blogger tinyhands said...

Fuzzy: You should have been here for pantless Fridays. Good times, good times.

J: You're the only person I know who would need to write a farting-clause into a lease.

#3moo: The "use the last, buy more" rule is what leads to one square on the roll.

KCTL: Send me a bank statement and credit report, I'll let you know if it's even worth your time.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger jazz said...

dishes do not stay in the sink overnight!

and make sure you set out what time you shower in the morning so you can work around each other.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Allie#3ga said...

you can't spare a square?

At 2:10 PM, Blogger tinyhands said...

Jazz: The first is an excellent rule, but the second isn't necessary since I'm "retired" and don't do mornings.

Mimi: No, but I remain master of my domain.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Allie#3ga said...

king of the castle?
lord of the manor?

At 5:10 PM, Blogger tonia said...

delayed post, so I can refer to a later post - roommate rule: needs to live up to thoughts in "idea" post.
See? I can dream too!

At 2:31 PM, Blogger mellancollyeyes said...

Oh! Roommate rules! I have many!

1. Don't insult your roommates. To their face.

2. NEVER smell their underwear.

3. Don't freak out over each little detail...if I buy milk this time, I'm sure you'll get me back.

4. Don't take advantage of #3 to the point of excess. You actually have to get me back.

5. DO NOT PEE ON THE FLOOR! If you do, clean it up.

6. If you are socially awkward, do us all a favor and stay in your room.

7. Be nice. BE NICE.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger The Tart said...

I am so NO shoes in the house. My brother thinks I am crazy. I say look at your floors, yikes!

The Tart
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