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BWB and I are moving next week, and there will be a lot of changes in the new place.  It’s on the other side of town, in an area that neither of us has lived in before.  It has an awesome pool, and we don’t share a wall with any neighbors.  There are three floors, which I am sure will prove interesting when trying to get the puppy and his exploding bladder out of the house in the morning.

Also, when we move in to the new house, we’ll have a housemate.

When we first found the house, we had a friend lined up who wanted to move in with us. Unfortunately, after we agreed to the rental, he changed his mind.  He would have been much more of a known quantity, as BWB has lived with him before and we’re good friends with him, but when he backed out we decided we’d go ahead and find someone else.  After running through several other friends, we turned to Craigslist, which is how we found the roommate.  She’s a very nice girl, and she’s bringing her cat and a “fitness pole”.

There are many things about having another person in the house which I’m looking forward to.  She likes to cook, and I think it’ll be fun to have someone to share recipes and ideas with.  She loves dogs, so we won’t have as much trouble figuring out what to do with Asha when we need to go out of town — which will be especially nice given there are at least a few month-long away rotations planned over the next year.  We’re pretty sure her interests (read: geekiness) line up with ours fairly well, and it’ll be fun having someone else in the house to play games with.  Plus, when BWB is on nights, I will feel safer in the house than I would by myself.  The drop in rent from what we’re paying now is no small thing, either.

The closer we get to moving, though, the more I realize there are things I will miss.  Silly things, like not having to worry when the cat pushes the bathroom door open while I’m sitting on the toilet.  And selfish things, like being able to use up all the hot water with a very long shower, or having guests in the house whenever we want.  In the category of probably good for me are things like being able to leave dishes in the sink overnight if I’m feeling lazy, or letting the stinky workout clothes languish on the bathroom floor a little longer than they should.

There’s a freedom in living alone, or with one’s partner, which one just doesn’t have when there is a housemate sharing the space.  It’s been a while since I had a roommate, so some of the details had faded a bit.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say I regret our decision — I don’t (yet, knock on wood) — I think it is the best option we have right now, and there are plenty of benefits to the arrangement.   That said, I also think this will just make it sweeter when we are alone in our house once again.

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