Roommate Update

September 15, 2014
Earlier this summer I wrote about the ups and downs of having roommates.  Even though I had some bad experiences in the past, I decided to give it a chance and live with two of my guy friends.  I just wanted write a little update on my situation and share how it's going so far.  For the most part, I am really happy with my situation.  So, why do I like having roommates?  Well, I guess I should say that I don't just like having ANYONE as my roommate, but I do enjoy living with Everett and Jared for the time being.  They are both great guys with my best interest at heart.  Besides that, there's the obvious reason that it's cheaper since rent and bills are split three ways.  We also save money on gas since we go places together.  

My roommates Jared and Everett

Here are some other reason why I like living with these two guys:

*We help each other out.  When I first got an i-Phone and had some questions about some of the apps, Jared gladly explained it to me.  Everett helped me with the fax machine when I had to send over copies of important documents to get my Georgia and South Carolina teaching license.  I've helped them out, too.  I feed and let Claude out when they're at work and let them borrow my car several times when their car got a flat tire.  It's just nice to have people to turn to and I hope they feel the same way about me!

*I think I would be scared to live alone.  Okay, I lived alone for two years in Korea and loved it, but I always felt very safe in Seoul for the most part.  Maybe I watch too many scary movies, but I just feel more secure having two guys around.  Something super freaky happened to my sister when she was living alone and that made me think twice about wanting my own place.  

*It's nice to have someone to talk to.  Yes, I know that I've said before on here that I'm an introvert, but the guys respect that.  I'm not a complete hermit though and like having friends right there to chat to, laugh with, or confide in.  

*Jared likes to cook and usually shares! I don't mind cooking from time to time, but ughhh, cooking is the worst when you feel obligated, so I'm glad there is someone in our house who actually likes making stuff.  Jared has made lasagna, tortellini, fried cabbage, casserole, and coffee cake, just to name a few dishes he's prepared.  I always say that I will do the dishes...I'd really rather do them than cook!  

* They kill bugs for me.  Lol, I'm such a baby with this, but if I can avoid creepy crawly things, I will. Also, Jared got rid of a hornet's nest outside our door...I don't know what I would have done if I lived alone...Probably spray it with water, scream, and get stung.

* I automatically have something to do.  As you likely know already, I moved down here in mid-June so I don't know anyone yet besides my roommates and some of Ev's family.  I feel like if I lived alone down here, we would have to make plans to hang out and it'd just be harder to actually do.  Most of the time we just decide to go out and do something on the spur of the moment, so I know that I'd be missing out on some of those opportunities if I lived alone.  

* They are supportive and I can tell that they genuinely want me to stay here.  Everett called the principal of his school and told her to look for my resume.  Jared has a co-worker who is a teacher and his pal said he would request me to sub his class and would tell all the teachers in his school to request me.  

* It's drama-free.  Since the two of them lived together before I got here, I was a little worried about moving in.  What if I didn't fit in or if I upset their dynamic in some way?  Also, I've dealt with crazy roommates in the past and feel too old to go through that now.  I decided to test it out and see how it went, and I have to say that I'd be willing to live with them longer.  

No, I don't plan on living with these guys forever, but for now it works.  Also, I REALLLLY want to get my student loans paid off as soon as possible, and the extra money I can save from having roommates can go right towards those loans.  

Do you like living with other people or do you prefer to live alone?
27 comments on "Roommate Update"
  1. Right now I live with four other girls and I absolutely love it! This is the first time I've had a great roommate situation. It's nice to come home to people to talk to, and it's fun because we try to have family dinners every now and then! We hardly ever are all home at the same time throughout the week, so we try to get together and eat together and watch a movie about once a week. It's easy living with four girls, though, because we have three bathrooms in our apartment. So it's not a hassle trying to fight over a bathroom.

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  2. sounds like you have some great roommates! truthfully i've never really lived with other people, i lived with a friend and her family for a couple of months, and then my husband, so i've never really experienced true roommate-living. i do kinda like my own space though so i think i'm better off alone (or with my husband lol)

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  3. I'm living with my boyfriend and our mutual friend. Prior to this we lived with one of my friends and it was terrible. She had just bought the house and it was almost like she regretted it immediately after renting a couple rooms to us. She didn't want us changing anything, she didn't like how much stuff we had, and she made a big deal about everything.

    But our new roommate is just about perfect. He's a little sloppier than we are, but other than the occasional, "Hey, man, would you please pick up your stuff?" everything's working out really well! It probably helps that we're all fairly easy-going (I'm probably the least, but I try!), and we all like a fair amount of solitude, so there'll be days where you can barely even tell someone else is in the house.

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  4. I have lived with a variety of roommates, and only 2 of them have been good experiences. My first college roommate was a disaster, but my second semester one was AWESOME (because we were already really good friends). Since then, I've lived with a few different roommates, and I always ended up hating living with people. I'm beginning to think it's me, not my roommates, haha. Now, I live with my husband and he's the best roommate ever. :)

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  5. There are definitely so many good things to having a roomie that's for sure! When I lived by myself it would take me hours to kill spiders myself bahahaha. I can definitely see your point to wanting to live with other people if something bad happened to your sister. Sometimes things just hit too close to home! Glad things are going so well so far! :)

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  6. Having roommates around for those random outings or just having someone to chat with is such a great thing. And I am too scared to live alone so I think I would always need to have roommates! Glad it is working out so well for you :)

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  7. It's always great to have a really supportive group of friends especially those you live with.

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  8. It depends SO MUCH on the person. I've had roommates who made my life a living hell, and others who were just easygoing and became great friends. If you can find the right person (or people) to live with it's actually kind of awesome - instant TV-watching buddies / cooking buddies!

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  9. I never thought I would want to live with a guy besides when I was living with a boyfriend. I've had some friends do it, but I just thought I could always mess it up by developing feelings for my guy roommate (unless it was my best friend, he is like my brother but we lived in different cities until after I got married). Now my husband and I have a guy roommate who is our friend and I seriously love it! I mean, of course boys are boys but I have found the same perks from living with a male roommate!

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  10. I'm glad your roommate situation is going well! I definitely understand enjoying the cheaper bills and having someone around so you're scared. Unfortunately my current roommate situation isn't the greatest, so I'm glad yours is going so well!

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  11. Hahaha... the bug killing is definitely a redeeming quality! :)

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  12. It really is much better to live with at least one person than to live alone.. because not only that you get to share the expenses with them, it won't be too lonely if in case you're stuck in the house because the heavy rain won't let you get out. It's nice to have someone to talk to.. sometimes.

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  13. Hahaha..one of them is messier than the other. He knows who he is. :)

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  14. Yep, they leave me alone when my door is shut and I'm reading/blogging, but then it's nice to have them to hang out with when I want to be social.

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  15. Oh yeah! There was a massive spider that I ran away from last week. :)

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  16. Oh yeah, I don't think I could live with more than 2 people...I definitely prefer a quieter atmosphere!

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  17. Thank goodness I ended up moving in here instead of trying to find my own place at first. It took a lot longer for me to find a job than expected and the expenses of living alone would have been stressful for someone with no job!

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  18. That's great that you love living with a guy roommate, too! I like having two extra people around to liven things up around here.

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  19. I'm just super happy that everything is working out in terms of my roommates. I figured I'd give it a test run and they've passed that. :)

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  20. Yep, having them around is great, and it has made my move to Savannah so much easier! Now I just have to branch out and make some friends of my own.

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  21. Yeah, I wouldn't want to feel worried all the time in my own place! Maybe I'll live alone eventually, but as of right now I'm not sure I feel comfortable. Thanks--living with them was a wise choice.

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  22. Thanks, Em!! Yep, it got to the point where she didn't feel safe alone in her own home and would have to spend the night at her friends' houses/have them stay over at her place. Having the two guys around in addition to a dog who barks at every stranger makes me feel a lot better!

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  23. I've had bad experiences, too. The last roommate I had was a total psycho and I didn't think I would ever choose to live with people again, but so far so good! :)

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  24. Oh no...yeah, if you're paying rent you should be allowed to move in all of your stuff!! I'm glad your arrangement seems to be working out well for you now.

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  25. Haha, well, I'm glad you get to live the way that makes you the most happy!

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  26. Ohhh, we could really do with an extra bathroom in our place! That's awesome that you live with other gals that are both fun and easy to live with!

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  27. It is so nice! Definitely never thought I'd enjoy it though!

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