Saturday, January 17, 2009

We Have Roommates. I Hate It.

So two of our three renters moved in last night. 21 year-old boy and 18 year-old girlfriend. Honestly, they seem pretty decent so far. But I hate it. I hate that I have to give up my pretty, girly spare bedrooms that my parents and my sisters and Captain Carl's family and the Kiddo's friends used to sleep in. I hate that I had to clear out the personal things that mean so much to me...things that used to belong to my Grandma's, things that were given to me as gifts. I hate that those rooms are not mine to enter anymore. I will have to knock if I want in, and really who are we kidding because I won't want in while they are living here. I don't want to see what my rooms look like now. They've already asked me if they can switch some of the furniture around between the rooms. And even though I hate the thought of my carefully planned out rooms being rearranged, I have to say yes. Because they are paying us to use them.

And it is weird, my bloggy friends. Weird with a capital W...having these strange kids here. This young, barely adult girl who is living with her boyfriend. I don't know anything about them, except that they drove to Texas from another state last night. To be here for what, I don't know except that his sister is here and will also be living with us soon. They can't possibly have jobs yet, so will they go to school or look for work? Who knows...and as long as they pay their rent, it's not my business.

I do have to say, they are pretty friendly and I do appreciate that. They seem fairly comfortable already in our kitchen and I hope that means they'll treat our home with respect and not abuse the (in my mind anyway) great deal they are getting here. I'm trying to be positive, because really this is the best solution for us right now. It's either this, or put the house up for sale and risk losing it completely. Captain Carl came up with this awesome idea, and it's so much better to lose two rooms and a bathroom temporarily than losing the whole house. I just have to keep reminding myself that it wasn't long ago I was their age and acted the same way. They aren't terrorists (hopefully), they are young people finding their way in the world. And yes, my carpet will probably get stained and my paint will get scratched and my mattress will...gross, I can't even think about what will happen to my mattress. But all that can be cleaned up. It's nothing dramatic like cancer or car accidents or anything else life-threatening. So keep it in perspective, Miss Yvonne. That's an order!

Attention Captain Carl...this part is for you. Apologies to you, my dear Captain, because I know you read my blog and I know it will bother you that I'm unhappy. And blogging about it. But please know that I'm so proud of you for coming up with a way to keep your family in their home. And I will adjust, as I always do. I only ask that you let me sulk a little and you don't take it personally. You know I'm a whiny bitch, it's just my way. Love you!

Okay, moving on....

So last night, they signed their lease, which was quite comical in itself. I'd forgot how when you are just barely an adult, you think you know everything. I was the same way, I'm sure I was a total self-righteous idiot. These kids read that lease word for word (and it was sister, the attorney, wrote it for us). The brother said he wanted "to be sure he isn't getting screwed." Okay kid, whatever...good for you for being so careful. Then they signed and the only question he had for us was "Has anyone ever died in this house?".

What. The. Fuck. Kid.

And apparently he majored or is majoring in some kind of environmental conservation or something like that. And the girlfriend has Kool-Aid purple hair. So I told the Captain I really hope they aren't vegetarian hippies who will lecture us whenever we eat meat. No offense to all you vegetarian hippies out there...peace and love, baby. Apparently they aren't though, because they came back from shopping today with bags full of standard college food....Totino's 3 meat pizzas, ramen noodles and beef taquitos. They bought so much, we almost couldn't fit it all into our freezers...yes, we have two and there was barely enough room. And the sister hasn't even moved in yet. Soooo, that could be a problem. And while they were unloading all this food, the brother told me he hates that whenever he tells people about his "work", they ask him if he is a hippie and he hates that because he "hates hippies because they talk about changing the world but never do it." Kid, you are cracking me up over here! I guess they might be good for a laugh as well as a check each month.

Okay, this post has gotten way longer than I meant for it to be. If you actually read the whole thing, my apologies. If you just skipped to the bottom, smart move. :-)


Traceytreasure said...

I read the whole, long, awesome, funny post! :-) Thanks for the smiles Miss Yvonne!!
I love the kid who hates hippies and the girl with purple hair? Love her too!! I was just wondering if you can eat their pizza rolls if you get hungry at night? LOL!!
Wishing you the best of luck with your roommates. I'm sure it'll be fine and you'll have lots of funny stuff to blog about from the kid who hates hippies!! :)

Hugs and love, T

Lulu said...

I have to admit that I love the teenage years - every stinky, smart-alecky, self-riteousie, moment - because it's a great opportunity to be reminded of ourselves at that age. And I know that you don't want to be their mom - and you shouldn't have to be - and I know that you don't like the fact that they're in your house - so get that - but Miss Yvonne, you have the chance to be that great non-relative, very very cool female influence in their an older sister/aunt, without the obligation of being related to them.

And yeah - if all else fails, lots of blog stuff.

Amy Kate said...

Oh. My. God. How long does the lease last? I just want to know how long you are going to have this outstanding material to work with! I have visions of you raking in fantastic posts and bajillions of fans with tales of the youth of America traipsing through your house.
Do they know you blog? Ohmygosh, this is just going to be hilarious! I also have visions of them being bloggers and blogging about moving into this random family's spare bedrooms but it isn't cool because no one died in the house.

PLEASE keep us posted. VERY posted. This is going to make my winter a lot brighter and warmer!

Amber Dawn said...

Ooooh this is better than reality TV. could hook up web cams and make people pay to watch via internet!

Miss Yvonne said...

Hi guys! Glad you are enjoying our adventures...I am loving your comments! I've already got a few more stories for blogging...can't wait to share them.

PLO said...

I had to go back here, I had no idea you took in renters. what a brilliant idea! My Grandma and Grandpa had renters (they lived in a college town), what a great way to keep the house...even though you are losing rooms. they sound crazy, but harmless. They should give you some good joke material, fore shore! I hate hippies too.

Claire said...

I'm one year too late. But I liked reading it!! I've been trying to stalk, er, catch up with your blog now that I've found you. I hate reading blogs thinking "what, who, what?" no stories make sense.
Now, I just need to find out what happened with the koolaid, non hippie bunch..