Living alone teaches you a lot about yourself. You learn pretty quickly whether or not you’re truly a social person. You learn if you’re a skittish person, easily frightened or quickly discouraged. And, in my case, you learn what kind of housekeeper you are (I’m a procrastinator, which means I only clean when company is coming over… and even then I may not do the dishes).
I have lived on my own since 2007, alone in a great big old farm house smack dab in the middle of 640 acres of wheat and alfalfa (of which, only five acres belongs to me). And I’ve loved it. Even during the storms and the floods and the blizzards and the droughts, I’ve loved every minute of it. But this year, that’s getting ready to change.
I’m getting a roomie.
My best friend and the other half of my brain is moving out to stay with me until May, when she will (Lord willing) return to the UK—this time for two years.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a little nervous about the whole thing. I haven’t had a real roommate since 2001 (my brother during college doesn’t count, and neither do my parents when we shared an apartment in 2006). I wasn’t a very good roommate then, and I hope I’ve learned some things about sharing life with people not related to me since.
But then there’s the other part of me that’s so freakin’ excited I can hardly sit still. My best buddy! Living in my house! So exciting‼ I think she’s going to be ready to go back to England in May. I will have driven her nuts probably.
But even when May is finished and she has flown back over the ocean, I still won’t be back to living on my own because my parents will be coming out, probably in June. And this time they’re staying—for good! Retirement has finally arrived!
So 2014 is going to be the year of getting used to changes. We’ve got to get the house ready for more than one person to live in again. Poor old place won’t have hosted so many people for so long a time since my brother and I were in high school. We have a lengthy laundry list of issues to address, namely updating the plumbing and installing climate control on the second level. Who knows what we’ll get to, but we’re going to try!
You can expect an update after the move in is completed, hopefully with photographs. What I’ve learned over the last 20 years or so, whenever my best friend’s brain gets together with mine, fun stuff usually happens. Maybe I need to start a Whirly & Ducky series on here….
Also, you can expect an update with my goals for 2014 coming soon. I just have some decisions to make before I can really solidify my plans for the year! It’s going to be exciting!