Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Other Occupants

I know you guys have seen glimpses into the crap-holes Baxter and I have lived in, but I figured I'd give you a quick run down of our adventures in living...because it's more fun that way:

He looked happy.
But he wasn't.
1) When I first got him, the place I'd been living didn't allow pets. So, within a day, I moved. I knew the girl through work, and though her eyes are always rimmed red, I figured maybe it was eyeliner. It wasn't. It was, like, a permanent eye infection.

The house was infested with cockroaches. They'd invade my food, my oreos, my clothes. We only stayed there four months or so. Her dog and cat were starving to death, to the point her cat would drink soapy water out of the sink, and if left unattended, her dog would lunge into our room and eat Baxter's food. Baxter started becoming food aggressive. Because her dog also pooed and peed on the floor EVERY DAY (her room was covered in dog poop. It stayed there for WEEKS) Baxter got a rash. I got sick for three months.

Finally, I asked if she could start sanitizing and actually cleaning. She told me to move out. Thanks to the wonder of Craigslist,we did.

2) The next place we lived seemed like a saving grace. The roommate was cool and we played Wii together. There was a man who was 50-something, and the landlord who was 30-something. They were both guys, but they said they'd give me space, etc. etc. etc.

The first question I asked was, "You guys aren't infested with any bugs, are you?"

Though they said no, after my sister joined the party, it was found that the house was infested with bedbugs, and the 50-year old just liked to fight with me, then the landlord started picking fights. And for the record, if you ever get bedbugs, burn your house down. Baxter and I ended up sleeping outside, in a hammock, during the wildfires. We'd wake up covered in ash, and mosquito bites. Awful.

You can tell he's happy when he plays by himself
3)  The next place we moved to, we moved in a hurry. Though the previous tenants were up front with us about ants and cockroaches, I was suddenly no longer squeamish with these infestations.

Really, this house wasn't a bad place to live until the hurricane. And, even then, it wasn't a bad place because of the place, just bad luck. There was icky water everywhere. Baxter drank out of Britta filtered water. But this was the place I lived when I was pregnant, and unstable. Then my roommates all abanoned me and I couldn't afford the $800/month rent.

4) Skipping the homeless escapades and sleeping in the backroom of my work, Baxter and I moved to Maine where the sketchy old man exposed himself.

Though the neighbors sucked
He sure enjoyed cuddling
5) Then to the place where I thought my neighbors were going to kill me. Or him.

6) Then we moved to the place where my roommates locked me, Baxter, and my boyfriend in the basement. And threw our food on the floor.

7) Now we live in a gingerbread house. So far, it's going pretty well. The landlord is pretty chill, Baxter seems happy because he goes on more walks, and I'm a mile from work.

Long story short, I can't live with or near people. I'm a terrible roommate, and really, I don't like people being near my stuff. Right now seems pretty okay though.

Let's hope this upward trend continues.


  1. I'm glad Baxter and you are settled into somewhere you love!

  2. Hello! Umm, is this real life?? How terrible for you! At least you can get some interesting stories out of it. I sure hope you and Baxter are happy and have everything you need where you are now! Best of luck!!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  3. You should totally decorate your house with gum drops and lolly pops! Would be epic!

  4. What a big teddy bear - he's so cute! Hope things work out for you. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.


  5. I don't think the problem is you living near other people, I think the problem is the other people.

    You should probably know by know, this is completely not normal. Bug infestations. Roomates locking you in the basement. Dogs/cats crapping on the floor. I don't know how you end up with all the weird ones, but most people aren't like that.

    I haven't lived with a ton of people. And my current roommates are the laziest ones so far, but they're 8 and 6, so that's they're excuse. :) But in college I lived in an apartment w/3 guys. Had my own bedroom but shared a bathroom with them. Sometimes the bathroom got a little grungy, but nothing compared to what you went through.

    So the next time you're looking for roommates, get background checks and references. :)

    1. Oh man, Suzi, you need to review before you hit publish. I really do know how to use their correctly, I do.


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