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Okay I need to rant about my new housemate.

She has the most UNCOMFORTABLE chair ever in my room. It's her chair. But it's in my room. And today I brought up a second hand computer chair to use instead because the uncomfortable one (white, plastic, slanted backwards, too high for my short legs, weird metal legs that I keep stubbing my toes on, etc.) is giving me back pain. I asked if we could put the uncomfortable plastic chair somewhere else, for example, on the balcony where THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM. And she was like "no, it'll weather... I'd prefer if you'd keep it in your room" so I was like "okay can we keep it somewhere else in the flat because my room can't fit 2 chairs and an exercise ball". And her response was the same: "I'd prefer it if you kept it in your room." I was like "but there's plenty of space in the living room, like... around the dining table, or in this corner where it's not bothering anyone." And she was like...

wait for it...

"Well, I'd really prefer it if you kept it in your room."

Omg facepalm. Well, because I'd had a long day at work and was not ready to back down because I was ANGRY, I just moved the chair into a spare space in the living room because HELLO THERE ARE SPARE SPACES HERE and said "Can we just put it here for the moment and if it's super annoying we can find somewhere else for it" and she finally acquiesced because what was she gonna do - force the chair back into my room?

Anyway. I think it's ridiculous that this isn't even her flat - she's leasing it and we're sharing the rent - and she acts like she owns the damn place. Sure she's been here longer and her crap is in all the cupboards and she takes up 3/4 of the freezer, but YOU CAN'T KEEP YOUR DAMN CHAIR IN MY ROOM.


I suspect there will be further battles over the location of this accursed butt-rest. I will keep you updated.

Date: 2014-09-16 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh Hell to the No. You pay rent, your room is yours. She doesn't get to dictate what goes in it. No way no how. Of course having a major argument with your roomate is no fun either but you have to draw the line some place. That's your private domain. She doesn't get to rumage through your space any more than she can dictate what furniture you have in your space. Wait, she's not rumaging through your stuff when you go out is she? Have you sever seen Single White Female? Ha. Wait, don't watch that. She's a controling loon. I mean, I really hope you work out your differences and we don't see a news report about a chair being chucked out a window whilst someone was still sitting in it.

Glad to see you are settling into London so well. Hope you find a little corner of calm somewhere between the weird work place and weird home arrangements.

Date: 2014-09-17 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you're backing me up on this because otherwise I'd wonder if I was being unreasonable - she makes it seem so normal that her chair should be in my room! Crazy. And yes, I have come to realise in the last week she is weirdly territorial and controlling about the space in this flat. I have not seen Single White Female - is it about crazy housemates?

I am still looking for my corner of calm. At work I sometimes I find it in the library and my room is quite nice so they will suffice for now. How have you been? I feel out of the loop!

PS Do you have any good books/new shows to rec?

Date: 2014-09-17 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, it's about crazy roomates. It's an old movie from 1992. You probably shouldn't watch it if you want to be able to sleep without a lock on your door and a bat in hand. Ahaha.

Calm is a very precious spot to find in life. When work gets crazy sometimes we wander around in the archives in the basement for a little peace and quiet for a few minutes. I can totally understand. Fortunately I have a space to call my own. Maybe that's a suggestion you should give the school. I come from a family of teachers and everyone needs their little corner to call their own to organize lesson plans or grade papers or just to chill. They should try and give everyone their own little space, even a personal locker is helpful as a place for the teacher to store some personal items.

Hmm... what am I reading. Good question. I keep up with the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and the related series around it. It's shape shifters and werewolves and lots of other magical creatures in modern day society. I think I've mentioned it before. She had a book of short stories out this week that I burned through quickly. One of my friends favorite books are the Kim Harrison witch series that I'm still stuck on reading. She loves them. I've read the first few but I've started reading book number three (or is it four) like four times now and can't manage to get through it. She loves the series so much I keep trying to plow through it but I can't say I recommend it. She loves the main characters and I'm frustrated with the main female lead as she's self centered and doesn't see outside her own needs sometimes and it drives me batty. The writing is decent but I dunno. I'm still trying to plow through it. I picked up something called Starhawk Chronicles by Joseph J. Madden because it was a space epic and I needed some good scifi - haven't finished it yet because I jumped over to read the new Patricia Briggs instead. I think I'm currently reading like four books, why can't I just finish one and move on? Nooo I have to keep starting new ones. The Starhawk Chronicles came about because I watched Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it and wanted something set in space to read as I haven't read any true scifi recently. The setting of the book reminds me a LOT of the Serenity TV show/movie which I adored so that also drew me to it. So far it's interesting but you know how it is when picking up a new book with a totally alien universe, it takes a while to get a feel for it and understand it. I'm not far enough in to have a true feel for it yet. Hmm.. what else have I been reading. Peg reads a ton of lesbian romancy type stories - I was into those like 15 years ago and kinda was done with them so I don't read much of what she reads. She did get me to read some stuff by Robin Alexander - Just Jorie and I'm currently reading Always Alex. It's not anything you haven't read before in that two women finally figure out they should be together kind of thing, they are cute. What she thought I would like most about them is the snarky side characters which she was right I do. The Just Jorie one was better - the grandmother characters were hilarious and funny which made me laugh out loud. It took me a day to read so it's not long but it made me laugh a lot so that was cute. The rest of the story is fine, the typical story you might expect.

I'm looking forward to the coming TV season - Scorpion starts next week and looks like it might be interesting. SHIELD starts up soon too which I'm looking forward too as I enjoyed the first season. There's a new DC related series called Flash, yes as in The Flash super fast comic book dude. It's a spin off of Arrow which my friend tells me is awesome but I don't watch. The Flash is supposed to be much lighter in feel than the dark Arrow so I was going to catch a few eps to see if I like it.

Hope you find your calm. Maybe a lock for your door is in order? Privacy is important. Everyone needs a spot to call their own on the planet.

Date: 2014-09-19 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The school has given me a locker but I'm sharing it with another teacher and she is annoyingly messy. Oh well.

I will put some of those books on my to-read list. Need to find a decent library around here. A little hesitant to order from bookdepository or amazon since I don't want to add to my pile of stuff if I have to move in a hurry.

Zomg just give up on the Kim Harrison books. I ordered the 6th or 7th one a while back and couldn't read it because the whole Ivy/Rachel thing just went down the drain and Rachel was getting progressively annoyinger. It's really sad because the series had so much promise and Ivy/Rachel were such an interesting pairing to root for.

TV season! I've learned how to use proxy sites to download stuff here since there is no Netflix in this flat so I will actually be able to watch things. Might check out Flash and Arrow. I'm in the mood for something not too emotionally or intellectually strenuous. Also looking forward to SHIELD - I'd gotten into that too. AND GUESS WHAT, LUCY LAWLESS IS GOING TO BE ON IT AND SHE'S PLAYING THE GIRLFRIEND OF AGENT HAND YESSS.

Date: 2014-09-22 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, yes, I have given up hope on the Ivy/Rachel thing because YES Rachel is annoying and she keeps totally breaking Ivy in so many ways. Guess I'll heed your advice then and move on to something else. Glad I'm not the only one who finds that relationship and series disappointing.

I did know Lucy Lawless was going to be on there but had forgotten. Don't know a lot about who she is playing. I'm looking forward to it. She was on Battlestar for a while but she didn't last long. Hopefully she will fit in well with the crew on SHIELD.

Glad you found a way to proxy so you can use Netflix.

Date: 2014-09-17 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, welcome to sharehousing!

It's not great when you realise your housemate isn't meant to be sharehousing. Some people just aren't suited to it. My brother's in the process of being kicked out of his sharehouse because the other two are a couple and the girl has realised she actually can't handle sharing with someone who isn't her boyfriend. She's pretty awful.

I'm sure it will get better soon though, as she gets used to you being around and realises that you are now an equal member of the household. Stand your ground and unless she's actually an awful person, she will ease off and start respecting it.

I read your other posts too - sounds like quite an experience you're having already. I love the way you describe it all. I feel the feels. Missing you!

Date: 2014-09-17 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Seriously though, why are awesome housemates so hard to find? I waded through like 10 different places with unsuitable rooms/housemates of various sorts before picking this one and she has turned out to be A Bad Choice.

It's lovely to hear from you. When are you going to start updating a blog again? I remember greatly enjoying reading your posts back when you still made them! Have you moved in with Beth yet? Update me on all the goss - by email if you'd prefer not to make it all public on a comment thread, haha.

Date: 2014-09-17 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's been a day! Is there an update?

Date: 2014-09-18 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The chair has stayed outside - I think I may have won the battle.

However she's got a friend coming over tonight to crash in the living room. Sigh.

Date: 2014-09-19 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And if they need to move the goes into HER ROOM. It's her chair.

Date: 2014-09-19 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The logic is inescapable.


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