So I recently moved out of my relatives basements into the upper floor of a townhouse. At first it was great...some space away from my family, being literally 2 minutes from my boyfriend's apartment...nice area...roommate(who owns the house) works nights, so I (mostly) have the house to myself.
However, it's now been almost a week and a half and I am finding that I don't like it here anymore. Maybe you all can offer some advice? Here are the issues I have:
1) I live on the 4th floor of the house, so all the heat rises. It's almost always too hot at night. I feel uncomfortable adjusting the thermostat because even though I pay rent it's not my house. (I went into roommate's room while she was out and it was just as hot in her room, except she has no fan. So I don't think heat bothers her)
2) Roommate has two dogs, one of which sleeps/lounges in his bed at the bottom of the stairs. (He's a german shepar, rott weiler mix, so pretty big. I am not scared of him, but every morning, it is a pain to step over him trying not to lose my balance, especially if I have a bunch of binders and school stuff in my hands. He has been sleeping there for 10 years, so I don't think she is going to change it)
3) I never know when roommate is going to be home (ie: She has been home Saturday, Sunday and Monday. She occasionally posts her work schedule on the fridge, but not all the time. I feel weird asking her to do so). So I don't really feel relaxed
4) She is like too trusting. She leaves the sliding glass door to the basement unlocked whenever she isn't home (she works from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. most days) so the dogs can go outside and pee whenever they feel like it. She also leaves the front door unlocked when she walks the dogs (even at night) and she has no blinds in the kitchen, so u can see straight into her house all the way to the family room
5) I feel uncomfortable having company downstairs unless I know for sure she is going to be out all night because it's HER t.v. in the family room.
6) Roommate's other dog has psychological issues. So if he is not wearing his shock collar he barks. A LOT. LOUDLY. When roommate is home, she lets him walk loose on the 2nd floor. If he hasn't seen me for awhile, he "greets" me by barking. A LOT. LOUDLY. If I pet him then go to pet the German/Rott, he gets jealous I guess and barks even more. Sometimes she has to pick him up so he'll calm down.
7) Recently, I brought some chicken home from KFC. I guess the dogs aren't used to the fried smell (roomate is very health conscious) because they went CRAZY. The little one kept jumping up on my leg, whimpering, pacing back and forth between my legs. The Rott/German sat a few feet away and just stared at me.
Even though he's friendly, he is still a BIG DOG. I felt really uncomfortable.
My roommate kept trying to shoo them away, but they wouldn't leave me alone. When she left the room to go to the bathroom, the big dog came over to me and started licking my legs and trying to lick my fingers. Finally, I put my food away in the fridge. I wasnt done but i was tired of being hassled. The two dogs spent the next 30 minutes sniffing and pawing at the carpet underneath the table where I'd been eating, I guess looking for crumbs
I talked to my boyfriend about it and he understands my concerns but he is like, "You need to give it at least six months"
I talked to my Mom and she said she wouldn't like the living situation, especially the dogs
Edit: Right now I can hear my roommate downstairs in the kitchen. I want to go make myself a sandwich but I am instead sitting upstairs hungry because I don't want to:
1) To talk to her (she's nice but I don't feel like socializing)
2) Pretend to enjoy the dogs, especially if they decide to start bugging me for my food
3) Let her see me carrying food upstairs to my room