January 10, 2014

My Roomie Story (and a contest!)

Roomies I really enjoyed Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando's ROOMIES.  Now I get to share my own roommate story with you and give you a chance to win a copy!  If you want a signed copy, however, you'll have to go to one of Sara and Tara's in-store events:
  • January 12, 2014 – New York, NY: McNally Jackson
  • January 15, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT: The King's English
  • January 16, 2014 – Provo, UT: Provo Library
  • February 4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA: Books Inc, Opera Plaza
  • February 5, 2015 – Petaluma, CA: Copperfield's Books
  • Deciding on a roommate story to tell wasn't easy.  I mean, I have stories about all four of my roommates.  I decided to tell one about B, because she was my first roommate and the one who I traded emails with much like Elizabeth and Lauren in ROOMIES.  (Mostly, B and I discovered that we were scary similar and possibly the same person.)

    B was a gorgeous Amazon of a girl.  She was only a couple of inches taller than me and quite athletic.  Throw in a sense of fashion and major social skills and she definitely stuck out in a good way in the Honors dorm.  One day the guy I was seriously flirting with and I took the very serious step of convincing our groups of friends to eat together in the cafeteria.  He and one of his friends got into an argument about Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It was a pretty classic geeky argument.

    And then B just shut them down.  Turns out she was a Star Trek expert.

    That's the fun of the roommate lottery.  You get to meet someone, try to get along fast, and then learn all sorts of weird things about them you never would've guessed.  It's sometimes trying and sometimes fun, but so worth it.  Plus, sometimes you get to see a beauty queen like B prove that she's the Queen Nerd.  It's hard to box people up even when you stuff them into a dorm room.

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    1. Having roommates is such an interesting experience. None of mine turned out very good in the end and I finally chose to live alone, before I got married. There's a lot less drama that way. :)

    2. Imagine this: Bunk beds. Yes, BUNK BEDS. Now imagine four loud, gossipy girls, talking all night long, to only be shushed at every hour by the headmistress walking the halls. This is pretty much the easiest way to explain my stay.

    3. All freshmen are assigned temporary roomies during orientation before moving in with their permanent roomies before school starts. My permanent roomie and I met in the communal bathroom. We had a brief conversation before we decided that we would get along. And we did!

    4. I love hearing all these roommate stories! I had a relatively low drama roommate situation, and it sounds like you lucked out big time with B too. Thanks for sharing! :-)


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