The Roommate Contract

Ashlie and I have an unspoken roommate agreement. Things like picking up after yourself within a reasonable time frame, keeping the dishwasher running on a regular basis, taking turns cooking, and keeping tabs on one another is a given. I'm amazed at how easy it was to fall into this routine and, more times than not, we rarely have to even discuss these things. Every possible "worry" I might have had about gaining a roommate after not having one for a year has been erased completely.

Graduation Ashlie and Me 1

But what I didn't expect was that it would be so much more. That Ashlie would take this roommate contract to a whole new level.  Here are five of MANY things Ashlie has taught me about being roommates:

#1: Spend time together. 

Ashlie is not only my roommate, but she's a best friend. She's seen me at my absolute worst and yet she still wants to hang out with me. This past weekend we made a point to spend time together because we won't be together for the next three weekends in October! It's practically blasphemy.

#2: Roommates who watch TV together, stay together.

She has introduced me to about five different TV shows that I didn't watch before or hadn't seen in awhile.  Hello PLL, Grey's Anatomy, The Voice, Project Runway, Revolution, The Blacklist...did I miss any? (We watch a lot of TV in our apartment. No judging.)

#3: On the outside, people may not understand the depth of your friendship.

We often communicate via hashtag. Through texting. In our individual rooms across the hall. #wecantstop

#4: Embrace the ridiculousness that is your life. 

We've named our apartment Casa de Hot Mess in honor of the seemingly endless fails that happen to us on a regular basis.  Instead of allowing it to bring us down, we tend to throw our hands up and laugh at the potholes of life in which we find ourselves. There are some deep potholes out there, man...

#5: Be each other's advocate.

Okay...now for the heavy stuff. I can't even begin to describe how much Ashlie supports me. Not only does she listen to my problems and make sure I'm doing okay, but she also fights for me. Every single day. For those of you who are close to us, you know what this means. She is a loyal and steadfast friend who recognizes the good in people and fights for that goodness to be recognized and celebrated. I am forever indebted to her.

Ashlie Me Collage

There's so much more I could say about this girl. She's truly a gem and I am blessed to know her and be a part of her amazing life. Ashlie, thank you. For everything.

I'll leave you all with this: If you find a friend who completely embraces the fact that you take blog pictures of yourself--and encourages them--she's a keeper