||[Jan. 3rd, 2007|03:04 pm]
I asked my next door neighbor to feed my cat while I was at home for two weeks. She does this for me quite often, mostly because she offered to do it once, and now she gets outright offended if I ask anyone else to do it. Seriously, she told me off once when I asked my other neighbor to do it. I don't like it when this neighbor watches my cat because she gives her fresh catnip, which Halcyon then licks off of the carpet and she ends up with terrible hairballs and yaks all over the place for a few weeks. And does the neighbor clean up the cat-yak? No. So I spend my first night at home seeking out and cleaning up all the hiding spots that Halcyon pukes in.|
But that's not the real reason I don't like having this neighbor watch my cat. It's really because I worry about what she does in my apartment when I'm gone. Once, when I came back, I found that my bed had been made, and there was a toothbrush that did not belong to me in my bathroom, and a coffee mug that did not belong to me in my kitchen. The last time I was gone, I found that she had put a lazy susan underneath my TV in the living room. This time, I came home and found one of her highball glasses in the sink, and a portable alarm clock on the endtable by my sofa. SHE LIVES LESS THAN 50 FEET FROM MY DOOR! Why is she sleeping in my apartment???
As far as I can see, there are two possible explanations. One is that she is a miser, and wants to sponge off of my electric bill instead of using her own while I am away. This would explain the fact that every year, my electric bill is higher in December than it is in January or February, despite the fact that I am gone for two weeks of the month. However, I should note that she likes to watch TV, and she has cable in her apartment, but I do not.
The second explanation is that she is somehow creepily trying to live my life while I am away. She's in her 50's, she drinks herself into oblivion most nights, and she is REALLY fond of telling me how much we're alike. As you might imagine, this makes me cringe every time she says it.
I'm just creeped out now. The toothbrush and coffee mug that one time were suspicious, and the fact that she made my bed was REALLY suspicious, but finding an alarm clock in my apartment is definite proof that she was spending the night there, and that's just fucking bizarre.