Alright, my thoughts so far on the roommate:
She seems very nice. She's quiet, she doesn't want to have parties. She's new to the area so I don't think she has many/any friends here, but I don't think she wants to bring them here anyway. However, she leaves almost every day for hours and I'm not sure where she goes. Which is weird to me, because she doesn't know anyone here. But I guess I can't knock it really. I haven't had an opportunity to spend much time in the living room watching tv/being on my laptop with her because she's not been around much. But I question whether routine will change when classes start back up.
She's an undergrad. She was in the air force for a long time and she wants out now and to find a new career. There is a community college near here, so she's apparently going to the community college.
My only two concerns:
She might be too messy. I'm not happy with the length of time she leaves her dishes sitting out, or the fact that she left her garbage sitting in the living room. She basically pulled the garbage bag out of her bedroom, and set it by the living room door (presumably to haul it out to the dumpster) and then left it sit there for days. I feel like this is something I need to address at some point, but I'm going to give it some time to see what her habits are. She's still adjusting to a new place.
She has a long distance boyfriend in New Mexico (also air force) right now, but she says in 2-3 months he is moving here. She said some things that make me feel that she intends to have him over here... all. the. time. Maybe I'm just jumping the gun and being paranoid, because I had a roommate before where her boyfriend's presence was a problem. He was a permanent fixture in our place. And he was very rude to me. This is potentially something I will have to address in 2-3 months.
Overall, I'm very pleased. I think this is a very good pairing, and I have lucked out.
Does anyone have any recommendations about how to deal with messy roommates?