Thinking about it, eight months would have been nice amount of time.
I mean, I'll settle for five - it's better than nothing, but ideally eight months would have been the optimum time for nothing to change.
Unfortunately, it's not like you can really write to Captain Life and apply for eight months of static living please, pretty please with a cherry on top, can everything stay the same for a while. But what you can request is that if things are likely to change, that you're given a fair amount of warning.
"So, me and Girl Housemate have been thinking that we want to live on our own before getting married" started Boy Housemate this evening, arriving rather laboriously at the point after an extensive preamble. I continued to season a rather lovely bit of fillet steak.
"Yeah? That makes sense."
"And for the last month or so we've been keeping an eye out."
"Today something came up on Gumtree, just around the corner. So I went to see it."
"Oh, right. To buy?"
"So I put an offer in, and if it gets accepted - which it might not, we offered lower than they want - but we'd have about four weeks to..err...sort stuff out"
Which is how it transpired, tonight, entirely out of the blue, that I potentially have four weeks to find somewhere else to live.
It's difficult to explain without telling you all the boring details - you'll just have to take my word for it - but I can't live here if they don't.
It's difficult to explain why I didn't get angry immediately, or demand to know why, if they've been considering other living arrangements even if just for a month - they didn't think to give me a heads up until now.
And it's difficult to explain why I feel really, really shaken up by the prospect of what comes next.
Do I move in with people I don't know?
Do I, almost a year to the day after I moved back in with my parents last year, let history repeat itself?
Do I really have to call my parents up and admit that once again, things that weren't meant to fall through actually have?
And like every time something changes - I just wish for once that it wouldn't.
Or failing that, I just wish it would give me a bit more notice.