Living with Someone with Different Temperature Preferences

My best friend Sarah is crazy.

  • I love Sarah to death, and we are truly the very best of friends.

We have known each other since fifth grade, and we have been inseparable ever since then. We are both single women at the time, so we decided to rent an apartment together since it was cheaper, and it would be safer for us. We really love all that we get to do together. The only time we are ever separated is while we are at work. I am a teacher, and Sarah works at a meat factory. It boggles my mind to think that she works at a meat factory when she has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She says she loves her job, and it pays pretty well. However, she has come home with pneumonia four times in the past two years because of how cold she is all day long. Because the employees are chopping fresh meat all day, the factory has to be kept at a very cool temperature. Sarah is a really small woman; she’s 5’2 and weighs less than a hundred pounds. Her little body just can’t take the cold. She has the thermostat in our apartment turned up to eighty degrees year round because she is so cold all the time. I keep trying to tell her that working in this factory is not good for her, but she insists that she’s fine and that she loves her job. I hope she’ll come to her senses one day and quit, but until then, I guess I have to get used to living in a sona.