I'd need some insanely nitpicky housemates though... since I am a clean freak and a germophobe and despise when people leave messes anywhere. Hm... I wonder if the neighbors or people in the same building would be better... either way I would have someone who could look after our place while we're away and take care of the doglets.
I am reading now, don't get me wrong.... I just have this restless moodiness that sets in under such conditions.
One good thing about getting older is that you realize what you can change and what you need to work around, or adjust for in order to be happy.
The bad thing is, most of us live a very isolated life.