1. Lorin
    November 13, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    My husband says that if a mouse farts in the basement I could hear it. I’m sensitive, too. Which doesn’t bode well for our three very loud children. My husband is also loud with the dishwasher! ugh I hate that. He just slams everything around! Akc! I try to do it first. LOL Great post.


  2. cheapdiva
    November 13, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    In my family we all hate noisy chewers! My son asked for a different table in a restaurant a few years ago because the guy next to him was too noisy – embarrasing his poor wife!

    My husband slurps his soup and coffee and makes as much noise as possible – which drives us all nuts!!


  3. Danielle @Storypiece
    November 13, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    Awwww…. my kindred spirit! Noise makes me lose my mind and I’m married to a man who finds silence suffocating and deafening. Good times!


  4. Genevieve
    November 13, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    The noise/annoying habit issue should be a deal breaker when you’re considering a lifetime with someone. It only gets worse until you consider divorce to prevent homicide….or suicide. Single people, do not doubt me.

    VEB….oh, me, you entertain us all beyond measure. Just look what you have stirred up.


  5. Linda Phillips
    November 13, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    Again…..so funny!!! I am totally with you on the noise thing…..barking dogs, I have clawed my own eyes out!!!!….and how about airplanes??
    A crying baby is nobody’s fault but how about screaming 7 and 8 year olds????
    One time I had to hiss , “This if First Class on an airplane, not a gymnasium!” as the two kids were swinging their feet in the air while holding on to the arm rests……yelling and screaming…..really??????


  6. Jan Ohlssen
    November 14, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    I’m definitely confused. Is “the box” suppose to be used as a shaft for an elevator???


  7. Sharyl Murphy
    November 14, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I sell a magnet with a 50’s couple pictured on it, sitting in their living room, he is reading the paper and she is reading or sewing or something and she is saying…
    “go ahead, make that noise in your throat one more time…I dare you…” It’s hysterical and yes, I know exactly what you mean about the noise thing!


  8. Linley
    November 14, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    This comment is unrelated to your post, but I just saw this on pinterest, and since you’re working on your kitchen design, I figured you need to see this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/241857442462328564/
    I’m not sure it fits your style completely, but it IS a disco ball.


  9. nancy
    November 14, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    I hate noise and it makes me very cranky.


  10. cl
    November 14, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    I also have incredible hearing, but the things that drive me crazy are barking dogs or parties when trying to sleep, people chewing loudly, think carrots, next to me, and animals on my roof running around and doing who the heck knows what?! You might want to try Epsom salt baths 3 x a week. Or magnesium. It has a calming effect, which I obviously need more of as I forget to take it and do not do my baths often enough.
    We won’t even get into how sensitive my nose is!
    Also your house is lovely,not so much the box. You might want to add bars and deposit noisy ones in said box. JK


  11. Elizabeth
    November 14, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    A shame about you not having enough ‘before’ photos. I’ve been there too. Now we over-compensate by taking photos of our renovation work from every angle as it progresses. The tradies look at you a bit strangely.


  12. D'Arcy H
    November 14, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    I’m glad to read another post about your house! Your garret getaway will be awesome, especially if you get rid of that ugly box and find a better way to close off the stairwell. That box ruins the beautiful railing! We, too are working on finishing off our attic and turning it into an art studio. You will no doubt beat us to the finish line.


  13. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse
    November 15, 2013 @ 1:42 am

    Maybe the previous owner of your house is the American cousin of the previous owner of my cottage: he too thought that painting everything in bright orange, bright yellow and bright pink would cover for the inexistant renovation of a very old cottage. Did yours like to add different layer of colour with a sponge on the same wall??? Mine loved that!
    I adore the sash windows and their molding in your attic… It looks very “Charmed” to me… Are you going to practise magic there?


  14. Alex
    November 15, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    I’ll send you some ear plugs. We have lots. Something about our kids…


  15. Kiki
    November 16, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    To add another thought to all the ‘insults’ and punishments for noisy eaters/snot pullers etc:

    The alleged power to charm down insanity, or ferocity in beasts, is a power behind the eye.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Let’s stop them in their unbearable, irritating, fury-creating snottiness/noisiness…. with our mind’s power! 🙂

    Even if your Victorian pile is never going to be finished, you have us hooked with your hilarious posts. Thank you dear woman.


  16. Carol M
    November 16, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I get the whole noise thing. For me it’s “mouth noises” mainly. People chewing loudly or with their mouths open, sipping soup or coffee, etc. I see someone else mentioned misophonia — discovered that term a year or so ago. Finally have a name for it which was vindication for me as my husband just thought I was weird and annoying. It also explains why it seems to run in the family: my aunt, my sister, my niece are all overly irritated by the same noises.


    • Kiki
      November 16, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      VEB; see what I mean??? Never knew about this illness WITH a name…. highly educative, your blog – should be compulsory reading!


  17. Ann
    November 17, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    You definately should have stabbed that sniffing stupid shit. No court of law would have held you responsible, he brought it on himself.

    Here is the deal about noise, women are physiologically capable of shutting out sound, they have to be able to hear the children cry out for them. That’s it. You well know your loving husband can shut off his hearing in a New York second. Who said we were all created equal? That is a silly myth.

    Love your blog.


  18. Mary Ann
    November 18, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Hellohellohello fellow Misophonic!
    Just read your post and I have to tell you…when I found out there is a REAL disorder that causes folks like us to react in socially inappropriate ways(!) when we hear certain noises…I spent the next two days researching it. Wowza. A revelation. All these years. Wowza. Anyway, I burst out laughing when you wrote of your socially inappropriate pencil-stabbing urge! I, too, had the EXACT same experience during my A.C.T. exam!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I shot the offender (a girl) dirty look after dirty look until she finally asked me if I had any tissues… NO!!! Hello? But if I had a runny nose on A.C.T. DAY you better believe I would have!! Jeez. So….you and I would have *both* been at Harvard were it not for those insensitive pigs. Sigh.
    BTW…Love your blog!
    Your support group friend,
    Mary Ann 🙂


  19. Kristne
    November 19, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    I have an attic, but not like yours. Mine is new and has no character. It has no heat either so I don’t do much plotting or crafting during snow season.

    I love paper, but tend to hoard it, in books and folios. If anyone give me a gift, bound paper sends me….
    I also hate noise at night. I sleep with an extra pillow over my head. I thank the vet for the pills that keeps the dog from scratching all night long. Now I need something for the Paul in my life to stop his snoring. I keep him around because he is handy – maybe not as handy as yours. But handy enough – he does laundry.

    I love your blog – it’s like being the nosy neighbor – not the snot dripping one, just the one who knows everybody’s business – from behind the curtains.


  20. Mavis
    January 2, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Noooo!!! All of basic morality dictates that the box must go. You, more than anyone, should know that practicality has NOTHING to do with it. Just a simple matter of right and wrong. Pull yourself together woman. For the sake of mankind.



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