The Curse of White Noise

by Ginger on July 5, 2011

in I'm a Disaster

I have a thing about noise.

Which, considering the facts that I have a cat, a dog, a toddler, a husband, and I live on a busy street, means I’m constantly a little on the twitchy side.

This was brought back to my attention again today because we had to break down and plug in all the fans and the portable AC. One of the downfalls of living within about 10 miles of the beach is that many of the homes are built with no AC. Which of course, would be fine and dandy if we were close enough to actually get ocean breezes, but because of the geography of where we are, we get blocked by hills. So when it hits 80 and we have an entire house of southern facing windows and sliding glass doors…it gets pretty miserable in our place.

So. Fans and a portable AC. Which, YAY, it’s cooler in the ONE room where those are. But…guys those are noisy. I mean, constant noise, noisy. Like, have to turn the TV up to the highest possible volume to have even a chance of hearing it noisy. Like, constant white noise that’s been turned up to 11 noisy.

I don’t know what it is about me, but at some point white noise starts to drive me nuts. The hum from the baby monitor. The sound of a fan. The buzz of the refrigerator. It starts to make me physically twitchy.

But in the summer, it’s all amplified. The bugs are outside causing a ruckus. The fans are constantly turned up to high. And the AC. Oh, the sweet, cool air of the AC…marred by the eye twitching NOISE. There will come a point in every day where it’s more worth it to be kind of warm than to listen to the noise for ONE MORE SECOND!

Sometimes, the thing I want most in the entire world? Total, utter, silence.

Maria July 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Haha, I conjured up some very funny images reading this! I totally get your need for silence. We lived on the corner of two main roads while we were in London. The sound of car horns and ambulances now send my blood pressure through the roof….

Maria xx

Megan July 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Yep! I totally feel you on this one. I’ve come to appreciate white noise as it helps keep Charlotte asleep even in our noisy apartment complex, but I don’t actually like hearing it.

And every goddamn morning I have to shut our bedroom window because some stupid birds are having a chat outside. Chris sleeps through it, and I want to kill him for opening the window in the first place.

Alexis July 6, 2011 at 4:58 am

Yes, this is exactly it. We have a big old rambler of a house with no A/C. By the end of the day the sound of the fans makes me want to tear my hair out. Chris doesn’t get this, but I figure he has no hearing left in that frequency since he has spent 2/3 of his working adult life basically living in an industrial environment. Sometimes I just deal with the sweating because I can’t take it for even one more second. I like the quiet of the winters here…no cars, no neighbors out and about, no cars just plain silence. Sweet silence.

Cloud July 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

We don’t have AC, either, but we are up at the top of a hill, so we get the cool ocean breezes. We aren’t really tempted to put in AC. We ARE tempted by those whole house fans you can get that turn over the air quickly. When we get home from work and throw open all the windows, it takes a while to cool things down.

I know. The trials and tribulations of the coastal dweller in San Diego….

clara July 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

We just broke out our fan last night and yeah, I hear you. I jammed toilet paper in my ears and that helped. More and more I am sleeping with earplugs in because the least thing takes me to FULL AWAKE AND FRETTING FOR HOURS in ten seconds flat. Beh.

Thinking about sleeping with my earplugs makes me happy right now. You should try some earplugs.

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