Today was another busy day (as usual) with me "chained" to my desk, when I started to hear the "s" sounds coming from one of my coworkers in a cubicle area just below mine. I used to sit in that area, and I really had a hard time with my coworkers frequent "s" sounds when she'd read out loud to herself, or hiss through her teeth while she was thinking. Without those sound masking speakers, I could hear her "s" sounds as clearly as when we were in the same cubicle pod. The only way I could cope now was to wear my favorite earbuds instead, but it was a pain in the neck to constantly be putting them in and taking them out every few minutes to deal with phone calls, visiting teammates, or just getting up to walk to another part of the office.
We also had our monthly staff meeting at lunch. I've already gotten into the habit of sitting at the front corner of the cafe where the meetings are held, so close to the screen that I could practically touch it. Being in the front allows me to avoid any visual triggers by people eating or fidgiting in adjacent tables/chairs. I'm also lucky that the presenters use a microphone so that the meetings can be recorded as well as for the sound to be clearly heard by the other two offices that attend via web conference technology. With all the presentations being amplified, I'm able to wear earplugs to block out softer eating and fidgiting sounds. At times, I feel like I'm back in middle school sitting at the front of the classroom, but if being proactive in where I sit in meetings helps lessen trigger exposure, I don't care. It's just a shame that the earplugs weren't good enough to block out all the whistling that happens when the meeting was adjourned. Oh well.
On another note... I decided it was time to change out the poll question on the front page of this website. This new question does allow people to share where their ideal haven from triggers would be. (I moved the old question to the "Past Polls" page.) If anyone has suggestions for poll topics, please let me know via the "Contact Us" page. I'm always open to hear other people's ideas and I'd like these polls to be a fun interactive portion of this website that everyone can enjoy.
One last thing... I've officially started tweeting! The twitter feed will be @SenseHaven and I will not only connect this blog with the twitter account, I'll also try to tweet things live, instead of waiting to relay thoughts and experiences later in a LONG blog entry. Hopefully, this will allow future blog entries to be more concise.