I was looking at my Twitter feed and noticed an interesting post by someone who mentioned the sounds of fireworks being annoying. It made me think that might be an interesting poll question, so I've added it here at the bottom of this entry. (Figured the two on the home page are still relatively recent, and this one is so specific to the holiday, I'd just leave it here.)
A big part of my holiday was spent doing major clean-out of my apartment, in preparation for a job move (once I decide on which offer to accept). Let's just say that this negotiation process is a real pain in the butt!
One of the considerations I've had to make when considering the offers is where I'd live in each of the potential new locations. This is the first time I've looked into housing options since having been diagnosed with misophonia. Definitely a different experience than in previous years... Now when I look at apartments or houses, I'm not only looking at commuting distance/times, the cost of rent, and minimum square footages, I'm keeping an eye out for potential sound issues, how close are neighbors (or the adjacent houses), is there a school/dog park/airport or other high activity places nearby. I'm also mindful
about which floor the apartment is located. After the horrendous experience in the middle floor when I first moved to the Midwest, I learned that If it's a wood-framed building, I'd need to have a top floor apartment - preferably on the corner with fewer neighbors. That way I don't have to hear footsteps or things dropping in the apartment above me, or the water going down the pipes when they flush toilets and empty the bathtub. It's exhausting - and limiting - having so many restrictive criteria, but I know it's a necessary "evil," if don't want to be tormented in my new abode.
Cleaning out my apartment, I came across a bunch of helpful CD's I picked up while at Mayo two Decembers ago. I must've had some great unconscious foresight when choosing them. Two of the CD's were about mindfulness meditation and lowering my stress levels. Wish I listened to them sooner. Oh well, at least I have them now.