Friday, April 29, 2011

Cooing Doves, Cigarette Smoke and One Pound Down

So... I got on me scale, this morning and I am down a pound. In two weeks. Yeah. Not so impressed with myself. I admit to doing some comfort eating and allowing William being on vacation to be an excuse to eat salty, crunchy things I have no business going anywhere near. It is my fault and I am not blaming anyone. I am happy that I haven't gained anything but still... I really need to get my old momentum back. This slow loss, fooling around bullshit has to end.


My windows are open and I am listening to doves cooing. There are a ton of them, around here. They like to hang on power lines, in trees or on my gutters and coo and look all soft and grey and big eyed and sweet. I like them. There is something comfortable and comforting about them being nearby.

Well, it is Friday. William lives. He goes back to work in two days so I have decided not to kill him. I can do two more days. lol

No laundry, today. :D Yippee! I think I can go at least the next couple of days before firing up the washer, again. That will be nice. I don't mind doing laundry. I really don't. I just don't want to have to do it so frakking often, youknowwhatImean?

Okay, I have something I need to gripe about. My common wall neighbour. Now, they are nice people, for the most part. Friendly and not too noisy. Yes, he has a bit of a boomer of a voice, but he isn't deliberately loud or obnoxious. She is really quiet. so no complaints, there, But I do have one huge gripe. Cigarette smoke. These are non smoking units. Smoking is not allowed inside these condos, at all. It is a condition of the lease. Sadly, my neighbours think that no smoking inside means that smoking outside is perfectly acceptable.

Uh... Unless your neighbour has her windows open and is trying to enjoy fresh air and soft breezes and instead is getting a sniffer full of your clouds of noxious, toxic, stinky cigarette smoke courtesy of the prevailing winds and your smoking just a few feet from her windows.

Look. I am all for freedom of choice. In fact, I am a huge proponent of it. I don't feel as if I have any right to tell someone that they can or can't smoke. That is a personal choice. Those are his lungs and he has every right in the world to char them, if that makes him happy. However, does he have any right to smoke outside non smoking units and send his stinky, nasty smoke into my non smoking home and force me to breathe, smell and choke on it? While he is exercising his rights, he is stomping all over mine. I don't want to breathe and smell cigarette smoke in my home. If I did, I would buy a pack and light up.

But I don't. That is one reason why we chose to live here. No smoking. No stinky leftovers of smoke from previous tenants. No breathing or smelling smoke. Until the weather started to warm up and our windows started spending more and more time open. I don't know what to do about this situation. I mean, he is smoking outside, so technically, he isn't violating the terms of his lease. But his smoke is flooding into my home. And I don't like it. Not one little bit.

So, do I have to just keep my mouth shut and learn to tolerate it? Can I say something to him? Cry to my landlord? Do really pissy, passive aggressive things like cough really super loud, moan and complain about ugh! smoke! and then slam my windows shut while saying how hot my house will get because certain people have to blow their nasty smoke into my home? Would he even get the "hint"? Would he even give a flying fuck?

I don't want to be a bad, bitchy neighbour. But I also don't want to share his cigarette smoke. *sigh* Anyone happen to have any insight? Know what my legal rights in a situation like this might be?

Golly, dinner smells good. I am making baked chicken. There is salad and I am going to do some Summer squash, too. I am hongry. And feeling a little sick to my stomach, too. My right side at my gallbladder was pinching, earlier. They two go together. Blech!

Okay, I guess I should go check on dinner and hit the loo. And I want to read some blogs, while I am waiting for the chicken to finish baking so I will talk to you all, later.


  1. OMG - that is seriously annoying. I'm not sure I could do nothing. I'm all for people smoking in their own air - but not in mine. You have rights too.

  2. I'm not sure what you can do about the smoker but it seems like there should be some way to get him to smoke far away from your windows. Have you mentioned to him that sometimes you are getting his smoke? If he is aware of the problem he might be more considerate.

  3. I really hope your neighbor wants to keep his smoke out of your house. Good luck when you talk to him. I definitely would.
    Nice job not killing your husband and good job losing and not gaining!

  4. In this case, the best road to take might be a nice neighborly approach. He probably doesn't realize that stuff is going right on into your windows. With the warmup, he doesn't really need to hang so close the house, right? Congrats on dropping the pound! At least you didn't gain and are still going down. Oh to do that! I suppose if I cared enough, I'd try harder. Alas, I really don't care all that much any longer. It just is what it is for me. (Please don't take on my downer attitude, k, darlin'???)


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