Thursday, July 19, 2007

Hand me those ear plugs!


We have lived in our current house for 21 years, 2 months and 9 days (but who's counting?). When we first moved in, it was a new subdivision, and we put up with the constant noise of construction around us for several months, then spasmodically for probably a couple of years as the odd vacant block was built on. But the two blocks directly opposite us remained undeveloped all this time.....

What's the chances that anything would happen now, when we only have a matter of weeks left living here?

Of course, Murphy's Law dictated that this week, men with big yellow construction vehicles would arrive, and they have been digging, and thumping, and reversing (beep-beep-BEEP!!!) and did I mention BANGING AND CRASHING??? The racket starts at 7:15 or thereabouts every day. It's not like we get woken up or anything (ha! 7:15 would be a sleep-in!) - it's just that I'm trying to work here, and there is this CONSTANT. EFFING. NOISE. GOING. ON.

It's only been just over an hour this morning, but I'm about ready to scream. I have two programs to write today, emails to answer, some research to get stuck into, and a whole heap of admin work....and I cannot think! I swear I can actually feel my blood pressure rising and I'm beginning to feel homicidal....

I think a coffee break will be in order shortly. Somewhere that is not here. A place where the rattle of dishes, the chatter of customers and the hiss of the coffee machine sounds like a whispered lullaby.

Excuse me while I curl up on the floor and sob uncontrollably for a while....

9 comments:

stacytoby said...

I hear ya Kerryn. For three months now I have had roadworks and subdividing going on across the road from 7am-6am, a nightmare! To make matters worse, they were running behind schedule a few weeks ago, so what did they do? WORKED ALL NIGHT! The smell or tar, the rumbling of rollers making the windows and lights shake, I was so annoyed!

Ear plugs were my best friend - highly reccommended! :)

Stacy

kathrynoh said...

Yikes, not good at all. I bet they start work really early too (not that that'd bother you).

Lyn said...

mmmm ... coffeeeeee!! whoops sorry you just put me in a transe with that word. Must need a coffee.

Hope they stop soon but sadly don't think they will ... bugger!!

Livy said...

I guess I am used to noise. We have the constant hum of tractors, dozers, and semi-trailers. My biggest pet hate is my yapping dogs. 7 of them. Yap, yap, yap, in the middle of the night. I have to admit, they dont' bark alot, but if there are cattle nearby.... it drives me nuts. Get up, freeze my boobies off, scream and yell, climb back into bed.. times by 5 times a night.. no wonder I am bloody tired.

Kek said...

Hmm...a 'constant hum', I could probably zone out. This is more like a constant CHUNK-CHUNK-CHUNK. Some bloody great machine breaking up basalt - of which there is an awful lot around here. *sigh*

It reminds me of a brain MRI I had once. Kind of like jackhammers being operated right next to your skull...

Cherub said...

I am sat here now listening to the silence, my kids are all out, I was thinking about putting some quiet music on, but after reading your post decided on the silence a bit longer.

I remember studying for my tax exams years ago, I was working, but had one day a week off to study, the burglar alarm of the warehouse across the road would ring out for 80-90% of the day. I know where you are coming from.

Chris H said...

Well the only consolation is you are moving!!!! Ummm, but to a new developemnt where you will probalby hear all that noise for the next few years again!!!! Go have ya coffee and get used to it chick!

Selina said...

LoL
Don't ya just wish you had a visitor there THIS Thursday that you had to entertain!
Deeeeep breaths... deeeeeep breaths

MTB Girl said...

Go find a coffee shop with WiFi - just what you need! Coffee and the ability to work.

It is Murphy's Law that they would start so close to you leaving - maybe they are just getting you ready for your new abode ;)

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