The smoking bathroom

1 Aug

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We LOVE our new place.  Sure, we went from a 4 bedroom house with a yard to a 2 bedroom apartment.  But it’s ours.  Well, we don’t own it, but you know, only our little family lives in it.  It’s cozy.  I can prepare dinner on the large kitchen bench that overlooks the living/play/dining room while Hannah happily plays.  I got to organise everything in the kitchen just the way I like it.  If I have to pee in the middle of the night (who am I kidding, I’m 39 weeks pregnant, it’s more like when I have to pee in the middle of the night), I can roll out of bed and walk to the bathroom naked.  No clothes needed, I’m not going to run into anyone except for Aaron, and he likes it when I’m naked anyway (I’m sure he’s blushing as he reads this…).  There is a big bathtub and a modern spacious kitchen.  The list goes on and on.

Even Hannah loves it here.  Whenever we go elsewhere, she looks at me all serious-like and says “Hannah go home now to new house.”  Never in a million years did I think she’d take to a new place so well, especially since it meant leaving Grandma and YaYa behind.  I guess she thought it was too crowded too.  Plus now the big screen TV is in the same room she plays in, so she gets to watch Mickey and Dora on it; something she never got to do before.  She even said she wants to share her room with Baby Brother.

The move probably would have been a lot smoother if Hannah didn’t get sick soon after and end up in the hospital, but that’s a whole ‘nother story….

The only problem with the new place is the smoking.  We don’t smoke.  Yuck.  I’ve never even tried one.  Ick.  Just the thought makes me cringe!  But our neighbours all seem to smoke.  Except maybe the other new tenant across the way who also has a 2 year old girl.  And smoke travels.  There is no smoking allowed inside the building, so everyone goes just outside their doors and smokes there instead.  I can smell smoke like no ones business.  Sigh.  It comes under our door and assaults my nostrils.  Smoke that has been in someone else’s body comes in my door and enters my body.  Ew. Just because you want lung cancer doesn’t mean I do…. I think I need to buy a door snake.  Maybe that will help.

Fair enough, I can see why the smoke comes in under the front door.  That makes sense.  But a some of the time, there is a strong smell of cigarette smoke in the bathroom.  Yeah, the bathroom.  The bathroom that has a closed window, is on the second story of the apartment building (with the rest of our apartment of course), has no common walls with any other unit, and has a bunch of trees right out side it (so no one can stand under it smoking).  I can’t for the life of me, figure out why the bathroom smells like smoke.  How did the smell get there?  It’s not like Aaron or I am hiding out in the bathroom chain smoking.  It’s certainly not Hannah. Are all the vents connected and someone is cheekily smoking in their bathroom?  But then wouldn’t I see smoke coming out of them? Maybe it’s like Toy Story and our bathroom fixtures all get together and party while we’re out. Hmmm…..

10 Responses to “The smoking bathroom”

  1. LB(cruiseshipblogger) August 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I see how you are. The very day I say my post with a cartoon toilet comes out next sat, YOU post one with a cartoon toilet. Oh well, I copied the idea of doing a cartoon at all from you, so fair enough.

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) August 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      Well if it makes you feel better, I actually did that post yesterday before I knew you were posting yours. I just set it up to automatically post this morning. So, pure coincidence…..

  2. idiosyncraticeye August 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I hate the smell of smoke too. We can’t open our bedroom windows at the moment because our new neighbours below smoke. 😦 Maybe try washing down the walls with something strong in case an ex-tenant had the habit of sneaking a smoke in there. Enjoy your new place! 🙂

  3. LB(cruiseshipblogger) August 2, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Second hand smoke is really bad for kids, hopefully you don’t have to stay there long. One of the guys I used to work with only smoked outside, and his kids were sick all the time. Then he quit smoking and the kids stopped getting sick. Actually it is bad for adults too, but most can handle it better than the kids (unless they are allergic like me, I guess I can’t come to visit until you move.)

  4. Amy August 2, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I am so there with you. Great apartment but everyone here smokes! Our upstairs neighbors smoke in their bathroom and all the bathrooms share vents, so OUR bathroom smells like smoke when they do it. I can see smoke, being hot, RISING, but falling? Seriously? Second hand smoke is a determined killer! It REALLY pisses me off when they do it but what can you do? Ask them to not smoke in their own apartment? Sure I could report them to management but what do I say? With my highly sensitive pregnancy nose I smell smoke in my bathroom from theirs? Please investigate and punish?

    Way to make friends with the neighbors!

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) August 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

      Yeah, that’s my dilema too, I don’t want to piss off the neighbors! Oh, and my immediate neighbor, who smokes just outside our door is our real estate agents sister-in-law, so that kind of complicates that too… But ick, I hate smoking! it’s been a lot better recently though, it seems to only be on the weekends. I think maybe the young guys downstairs get plastered and smoke in their bathroom on the weekend or something.

  5. Brandi August 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I smoked for 12 years and even then I couldn’t stand the smell of smoke. Now that I’ve quit (3 years in Aug) and am pregnant, the smell makes me want to lose it! It is very possible that there is a connection in a vent somewhere that leads to where people are smoking. Chances are you wouldn’t see it though. I’d try closing any vents and see if that helps.

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) August 3, 2011 at 6:18 am #

      Unfortunately the vents don’t close 😦 it’s just the exhaust fan (that automatically turns on with the light) and then those permanent ones they have in the corners of old buildings. Oh, and the drain in the floor which is where I think the smell is coming from but Aaron thinks I’m crazy.

  6. rsalotto July 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I live in income based housing and cannot afford to move. I started smelling smoke from my neighbors in the bathroom, but found gaps between pipes and wall which i sealed tonight. I too am pregnant, having my second child next week. I am vigilant about keep cracks sealed, wall outlets plugged, and air purifiers in every room. We have been here 6 months and no one has been sick, it even seems i am the only one who smells it! Also i have asked my neighbors not to smoke in the back since it filters up to my childrens room when the window is open on a hot day. they were nice enough to stop, they smoke out front so i keep my kitchen windows closed, vents closed etc. I doubt smoke travels through our thick walls so i hope this is the end of the problem. I am tired of being surrounded by smokers and thier nasty habit, it kills more than just the smoker! I just wonder how much exposure it takes to get sick since it seems unavoidable.

    • Mommy Adventures July 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Ick, I don’t even know why people still smoke, it’s so gross! I hope all of your vigilance pays off 🙂

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