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Confessions of a House Snob

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Civic, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    I do. I suppose I could lock up my cat in the bathroom or in a cage during the day when I'm away at work, but it would be pretty much impossible to keep her off the furniture otherwise. Counters and table tops are off limits (at least when I'm around), but otherwise, every chair, couch, bed, is a potential :cat: resting place. :D One of my sisters never allowed her cat on the furniture -- in fact, she had somehow "trained" the poor thing to walk on the plastic runners she had over the carpeting in several rooms. :eek: I'm not sure what sort of aversive tactics she used to do that, and I really don't want to know. (I still can't believe she had plastic runners on the carpeting!) :slinkaway
  2. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    What about your own? Or has that not occurred yet? ;)

    I somewhat dislike tacky weddings as well, but I have a much higher tolerance than you. One of my classmates got married in Vegas, and did a lot of it herself. It would have been really really cute the way it was, (she planned out what they were going to wear, he was in coattails and top hat, they had big cookies for a wedding cake) BUT from photos, it looked like they held the ceremony in a random hotel room! :yikes:

    And the more weddings I go to, the more I'm convinced I don't ever want to put that much effort into 3 hours of one day and that I should elope. :shuffle:

    At home, the dog isn't allowed in the bedrooms, but my sister usually finds a way to bribe him into my bed to wake me up if I'm sleeping in. :lol:

    It is possible to train cats not to jump on your furniture, but it's rather amusing when you find them sleeping in random places. :lol: And a cat sleeping with you is seriously the cutest thing ever. But at least cats clean themselves.
  3. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

    I am sorry the longer I read this thread the upset I got. I really am upset and didn't read the last few pages because of the attitudes.

    Would I like to update the exterior of our house - you bet. I know that the siding needs replacing in places. I know that if we could get new windows the house would be more heat/air economical. I know that if the interior was updated I would be happier. Do you think I enjoy living in late 80's decor? There are many reasons besides money (WHICH IS A MAJOR ONE) to not be able to do that.

    How about interior wallpaper (gasp I know that many of you think that is crass and one of the major sins someone could make) being applied by your Father in law and is a connection that your spouse is not willing to give up?
    How about not being able to do the work yourself and yet not able to pay someone to do it?
    How about being unemployed and subject to those of you who are employed and can be snobby?
    How about someone who's income is spent on medical bills
    How about someone who is helping children with some of their expenses because of a sucky economy?
    I have a sister in law and brother in law who come to visit us once every 2 years and tell me that our house is a disgrace, why don't we update it NOW.

    Regarding chain restaurants - the last time we went to a hoity toity restaurant it was over $250.00 for a meal/bottle of wine/dessert. Friends and family can give us gift cards for the chain restaurants - affordable gifts.

    ETA: It is really good that I only saw the wedding sh$t snob while scrolling up the page to get to the FSU Index.

    I am sure that all of us have some things that make us crazy, but this thread on the same page as the homeless man who returned found money is :rolleyes:

    Said my piece - out of here.
  4. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of wonderful and affordable small mom and pop restaurants in the US. Watch an episode of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.
  5. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member

    My dog (all 10 pounds of him) is allowed up on any and all of the furniture and he sleeps in our bed. He's a Maltese so he doesn't shed, but even that wouldn't matter to me.

    My mother-in-law once had a bit of a freak-out when the dog sat beside her on the couch and tapped her with his paw. She pushed him away and asked why he was up there. My response? "He lives here and you're in his spot." :p
  6. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    That's the thing, I think many of us in this thread know how picky and ridiculous we are. :lol: Or at least I do. :shuffle:

    :rofl: My mom came to visit me and lay down on my bed. The kitten (this was back when she was really tiny) came up and sat on her chest. She looked down and was like, "Excuse me!" :lol:

    Then again she did ask for a picture when the big cat decided to climb on her and fall asleep in her lap.
  7. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    The real question is whether the garden kitty allows me on the furniture :lol:
  8. PRlady

    PRlady foot in both camps

    Yep. After my earlier rant about how neat and clean I am, well, I have a long-haired cat and he sits where he wants to sit, except on the dining room table, kitchen counters or my desk. He sleeps between the pillows on my bed and if I didn't make the bed and put throw pillows there during the day he might never come out of that cave. Visit me and you get lovely long white or orange fur stuck to you, and I will provide a roller when you leave if you like. If that's a problem, don't visit. :p

    But just like the really important division in the world is not ethnic or religious but between people who have kids and people who don't, the other one is animal-lovers and their opposite numbers. Personally I think my condo building is particularly friendly because dogs are allowed here, and the non-dog-owners all have cats, but that's me. ;)
  9. millyskate

    millyskate Well-Known Member

    Not married yet, and the longer I wait the pickier I get :lol:
    I'm completely skint but if I was to get married now, I'd just get the nice dress, even if I had to get a bank loan for it!
    I think my deep dislike of cheap weddings has come of being a pastor's daughter, asked to perform in everyone and their uncles wedding. I'm someone who values experience infinitely above material possessions, so having a classy (if small) wedding is more important to me than owning a car or a house. I'm a romantic gal, what can I say :eek:

    I think you're missing the whole point of this thread. It's precisely about people who secretly appreciate luxury but realize the absurdity of it.

    Do we go around criticizing people who don't meet these "standards" IRL? Of course not. Can we meet them ourselves? Not me anyway :lol:
  10. Andora

    Andora Skating season ends as baseball season begins

    The wedding snob thing has be :shuffle:. On one hand, I was aghast at my friend's wedding that had no dinner and was generally uncomfortable for everyone but her. However, I'm not sure I'd go in for a lot of extras if I had a wedding, so... After attending so many in the last 10 years, I don't have a list of what I'd like, I have a list of what I want to avoid. :lol:

    But that's the thing with weddings: it's finances willing.

    It's a very privileged thing to be so snobby/picky about things. I'm not nearly as live and let live as I'd like to be, but I hope I'll eventually get there.
  11. Civic

    Civic New Member

    I'm afraid my earlier post left some posters with the wrong impression. My house snobbery doesn't stem from having always lived in grand, immaculately maintained dwellings. I wish. I grew up in an out-of-date house in a declining, inner-city neighborhood.

    My current dwelling is a bog standard, 1980's, faux colonial townhouse. L-shaped living/dining room, kitchen and half-bath on the first floor, two bedrooms and a full bathroom on the second floor. Sheetrock walls, kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures from Home Depot. Over the years I've replaced the carpet with hardwood floors in the living/dining room and bedrooms. My other splurge is custom window treatments.
  12. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    It's the same in almost every Muslim home I've been to as well. We also have a no shoe policy in our home. It worked out great since every room in the house is carpeted. I have a cat and I don't notice her wiping her butt on the carpet. It's just more comfortable to walk around bare foot. I hate staying in homes where I have to keep my shoes on.
  13. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I don't have a dog anymore, but she was allowed on the couch and on the bed - I always had a blanket on one part of each to mark where she was allowed to sleep (and to keep the rest of it clean). She shed like a mofo, so despite sweeping daily and vaccuuming usually 2x per week, there were always drifts of dog hair in my apartment.

    I still have a cat and she sleeps on the bed and sits wherever she pleases.

    I will say that owning pets - especially these pets - meant that I made sure to have no carpeting anywhere when I was looking for a home to buy.
  14. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    My cat pretty much is allowed anywhere in the house (counters are off limit when I'm home at least). She sleeps on our bed, couches, chairs, floors-whatever is comfortable for her. She also sheds so there's always cat hair in the house. Lent rollers are a God send for our clothes.

    As for being a snob, I'm not much of a snob for material things. I couldn't even tell you what type of house I live in and I only get furniture for utilitarian purposes. I eat at chain restaurants (not that I mind non-chain restaurants) and as for clothes, I usually shop at thrift shops. My husband and I are both geeks who are only snobs about books.
  15. galaxygirl

    galaxygirl Rain City Bitch Pigeon

    Not only is my dog allowed on my desk, she demands it (she's 6 pounds, so she fits). That's where she is right now actually. :)

    I used to put a blanket down on a part of the bed for my dog to lay down on (she doesn't sleep there at night because I'm allergic to her) but she had this nasty little habit of scrunching up the blanket and peeing on it (she's a puppy mill rescue and didn't have very good potty etiquette when I first got her due to being forced to go potty where she slept) but she's gotten a lot better since I got her last year. Now, she can lie on the bed, but I either vacuum my quilt or throw it in the dryer afterwards.
  16. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    My dog is allowed on the couch and bed as well but blanket or no blanket, she sheds all over the place and her long hair collects dirt, which she also sheds. We have a futon couch so we can wash the cover but I've pretty much given up on trying to keep it totally free of dog hair. It would take about 100 sticky link remover strips per day.

    I've tried a throw but that hasn't worked - she destroyed one throw with loose weave already. And she doesn't like the new pillows I got for the couch either, recently destroyed the zipper in both of them.

    Add to the mix a cat who likes to scratch on furniture and has destroyed the two chairs in my office.

    I'd love to get a leather couch - ideal for the dog - but there is no point, unless we have another cat that doesn't scratch (this one is 17 years old) or learns to use a scratching post.

    I figure that if you love your furniture more than your animals, you shouldn't have animals.
    Plus, she recently doesn't like my new

    Oh yes, carpeting and pets = nightmare. I have area rugs which I shake out or vacuum, and that needs to be done at least once a day.
  17. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Then...you aren't a house snob. You just want a different house.
    Just make sure it has a real, working fireplace, or don't talk to me anymore :p.
  18. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    Afriend gave me a very nice (but slightly worn) leather couch when she moved out of town. My cat doesn't scratch it at all - in fact she doesn't like to touch it. She only gets on it if I'm on it (and she sits on me), or recently she knocked down one of the throw pillows and will sleep on it. I think she doesn't like the feel of the leather on her pads.
  19. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow Dancing

    We have a real, working wood stove. What do you think about that, Mr. Fireplace Snob? :p

    (Personally, I don't like it too much but it does massively reduce our gas heating bills so it's worth it even if it is dirty and often too hot.)
  20. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    Oh how I long for a fireplace! If I am ever able to buy a house there are two things that are must-haves: gas stove and a fireplace. sigh!
  21. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    It must be a firePLACE. Don't talk to me. :p :lol: just kidding.
  22. Prancer

    Prancer Strong and stable Staff Member

    Your fireplace is like a work of art, though, so you can always justify it by saying that you don't want to ruin its beauty with ashes and smoke.

    Whew, I can still speak to Rex :lol:.

    I'd really rather have a woodstove, though. The fireplace is pretty when the logs are crackling, but you have to practically sit in the grate to get warm.
  23. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Only you, Prancer...;)

    That seems to be a problem with fireplaces. It really has to be a good fire. And you have to make sure the chimney is not dirty and is drawing well.
  24. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I don't like wood stoves because the entire thing gets blazing hot. I've always been afraid my daughter would trip and hit it. We sold our old, humongous wood stove, and got a very petite pellet stove which not only is more effective re: heating the house, but also doesn't end up with a hot surface, so IMO, lots safer.

    I also don't like fireplaces for similar, kid-related safety reasons. They're pretty, but just not right for me.
  25. PRlady

    PRlady foot in both camps

    I had two working wood fireplaces in my old house and was thrilled, I had always wanted one. Actually we used the one in the living room only a few times a winter and it did very little to warm the room, much less the rest of the house. It's one of those things that are better in theory than practice.

    Two different winters when we lost power, though, the one in the basement rec room was better than nothing (we had a sleep sofa down there.) It was still so cold I was afraid the cats would singe themselves getting closer to the fire to keep warm.
  26. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow Dancing

    My son's first word was not "Mom" or "Dad" or anything like that. It was "hot". This was because we were always pointing at the woodstove and saying "don't touch, it's hot" or "stay away, it's hot".
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  27. KCC

    KCC Well-Known Member

    The newer wood burning fireplace inserts are very efficient at bringing in fresh air (with controls to vary the burn rate) and blowing the hot air into the room. The one in our last house made the entire floor so warm that we rarely had the hot-air fan on, and occasionally even had to open the windows. The wood stove in our current home is not nearly as pretty, but it is also very good at heating the house. The hot surfaces allow us to put a nice humidifier pan on it to add moisture to the dry mountain air.
  28. Hooloovoo

    Hooloovoo New Member

    I've got a little scratcher too and the suede recliner I have is the one chair he won't touch at all. I recently splurged to recover a chair he scratched the heck out of with suede and he hasn't touched it at all. He will sleep on them though! I think for leather and suede they can't hook their nails in between the threads like on other fabric.

  29. Dragonlady

    Dragonlady Sew Happy

    We had a old-fashioned wood cooking stove in the kitchen at the cottage and it kept the cottage toasty warm in winter until we installed baseboard heaters, but even then we mostly used the wood stove.

    I used to lay in bed in the morning not wanting to be the first up because then I'd have to get up in the cold and get the fire going - before I've had my coffee. I don't do anything before I've had my coffee.
  30. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    I think I'm a car snob. Not which type of car - you don't need to drive some super-expensive, top-of-the-line vehicle - but could you at least keep your car clean (and smelling somewhat OK)? And at a certain age, don't we all outgrow tiny little cars with 2 doors (and/or a hatchback) and almost no back seat, that you need to be a contortionist to get into? I know we all like to get good gas mileage, but let's not be impractical.