Family Traits

When I was growing up I thought my mother had a superhuman sense of hearing and overly developed olfactories. I believed she could hear a whisper on the other side of the house and smell what the people two blocks away were cooking for dinner.

So one day I told her she had ears like a cat and a nose like a dog. “So you’re telling me I look like a dog?” she asked, feigning offense. Realizing how bad that sounded I amended my statement. “No! You know what I mean. You hear like a cat and smell like a dog!” Yeah. Not better by a long shot. I believe I inherited her dog nose and my family is totally insensitive to my superior sniffing skills.

I can smell a stinky bathroom from a different floor. No matter how many times I tell them to turn on the fan and close the door it seems to be too much to remember. They might remember to turn on the fan but leave the door wide open, thereby allowing the stink to escape before the fan can absorb it all. Or they may close the door but leave the fan off, letting the stench slip out through the bottom.

I don’t think I’m asking too much, do you?

1. Turn on the fan.

2. Close the door.

I suppose I should be happy they remember to flush.


  1. Swishy on April 19, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    My mom has a rule–NO POOPING IN THE DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM!–for that very reason.

  2. Burg on April 20, 2007 at 1:13 am

    I have a superhuman nose myself..

  3. CindyS on April 20, 2007 at 3:08 am

    I have a superhuman nose for chemicals. I can smell gas the minute is starts to leak. My ignition wires started to burn while I was driving, I smelled it first and then saw a wisp of smoke, immediately pulled over and shut the car off. The mechanic was amazed because most people don’t notice the wires burning and they are gone by the time they figure something has gone bad.I am having a problem now that Bob and I have an ensuite but it has to do with the moisture in the air and I think I smell mold but it’s one of those scents I’m never sure about.I burned my nasal passages the first time I used bleach – poured a jug on my dog’s wooden floor in his crate – pretty much knocked myself out and now even a hint of bleach can make my sore throat, nasals fill and headache – since then, I don’t really notice as many smells as I used to.HEY! You could get a motion sensor that turns the fan on when people enter the room (Bob did that for his mother’s bathroom as well as automatically turning on lights) and then put a closer on the door.CindyS

  4. Tara Marie on April 20, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t think I’m asking too much, do you?1. Turn on the fan.2. Close the door.NO!! Definitely not.Though I have to admit Junior learned to pee standing up because the hubby never used to close the door. Now everyone closes the door, thank God 😀

  5. Rosie on April 20, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Amen Jenster! I live in a houseful of males and you’d think they’d get sick of my constantly badgering them.Of course my son’s think I have eagle eyes (I wear glasses so go figure) because I can see lint on the floor from across the room. I wonder why they don’t see it in a fluff at their feet.Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus?

  6. Boobless Brigade Master on April 22, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Nope.Not asking too much.But we’re always accused of it, aren’t we?!?!You need to buy some “poop smell in a can”.Surely somebody, somewhere makes such a thing.Than spray the heck out of their bedrooms and shut the door.Perhaps then, they’ll see the reason for your simple request.

  7. Stacy~ on April 22, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Oh yeah, it’s nasty. I tend to agree with BBM – put the smell in their rooms and see how THEY like it LOL. Good luck Jen.

  8. T-girl on April 23, 2007 at 4:56 am

    Amen sister! We have the same conversations in our house ALL the dang time! LOLOh and while we are on this subject of stink, this evening Baby J comes up to me pointing her two index fingers at me with the arms extended out like “look!”, before I could even see what the deal was the SMELL hit me! Lord in Heaven she played in her dirty diaper! THIS was the moment she choose to shove them in my face and say in a distressed tone “Mama!” Like I was suppose to fix the problem! I scooped her up (checking other areas first) held her out and ran to the bathroom, all the while PRAYING she hadn’t gotten any actually on the carpet or something. Thank God, it was only on the very tip of her fingers, like she just dipped it in to make sure it was there. The funniest part though is when I set her down on her stool to wash her hands off she kind of smelled the one and went “ick” with a scrunched up face! She had her hand shoved under that facet faster then I could turn it on, thank God the kid doesn’t like to be “dirty!” She is such a girl but I am all ok with that if it will prevent a repeat of this evenings fun! LOL Sorry just had to share the wealth of fun on that one, least all yours are past the age of playing with it… or so I hope! LMAOHugs- T

  9. Looney Mom on April 23, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    That’s me too. I have super-sensitive hearing that keeps me awake a lot. I have to have a fan running ALL the time just to block out noise or I won’t sleep.

  10. Trish on April 23, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    A good nose can come in handy…or not.

  11. Jen on April 24, 2007 at 11:56 am

    I thought it was just my family that lacked bathroom manners! LOL

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