Shaking Walls and Spaghetti Carbonara

My roommate and I in college had really noisy neighbors. But not in the way you’re assuming.

We had previously had an empty room located next to us, but in the span of a month, we had two new neighbors. For the first few days, we heard them moving all the furniture around and getting set up.

It was possibly a week later and my roommate and I were studying. Then we began hearing a noise we didn’t expect. It sounded like something was continually hitting the wall in between our two rooms.

KS: What’s that?

Me: Not sure. Maybe they’re rearranging furniture again?

And then we heard a noise that both of us could recognize: the sound of a female moaning.

KS (whose bed and desk were pushed right up to the shared wall): Oh god. It’s the bed hitting the wall.

It was later that week when the bed really hit the wall, so to speak. I had been asleep, until I got woken up by my roommate, who was out of bed and sitting in the chair below.

In my just abruptly woken state, it took me a few minutes to realize that the neighbors were moaning loudly and knocking the bed into the wall again…and they were using such force that my roommate’s bed was moving, too.

Our solution? Hit the wall back and yell at them. (I never said it was mature)

The rabbits eventually got bored with each other or switched to his room, but not before we kindly shoved condoms under the door (our school gave them out for free- but they were in red, yellow, and green- the colors of a stoplight, how fitting!) along with a guide on safe sex.

After all, we were just looking out for their health. πŸ˜‰

College Cooking Spaghetti Carbonara

even a college kid could make this


  • 1/4 box spaghetti
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. While spaghetti is cooking, mix together egg, parmesan, milk, parsley, and garlic powder.
  3. Drain spaghetti and return to pan. Pour in mixture and stir so it coats all the spaghetti. The warm spaghetti will cook the egg yolk, but if you’re concerned, do this over very low heat for 30 seconds. Salt and pepper to taste.

Note: I realize this is missing pancetta, but I couldn’t get that in college. I suppose you could add in bacon bits if you’re a resourceful college kid. πŸ˜‰

67 thoughts on “Shaking Walls and Spaghetti Carbonara

  1. Your story made me laugh as i had neighbours a bit like that once and thanks for the recipe just what i was looking for πŸ™‚

  2. How Domestic Diva! Your stories are so funny and they always bring a smile…Just because I am a chef, and Italian, and a pain in the butt, I just wanted to point out that you are missing the pancetta (or bacon) from your Carbonara! A whole other dimension!

    1. Hahaha I know…it’s more of a “faux” carbonara that I made in college. However, I suppose that a college kid could stir in bacon bits if they had them- I didn’t! πŸ™‚

  3. Ahhh, yes. I remember my first wife. Sounds like her cooking too.

  4. The pancetta is missing from your carbonara recipe. Unless you’re vegetarian, a vital ingredient if you ask me. Glad you’re using egg yolk and not cream though!

    P.S. Perhaps I have a one-track mind, but I did assume correctly what noise your neighbors were making πŸ˜‰

    1. I actually was a vegetarian…plus there is no way any grocery store within 100 miles of where I went to college carried pancetta. I suppose college kids could use bacon bits if desired. πŸ˜‰

      And yes, you assumed correctly.

  5. Hey, how are you feeling being stuck at home not lifting a pan?

    1. Surgery isn’t until April 13th. I can cook until then!!!

  6. This is my daughter’s favorite way to eat pasta……….going to pin it!

  7. HAHAHAHAHA!! I had a few neighbors like that in my first apartment. We didn’t even share a wall but you would have thought they were in the next room!

  8. I actually had this last night! And threw in some shredded chicken for good measure! πŸ˜›

  9. sounds delish – trying this out on Monday!

  10. Your story made me chuckle…thanks…and the recipe sounds great…very simple and could add anything extra we want, such as chicken strips, etc. but unless my eyesight has really gone on me, your pasta doesn’t look like spaghetti..more like fettichinni, maybe. But still looks great!

    1. I normally use spaghetti, but I was all out when I made it last and used linguine instead

  11. In Italy I’ve tried a vegetarian carbonara with courgettes instead of pancetta. I know it sounds laughable but it’s actually tasty.
    That said, congrats to your college for giving out condoms!

  12. ou of all pasta dishes – this is MINE, with or with bacon … sometimes I melt a small bit of Gorgonzola cheese into it. Safe .. sex and safe life.

  13. Great story! I was cracking up. Thanks for making my day.

  14. I remember staying in a hotel room in San Francisco that had paper thin walls and the sounds from the adjacent room sounded just like the couple next door was in the same room with me. I felt rather awkward the next morning when I exited my door the same time the smiling couple from the next room did. I’m sure they had no idea that the walls were paper thin. At least I only had one night of sharing. Love the condom idea.

    Thanks for the laughs and another yummy recipe.

  15. That’s indeed a funny story πŸ™‚ I will be trying out your carbonara recipe one of these days!

    Cheers x

  16. I’ve commented a few times here, but I’ve always loved your posts. When I got a Liebster, I thought of your blog right away.

  17. Well, I have neighbours like that and I can tell that the banging sound (pun somewhat intended) is not the most annoying part… It started last summer and at first I and my SO thought, to give you a picture, there’s someone practicing singing or playing a Chupa Chups lollipop whistle (if you know them) and then we realized that oh no… And it’s been going on quite regularly since then. 1 am, 3 am 5 am, 9am 11am, sometimes 4 times in a morning. I’m finally planning to write a friendly note as it may be that they don’t even realize we can hear them. I’ve never met them IRL, apparently we have a totally different rhythm, so I don’t know what kind of people they are and what would be the best way to phrase my friendly complaint…

  18. We lived next to a drug dealer in our first apartment in college (it was actually a really nice apartment; this kid was just rich and bored). All night long, we could hear the heavy door opening and closing and shaking our apartment. It was maddening! Knocking on the walls only seemed to incite him.

  19. letstalkaboutfamily April 7, 2012 — 1:33 pm

    Hi. I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Feel free to accept or pass on it. No worries. LTAD

      1. letstalkaboutfamily April 7, 2012 — 4:06 pm

        So glad to be able to pass it on. I really enjoy reading your blog!

  20. Hi, thanks for the follow on my blog. As you can see, I’m new to this and I haven’t yet worked out the ways of following. Did you follow me by RSS feed or email? I’ve clicked follow by email, but is there another way to to do it? Ie a wordpress way, or like a twitter follow?

    1. If you’re logged into wordpress, there’s a follow button at the upper left hand corner, next to the blog name. Then you can read any blog you follow that way on the “read blogs” tab on the wordpress site.

  21. looks delicious!!!

  22. That’s too funny! I’ve been staying in a hotel from time to time when the banging wall sounds have invaded my space. Sometimes irritating, but most often humorous…unless of course, they wake me up in the wee hours. LOL

    The dish looks tasty…will have to share that one with my boys – quick, easy, and loaded with carbs!

  23. We totally have this problem right now with our neighbors!

  24. Sounds like a common problem. I thought a neighbor was going to literally bust through the wall at some point. It was funny at first but it got old quick. Tried to return the favor a couple of times while they were going at it, but either they didn’t notice or didn’t care.

  25. Hi Diva, thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog makes a really wonderful reading. Transforms me into a time where I used to live with my room mates and the best part was that we used to cook together. There were 4 or 5 of us and we used to divide the work amongst us. The pranks each one thought up to skip work was simply amusing.

  26. Your recipe and story brought back old college memories – once had a roommate with Italian roots who taught me one of his family’s fav breakfasts – beat up two eggs, pour a goodly amount of olive oil in a skillet, heat it and slip about 1 cup of leftover, sauced (important!) spaghetti (my roommate contended that true Italians always sauce their spaghetti before serving.) into the pan. Pour eggs over the heating spaghetti and stir until all is well heated and eggs are cooked (the eggs with disappear into the sauce). Slide onto a plate or bowl and enjoy an especially delicious breakfast.

    If you already enjoy leftover pizza for breakfast, this is a MUST TRY!

  27. What a funny story! I like how thoughtful you and your roommate were. πŸ™‚ And, delicious looking bowl of pasta!

  28. lollll i had a couple like this when I was on honeymoon in the hotel room next door…and we were in rome so we had plenty of carbonara too!

  29. You are so adorable! I love the anecdotes that go with your recipes. πŸ™‚ Also, this will probably be dinner tonight. Easy-peasy.

  30. Just thought I’d drop by and leave you a note letting you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award on my post:

  31. Hi. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! I nominated you today for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my post for the details. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas!

  32. Thanks for the follow! Look’s like you’ve got some helpful tips to get me through the last part of my undergrad and through the accounting program.. can’t wait to cook some of the meals you’ve put up! (: Happy Easter.

    1. Oh and I forgot, my friend has the exact same problem, except with her roommate! — Insert texts from last night : “(739): The rest of us are chipping in to soundproof your bedroom. This is getting ridiculous. haahahahahah”

  33. Ha! Domestic Diva–this is hysterical! What a great combination — FOOD AND LIFE! Love it, and thanks for following!

  34. Oh, that’s awful!!!!!! And, hilarious. This world is nuts. Thanks for the laugh!

  35. Thank you for the follow!

    I was a college kid not too very long ago, and I really learned to love cooking from the creative challenges presented by being a broke vegetarian 8 hours away from home. The two recipes that became staples for me even after getting a job are bean pie (basically tortillas layered with cheese and sludge of refried beans, corn, and whatever other canned stuff was hanging around) and ramen noodle pad thai (chunky peanut butter, soy sauce, ramen noodles, green onions if I was lucky and … bam!)

    Thanks for keepin’ it real with the throwback noodle dishes. πŸ˜‰

  36. Thank you for following my blog! Working on adding some more posts and any comments most welcome. Good to see a classic recipe here! Do you usually cook dried pasta or have you experimented much with fresh pasta too?
    By the way your story is hilarious. Hope you are recovering from your surgery despite the ‘background noise’…

    1. I normally used dried pasta, but my next big purchase is a kitchenaid so I can make my own pasta. πŸ™‚

      My surgery is on Friday, so ask me after that! That story was from back in college, but my current neighbors like to blast their video games until 3am…if anything, I’d rather have a couple having loud sex since I know that won’t last the entire night…

  37. Nothing can compare to the irrational rage that comes over you when you are trying futilely to fall asleep…our upstairs neighbor loves to stomp over our heads with his hiking boots on while practicing his blues bass riffs.

    1. The downstairs neighbor is trying to learn violin…key word is “trying”…

  38. Yum yum! That is a very simple carbonara! I love recipes like this, so much room to add ingredients, but lovely on their own.

  39. LOL! I’m glad that hasn’t happened to me so far in college. But the other day, it sounded like someone was knocking on our wall repeatedly. So strange. And I can’t forget the three times our fire alarm went off because people were smoking weed in the basement. Sigh.

  40. Wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I love your stuff!

      1. You are welcome. Good luck with surgery. Recovering from my 2nd in 6 weeks. A blast to be bedbound!

  41. oh my haha! I’ve had an experience with those kind ot neighbors. except they were above my sons room. when they learned that durning the day they would go at it all over the apt. my son would ask what they were doing. I’d say “moving furniture! ” well at least you got them to stop.
    btw thanks for following my blog gonna do the same. form what I’ve read this is gonna be interesting. πŸ™‚

  42. Pasta carbonara is one of my faves. I do mine a little differently; actually made it just a week or two ago and haven’t posted it yet. You and I seem to share some sort of foodie psychic wavelength. And I have never ever had good neighbors. I could fill a book with weird stories. Seriously.

    1. I think that everyone can think of something weird their neighbors have done. πŸ˜‰

      Hopefully the foodie psychic wavelength isn’t in effect as of Friday…because then you won’t be cooking for 2 weeks…

      1. I hope so too… my family might disown me. Best of luck!

  43. Spaghetti Carbona is one of my absolute favorite comfort foods, but I don’t get to eat if often. This is a great rendition! Love the back story. πŸ˜‰

  44. Your posts always make me happy – why? because they make me laugh and make me hungry πŸ˜€
    Also thank you for subscribing – I hope you enjoy my posts (which may be a little halted due to my exam studies :P)

    Choc Chip Uru

  45. Olivia Ashe, writer April 15, 2012 — 10:51 pm

    I like pasta dishes that have a light sauce, like a drizle of good olive oil. I hate heavy thick red tomato sauces πŸ™‚

  46. hahaha i had the exact same problem with a housemate of mine! to apologise he would cook for me. i ate a lot of his food during that semester.
    thanks for following my blog!

    1. Our neighbors were not as kind πŸ˜‰

  47. Haha I had neighbors (above me) that had a really squeaky bed. So of course I would just sit their shocked & listen intently. It never lasted long & when it was over I would hear one of them get up & leave the room. It was hilarious. On another note, my husband loves pasta carbonara. Whenever we go to an Italian restaurant he orders it & then proceeds to tell the waiter or waitress why it is called carbonara. He went to France once & the world will never hear the end of it. πŸ˜‰
    Also, I just finished raping your website. (no offense) Pinning all the recipes I want to try & reading all your hilarious stories.

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