I decided to snap a photo of the spousal unit reading a book, a classic "quiet time" activity, right? Except, we have always disagreed on the meaning of "quiet time." If you'll notice, playing on the TV is Pandora, and it isn't some classical music station. It's rock. I on the other hand prefer to read when it actually IS quiet. So we've worked out a system. If I'm reading in the same room, we play classical music. Personally I would prefer 100% silence and the spousal unit would prefer rock ... but that is our compromise! (And, obviously I'm not reading right now ... I'm craftin'!!)
And no, separate MP3 players won't work. I HATE things in my ears with a passion! And the spousal unit is already hard of hearing, bad enough that I know what he's listening too, and he can "barely hear it."