Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wet and Wild


Some people think baths are yucky. These are the "You're soaking in your own filth" crowd. But I'm definitely in the liquid relaxation line, beginning almost every morning with a steaming hot bath. I don't have to worry about falling down while shaving my legs, and I've got one of those removable showerheads so I can wash and rinse my hair. I've lived in houses with tubs only and houses with showers only. If I had to make a choice, I'd take the house with the tub every time.

Now I know you're asking yourself, "Why the hell is Maggie talking about her personal hygiene routine?" It's simple. I finished Mistress by Marriage on Thursday. And what did I want to do to celebrate? Drink champagne? Eat a pound of chocolate? Nope, I wanted to take another bath, even though it had been only three hours since I took the last one. So I talked myself out of it, because I hadn't done anything to get myself dirty except touch a keyboard and my skin is still kind of dry from the longest winter ever. But now you know my mad method of having fun. I am one wild woman.

What do you do when you finish a big project? Do you prefer to shower or bathe?
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (uh, perhaps not the best bath advocate out there)

15 comments:

J.K. Coi said...

Um, nope. Not in the bath camp. Usually, when I finish a big project, I read a book. Right away. I need to get my mind on something else. But then I'll go out with friends--even though they tease me for having ignored them for months, they're always there when I've finished a book, and I appreciate that they don't hold it against me. :)

BernardL said...

After I finish a project at my shop the wife sometimes has to hose me off before I can enter the house to either shower or bathe. :) Oh... a writing project - the most satisfying thing I can think of after finishing is typing 'The End'.

Elyssa Papa said...

Sleep! I will sleep as soon as I finish a book usually because I've been up all night finishing it. LOL.

Maggie Robinson said...

Oh, Ely, sleep. I'd like to take a nap right now and may yet. But I can't stay up like you and write all night. My best time is early, early in the morning before work.

Bernard, I see your wife now torturing you with some sort of high-pressure waterhose, and you spinning and tumbling! I know some people who never type the end because they think it jinxes the project. I am not one of them. :)

J.K., I know my kids don't think I get out as much as I should. I'm developing definite hermit-like behavior.

Santa said...

Sorry, I'm in the bath camp either. Not sure it's the whole 'own filth' thing but there it is. The DH loves them. We'd have a jacuzzi if it were up to him.

But enjoy your decadent soaks, especially after typing The End!!!

YAY for you! and us, actually.

Maggie Robinson said...

Ooh, San, are you finished too? Yay right back at you!

My experience with Jacuzzis has been variable. I don't think I'd ever install one. I'm just a plain bathtub gal.

irisheyes said...

I LOVE baths! Mostly because I'm so stinking cold most of the time that the only time I'm completely warm is in a hot bath or jacuzzi tub. My bathtub has jacuzzi jets, although I hardly ever use them - they're just not in the right positions. Okay that sounded like way too much TMI. What I mean is that one hits my thigh, one my knee and the last one hits my big toe. I'd much prefer a middle/upper back jet. But hey, I'm not complaining - I'm just happy with the tub full of scalding hot water, as the DH likes to point out. He swears he's going to have to rush me to the ER one of these nights with 2nd degree burns.

Anyway, hurrah for you Maggie! A bath sounds like just the right way to celebrate... add a scented candle and a glass of wine and that's what I would do!

Tiffany Chalmers said...

YAY MAGGIE! You already know how much I love this book. Devoured it this morning!!!!!


I love baths. But am lost w/o my computer so rarely have them these days. But a good book and a hot bath, there can't be anything more indulgent and perfect!

When I finish a book, I clean the house I've neglected for the past six months. It's been a few days, you'd think I'd get my butt in gear already, but I haven't! LOL

Maggie Robinson said...

Thanks, Irish! Good, another bath fan. I run hot water only, then get into it when I remember to.

Tiff, shh on the housecleaning. I thought I did a big spring cleaning deal a couple of weeks ago, but talk about soaking in my own filth, LOL.

Janga said...

I think a scented soak with candles, wine, and a good book is delightfully self-indulgent, but I confess my first action upon finishing a project is to start talking again to all the people I've been avoiding so I can finish. :)

terrio said...

Good for you on finishing, Maggs! You do love to make some of us feel like slackers. LOL!

I enjoy a good bath but prefer a shower. I'd rather stand under a stream of water than sit in a stagnant pool of it. But there are those times when climbing into some steaming water and just relaxing is so nice.

I haven't finished an MS but when I finish a big paper for school, the first thing I do is exhale. LOL! Then all I want to do is sit and turn my brain off. That usually means in front of the tele. :)

Stephanie J said...

Nope, can't stand baths! But not because of the "own filth" camp necessarily, I just feel like I can't get clean -- like washing stuff out of my hair (no removable shower head). And I get cold in baths -- the water seems to get cold and I don't want to keep refilling it with hot water. I don't think I've taken a bath in over 5 years. TMI? give me a shower anyday.

Bathing aside I usually reward myself with a book! Not that I've finished a single MS but that's what I do after I reach other goals!

Maggie Robinson said...

Steph, when I grew up in the dark ages, we lived in an older house that only had a bath tub. We had a detachable hose-thingy to put on the spigot. It wasn't until I was in high school that we remodeled the bathroom and finally got a shower. I was so excited then, LOL.

Terri, you will finish! And you of all people are not a slacker.

Janga, I've dropped too many books in the bathtub to read there anymore!

MsHellion said...

Well, as with many things, it depends on the shower and it depends on the bath. I've been in ultra-power showers where I was "I could skips baths for the best of my life" and I've been in baths where I was "who needs a shower?" It totally depends.

I hate the "bathing in filth" naysayers. Stop ruining my good time. *LOL*

I grew up with baths and find them comforting--and like you, so long as I can rinse my hair and get the soap suds off, I'm good. Besides I find it very hard to shower and read my novel at the same time.

Maggie Robinson said...

Hellion, Daughter #2 has the best bathroom. It's big enough to entertain in. They have a huge shower with a million jets (okay, I'm exaggerating) and a Jacuzzi tub. Plus they have an outdoor hottub and a heated swimming pool. I know if I ever run away from home right where I'm going. So when I visit, the choices actually stress me out, LOL.