The reality of a bath is often far different then the way I imagine it and this is why. Behold, my bath time thought process.....
++I cannot wait for that bath. I'm going to drink wine, relax and take my time. This is going to feel so good. Oh, look at all those fluffy bubbles and the bubble bath smells so good. I can't wait to get in there.
++It feels even better than it looked. Let me just close my eyes and experience this for a few seconds. And drink some wine too. This warm water feels amazing. I could stay in here forever.
++This is the perfect time to get some reading done. I'm going to be real careful so I don't drop my i Pad. That would suck. Now isn't this nice? Wine, warm water, reading. I feel great.
++Okay, I'm REALLY hot. But I love it and all these strategically placed bubbles are making me feel kind of sexy.
++I'm starting to sweat. Let me put this i Pad down. It's too hot to focus on reading. And what happened to all the bubbles that were hiding my belly rolls? Time to refresh those bubbles.
++Well, the bubbles didn't quite make the comeback I'd hoped. How long have I been in here? Only thirty minutes? I'm so hot, but I can't get out yet. I'm not even done with my wine.
++My face is glistening with sweat. Is it me or am I basically just sitting here in my own dirt? That's it, I can't take it anymore. I'm out of here.
An undisclosed number of days or weeks later....you know what would be perfect right about now? A bath. And the cycle repeats.
I haul the tower fan into the bathroom and blast it in my direction while I'm in there so I don't overheat as fast and can stay in a little longer. It also helps if I don't fill the tub quite so high. By the end of it I'm sitting in a pool of tepid water and when I can't take the heat anymore I wash up, rinse out under the tap and get out as fast as I can. I do not emerge from the tub half covered in bubbles and into a silky kimono style robe. I like to clean the tub before I get out. Nobody likes a ring around the tub so I might as well get it over with. Then I have to get downstairs and finish whatever it is I put on hold to take a bath.
So not sexy.
I look forward to taking a bath. I love the way my body feels afterwards and I like the idea that I took the time to luxuriate in something that is totally and completely about me but I'm not sure what I love more. The idea of a bath or the bath itself. Maybe it would be different if I had jets. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong. Maybe I shouldn't be trying to boil myself in the tub like a hard boiled egg but the hot water part is one of the main reasons I want to take a bath in the first place. Most days I don't feel like I have time to sit there for much longer anyway so I guess it works. I will say that leg shaving is so much easier in a tub but overall, showers are just so much more practical and I'm nothing if not practical. I'm not sure how often I'll actually end up doing it but I do see myself taking baths in the future more then once every five years.
Are you a bath person or a shower person?