10.22.2014

The Not So Sexy Side of Bath Time

I've never been a bath person.  I was so excited that we had a separate shower and bath in our house and then I never took a bath.  We've lived there for four years and I only took a bath for the first time a few months ago and then I never did it again until recently.  Prior to that it had been years since I last took a bath.  Anyone else start to wonder what they've gotten themselves into once the bubbles fade away?   

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?

15 comments :

Shannon Q. said...

OMG absolutely! But I've actually repeated this process for like the last 3 nights straight. Crazy!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Haha this is me! We bought a house with a beautiful huge tub in the master, and we barely use it because it's just such a process! And I've never attempted to read because holding my arms up to keep my book or kindle out of the water is not relaxing :-P

cashanamusings said...

I am one of those people who feels a shower never gets me clean, so I love a bath. I can't wait to take a long, luxuriating bath. I am in the bath for at least an hour, it is that serious. I have had two major surgeries where I couldn't take a bath only sponge baths and showers, and I never felt clean and my first question when I returned to the drs. was when can I take a bath. I know folks who think opposite, but after 45 years ain't gonna make me believe differently. LOL!

Gabby said...

I'm so with you on getting excited about how great a bath is going to be, and then being really underwhelmed by the actual bath. Showers all the way.

LaToya LouisvilleSlugger said...

I'm definitely a shower person. I was cracking up when you talked about sweating in the tub because that is all me! lol.

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

Love this! So funny and so true. I was a total bath hater until recently. Sometimes they ae really nice on winter nights when you don't need to wash your hair.

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Lauren said...

I just got on the liking baths bandwagon. I have to run the water cooler than I think I like it, and I have solved the reading problem by streaming TV shows on my iPad. The bubbles disappearing does make me mad, though! I like it as a treat but it definitely isn't something I will do all that often!

Faith said...

I'm def. a shower person. I don't even know the last time I had an actual bath. The idea of a bath with bubbles sounds so nice but I just don't want to bothered, lol.

Whitney Cypert said...

Oh my gosh YEEEEESSS!! Cece! That is pretty much my exact thought process if/when I take a bath. That's so funny. I thought you were going to say that you get cold because I know how you love the warm weather lol. I always get too hot in there, I have taken a fan once but that was too much work. I'm proud of you for staying in for 30 minutes, I'm lucky to last 15. My husband? LOVES baths! Showers are my thing.

Law_Fal said...

I actually love baths moreso than showering..the shower is just so much easier on the water bill lol I usually make sure the water isnt hot enough to make me sweat, but just warm enough to relax my muscles. Super relaxing luxury!!!

Kate Jordan said...

Haha, oh my gosh YES!
I hate the whole getting hot in the bath thing. Totally defeats the point. And can be talk about the fact that most baths aren't big enough for knees, boobs and full leg to be submerged?

Chelsea said...

Oh my goodness!! I have the EXACT same though process every single time (which like you, is few and far between)!! Haha Glad to know I'm not the only one :)

Miss MP said...

I'm not a bath person. Expectation: luxurious. Reality: I'm ready to get out in five minutes. And because I'm a total weirdo, the whole idea of soaking in my dirt skives me out. Shower for me please :-).

Jacqueline Hough said...

I love baths but am a shower person by necessity. But when I have a spare moment, I can be found soaking and listening to music. And it does make the leg shaving so much easier.

Catherine Gacad said...

oooh i love baths. when i got to spas with friends, they are off getting massages, while i'm just sitting in the bath or the steam room. that's all i want. so relaxing to me.

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