Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bathtime Blunders

So...I decided a bubble bath with a good book would be a great idea, I was in for several surprises.  First;Before filling the tub I took the pillow off because I noticed a smell. Then I learned my bath pillow has decided to retain water even though it's supposed to be waterproof.  I realized this when I started to take the ever so icky cover off to wash(which was washed only 1 week ago) and water squished out of the inner pillow(I haven't used the bathtub in 4 or 5 days).  Gross. My pillow has been holding dirty bath water for 4 or 5 days. No wonder it smells. 
Second; After getting in the bath, I leaned back to no pillow and banged my head on the tile...I forgot just how hard and cold the back of the tub was.
Third; After about 2 minutes in the bath I realized the water was not anywhere near as warm as it should have been, so I turned on the tap, to find much colder water.  I sat in cold sudsy water trying to figure out what to do.  Finally my husband heard my cry for help and started the shower to try and get the hot water flowing.  He wisely advised me to let some water out of the tub so the new hot water would not overflow.  I did.  After far too long, we decided the shower water wouldn't get any hotter, and tried it anyway.  It was colder than before.
Fourth; While figuring out the water situation with the shower running, I grabbed my glass of water.  After a nice big gulp I set the cup down and thought that it didn't taste quite right.  I looked at the cup, the BRIGHT YELLOW cup, that is ONLY to be used for bath water.  I drank bath water.  It was disgusting!  I cringed, then laughed, and my husband laughed and emptied the bathwater cup, which looks nothing like the clear glass of water I brought in to drink...sitting on the opposite end of the tub.  He left, and I was sitting in an almost empty tub of cold bubbly water with the taste of bathwater in my mouth.  I thought I could tough it out.  I really wanted to read my book.  So, I tried to relax anyway.
Fifth; After about 15 minutes I couldn't stand it.  We tried the shower trick again, and it was a little better.  So, I filled the tub as full as it would go and it was reasonably warm.  Well...that's what I told myself.  Really it was only marginally warmer than the previous try, but it was warm enough to stay in for a little longer.  Then after about 20 minutes of reading.  We finally had HOT water....I opted for the shower this time because I was tired of wasting water.  Then I realized we'd been running the dishwasher and washing machine on hot water during the whole fiasco.

I'll be more careful next time I decide to relax.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn is my favorite season...except when it's not

Scene from a marriage;
When back scratches are usually reserved for bedtime, this request was a little out of the ordinary.  Promptly after taking a wonderfully hot shower (which can only be fully enjoyed when the weather finally changes) at around 6:30p.m. this occurs:
Me: Honey, can you please give me a back scratch and then lotion my back?
Him: Why do women bathe and then put goop all over themselves.  It doesn't make any sense.  I thought you bathed to be clean, and then you just slather on a bunch of lotion and other creams or potions.  It's weird.
Me: Well, since the weather has finally decided to catch up to the season, my skin decided to lose all ability to hold moisture, hence the need for the early back scratch and lotion. My skin is DRY, and I need relief!  As for the other 'goop and potions', these are necessary unless you want me to revert to looking like a 12 year old boy who everyone secretly calls "pizza face".
Him: oh, okay. 

I love my husband.  He asks smart questions, gives smart answers, and listens to me even when I talk crazy.  He also gives me back scratches and tucks me into bed every night.  When he is away it is torture...and when the air is this dry it's pretty tough too. I love autumn, it is my favorite season, but the dry skin that accompanies it requires much attention...I'm glad my husband is up to the task.
Here's to finding happiness in the little things!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Do you Read?

Do you read?  I do.  I love reading.  I read all sorts of books.  Recently I counted the number of new books I've read this year;21.  Yes, twenty one NEW books so far this year.  That's not counting the many re-reads.  I like having books on the shelf so I can re-read them when the mood strikes, which is usually a year or two later.  I enjoy the feel of the paper, the smell of it, and the chance to fall into a new story.  I know so many people who don't care to read at all, or who don't want to hang on to books.  For me, I'd be thrilled to have a house full of them someday.  I'm a little bit like Belle from Beauty and the Beast that way.  That library is something from a dream!  There are very few times where I don't have at least one book on hand.  Usually I am in the middle of several.  Recently my mother-in-law gave me a small stack of books she'd read in her book club.  It's fun seeing what other people read.  I think sometimes it helps you understand them better, sometimes it just makes you think.  I've read many books that I probably wouldn't read again, but I'm glad I read them at least once. There has been at least one I gave up on and can't seem to pick back up.  There are some I've read 10 times within 2 years, and still love.  So, I ask; Do you read?  What do you read?  Do you read all the way through, or bits and pieces over many months?  Do you have any favorites, or ones you can't stand, and why?  If you dislike a book, will you continue reading just to finish, or will you give it up and never pick it up again?  And if you are looking to get rid of books...don't throw them out.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Been a long time.

I know I told you I'd post something.  This is the busiest month for us at work, which makes doing anything outside of work almost unthinkable.
  • Have I cooked?...yes, lots.  Not much new though.  This is a time for fallback recipes...golden oldies, old faithfuls...and lots of scrambled eggs. 
  • Have I made stuff?....surprisingly yes, but most of it is in preparation for Christmas so these things can't be posted until after they are gifted. 
  • Has anything notable happened?...Yes.  
    • We had a flood in our kitchen.  A valve exploded and we had about 15-20 gallons of water in the kitchen floor before we could get the water main shut off.  We spent more than an hour using every towel in our house sopping up and wringing out the water.  Fortunately the water didn't get further than the kitchen, and the floors are still livable.  Is there damage...yes, but it's not major. 
    • We celebrated an anniversary, several birthdays, and homecoming.
    • We decided it's okay for our dogs to sleep inside most nights so they'll stop barking at the crazy neighbors who stay up too late and get up too early.  They have their own room.  It's been nice.
    • I'm sure there is more...but I can't remember.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I'll be back

I know I've been gone.  I'll be back.  soon.