Friday, March 2, 2012

Long Showers

I take showers that are too long.  There, I've said it.  (Actually I've written it, but you intuitively understood this, right?)

I have few vices besides from chocolate and no habitual luxury expenses -- no smoking, no drinking, no coffee, very little caffeine, no frequent trips to the salon, no manicures or pedicures, no massages (although, I'll admit, getting a massage right now sounds fabulous).

But I do indulge in one thing: I take long showers.

I'm not talking obscenely long -- just long enough that something in addition to dirt washes down the drain.  Stress spirals in that little whirlpool at my feet and slips away, too.  It's a form of therapy, a kind gesture to myself, a way to be in touch with my senses and revel in pelting, liquid relaxation.

My showers also are too hot.  I like stepping out of the shower almost flushed, even though this can't be good for my skin.  In general, I'm a heat-lover.  I'll station myself in front of space heaters and blast a heating vent in my direction as I drive, blinking away the dryness from my contacts but relishing in the warmth.  It's just so good.

What do you love?  How do you treat yourself nicely?

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13 comments:

  1. TheMomChefMarch 02, 2012

    Amen sister, amen. I could have written this post, though not as well. At all. Plus, I drink coffee and Diet Coke. Ok, so I couldn't have written it. But I do take hot, long showers.  

    I also have a fireplace in my office. I stand in front of it so close that just about starts barbecuing me. Yeah, I know what you mean.

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  2. Gina PoirierMarch 02, 2012

    I LOVE shower time. LIke you, I'm probably destroying the planet and running up our water and gas bills to astronomical levels. But it's the one time of day I get to hide for a moment and shut out the mommy chaos. I also have a guilty addiction to coffee (I wrote about a tragic day I had without it on my blog) http://www.holdingthedistaff.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-love-affair-with-coffee.html

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  3. If I need a little stress reliever I go to bed early with a good book and popcorn, leaving my husband to do bedtime.  But if I REALLY need a pick me up I go and actually buy the book instead of just visit the library.

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  4. Sarah/USAlovelistMarch 02, 2012

    So true! The time to rinse and think about your day or whats to come! 

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  5. Long showers all the way. I grew up on average and we would soap up dry and just rinse off in the shower. So unsatisfying. Once I moved out of home I fell in love with hot steamy showers and try as I may I can't give them up.

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  6. Shower that's the only time I pamper myself and relax my mind.

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  7. Long showers in death defying heat, dark chocolate anytime of the day and a massage once a year. :-)

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  8. Ah, Christiane, I totally know what you mean.

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  9. I do love those long showers.  Getting lost in a book also does it for me!  Love your blog!

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  10. I like long hot showers too! Like someone said below, just a little peace from the mommy chaos, except when they come in fighting! LOL! Plus the hotter the better! We're not polluting, we're saving ourselves from worse destruction!!!

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  11. You just rocked my world my referring to coffee as a luxury expense. I suppose that's really what it is but up until this point I've considered it medicinal and therefore necessary...

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  12. Ah, Hilary, I think you're right.  As a non-coffee drinker I don't get it, but for those of you who love it, truly, it's not a luxury; it's a necessity!  ;)

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