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In which i dry myself


Kevin’s been traveling a lot lately and Daniels back in school so I have a lot of time to myself.  A LOT!


Do I do anything productive with this time? RARELY

Do I spend a lot of time spaced out and thinking of stuff?  YES, I DO

What’s the point of these questions? Well, I’ll tell you


A few weeks ago I was taking a shower.  I know right? Shocking.  I take really fast showers; I have ever since I was a kid.  I think this is because I was a swimmer and I had practice before school so getting showered, dressed and ready had to be really quick and efficient.


At any rate, as I was drying off I realized that I have a routine for this.

A routine for drying off?  Why YES I DO.


I was pondering it and it made me wonder, do people have a routine for everything?  A few days after that the phone rang while I was in the shower and I grabbed a towel and then ran to get the phone.  After the call, I realized that I was all messed up and couldn’t figure out how to dry off so I had to IMPROVISE.


I mean, I DID, dry off that is, but it was all kinds of messed up.


So, back to the present.  Kevin usually takes two showers a day.  Now you know!!!  One in the morning before work and then one at night when he gets home from working out.  So he was in the shower and I was explaining my “drying off” epiphany and he said “well, you like routine so I’m not surprised.”


I told him I thought EVERYBODY had a routine and he wasn’t sure that was true.  After all, for him a shower is a RELAXING experience and for me (I hate showering) it’s a means towards an end.


So this morning we had the following conversation:


Kevin:             Lynn, guess what? I have a toweling off routine too!

Me:                  I knew it!

Kevin:             I think you might be right. People do the same thing everyday.

Me:                  Ha!  And you were telling me I was stupid

Kevin:             Remember last night that I told you I started by drying my face?

Me:                  Yeah

Kevin:             … and then I stand there for a few minutes and just chill

Me:                  Yeah

Kevin:             Well then I dry my hair …

Me:                  OK

Kevin:             … and then I do my chest

Me:                  ummm

Kevin:             … and then I do my back like this (and he demonstrates this)

Me:                  ummm Kevin

Kevin:             yeah

Me:                  you’re 6’5” tall. You’re seriously not going to go through your entire drying routine are you?

Kevin:             I was agreeing with you

Me:                  yeah, but I got shit to do today!

Kevin:             You’re unbelievable.  You brought it up.

Me:                  Yeah, because the IDEA was interesting.  Not your entire routine.


And then I started walking out


Kevin:             Hey! Where are you going?

Me:                  Oh, I just wanted my idea validated.  That’s really all that’s important.

Kevin:             I can’t believe I even bother with you.


And you know what?  I can’t believe he bothers with me either…


I’m just saying …




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  1. Lady Estrogen
    September 12, 2011

    OMG – I hate showering too.. well, not actually showering, but the aftermath of being wet.
    Same with swimming pools. Love swimming, HATE drying off and peeling that suit off.
    Eww… and slimy tiles. Ugh.
    I’m just saying.
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    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      Well, i don’t have slimy tiles…i just have always hated dealing with my hair!

      • Lady Estrogen
        September 12, 2011

        If you could only see what I’ve done with mine, you’d know I agree with that too. lol
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        • Lynn
          September 12, 2011

          well, i can ONLY IMAGINE what you’ve done with your hair. Mine is curly so requires a LOT of brushing and copious amounts of product in it.

  2. becky
    September 12, 2011

    Wait – are you telling me that there are people out there who don’t have a routine. That’s just crazy talk. How do they get through the day? And if you start your day by showering and drying just willy-nilly, you’re already an anarchist.

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      i know right? i have WAY too much time on my hands don’t i?

  3. By Word of Mouth Musings
    September 12, 2011

    I am going to stumble this just so you have to deal with perverts all day and cannot complain that you don’t have anything to do ;)

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      well, i’m pretty adept with dealing with perverts…oh wait! PERVERTS? don’t worry. stumbleupon won’t care…they’re shunning me

  4. FranceRants
    September 12, 2011

    This got me thinking, I don’t have a post shower drying routine, with the exception that I sometimes wrap a towel around my head cause my hair is longer.

    And the post about your mother, if that was her in the picture, she was beautiful. I lost my mom 8 years ago. Still hurts.

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      that was my mom in the picture…when she was young obviously. It never stops hurting. Sorry about your mom. I bet you do the same thing drying off every day. check it out. you’ll see

      • FranceRants
        September 14, 2011

        i almost wish i didn’t read this post. because now? now i DO have a shower routine. it goes like this: i get done showering and i realize that the only thing i do constant is wipe off my face first and then think of you and how i don’t have a specific order for wiping off my other parts.

        so yeah. you are probably now wishing i didn’t read your post either.

        • Lynn
          September 15, 2011

          ok…i read this to my husband and then i cracked up. One at the thought of you now thinking about it but the fact that you think of ME now is hysterically creepy.


          sorry to fuck you up

  5. Nicole
    September 12, 2011

    I think everyone has a routine, whether they realize it or not. And they days they “forgot” something is because they deviated from the routine. My husband would say his routine is that he is “unpredictable” but that is so not true. Of course his routine this morning, for some reason, included turning on the TV. Which just pissed me off.

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    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      well, 3/4 of my husbands routines drive me nuts but i suppose he puts up with me too so i deal with it

  6. Theresa
    September 12, 2011

    OMFG I thought I was the only one who hated showers…but I hate taking baths even more. Yeah they look luxurious, bubbles, candles all that…but then you are sitting in a sink hole of dirty icky mess! UGH. LOL

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      i have lived in this house 10 years and have never, not once, used my bathtub. I didn’t even want one but the builder told me to put it in for resale value.

  7. Missy | The Literal Mom
    September 12, 2011

    I stopped taking long showers when I had kids. By the time they get old enough for me to take long showers again, they’ll be teens and be the ones taking the long showers, won’t they?

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      yeah, my kids and husband do take long showers. i don’t actually get it.

  8. Kimberly
    September 12, 2011

    I start with a head swipe, dab the face, hands to shoulders, then the legs & a feet swaddling, into flip flops (thats right, nothing in the middle gets attention, I air dry)….

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      sweet! that sounds perfect

  9. Dorothy
    September 12, 2011

    I love water and swimming, but being wet and cold is not my idea of fun. And I am both when I turn off the water unless it’s 80ish and it rarely is that temp here. I have never been one to sweat a lot and showering makes my skin itchy and dry so I save it for every other day lol. Sometimes if I have to wash my hair I do it in the sink I am that lazy and adverse to getting cold and wet. When we put in our new bathroom I made my husband take out the tub and just put in a big shower. Everyone was shocked I did not want a tub. No kids, no need. And yes there is a distinct method to my drying off, head first and wrap hair in one towel, then chest, arms, back, slide to legs, done. And if you watch yourself, you put on shoes and socks the same way every time too. I noticed that little weirdness years ago and if I try to switch it up, it’s like the shoes don’t even feel right after they’re on! I get so confused! LOL

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      i have no routine with shoes. it’s whichever shoe i pick up first.

      of course, i mostly wear sneakers and flip flops anyways. i hate the tub…never used it. EVER. 10 years

  10. Dorothy
    September 12, 2011

    I wrote this reallly long interesting reply, hit send and it disappeared into cyberspace. Now I’m mad and not doing it again! <>

    (You missed out on a great reply sigh….from what I can remember)

    I wanna answer without my websites attached to my name and it doesn’t want me to I guess.


    Gonna go pout and eat some chocolate now….

  11. Dorothy
    September 12, 2011

    oh wow look there it is…sheesh. Ok. I quit lol

    • Lynn
      September 12, 2011

      It went into moderation…I approved it and voila!! Hahaha

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