Saturday, 14 April 2012

Bathtub Brain

Hey folks!
I can't stop talking about my bathtub! Erica Lucke Dean invited me to guest post on her blog and guess what I wrote about??? My tub.
My post on her blog talked more about the lengthy process of finally getting my dream bathroom.
Plus there's a rousing rendition of a popular TV theme song that you won't be able to get out of your head once you read it (trust me)!
I hope you take the time to pop over there and read about it. While you're there, have a read of Erica's posts. They're humorous and oh so relatable.
Thanks again Erica for having me on your blog. You were an excellent hostess!
Until next time,

Monday, 9 April 2012

Rub-a-dub-dub, I have a tub!

Hi friends!

What do YOU do in the bath?

It's been a long long time since I've posted anything. I've been in all sorts of trouble lately, none of which has anything to do with writing. Though everything I experience is inspiration for future writing, right? So in actual fact I'm always writing in some way or another. You may call that fact, or just flat out denial, but either way it makes me feel good.

One of the things I've been involved in since December has been a major bathroom renovation. I purchased my house back in the fall and decided to extend the second floor bathroom five feet so that there was more room for a bigger bathtub and a separate shower. I met with the contractor in October and he assured me that it would only take 'three weeks'.

Well, three months later and I FINALLY have a bathroom complete with bathtub, shower and all the fixings! Since December I have been showering at the gym, at the office, or anywhere else people would let me.

I have to say the wait was worth it. There are still a few things left to do, but I am in love with my bathroom. I'm so in love with it that I want to conduct all of my business out of the bathtub. I never want to have to leave. I mean, I've had to wait for three months to bathe and shower in absolute privacy! I can bathe or shower WHENEVER I WANT!! Confession: I came home in the middle of the day last week from work just to have a shower. Just because I could!

I've always been told I'm part fish for the amount of time I would always spend in bodies of water, so I guess that makes me a mermaid who can withstand living in the tub. Just like Darryl Hannah did in Splash! Pruney skin, be damned! Mermaids do not have to worry about such things (now, getting long curly hair stuck in the drain is a whole other matter).

"Don't mind me. I'm just a mermaid having a little break on the steps here before I got back to frolicking in the ocean."
With this in mind I started to answer e-mails in the tub. This then led to tweeting in the tub. This is not as perverted as it seems, so get your mind out of the gutter! I made the hashtag #tubtweets for when I am in the tub. Then I did what almost everyone loves to do when they're alone in the tub with soft music in the background and candles flickering in glass holders....I opened a book and read!

Right now I'm reading Al Boudreau's book In Memory of Greed. In the tub. Only in the tub. Once I have finished reading it I'll tell you all about it from my perspective. In the tub. I shall call it TubReads and it will be a feature here on this blog. I'm about 1/3 through the book, so stay tuned!

Now that I am conjuring up more ideas in my bubble-bath world I had to make sure I had a place to record them, so I am using my iPhone for all notes and social media connection, but have purchased a water proof  case for it. The only thing worse than dropping the soap is dropping your cell phone in water without a life jacket!

 So I'm all set. I've got my music. My books. Bubbles. Hot water. My iPhone. What else could I possibly need to live in the tub? I'll get out to eat. The ecosystem in the tub does not lend to having fresh seaweed available for snacking. If you need me, you know where I'll be...

As a reward for reading this whole post, here's a before and after of the bathroom renovation. Unfortunately I got too excited about the demolition of the bathroom that I forgot to take a 'real' before picture. If I find one from the previous owners (aka my parents), I'll post it.
Before: Organized chaos. The end of the floorboards marks the original size of the bathroom. Everything beyond that is new.
After: This was taken a couple of weeks ago so since then the trim on the window has been installed and I also put on a toilet seat (Tangent: Who knew that toilet seats don't come with toilets. They're separate!! Seriously? Who's genius idea was that?!). Oh and the light fixtures are also installed.

After: The calm after the storm. Pure bliss. I splurged on the wall tile and drove 3 hours to the 'Big City' to get them. So worth it I love sitting in the tub and watching the water and light reflect the tiles. It looks like a waterfall trickling down beside me.


Twinkle twinkle little light...