Today is Thursday. I haven’t washed my hair since Monday.
No, that is misleading. That makes it sound like I’ve been bathing but skipping the shampoo and conditioner.
I haven’t taken a shower since Monday. I’m honestly not sure when the last time I took a bath was, as I’m never completely convinced that tub is clean. I sure don’t have a problem tossing the kids in there, though, do I?
Oh my. Okay, the tub is clean, but not obsessively-inspecting-the-grout clean.
I am a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) but this issue cropped up the moment I became a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). Full disclosure, I think I started leaning toward stay-at-home-martyr approximately two weeks after my first child was born. Roughly around the time I missed my first shower.
Huh. Will ya look at that.
Showering on a regular basis seems like an inalienable right. Once I’d found mine trodden on, I tapped into a negotiating power I’d never known:
“I mean, honestly, you don’t even make time for me to shower! Take the baby!!!” << I’m pretty sure I’ve actually said that. Imagine that plus the crazy hair above. Fabulous.
Missing showers is not something I do on purpose. It’s all about choices and taking a shower never maneuvers the upper hand. Between running to the store and a shower? Fresh milk and toilet paper win. Between answering email and showering? One email turns into ten and the shower is out. It’s practically mid-day now, anyway, and who would waste that shower-fresh feeling on 1pm? You would get neither that fresh-for-bed sensation nor the ready-for-the-day advantage.
Between a nap and a shower? Oh, ow, no, stop… can’t… stop… laughing!
So now that the “make time for showers” debate is settled (I’m apparently not interested for some psychological reasons related to sainthood), let’s discuss ways to fool the public!
As it turns out, my go-to “shower fakes” are some favorites of a few other work-from-home women:
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“Megan’s Babble post will certainly include words and phrases from this conversation. Like musk and P and T and concrete pits and WAHMSAHMOMGAH and will end with Amy’s story about cleaning her lady parts in front of a window…. We are SUCH GOOD HELPERS!”
Ladies, you have no idea. I… had no idea. Because we are friends, I left out the musk quotes. You are welcome.
Now tell me, what are your showering habits? Come on, tell the truth. How long have you gone?
PS- Looking for actual tips? Read Mr Lady’s 5 Ways to Not Totally Suck at Working From Home