I love showering. It is by far my top activity in life. I love showering more than ice cream, running, Scrabble, and my laptop. If there is going to be one thing I do in a day, it’s hit the shower. Like most things in my life, I like to make my shower a place I want to be. Not only does this mean I scrub it with a toothbrush regularly, but I also decorate it. Yes, decorating a shower it possible, and not just with nicely scented body washes (Trader Joe’s Refresh Citrus Body Wash and Bath and Body Works Warm Nutmeg and Vanilla) and shampoo (ancient, out of production Costco-sized bottle of Herbal Essences). I have “hung” decorations in my shower.
It started with the idea that I could more easily utilize my precious time if I could find a way to multi-task in the shower. I had to memorize a menu for the restaurant I waitress at, so I created a spreadsheet of the menu items, made double sided copies of it, laminated it, and let it cling to the walls of the shower using water and whatever physics is involved with shower walls and molecules. It only grew from there.
As a voracious reader, I am constantly looking for words to gobble up with my eyes. I have read the directions on how to use my body wash in all languages many times over. I have read my roommate’s face wash labels. I could probably recite them on command during a facial if I demanded of me (thankfully no one has interrupted my relaxation time with this request — please don’t you be the first, either). So I figured I could type out some of my favorite poems or short essays and hang them in my shower too.
I have lots of ee cummings, Sandra Cisnero’s Eleven, Miranda July’s This Person, Nikki Giovanni, Shel Silverstien, Emily Dickinson, and even my own work to peruse while I lather, rinse and repeat these days. I am always taking requests for my next sheet, too. And I print these, double sided, on brightly colored pieces of paper.
Most recently, I have added study aids by BarCharts to the collection . I came into their laminated reference guides on a variety of subjects: the US Constitution, Geography, Meteorology, Spanish, French, Calculus, and Statistics. These are newbies to the group, just added in the last day. But they include pictures, clear cut details, and I am a little too excited at the prospect of refreshing myself on the Bill of Rights while I soap up.
I also came into a large bundle of laminated Chinese character flash-cards…someone is going to be receiving a pretty sweet shower curtain. Injury is upon me, and I’m feeling crafty!