Thursday, October 16, 2008

Grooming Mom

Being a mom sometimes means that I don't get a shower. Of course, the bathroom is no longer that sacred place it once was anyway! (One look at the baby swing that sits in front of the perpetually open door will tell you that!) I don't spend nearly the same amount of time taking care of myself as I used to. In fact, I can't exactly recall the last time I had three checks for hair, make-up and a nice outfit. It generally doesn't bother me. After all, my dear husband already loves me, so I don't need to dress up and look fancy, right? And really, the only other person that sees me during the day is the kid that loves me no matter what (at least for now!)

Showering used to take me 10 minutes. No less. No more. Now, I bet you I could pull of a 2 minute shower. Especially since I have decided to go the way of No-'Poo. I know, that sounds horrible. It really means not using shampoo. Most people use baking soda and vinegar. I don't have time for that. I just use water. Honestly, it lasted a week before I had to wash my hair. But, I am trying again. Maybe this time I will just cut down on the washes until I can eliminate them completely. I never was good at the cold turkey method...I tried that with sweets once for a couple of months, and then I had a total breakdown and binged! (Yeah, that was during a New Year party, and my mom and I kept saying "We can eat sweets until midnight"...after midnight, it was "We can eat sweets until 1am". You see where this is going.)

And as more children come along, I am sure that I will be shaving the seconds off of my shower time! Speaking of shaving, I don't have time for that anymore either! It's a serious wonder that I don't look like this. I did send my hubby to get a home waxing kit. For me, not the car. We had a little fun with that, until I decided it just isn't worth it. After ripping all most of the hair out of my legs, I looked like I had some form of the pocks. Plus, I didn't even get it all, so I would have to shave anyway...if I cared enough or had the time! Right now, my legs are covered in sporadic patches of 1/4" long hairs. Sick. I know. Although, I am looking forward to seeing how well waxing will work with my armpits. But, the box says that I can't use deodorant for 24 hours after waxing the pits, and with my lack of showering...well...I'm not even sure that's an option.

All in all, I'm pretty much a frumpy mess of a mom. But, you know what? I love my job, so it's ok.


AFarCryFromNormal said...

You are so funny! I think I can beat your time on a shower though! LOL I would LOVE to go nopoo. How did you do it? My hair gets slimy after just one day I swear! Aren't you so glad our husbands still love our crunchy frumpy selves! Gotta love em!

The Thalman's said...

Thank you so much for the compliment! They make me feel good about blogging! Honestly, I have no idea how to no-poo. I just Google'd it and read so many articles about it that I figured I knew enough about it. Like I said, I don't have time to use baking soda, vinegar, etc. So, I just use water. And my hair gets pretty waxy feeling and gross. That's when I fell of the no-poo wagon (for a day). I don't even know if I qualify for a no-pooer, because I still -poo every now and then. I'm just a wannabe! lol. And, OH YES! I am SO glad my hubby loves me, even when everyone else thinks I'm psycho!

Banshe said...

This is exactly the things that all moms do (maybe even if they don't have the new baby excuse), but won't admit to. Thanks for liberating us frumpy moms! LOL

Brightonwoman said...

I quit shaving my legs when I was pg, and didn't do it for over two years. A few weeks ago in a fit of friskiness I shaved them was kinda fun. I suspect though that I'll never go back to regular shaving. A couple times a year will probably do me. LOL!

Have you seen the posts I've done recently on hair care? I've got some links that might be helpful on the no-pooing. Personally, I use regular old shampoo and conditioner, but I don't use a whole lot...and over the last couple of years I have slowly stretched my routine to only washing my hair once a week or so (give or take). THAT saves a lot of time!