If you read my post last week: I Never Knew I Would Need A Mom Cave: 3 Unusual Places Moms Can Take A Breather, you may remember that I promised a follow up to cover some reader-submitted places. There were some moms who escape to the garden, and some moms who can zone out in the kitchen or the grocery store for some zen time. Overwhelmingly though, there was just one place that was glaringly left off of my first list. You guessed it, the bathroom.
I’m not sure how I could have overlooked this! Although my bathroom activities are often on display for my toddlers who almost always follow me in there during the day, there are moments when I take full advantage of the loo as a sanctuary. Usually this is shower time in the morning my husband watches the kids before work. Truth be told, I have considered lying about a number 2 at times just to get some additional washroom alone time. If its expected that men can be in there for 30 minutes at a time with no questions asked, shouldn’t I have the same rights and privileges? Just because I have the bodily control to wait until things are ready to happen before I go in there, rather than pre-gaming in there with my laptop and a cup of coffee, should I be punished?
If you do manage to get a little time for yourself and can escape to your bathroom oasis, here are a few of the relaxing activities that take place in my restroom mom cave:
#1 Drinking – Mini wine bottles chilling on ice in the sink? This is rare for me, but a glass of wine HAS accompanied me on occasion and I find that this allows you to exit the powder room much more friendly than when you went in.
#2 Grooming – While this used to be part of my normal bathroom routine, leg shaving, moisturizing any parts beyond my face, foot buffing (if you don’t know what this is — lucky you), flossing, and any sort of self tanner application are now optional luxuries that I indulge in only when I think I can draw out my shower time in the morning without my husband noticing. Note – your husband may complain about the time you spend in there, but what husband doesn’t love smooth feet, smooth legs and a slight orange hue to your skin? Answer: All men love a smooth little Oompa Loompa.
#3 Streaming – Take your laptop in there and stream something while you get ready in the morning (or whenever you get your extended bathroom time). For me, its QVC, however, I know that not everyone reading this is an 82 year old aspiring hoarder in a 38 year old body like me, so try my other favorites: Scandal or Nashville episodes or just stream this Maxwell video on youtube and pretend he is singing it directly to you. You can thank me later.
I didn’t list taking a bath because I am not a big fan of the bath. The whole taking forever to fill up the tub and marinating in my own funk until the water is luke warm, while trying to keep all parts submerged to avoid a draft doesn’t appeal to me, but if you like baths, have at it.
The next time the mom next door looks frazzled beyond belief, offer to watch her kids for 30 minutes and tell her to go to the bathroom. She’ll thank you for it.