November 07, 2009

Bathroom Blogging

Well our bathroom has finished being remodeled with the new toilet installed yesterday. A toilet that took on much marital stress and many weeks to decided upon.

At the risk of embarrassing the stew out of myself, this is the conversation had between my spouse and I upon the installation.

Me: It sits taller than the other one.

Husband: It's the comfort height.



Me: My feet barely touch the ground.

Husband: You're kidding. They don't touch?

Me: Well the balls of my feet do, but not the heels.

Husband: But it's the comfort height.

Me: Not if you're 5'2...

Husband: But it said it's the comfort height...

Me: NOT if you're FIVE FOOT TWO! I'll be fine. Really. It's probably comfortable if you're 5'4 or taller or something. I'll be fine.

So essentially we have a big girl potty, but I'm not a big enough girl. Yes, I think it's funny...

And the lesson is... if you are under 5'4 or your spouse is, rethink the comfort height. Seriously, if I were under 5'2, my feet might be dangling like a high chair...

Meanwhile, I've been going through all the crap that was in my vanity. I don't think I've done a thorough cleaning of it since we moved in... 13 years ago.

I must've thrown away one large garbage bag of... stuff. Mr. T came in and said, "Mom, you sure do have a lot of crap." Nice. And spot on.

Crap no more... here are my observations of some of the things I threw out.

I actually got rid of a curling iron I believe I've had since 1980. It was cream and pink. I assure you, Mo is reading this gasping with a hand over her mouth, aghast I still had it. So to my sister, "It's gone, OK? But I'm still keeping my 1986 red Forenza sweater."

I don't need anymore Q-tips, cotton wipes, or sponge make up applicators. I consolidated and think I have an entire drawer full. I'm at a loss since I don't use Qtips... ever. Why two big boxes? And sponge make up applicators? When was I using those? Some make up person must have convinced me using my hands was a 'bad thing'. Right. I'm keeping it all in case some art project comes up where my kids need them. You never know when in 5th grade you may just have to create a replication of the Eiffel Tower using Qtips and make up sponges.

Dear Make Up companies: No more cute little totes with your samples, Mmmkay? I had... 10 of them? 12? Little ones, odd shaped ones, leopard print, canvas, suede or velvet, red plastic... and on and on.

Follow up to the make up totes... half of them had feminine hygiene product in them. What in the hell was up with that? Have I spent the last 13 years wondering if I was going to just spontaneously bleed while traveling? Or was it a secret stash in case I ran out... I knew I had back up? No clue. Luckily there is no expiration date... and I've not hit menopause yet.

Good Grief, I had tons of old costume jewelry screaming to be thrown out. I was separating it all and Mr. T said, 'Mom, why are you throwing this out? You can take it to Cash for Gold."


I had to inform him it was just gold colored... How old was some of this? Do you remember when button covers were in? Yeah, I just threw away... scads of button covers.

And so it is cleaned out and I'm moved in. Old make up, make up brushes, powders, lotions... gone.

Kept for oddly sentimental reasons, eight pacifiers stuffed in the top of my medicine cabinet. Ringo's. 13 year old pacifiers. One day those will go as well.

But not today.

Posted by Boudicca at November 7, 2009 10:01 PM

Note to self: bring the Mrs. when toilet shopping.

Posted by: Harvey at November 7, 2009 11:54 PM have a toilet that is ready for you when you have to have hip replacement surgery! When my Dad had his, he had to get and extender seat to make the toilet taller....but you're all set!

And when it comes to all that stuff that accumulates in the medicine cabinet and under the sink....where the heck does that stuff come from!?! I've moved 3 times in the last 4 years, and EVERY time I have a boat load of useless stuff to throw out. And all those little makeup bags....what to do? I always feel like it's too wasteful to throw them out, and maybe I'll find a use for them someday....but so far, they are just taking up major space. Oy!

Anyway...for the time being, I'm jealous of your newly renovated bathroom, but my guess is, it won't be to long before it looks like mine! Good luck!

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at November 8, 2009 04:00 AM

Bronze the pacifiers and hang them on your Christmas tree ... after he has grown up and left the house ;)

Posted by: PeggyU at November 8, 2009 04:40 AM

I had the same problem with our new toilet.. and I'm a big girl! Our old toilets were so low that placing my feet flat was no problem... but with the new one just the balls of my feet touch.

Funny thing is, now I like that one better. You never know. ;)

Posted by: Pam at November 8, 2009 07:37 AM

I cleaned out the bathroom cabinet not too long ago, and was similarly aghast at the age of some of the finds.

Almost empty bottles of drug store cologne, untouched since high school. English Leather, Polo, Stetson, Aramis, scents I wouldn't wear on a dare these days...

A jumbo bottle of ibuprofen, bought from Sam's Club back in 1998, still sealed.

A bottle of sulfur powder bought in 1989, meant for dusting on socks to keep the chiggers off at Boy Scout summer camp.

Cleaning kits and brushes & accessories for the 4 mustache/beard trimmers I've bought and burned out since I grew the goatee back in 1995.

Kinda like an archaeological dig, really!

And yes, I've debated shaving the goatee...

Posted by: El Capitan at November 8, 2009 11:15 AM

So proud of you for getting rid of so much.I'm looking forward to hearing about the closet clean out- no telling what's in there. We need pictures of that!
Oh and you get used to your feet dangling. You feel like a little girl when you start swinging your feet- keeps ya young!

Posted by: morrigan at November 8, 2009 07:06 PM

My m-i-l's house had those feet dangled there if I sat relaxed...which is what you're supposed to do, right?

I want a short toilet.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 8, 2009 09:45 PM

I do loves me a "no made up chick"...a natural born woman...a real woman...the real to say. I can be melted.

You know what I mean...

Posted by: Yabu at November 9, 2009 05:41 PM

When will we see the new bathroom pics?

Posted by: Denny at November 10, 2009 04:57 PM