by Marinka on August 3, 2010

So I’ve been getting ready for Wendi‘s arrival, you know, fluffing the pillows, minting the bed, when suddenly my lovely daughter ran in to tell me that the tiles in the shower are coming off.  This was certainly something that I like to call a New Development.

Yes, I do have a NYC subway map shower curtain. If you get lost, just stop on by!

Don’t worry, it’s not in Wendi’s shower, it’s in mine.  But the bad news is that Wendi and I  have to share the same shower now. Uh-oh!

Mama takes one look at it and says, “You cannot take shower here.  You or children.  Your leg can be cut by falling tile and toe can be severed.”  Except she places the accent on the second e in severed.

Husbandrinka immediately calls the management company and because Husbandrinka is the president of our building or something, the managing agent appears so fast that I suspect he’s been waiting outside the door all along.

“Do you take hot showers?” he asks.  And before I get a chance to proclaim my innocence by asking “what does hot mean? I’m a cold person, myself,” Husbandrinka throws me under the bus and says, “she does.  ALL THE TIME.”

I don’t think it’s appropriate to air our marital differences in front of the managing agent.

But since he started it, I’m not dropping this one.

“I do not,” I defended myself.  “I use the tiniest hint of warm water to prevent hypothermia.”
“It’s so steamy in here when you’re done, I can’t see my hand in front of my face,” apparently proving that I take hot showers is Husbandrinka’s new raison d’etre.

Well, fortunately, you’re still able to see your way to speak in cliches.”

Hurry, Wendi!  We’re waiting for you!

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traci August 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

Reason for Life? No! Reason for being?! Whoa. 5 years of french and maybe, possibly I’ve retained something.


Anna See August 3, 2010 at 10:48 am

Wow! I scald myself daily in the shower and I like it that way. Tell husandrinka he’s a wuss. Blaming you for shoddy tiles? Unacceptable.


August 3, 2010 at 11:46 am

I think extra hot showers are a woman thing. I take showers so hot they cause me to yell out sometimes. Husband always suggests I turn the heat down. Husbands just don’t understand.


Zee August 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

So wait. Hot showers make tiles fall off? Its a shower. With a faucet for hot water. Aren’t showers supposed to withstand hot water?

Next they’ll say that storing ice cubes in the freezer stresses the compressor.

Claim that hot water, Marinka.


the mama bird diaries
August 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Wendi – you might want to just shower at the Hilton.

I LOVE hot showers. You know, the kind that peels the paint off all the walls.


Joie August 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I take pretty hot showers, and then end with a very cold shot of water at the end. It makes my skin go from feeling all relaxed and loosey goosey to feeling all tight and revv’ing to go!

I didn’t think my showers were THAT hot until I realized every time I opened the door at the end of one of my shower spas, my smoke detector went off. Hmph.


Sophie@Fabrications August 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Showers should be scalding hot or none at all. It’s not your fault the tiles are loose, and actually, I’m starting to suspect Husbandrinka for loosening them while he’s getting bored in his lukewarm to freezing showers.


Heather, Queen of Shake Shake August 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Hot showers? You people want hot showers, come on down to the south and just fucking stand outside when it rains in August.


dusty earth mother August 4, 2010 at 7:11 am

I agree with Kelcey, but just a jot warmer. I like showers so hot they peel the skin off my body.


August 4, 2010 at 7:47 am

In the interest of your safety, I shall plan on taking spit baths while I’m at your home. Maybe Nikki can help me out with that, in fact.

See you soon!


August 4, 2010 at 10:08 am

Personally, I love that the manager was all ready to put the blame for detaching tile on you for horrors! taking hot showers. Don’t you know that there are people all over the world who don’t get any showers at all? And you, you are just blithely oblivious with your steamy hot showeriness. Anyone in their right mind knows that shower tiles were not made to withstand HOT. It’s not like they’re fired in a kiln or anything.


Sans The Plumber August 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

It’s an omen. Marinka and Wendi are destined to go out on the tiles.


soccermom August 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I would of ask WTF does hot water got to do with falling tile????

Just fix it. Why does there need to be blame placed?


deborah quinn
August 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

luckily I avoid this problem by simply not showering on a regular basis. it’s that whole post-partum grooming thing–hard to manage it all, you know? What’s that you say? your youngest child will be SIX in three weeks?
Hmm. It may be time to shave my legs.


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