Thursday, January 12, 2006

How to Make Things Worse in Less than 10 Seconds

Have you ever noticed that when things aren't necessarily going all that right, you tend to make stupid mistakes that make everything worse? Or maybe you're not cursed like me and these things don't happen to you. Anyway, I figured someone ought to get some entertainment out of my misery so I'm posting my latest screw up on my blog.

So you've all read my woes with the pinched nerve in my neck and how painful it is and blah, blah, blah. Well, I'd been at the keyboard most of the day and was hurting pretty bad, so I decided to take a hot bath in my spa tub and try to work out some of the knotted muscles. I had one of those new aromatherapy sets, so I decided to give the "scented" bath thing a whirl. I started my water and opened the container of scented beads. They were those little gel looking things, vanilla colored, and smelled all right so I dumped some in my bath water.

Then I turned off the lights, lit a candle and hopped into the tub for a moment of relaxation - the phone was downstairs, the dog was locked in the kitchen - it was all about me time. I sat for a minute in the churning water and decided I couldn't really smell the bath beads all too well. So I picked up the container and read the label on the side, but all it gave was the ingredients. So I opened it up and dumped twice the amount I had before in the bath.

When I went to place the container back on the side of the tub, I caught a glimpse of a label on the bottom of the jar and flipped it over. And that's when I realized I'd just made a bad situation worse - clearly printed on the bottom of the jar were the instructions to "spread the beads around items in the house and enjoy the aroma" followed by "NOT for use in the bathtub."

Well, hell.

I'd just gotten in the tub so no way was I getting out. Plus, if I drained the tub now, the possibility of having enough hot water left to fill it again after I cleaned it was not very likely. So I figured, what the heck, I take baths hot enough to boil eggs. The things have to dissolve, right?

Wrong - Says the woman who just spent twenty minutes panning for aromatherapy beads in her bathwater.

See, now don't you feel more relaxed? I know I do.


R.J. Baker said...

Two fingers of scitch does it for me but I can see your way may work too, just not as fast...relax.

R.J. Baker said...

Shoot, my typing is bad...Scotch. Sorry, no scitch today.

Jana DeLeon said...

LOL, R.J. - I'm more of a beer drinker (being a southern sort of gal), but I usually do my bath with a glass of wine. Didn't this time. It's just as well - who needs to be tipsy cleaning up tiny clear beads?

Diana Peterfreund said...

OMG, that's the funniest thing I've ever heard! Wow.. I mean, I'm sorry, Jana. That must have sucked!

hee hee. hee hee. hee hee.

Jana DeLeon said...

I did suck and it WAS funny. I found myself laughing even before I was finished cleaning the tub. My back wasn't any better for it though. (sigh) Guess next time I'll just try the "scitch" with r.j.

Kelly Parra said...

Jana, don't be so hard on yourself.

The facts: You were in pain. You were tired. You needed relaxation.

Taking all that into consideration, I would have been laughing at myself, though! ;D

Jana DeLeon said...

Kelly - you're right, I was tired and in pain - but what a bonehead. (giggle) It is pretty funny, but all the same, I'm going to make sure I read the bottom of containers from now on.

Colleen Gleason said...

LOL, Jana, you've got me laughing out loud. At least it sorta smelled good, right?

The only thing worse than panning for those little aromatherapy beads is skimming off the dried flower petals and herbs that I foolishly added to the tub once.

The thing is, they were supposed to be put in the tub, these dried herbs and flowers, and they scent it beautifully. However, they were a bitch to clean up!

It looked pretty, but I'll never do it again, no matter how nice it was to sit in a hot bath amongst rose buds and chamomile blossoms.

Jana DeLeon said...

ooooh, Colleen, that does sound pleasant - except for the cleaning part of course. Maybe you should just save that for when you're staying one night at a hotel???? (giggles)

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