What I Hated the Least Today 161/365: Cheesy

Cheesy stuff
Cheesy stuff

I don’t mean the above photo seriously. If I did, I would upload it to Instagram, hashtags #blessed, #metime, #lovemybody and other sassy sh*t. I admit to having taken a bubble bath, but the circumstances were so not blessed.

I spent the night writing some primitive but carefully crafted code and went to bed at six am, feeling accomplished. (Which is cheesy, I admit, but I couldn’t help it.) I woke up two hours later, feeling sick and with a nasty pain in my back. I figure that happens, especially when the subject drinks coffee (a lot), smokes (a lot) and tends to hunch over when engrossed in the computer screen.

I popped an Ibuprofen and since I was too ill to try to sleep, I went to draw a bath. (I just checked on Google that I got the collocation draw a bath right and you wouldn’t believe how this phrase is defined in the Urban Dictionary. I refuse to provide a link.) The idea is that the warmth should feel relaxing to the muscles, hence useful against pain. The task of preparing a bath distracted me from feeling sick, which also proved useful.

The bath was taking ages to fill and when it was full from hardly one-third, I ran out of hot water. I forgot that’s one of the reasons I don’t take baths. I have a small water heater, too small to fill a bath. I performed some gymnastic tricks to see if I could submerse my stomach and my back simultaneously to target the problem areas, but nope. So I ended up performing a weird water yoga, including something akin to a drowned child’s pose.

The bath probably did me good after all though. Not only did I recover sufficiently to take a bath selfie, but a few hours later, I decided I was well enough to catch up with my daily morning yoga practice. I was still sick, but not too sick, and I’m OCD, hence skipping a day is out of question. I found it somewhat saddening that I’m addicted to yoga and to coffee and cigarettes. Because WTF. Also, don’t try this at home. 

48 thoughts on “What I Hated the Least Today 161/365: Cheesy

          1. Haha, deprecated, yes. Like using a html table for layout purposes. I recently saw a site where a form was crammed into a table and the look of it made me hurt 😮

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  1. So did you stay up after only two hours’ sleep? No wonder you felt sick. Too bad about the little water heater. That means you can never take a bath, then, huh?! The bath tubs are so small and low here, so there’s no way to submerge one’s entire body at the same time. It’s no fun.

    The Ibuprofen must have played an important part in your feeling better.

    If I were to translate ‘draw a bath’ word for word, into Swedish, and say that to someone, they’d think I’d gone nutty. This is a reflection on the above question. The other day, on Skype, I said [in Swedish] that someone had dropped out of the race. It sounded so stupid, and I realised it the moment I’d said it but I didn’t bother to correct myself. I sort of turned ‘dropped’ into a Swedish word.

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    1. Yes, I stayed up after two hours of sleep, I was probably mentally too excited about my coding to sleep 😉 I didn’t do anything the whole day, but I’m happy to report that I’ve completely recovered. You’re right, I forgot about the Ibuprofen, that was likely more helpful than the bath. I’m so grateful about Ibuprofen – I think I blogged about it in my 365 already; if I haven’t, I’ll need to redress the balance!

      I’m glad that I used draw a bath. Your responses made me double-check it. Previously I just checked that this expression existed – which it does, but it’s apparently not used anymore. It’s funny when one actively uses two languages and gets them jumbled together… I do it a lot.

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      1. For me, it would have been the normal thing to say, “to draw a bath”, but I asked G. now and he doesn’t seem to think it’s used here. This goes back to what I learnt as a kid in school, but never had the opportunity to really use it.

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        1. Same here, draw a bath is probably something I was taught – or learned from nineteenth-century novels – rather than something I would actually hear someone use. I explored some more, and apparently, run a bath is common; draw a bath dates to a time when there were no water taps.

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          1. That’s what G. said too … that it probably goes back to the Victorian era. But I think I’ve heard it on Coronation Street 🙂

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  2. I’m glad the bath helped. Back pain even self inflicted is never good so I’m pleased you found a way to alleviate it. Yoga positions in a half filled bath does conjure some worrying images Mara but I’m sure you were graceful in your own unique way….

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    1. Thank you for your well wishes! I’m happy to report I’m perfectly fine now. Sadly, the experience didn’t motivate me to change my lifestyle habits. I can confirm that I’m the opposite of graceful when performing yoga, either normal or its water version. I occasionally record my practice on a video to check whether I’m doing the positions very wrong or just normal wrong – and it’s a cringeworthy spectacle.

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  3. Haha! I find it difficult to relax in the bath. Is it the environmentalist in me struggling with water waste? Or is it the control freak trapped in forever yang who can’t find a way to keep still? I’m not sure. But I know that when I can soak for an hour I have achieved enlightenment. Or a delightful hedonistic streak.

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    1. You have a point. I spent most of my bath time being annoyed at the water waste and being bored to death. I don’t think I spent more than ten minutes in the bath. It was too boring. I suspect it could be more fun when one brings some wine to drink while soaking 😉

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  4. Oh I feel you on the back pain. I have a little box of heat packs in my living room. I microwave one every night, sometimes 5 or 6 times! Despite your pain, funny post and great photo. #bubbles

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  5. …Bless your writing, Mara! What a fantastic read – I laughed out loud a few times with delightment 😀 Perfect beginning – also, I saw your picture and first thought, hm, this isn’t very Mara-like… 😉 But if you ever add it onto instagram, make sure to add #perfectnails to it – they are so nice that they are making me a bit jealous 😉 Do take care of yourself 🙂 !

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    1. Awe, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I had some fun writing this post. When I won’t upload this pic on Instagram, I will make sure to use #perfectnails because I was so pleased that I happened to have my toe and finger nails freshly painted in the same colour 😉 Good for my OCD. Also, I’m done with bubble baths, probably forever.

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      1. …you could also add #myOCDnailswillgetyoujealous 😉 Ah, I believe so. With a small water tank I’d be done with showers alltogether :-/! I haven’t tried a bath here though so maybe my watertank is small as well… I’ll find out as soon as I get to 🙂 I seldomly take them but have started to enjoy them and appreciate them if I ever get to have one 😉 You know, magazine, drink, bubbles… 🙂

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        1. Haha 🙂 If it’s any comfort, the nail polish I’m wearing in the picture contains glitter, which, as I discovered, means that the polish rubs off very fast. Now my toes are no more nicely painted but chipped and peeling. So, time to fix it… Now I’ll be waiting for you to blog about your bubble bath, with magazines and drinks and all, hopefully more delightful than mine 😉

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          1. …at least you do them! I have tons of nail polish colours and love thinking about what colour I will be using next, but never get round to do them…^^ Shame on me!!!
            I didn’t intend to blog about that bubble bath though…^^ 😉 But maybe I’ll post a picture on Instagram just for you with special hashtags lol

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          2. Oh well, you surely have better things to do than to paint your nails, such as live a life 🙂 I’m happy to report though that I freshly repainted my nails to blue and red… Feels soothing to my OCD.

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          3. I tend to be busy, yes, but I secretly wish I would have them done nicely. The thing is that every time I remember I’m either too lazy to do them or in too much of a rush. And then I always smudge them. And I end up taking it off anyhow… Or they won’t match the outfit I’m planning to wear two days later, so then I ponder and am indecisive of what colour I should use and try to choose one that would match both outfits of the next day and the one for whatever event it is I’m going to wear. But that colour doesn’t spark joy at the moment… so I keep turning in circles… mad stuff 😀

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          4. I do the same thing! Taking ages to plan my outfits so that they match my nails. Luckily, there’s always red, which is quite universal and goes with anything in my book.

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          5. Wow, that’s a good thing you like the colour and it suits you! I don’t own a single red nail polish. It just doesn’t suit me 😦 Would make life much easier, the way you describe it 😀

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          6. Yeah I love blueish and orange colours but blue doesn’t suit me at all so I end up sticking with orange tones ggg. Or that coral that’s so popular for summer ❤

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          7. It is quite striky indeed, but I tend to like it for the summertime. Really? Didn’t know that about orange – I live behind the moon when it comes to fashion 😀

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          8. I know nothing about fashion, I was referring to the name of the TV series, it’s called “Orange is the new black”. But I guess orange is a very popular summer colour, no matter the current fashions!

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  6. Oh, so you got into yoga now? 😀

    I completely understand your need for a bath. Since I packed my suitcases last week, my back is aching so bad – something that doesn’t normally happen. I guess I’m turning old as well. Only I don’t have a bath, haha. The yoga pose got me chuckle and you’re right about those silly hashtags – I don’t know, I feel like some people try to put glitter on shit when they describe their lives like that. (Sorry for being rude :p )

    I missed these quirky posts of yours.

    By the way, I just want to add that I checked your Instagram, and the pics are amazing. You definitely have an eye for things and you know how to play with the focus. The editing is also spot on. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I started doing yoga and started smoking again 😦 Those “little” pains, in the back, in the neck and shoulders, are so annoying; and yep, it gets worse with age. Bad news. Good news though that you’re on holiday now, I’m really looking forward to you blogging more often!

      That’s exactly my issue with some Instagram photos/users – they’re presenting a perfect version of their presumably quite normal lives, and it can get mildly ridiculous. Thanks for your kind comment on my Instagram pictures – especially considering that I sometimes abandon all “artistic” pretensions and post a picture of my shoes or freshly painted nails 😮

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