Monday, June 1, 2009

12 things that camping made me realize

Number 1. I can live without air conditioning for a few days, if I have short intervals of car a/c to bring me back to life as needed.

Number 2. Females peeing in the woods, is just as unrealistic and difficult as it always has been, an art I do not possess. This story is being withheld for fear of losing my most faithful follower, my mother.

Number 3. My shower phobia, def: fear of using a shower other than my own, gag reflux at the sight of hair in the drain, and the spine chilling affect that I get by seeing a wet bar of soap that I didn't use, is much better in a campground shower because the lighting is very poor.

Number 4. GPS systems are nice, but you still have to use your brain and can't believe everything they tell you. e.g. If we were dummies robots, we would have camped in the middle of a sawmill and believed that a huge mud puddle was Patoka Lake.

Number 5. That a low water pressure shower, in lukewarm water, is very refreshing after being smothered in sunscreen, bugs, and sweat, and having to deal with list item Number 2.

Number 6. Scavenging raccoons do not like their meals interrupted by a crying baby. This causes the varmint to snarl and growl like a vicious dog, causing Mommy to pee her pants calm the baby in hopes our tent won't get slashed by the razor sharp claws.

Number 7. That my sister really is one of my favorite people to hang out with.

Number 8. After incident Number 2, campground restrooms are a thing of luxury and a sight for sore eyes.

Number 9. That I really don't have an internet addiction because I didn't even miss not being able to check my email or blog, okay it's cause I knew I'd be able to soon, and it was only 3 days.

Number 10. People come in all shapes and sizes, styles and personalities, and they are sometimes used for God's greatest dose of medicine, laughter. I laughed so much this past weekend that my jaws hurt, I snorted like a pig, wheezed like a chain smoker and my abs are sore.

Number 11. It's always best to have an extra person present when showering a screaming, yelling 4 year old who thinks camp showers are more disturbing than her mother does. This way it appears less likely that you are abusing your child, because it sure sounds like child abuse and all the campers hear it.

Number 12. That we have a great family who made this camping trip possible, because everyone knows, I'm not an avid outdoorsy girl and doesn't have the energy to make this weekend happen all on my own. There were 6 extra helping hands to wipe faces, kiss boo-boos, change diapers, make trips to the potty and hold a homesick baby. It was a great trip, and alot of fun for us all. Pictures coming soon, until then I'll be enjoying my nice, soft, warm bed...


Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

Ugh, that reminds me of how much I can't stand camping! The last time I went I cried and cried in the shower (and my poor friend just laughed at me because she didn't know what else to do!). I vowed to never go again. Glad you could make it an enjoyable time even though it's not the most enjoyable thing though - I'm not sure I could do the same!

The Rutledges said...

Love it! There is nothing like camping. Your appreciation of the everyday luxuries (things we take for granted) becomes so much more vivid! Looking forward to pictures~!

shiningimagephoto said...

Oh the memories! my sides ache just thinking about it. LOL and # 7 is the same here.

Mom said...

Thanks for withholding details on #2! I would hate to boycott your blog. :( We had a great time and enjoyed spending time with you. Thanks for pushing yourself and going camping. Don't think we would have laughed that much without YOU! Love you :)

Brandi said...

It sounds like you had fun! I just read your comments on 5 minutes for mom...great advice!

We never go camping where there are bathrooms...I wouldn't even really know what that looks like! My sister has a camper so we use that, but when my hubby and I go by ourselves, we are in the middle of no where!

Anyhow, have a great day!