Beyond the traditional Power Shower
I’ve had a great week which is incredibly surprising because it started miserably. On Sunday, after a weekend spent slaving over uni coursework, I was overcome with an overwhelming feeling that I would not survive until Friday. I’m not usually an anxious person but it looked like I finally succumbing to my ability to over-subscribe to time-heavy commitments. The week was insurmountable and every thing I had learnt in my life was now useless because by Friday I was going to be a weird lady living with thirty cats in a dirty cave in Latvia.
If I didn’t find myself in a country I can only assume still exists and is somewhere in Europe, I would have successfully knocked off everything in my to-do list below.
Got a tattoo (Monday)
Picked up a new motorcycle (Wednesday)
Submitted uni group assignment (Due Tuesday)
Submitted uni individual assignment (Due Thursday)
Six hours of class attendance
Two x personal training sessions
A week of work filled to the point of having no time for an afternoon coffee
Three customer presentations prepared
Surprisingly, I found myself alive, exceptionally well and freshly tattooed on Friday afternoon and feeling like a god damn hero. When I find myself this confident, a regular occurrence due to my alleged self-deification, I often the best way to reward myself is with a shower-beer.
The number of people I have met that have not had or even heard of a shower beer is horrifyingly high. Granted, this number reduced dramatically when I realised Americans call it a Power Shower but that is a ridiculous name that sounds like a cleaning product — sorry Jenna.
The Shower-Beer became a ritual for me when I was a poor under-graduate student living in a residence hall. Canberra is miserably cold, and flip flops were a necessity anytime I had to shower in the communal, co-ed bathrooms. As much as I loved the experience of living on campus, the last thing you ever really want to do is suffer through this jail-like experience. So after playing some sort of sport on a Wednesday afternoon, I jogged back home pulled out a beer, my waterproof speakers and faced the horror that was adjoining showers with a single drain.
It’s a habit. It’s relaxing. I don’t even mind that I could have taken up meditation and probably experienced transcendence by now. I didn’t, so the best I can share with you is my recommendations for drinking alcohol in a shower.
For anytime it’s appropriate to have a beer. Particularly hot afternoons, getting ready to go out, post beach showers, Sunday.
Pro bottle or can both perfectly shaped to keep water out, warm up on a cold day, cool down on a hot day, super relaxing
Cons I dunno, apparently some people don’t like beer? It might not be great for the environment if you drink really slow, but you can cancel that out by eating one less burger a month.
For the non-beer drinker.
Pros all the benefits of the shower beer plus less heavy on hot days, not beer,
Cons not beer
Shower-Cruiser (aka. Shower-UDL)
I’ll admit I’ve succumb to this more than once. Once when I stayed with Mum and there was no other option in the fridge after a Saturday netball win. Once, when it was the week before pay day and Dan Murphy’s were cleaning out some limited edition flavours for $2 each. They were terrible.
For underage drinkers.
Con its a vodka cruiser, even if you’re eighty you’re going to have your ID checked. Diabetes. Smell will bring back memories of high school.
Okay, if I was to adopt the term ‘Power Shower’ this is what I would apply it to. Go for a run, play some positive tunes and jump in the shower with a coffee. You will feel like
For Tuesday and Thursdays, Post gym session showers before work.
Pro save time, buy more time to spend in the shower, fantastically great way to start a day, non-alcoholic
Con not feasible whilst washing hair. Requires a keep-cup, non-alcoholic
Champagne is For Celebrating. Particularly post sport celebrations, new jobs and good marks.
Pro mini- champagne bottles have all the benefits of the beer bottle but look adorable and look classy.
Con mini-champagne bottles are expensive. High likelihood of hangover. Drinking from a full sized bottle is apparently inappropriate.
Pro tips and learnings
Invest in a shower caddy. Particularly if you have long hair you regularly wash
A stubby holder (koozie) makes it easier to safer for the accident prone (me) to be holding glass bottles in a wet environment and to keep beverages cool in a hot shower
I tried red wine in a sippy cup once but, be it the BPA free plastic or the straw, the wine tasted terrible. Don’t waste your Argentinian Malbec in the shower.
Amy decided she wanted to be Batgirl at age five. It hasn't really panned out, and now she is a tech geek by day helping businesses and government agencies deliver better experiences to their stakeholders. After hours she's a sport fanatic, music lover and part time MBA student.
. This site is a just a collection of the stuff that she does as a result of being a bit weird. It's occasionally updated so her mother knows she's alive.