Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Little Bathroom Mystery

Our house has two bathrooms. One is attached to our bedroom as an ensuite. The other is the 'main' bathroom and when we built I made certain that not only is the toilet separate*, but that the handbasin is in an alcove outside the shower/bathroom. Thus three different and unrelated persons can do separate parts of their daily ablutions at the same time without impacting on our little ensuite hideaway.

Perhaps I should mention that we have two people in our house. We cannot physically use all available fixtures at the same time.

Anyway, that's a little diversion from the reason I'm blogging. You see, I'm not that keen on housework of any description, and cleaning two bathrooms when there are only two of us in the house seems like a huge waste of time and effort. Therefore, we use the ensuite. The other bathroom sits in pristine condition awaiting visitors. Every now and then I dust it and it stays clean. Despite the fact that my office is much closer to the main bathroom, I walk around the corner and all the way to the other end of the house to use the ensuite.

I did some cleaning yesterday, and I found in the pristine(?) main bathroom human hair. Short lengths of human hair. Thick human hair like facial hair. On the handbasin. With my office scissors that had disappeared.


For how long has it been like this?

How many visitors have come and I haven't known that it was a mess?

Who did it?

Fact 1: There are only two people living in the house.

Fact 2: The LBD does not have the opposable thumb necessary to operate scissors. He also has soft fur.

Exhibit 1: Short lengths of hair. Some graying.

Fact 3: I don't yet have any gray hair.

Fact 4: I don't yet have any facial hair. Maybe I should send it to the lab for forensic testing?

Fact 5: My Beloved's sideburns have recently sprung up closer to the top of his ears.

The chances that the mess was not by the hand of my Beloved?

...Approximately None.

* As it is in most Australian houses that I've ever visited. What is with that in US television shows? Do all American houses have all the fixtures in the one room like an ensuite, or is that just that the set designers are saving money?


Givinya De Elba said...

Oh dear :) Better than the mess being made by some Mystery Person NOT your Beloved!

femina said...

Most of my American friends have never even heard of having the toilet in a separate room. Many of them were also disgusted at the thought that often the toilet 'room' doesn't have its own basin. (One actually said to me "Don't people in Australia wash their hands??") I pointed out that having it in a separate room meant that there was no chance of airborne fecal matter landing on my toothbrush when I flushed the loo. I think that's a big plus.

Swift Jan said...

Femina! That is a BIG plus!!

LOL @ your beloved... I bet he thought he was being sneaky! Either that or he just didn't think! HAHA

Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

Ah husbands!

Hippomanic Jen said...

Thanks Givinya for the lovely thought that some mystery person broke into the house, went into my office, stole my scissors, used them to cut his facial hair and left it on my handbasin. Great!

Hippomanic Jen said...

Femina - you're right about the faecal matter on the toothbrush. Icky. Also the fact that if the basin is in the same room you have to open the door after you've washed your hands. All it takes is one person who doesn't and the door handle is contaminated. Eewwww.

Dee said...

2 of the three houses I have lived in as an adult have had toilets in the bathroom. I HATE it. HATE HATE HATE IT!.
Who wants to be walked in on while sitting there? Or if someone's in the shower and you have to go.. well... Even if its your partner... I could go on... all the cons - there is no "pro" unless you have the trots and then you can just jump straight into the shower...

Aleta said...

Lol - great story. I would be wondering too about the sudden appearance of hair. I vote you should get it tested and then ask your husband to see how he reacts. lol

Hmm, I had one house where there was a seperate room for the toilet, but it was a new construction home. I have an older home and like most older homes, the toilet, tub/shower, sink are all in one area. I imagine it was to save for space.

Lisa said...

Having the toilet in the bathroom probably seemed like a modern luxury when the alternative was a long trek down to the 'little house' in the back yard.

Hippomanic Jen said...

Lisa - definitely!

I wonder if our older houses were actually the reason that we have separate rooms now?

In Queensland we often had bathrooms (built-in on the old verandah) while the loo was still a trek into the backyard.

When the sewerage schemes were built, often a toilet room was added (mostly built-in on the old verandah - or laundry downstairs). We got used to it and it was a good idea, so it continued as separate rooms in the new houses.

Can anyone else can confirm my dodgy Queensland architectural history?