Swamp Beast

Let’s fly through breakfast because we have more important things to discuss this morning.

Simple Yogurt Bowl

This morning my breakfast bowl contained:

  • 1 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. cottage cheese
  • 1 white nectarine, chopped
  • Sweetener to taste

Protein-packed, nutrient-rich and completely uncomplicated.

Those of you crunched on time in the morning might enjoy this lil’ baby because it can be assembled in less than two minutes. Lightning fast!


I was craving a cold and creamy breakfast after my five-mile run with Sadie.

5 Mile Stats

We flew through our run this morning!

I blame the cupcake (or two) that I had after dinner last night for the extra energy. πŸ˜‰

When we got home, I rolled out my yoga mat for some stretching…


…Which didn’t last too long because I had some uninvited company show up.

Attack of the Vizsla

"Stretching is stooopid. Play with me, Mama!"

Since a five mile run is clearly a walk in the park for Sadie, I let her out back to play around for a while and expend some more of her never-ending energy while I assembled my breakfast and lunch.

More Playtime!

Swamp Beast

Okay, now it’s time for a serious discussion. πŸ˜‰

For the past week, every time I’ve gone into our bathroom toΒ  take a shower in the morning, I’ve noticed that my towel has been removed from the towel rack and thrown over the shower curtain. I’ve been a little confused, but assumed Ryan used my towel to wash his face or something and hung it over the shower curtain to dry instead of placing it back in its proper place.

Before stepping into the shower, I would hang my towel back up on the towel rack and shower as usual.

Towel Rack

Last night as Ryan and I were going to sleep he asked me if I’ve been enjoying the new location of my towel.

I started laughing andΒ  told him I had no idea why he’s been taking it off the towel rack putting it over the shower curtain. I told him I’ve hung it back up every day before showering, to which he said I was thwarting his plan!

Apparently Ryan has been moving my towel in an effort to prevent my inner “Swamp Beast” from coming out.

Here’s the thing: When I’m done showering, I step out of the shower and walk across the bathroom to get my towel off the towel rack.

Ryan feels that I trek too much water across the bathroom when I do this, causing our bathroom to look like a swamp (Hence his new nickname for me: Swamp Beast).

I don’t like drying off in the shower because I feel like it’s muggy and not as clean as the soft rugs in our bathroom. I like to jump right out when my shower is done, pump my fists in the air, proclaim “I’m clean!” and watch Sadie stare at her naked mama in confusion. (Totally kidding, but I do jump out of the shower right away.)

Ryan thinks I should fold my towel and set it on top of the toilet before I shower, since this would allow me to reach my towel from the shower. I prefer walking the two teeny steps to grab my towel off the towel rack because toilets (even when closed and covered with a toilet seat cover) are just plain gross.

We were laughing pretty hard before going to sleep last night about Ryan’s passive little plan to tame my inner Swamp Beast, which I clearly didn’t catch on to at all.

So, now I have a question for you:

Do you dry off in the shower, or do dry off once you get out of the shower?

I know I can’t be the only Swamp Beast out there…

73 Responses

  1. Hahahah I do the same thing…I always get the entire floor wet. But luckily, our towel rack is a bit closer to the shower now. I just can’t dry off IN the shower. It’s weird.

  2. Hahaha πŸ™‚ I love it!

    We have a towel rack within arms reach of our shower… so I step out onto the bathmat, grab my towel, and then head into the bedroom where the fan is going so I can quickly cool off (and avoid all that humidity, ew).

    I’m with Ryan in that it would drive me crazy to have a puddle of water, but with you in that I *have* to get out of there immediately!

  3. Haha, this argument had me cracking up! I step out of the shower before drying off, but I have a mat that I stay on to catch all the water (my towel rack is right next to the shower so it’s within grabbing distance). Water on the bathroom floor is one of my pet peeves and I’m always chiding my boyfriend about it. Hope you and Ryan come to a happy compromise!

  4. I dry off in the shower because water all over the floor drives me nuts. Plus, I’m scared of not wiping it up and getting mold in my bathroom! Gross!

  5. I would totally call you Swamp Beast on that one too πŸ˜‰ I dry off outside of the shower but have my towel on the ledge of our whirpool tub so I grab the towel as soon as I open the shower door.

  6. I actually do it in the shower because I don’t like water on my floor. But to be fair, my bathroom is so small I could pretty much step out of the shower and right into the bedroom. Also, since my skin is so dry I use baby oil right before I get out, and I REALLY don’t want that all over the floor.

  7. Hahaha too funny! I am a total swamp beast too! I cannot stand the humidity in the shower, guh! πŸ˜› Swamp beasts unite! Sometimes I even trek across the hallway back to my room when I’m home alone to take a “towel nap” – where you wrap yourself in your towel and nap to dry off πŸ˜€ It’s amazing and I highly recommend it.

    Love the lightning fast breakfast, and Sadie obviously doesn’t agree that stretching is necessary at all πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy your day!

    • I’ve left my towel in the bedroom before too & trek water all over the upstairs of our apartment. Shhh… don’t tell Ryan. πŸ˜‰

  8. BAAAAAhahahhaha! Sounds like I have something in common with your fiance (and you have something in common with my husband!) Favian always gets the bathroom all wet and I can’t stand it!! If I’m around when he takes a shower, I always, always, ALWAYS go in and place the folded towel on the sink (closer to the shower than the toilet). He knows why I do this, too. We have a nice bath mat that soaks up most of his water, but I just don’t understand why he doesn’t at least dry off his feet with each step to keep it a little dry. My argument is that over the years, it can could cause a moisture buildup and mold in our bathroom, which can easily be prevented by simply drying each foot before stepping out! Plus, I don’t like stepping on a wet floor when my feet are dry… :()

  9. I like to get out of the shower as soon as I’m done. It gets hot and sticky in there like you said. I like to feel the fresh air on my skin even if I dribble a little water on the floor!

  10. I fold my towel and place it on the toilet seat!! I begin to dry off in the shower and then step out – so a little of both.

  11. I get out first fo sho’.

    I have a towel rack, but when shower time comes, I move the towel to the top of the toilet. Not the actual closed seat, but the back part. Because it seems less gross… lol

  12. Hahaha that is too funny…water on the bathroom floor is one of my pet peves. I always dry off before.

  13. Ha! My boyfriend and I are the opposite! He’s the one that steps out of the showering leaving the floor a wet mess and I’m the one that steps on the wet mess and scrunches my nose in annoyance!

    I do happen to leave the towel on top of the toilet and dry off my upper body in the shower and then that’s when it gets weird. When I open the door I put half the towel on the floor, step on it (our bath mat sucks), dry my feet, step off the mat and then dry the lower half of my body. Sounds like a lot of work but it’s not really! LOL

    I love hearing about people’s routines, it’s what makes us unique individuals!

  14. I have a hook next to my shower so I take the towel off the rack before I go in and put it on the hook. Then I can grab my towel without getting water all over the place. When I’m done, it goes back on the rack and my husband is free to use the hook while he’s showering. I know, kinda a complicated system but it works. I also usually dry off in the shower since it’s too cold outside.

  15. I dry outside of the shower as well. It also drives my hubby crazy, although he doesn’t call me a swamp beast. I do NOT have rugs on my floor because that is gross to me (isn’t hilarious how every person has quirks?) and I’ve fallen before on the slick tile. Dislocated me knee that time. Anyway, I throw a hand towel on the floor to step on. I have a stack especially for this. I’m happy because all knees are intact and I can dry off outside of the shower, dearest hubby is happy because there is no slip ‘n slide in the bathroom!

  16. don’t you love when dogs tackle you when you’re working out? mine do it all the time when i’m doing ab work…bah!

  17. I dry off outside of the shower, but when I’m feeling nice I dry my tracks so that my hub doesn’t get mad (or slip on my wet tracks and break his neck, which would make him REALLY mad!) πŸ™‚

  18. Oh my goodness I would have to follow you around and wipe up the wet feet spots! LOL. I grab my towel while still in the shower, step out of the shower onto the bath rug and dry off there. I wipe my feet first though before stepping on the bath rug! I cannot stand “wet” anywhere but my towel! You crazy swamp beast! πŸ˜‰

  19. HAHAHA – this totally made me think of my toilet paper debate with the hubby!
    I dry off in the shower, since it’s easy enough for me to hang my towel on the shower door rack.
    But your issue definitely gave me a good laugh this morning. πŸ™‚

  20. I dont even like drying off at all! Im an “air dryer”! So, if I HAVE to dry off, I definitely do it OUT of the shower!

  21. I have to side with Ryan. I take my towel and throw it over the shower door so that I can dry out before I get out. I can’t stand when the bathroom floor is a “swamp.” But Big Guy can be a “swamp beast” occassionally but I’ve learned to pick my battles. haha.

  22. I just had to comment because my boyfriend says the same thing to me! Lol, I prefer to step out and grab my towel and dry off outside the shower…I like the air helping dry me off; he says it makes me trek water EVERYWHERE! haha I still do it though and he gave up πŸ˜‰ Love your blog and think it’s fun how you work Sadie into almost every post. Have a nice day!

  23. Hahha! Welcome to the almost world of married life!!!

    I do bring my towel closer to the shower, so I don’t get the floor wet. However, in college I lived with a swamp beast who would drip water every where! There were several occasions when one of us would almost kill ourselves walking into the bathroom after one of her showers. Water on the floor = slippery mess! πŸ˜‰

    Maybe you could install a hook closer to the shower to hang your towel on instead of laying it on the toilet.

  24. Blake is my swamp beast. I dry myself before I get out of the shower mostly.. Blake will get out and walk around. There is water all over the place by the time he’s done!

    I’m glad y’all got a good laugh last night!

  25. I am a swamp beast. I can’t dry off in the shower, I have to walk across the bathroom to get my towel. (Swamp Beasts are cool! :-P)

  26. πŸ™‚ This post made me laugh! First, for Sadie interrupting your streching. I do P90X (an at home workout program) and my dog, Diesel, always gets in my way and tries to play with me when I’m working out. The Swamp Beast story was hilarious. I’m definately not a swamp beast and I keep my towel right within grabbing reach of the shower.

  27. Ha Ha! I am with Ryan on this one. I prefer to have my towel in an area I can reach right when I get out so I don’t get the floor soaked.

  28. Hey,
    as I cannot reach a towel from inside my shower I have to step outside. But we have a special towel on the bathroom floor in front of the shower which will soak up the water so that you don’t stand in a puddle of water. Because otherwise I would lie flat on my face every time I leave the shower…I’m just no good with slippery surfaces!
    How about that idea so Ryan has a dry floor and you can hop out of the shower?

  29. My towel is always within reach. One of my biggest pet peeves is a damp bathroom rug… blech! I go so far as to stretch my body out of the shower and around the wall to grab my facewash if I left it on the sink… whatever I do, I don’t step out of the shower! LOL!

  30. Nope, I’m a towel-off-in-the-shower girl. Mugginess in all! But then I shoot my fan in the bathroom while I’m getting dressed to release that hot air.

  31. I am a “get out and dry” kind of girl, for sure! I cringe at the thought of having anything on or near the toilet, so i would veto that idea in a heartbeat!

    what a funny little battle this must have been! he he he =0)

  32. You are clearly a FL girl! When I lived in the Caribbean I stepped out, now that I’m in Buffalo I stay in my warmth bubble in the shower.

  33. I am a total swamp beast, has driven everyone I have ever shared a bathroom with crazy!

  34. I never towel off in the shower either, I love getting out of the shower asap as soon as I’m done!!

    P.s. you have the most amazing abs I’ve ever seen!!! πŸ™‚

  35. This is too funny! I start drying off in the shower & when I have one leg & foot dry, I step out & then finish drying on the rug. Isn’t it so funny how everyone has their own method? I wouldn’t have even thought about this if you hadn’t brought it up!

  36. Hahah thanks for sharing this hilarious story, especially on this gloomy, cold morning (seriously, what is wrong with Los Angeles weather?!).

    I know how much I hate other people making a “swamp” in the bathroom, so I dry off in the shower. My sister definitely is a major swamp beast!

  37. Well, considering my bathroom is just slightly bigger than your average broom cupboard, the only place I really have room to dry off is in my shower! Heheh.

  38. Love it! I dry off in the shower and am always nagging on my husband when he walks across the floor, getting water everywhere. Maybe I need to try the subtle hint of putting the towel within reach. Thanks for the tip

  39. That is so funny! My sister and her bf apparently have that exact same uh… difference of opinion… all the time! She hates it when “people get out of the shower wet” which is pretty funny.

    Personally, I walk across the bathroom to get my towel, but our bathroom is about 5 feet wide πŸ™‚

  40. Too funny! I am on Ryan with this one (sorry) and I usually dry in the shower beause I don’t like trekking water across our bathroom floor. But we have a REALLY big bathroom (seriously we lucked out when we bought the house) and from our shower to the sink is easily 8 to 10 or so feet. So that would be one long wet walk! haha! (Oh and our toilet has it’s own private room on the other side of the bathroom so that isn’t an option either) But I like how you own being the “swamp beast!”

  41. I step out on the bath mat and just from there I can reach my towel. I would definitely think drying off in the actual shower would be way too hot!

    Plus our drain likse to get clogged, and my towel would get sopping wet!

  42. I towel down outside of the shower but like many, have my towel within arms reach so as not to get the floor wet! Good job on the run.

  43. Now I know why the bathroom rugs in our house are always wet! I always dry everything off before stepping out of the tub or shower because I don’t like the mess. I understand your issue with the towel on the toilet, but how about a towel rack on the far side of the shower?? It takes so long for those mats to dry! Funny, my little swamp monster! Love, Mama xo

  44. Oh my goodness Julie, this was SO funny!! Thank you for a great afternoon laugh πŸ˜€
    I usually dry off in the shower, but I can understand not wanting to be in the humid air. & the part about you jumping out & saying “i’m clean” had me cracking up!!!

    Oh, and a side note- I had to run out on my lunch break to grab something & my office is right on Lake Eola, well, I saw this girl walking a Sadie dog & I had to do a double take really quick. I was like OMG Sadie, but then I saw the girl walking her & it definitely wasn’t you.

  45. I’m and outtie! I put down a used towel to soak up the water and replace it with the towel I was using to dry when I get a new clean one. Make sense?

  46. ash – haha. i loved this argument. i confess i prefer to dry off in the tub/shower. if anyone else borrows my shower and gets my floor all wet, i certainly don’t complain. but i’m not a huge fan of walking in there afterward and the place has puddles all over. especially when i don’t think about how they might have gotten it wet and i’m wearing socks…

  47. OMG my hubby and I have this same exact argument al the time. He always hangs the towel over the shower rod to dry but I always put it back on the rack. He thinks it doesn’t dry completely by hanging it on the rack, but I hate the way it looks with a damp towel hanging over our shower. We honesty go back and forth about this all the time and can’t come up with a solution!! I can not dry off in the shower because I always drop the towel but he always dries off in the shower! Such a debate! πŸ™‚

  48. Haha, so funny! I definitely like drying off outside of the shower but we have a mat that I stand on to catch any drips. I don’t like stepping on wet floors either. Isn’t it great, though, that you can laugh things off like this together instead of fighting? Love it! You guys are great together!

  49. This may be a silly question but why don’t you use a bathroom mat? I have one that’s right outside the shower on the bathroom floor so that I step onto it when getting out of the shower, then reach for my towel, and dry myself outside the shower.

  50. in the shower…

  51. Hello! I recently found your blog and I just wanted to tell you how big of an inspiration you are! πŸ™‚ I actually go to UF right now (I’ve lived in Gainesville all my life) and think it’s cool you went to UCF because a lot of people I know go there. Anyway, I’ll definitely keep reading for new ideas for meals and workouts for my own blog! πŸ™‚

  52. I tend to put my towel over the shower door and when I’m done showering I wrap one towel around my head and then immediately open the door and wrap myself in the second towel. I stand on my bath mat and dont move for a few seconds. I HATE when my wet feet touch the floor. My fiance drys himself off in the shower. I don’t understand how anyone can do that. It’s too hot!

  53. That is hysterical! My sister in law and I had this very conversation last night. Apparently she and I are both married to “swamp beasts”! I love that we now have two doors to our shower meaning my husband and I each have our own side to the bathroom and our own bath mat. Now he can have his side soaked in water and my side can stay dry!

  54. Is that seriously your towel rack?? That looks like something you’d see in a home decor store! My bathroom, on the other hand is appalling. It truly looks like a swamp beast lives in it πŸ™‚

  55. lol Apparently I’m a swamp beast too. I always get out of the shower before I grab my towel to dry off.

  56. I get out of the shower before I towel off, but our towel rack is right next to the shower and there is a bath mat right in front of the shower. No steps are necessary to reach the towel and since there is a mat there, it soaks up the water.

  57. I dry off outside of the shower for sure!! Mostly because I whip my hair around to get the excess water of it, and I always end up banging my head on the shower wall if I do that πŸ™‚

  58. I dry off in the shower, and my husband gets out first. We’ve had this debate several times. But I would get out before drying off before I would put my clean towel on the toilet. Luckily, our towel rack is on the wall 2 inches from the shower door. πŸ™‚

  59. Confessions of another swamp beast –

    I too leave puddles on the floor when I reach for my morning q-tip. I’m a drip dryer, what can I say? πŸ™‚

    I do wipe it up though, it’s sort of like mopping every day!

  60. ahahahaha! i usually wrap the towel around me in the shower then step out and dry off…this post cracked me up.

  61. i always dry off in the shower.. its much warmer. its so cold in the morning in our apt. and i hate getting excess water on the floor bc it takes forever to dry and i dont want to step on it later lol

  62. Ryan’s right. Dripping water across the bathroom floor is gross.

  63. My husband and I dry off out of the shower. We have a towel that we throw over the shower door. We put this on the floor to walk on to prevent puddles or wet bath mats in the bathroom.

  64. Great post! And soooo relatable… my boyfriend and I have towel wars in the bathroom as well.
    I have super long hair and have no choice but to towel off in the shower. Zak, on the other hand, strews water all over the bathroom and then leaves his towel FOLDED over the shower curtain, half the time tearing the curtain rings down. When I get in the shower a couple hours later, I have major straightening up to do! At the end of the day we can laugh about it, but he is definitely a “swamp beast” in our relationship πŸ™‚

  65. I dry off in the shower. I don’t like getting the bath mat wet. I dry off and get one foot dry, get that foot on the mat, then dry the other foot off and get all the way out. πŸ™‚

  66. Totally a swamp beast! And my hus does not get it at all. He likes to get completely dry while still in the bathroom. I dry my feet on the mat and then like to air dry the rest…preferably while walking around nekkid. πŸ™‚ But I do wrap a towel around myself most days. Swamp beasts unite!

  67. Funny! Yep, I’m with you. I get out of the shower to dry off. I have started to put my towel on the sink (reaching distance from the shower) but I still step out wet feet & all. & no, I would not put my towel on the toilet, regardless that it might be immensely clean due to all the antibacterial cleaner that gets used on it. It’s just eww by association! I wouldn’t wipe my face on the toilet, so I’m not about to put my towel there πŸ™‚

  68. Funny story. I definitely get out of the shower to dry off. Sometimes I will hang my towel over the shower curtain rod (if I remember) to prevent the so-called “swamp beast” situation from happening, but usually I get the bathroom soaked. It’s just water it will dry, right?

  69. Oh my gosh my husband does what you do and I HATE it! Too funny. I definitely dry off in the shower, but to each their own!!! That Sadie is too cute, by the way. πŸ™‚

  70. Oh my goodness, I just read this post. I must be your twin! hahaha. I do the same thing. My boyfriend gets so upset b/c he says that I track water all over the bathroom. I hate drying off in the shower, though. Too funny!

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