When I get up in the morning, I have the mental capacity of a slug. On weekdays, I get up around 5:00 a.m., but I don't start processing information until at least 5:45. I have only partial hearing in one ear and I sleep like the dead, so my husband has to wake me when the alarm goes off.
While he heads to the kitchen to start the coffee, I stagger into the bathroom to brush my teeth and take a shower. I have to stick to autopilot at this point. I always shampoo and then condition my hair, but if I start thinking about it, I get confused and can't remember if I've completed both steps. I'll remember putting something in my hair, I just can't remember which one it was. The water temperature can be an issue, too. At 5:00 a.m., I just can't seem to remember whether to turn the lever to the left or the right if the water is too cold. As long as I remain only semi conscious, autopilot knows to turn it to the left.
Things were less confusing when we had a single shower head, but when I melted that one with grout cleaner (true story), we replaced it with a dual head system. One shower head is fixed to the wall and the other is a removable hand held unit. There is a lever to adjust the water to spray from either of the single heads or both heads at once. In my barely awake state of mind, I could never remember if I wanted to turn it up or down. Recently, though, I came up with the habit of singing the theme song to The Jeffersons to remind me to "move it on up".
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Now if Florence would just stop by and clean the bathroom for me. Of course, she probably wouldn't have melted the other shower head.