Picture: white sandy beach, clear blue ocean, palm trees swaying in wind, toes in the sand, bob Marley off in the distance, the coconut smell of sun screen in the air, you look out to the sea to the bay full of boats bobbing to the rhythmic waves...you see...what's that...yes...yes it is...it's a girl shaving her arm pits!!! YES!! Now she's going to town on her crotch...holy shhhh...That girl on that boat is for sure...ME!!
I LOVE this lifestyle but if you told my early 20's self with my manicured nails, and waxed eyebrows that I'd be shaving my legs in public, and bathing in the ocean I would've laughed all the way to the beauty shop to get my hair done. When you live on a boat, all is out for everyone to see, even strangers or your friends anchored next to you. There is no mystery in my marriage...nope. Luuck knows and sees everything I do -no privacy to tweeze eye brows or any other girly thing- he sees all and in that he has also seen me at my worse. Once Stormer threw my one and only hairbrush overboard while under way (sorry Mother Ocean) and I didn't brush my hair for almost a week!!! Not by choice of course- it was a remote area and believe it or not, it was slightly difficult to find a hairbrush once we got to civilization. I took the unpriced pocket sized hairbrush to the check out- the sales lady saw the joy, desperation and relief in my eyes and the rats nest on top of my head- chuckled and then proceeded to charge me 20usd. Luuck has also seen me with legs so hairy he mistake them for his own. He still finds me irresistible-that's love right there.
Living on a boat - space is small- Boat heads (bathrooms) even smaller....not to mention you will be the ones to clean out your sump pump or bilge....catching my hairy flow??!! It's hot and sweaty- you don't even want to get dressed most of the time. I never ever consider or thought about how living on a boat would affect my daily hygiene activity. Someone should've warned me! So ladies that are about to venture into this life, it's a great life but here's your warning! Living aboard changes you! Also make sure you have back ups of everything as well- I now have 4 hairbrushes and razors galore! To the ladies that already are living this life styles hope you find humor in this and know you are not alone walking around with armpits of that of a teenage boy from time to time. It happens to the best of us!
Here are some things i could not live without on the boat...
Coconut oil- it's amazing I put it on the ends of my sun damaged, wind blown,salty hair to make it soft like a kitten again.
Rosewater & Glycerin- when hot and I have the lingering baby poop smell in my nose a little spritz spritz and refreshed!
40 Carrots & Victoria Secret moisturizer- basically it just is nice to smell good.
MAC bronzer & eye cream- these kids run us ragged and I have the bags to show it- this helps it!
Electric razor- I will always have a back up now- no more big foot legs for me!!