Because keeping romance alive takes work it doesn’t just come like gravy you know

That’s why Marido and I had our most recent Date Night at the Wastewater Treatment Plant I KNOW YOU ARE SO JEALOUS


Some people think there is no way to keep the weak knees, butterflies in the stomach, listen to the mix tape he made you, want to mash him against the wall and snog feeling.

They say, Oh you know. Once you’ve been together for a while, it becomes routine. It becomes, Oh is it Wednesday again? But I already put in my biteguard.

They say that it becomes, How long has it been since you’ve had a shower? Oh? Yeah, it’s been four days for me.

They say it becomes routine, boring. That you become more like siblings and less like lovers.

My friends.

I am here to tell you that it does not have to be that way. The Hot can stay in a relationship. The mix tapes. The weak knees. The Sexy.

You know what I’m talking about.

How? How do you keep The Hot and The Sexy in a relationship, you – you – you writer of this blog who just realized she has not given herself a name?

When I comment elsewhere, I call myself Texan In Exile. So yeah.

What’s the secret, Texan In Exile? You say I can keep my relationship all that in the boudoir?

Yes. Yes you can.

Just do as I did and jump on those tickets for a tour of your local sewage treatment plant.

For a bonus, tour the facility in Milwaukee and get to see where they make Milorganite, that patented all-natural fertilizer made from dead microbes that have feasted on wastewater and that stands for Milwaukee Organic Nitrogen.

There is nothing like talking about what gets caught in the screens and in the Archimedes screw to help you reconnect with your partner.

There’s nothing like watching skimmers sweep over the top of the primary clarifier, where organic sediment sinks to the bottom of the tank, to make you remember why you fell in love in the first place.

There’s nothing like peering over the rail into the pools where the wastewater is infused with microbes to make you short of breath.

This, I tell you, is the formula for keeping The Sexy in your relationship. Trust me on this.



7 thoughts on “Because keeping romance alive takes work it doesn’t just come like gravy you know

  1. Sounds…educational…? But would require a drive downtown and husband does not like going into the city unless it involves beer and live music. Guess we’ll have to find our romance elsewhere. Perhaps the gravel quarry!


    1. Well, this does, in a sense, involve beer. 🙂 Some say Milorganite is superior (ha! or it’s Michigan!) because of all the wastewater from the beer factories.


  2. Growing up in the northeast, I’ve found that field trips to the waste water facility seem to be common. They were towards the end of the year, and very cheap trips, but they got the kids out of the school for a half day. In my case, the waste water facility was within walking distance from the school, so even cheaper to pull off. I don’t think it was fun for anyone.


  3. I regularly tour treatment plants when I travel. But for me, it’s kind of a busman’s holiday thing, 40 feet outside my office window is a pond holding roughly half a billion gallons of partially treated sewage. While I am not now, nor have I ever been, a treatment plant operator, my work is sewage related and my offices have always been at treatment plants.

    Milorganite is great stuff!


  4. Thank you for visiting our Water Reclamation Plant! I’m glad that we could help keep your romance alive! I manage the tour program for the Jones Island Water Reclamation plant and can tell you that it’s a popular destination. We have over 5000 visitors a year. Who knew that poop was so popular! Anyway, thank you for the positive recap of your experience. We appreciate it.


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