Little Victories

We’ve lived in our apartment for just over a year and a half now. It’s really quite a nice apartment, except for one big thing. Our bathtub is disgusting. It was nice and white when we moved in, but after the first week or so, the bottom of the tub started to turn black. I cleaned and scrubbed and bleached it so many times with no progress.

This is actually a before and after of an hour’s worth of hardcore scrubbing. I am actually sore from all the work I put into this.

 I have been constantly embarrassed for people to use my bathroom, for fear that they would see how dirty this tub is. I clean it weekly, because how can you get clean in a dirty bathtub?

I blame nesting (which is my favorite part of being pregnant; I get so much done so quickly). Tonight, I couldn’t handle it anymore. I scoured Pinterest for ways to clean a bathtub, and I tried half a dozen. Tonight, I feel like I’ve climbed my Everest. Okay, maybe not Everest, that’s going to be the day I finally get a dog. This was my Mount K2.

My Formula for Success:

  1. Search Pinterest for at least one hour.
  2. Spend closer to four hours on Pinterest because that recipe looked delicious, but the link was a dud so you have to find the real one. Then get distracted by wedding planning, baby planning, and more craft ideas to add to the list.
  3. Gather supplies.
  4. Execute Pinterest plan.
  5. Fail.
  6. Try again, actually reading the instructions this time.
  7. Text your mom about all of your Pinterest fail woes.
  8. Follow the instructions.
  9. Succeed!!!! (Hopefully)

The Tub Cleaning Formula:

  1. Warm 1/2 cup white vinegar in microwave for 90 seconds.
  2. Add 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap.
  3. Spray/pour over entire tub.
  4. Wait 2+ hours.
  5. Scrub if needed.
  6. Rinse and be wowed!

We left the mixture on the tub for about two and a half hours while we went to a movie.

I poured a huge glass of the concoction all over the bottom of the bathtub. That was probably more than I needed. I only had to scrub one spot, and it came up pretty easily. Using a squirt bottle and spraying it is probably good enough. But I’m amazed! The pregnancy hormones definitely kicked in when I saw the white, because this little victory made me tear up.

Thank heaven for little victories.



Here We Are Now, Entertain Us!

I could start this like they do in every Childbirth and Lamaze class. “I’m Jorden and this is my husband Alex. We’re having a girl, and she’s our first. We’re due May 26th, and we are super excited!”

There ya go! Everything you need to know about me right there. But not quite… The real story? (Don’t worry. I’ll give you the short version.)

I grew up in a pretty basic family. Mom, dad, little sister, and little brother. Until I got married, I’d never lived more than a mile from my grandparents. (Although, now I only live a mere seven miles away.)

In high school, I was on the debate team. I skipped school…a lot. To the point that I almost didn’t graduate. But I did, and started college, where I met a boy.

I’m gonna be completely honest, Alex and I have the sweetest love story. Although, I’m sure he and I are the only ones who think so. We were just friends for a while, because we hung out in the same group. It took us a while to develop a close friendship, and by the time we did that, we were basically dating. Within a month of our first date, we were engaged. And only three months later, we were married. (Like I said, “short version.”) Not long after we were married, the morning sickness started. And that brings us to where we are now!

I’m a twenty-year-old English Major (teaching emphasis), and I’m debating on a psychology minor. I’ve always wanted to write books, since I can remember. I’m not in school right now, but my husband is. I’m working at a middle school with the life skills¬†class.

I thought it would be good to document my life, as it’s changed so much and still has a lot of changing left to do. I’ve tried keeping a journal before, and it’s much too lonely for me. With only myself to read it and comment on it, I grew bored quickly. Hopefully with a public blog, at least one other person will be interested.

In the words of the wonderful, late Kurt Cobain, “Here we are now, entertain us.” And that’s just what I plan to do.