So I had a couple interesting things I planned to write about this week (after taking a little break when Andrew came home from the field last week), but then none of the things actually worked out when I tried them over the weekend.
I saw this cool use for baking soda as a tub drain cleaner. Awesome! My drain had just gotten clogged up. So I attempted to pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. A volcano recipe. Yes. Except I couldn’t even get the baking soda down the drain. It just clogged at the top. I couldn’t even cram it down with my finger. So I just poured the vinegar on top and hoped for the best. There was a cool, cold foam that spread out at the base of the tub, but did not slide down the drain. I covered it with a wet washcloth and left it for a few minutes. When I came back, I ran some scalding water. Still clogged. Maybe baking soda and vinegar are a good drain cleaner for light build-up, but it did not work to unclog my massive amount of hair that I let go down, while I procrastinated putting in a plastic mesh drain cover. Boooooo.
Then I made a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie that I had high hopes for. Ovaltine, a banana, vanilla yogurt, ice and, instead of peanut butter, I used PB2. Turns out, I think PB2 is disgusting and NOT a good substitute for peanut butter (in powder or reconstituted form). My smoothie was almost undrinkable. It had this bizarre mineral-ly, tangy flavor that wrecked every sip and left a horrible aftertaste in my mouth. UPDATE: I made a revised version with peanut butter; it was much better, but still needs tweaking.
Can’t win them all I suppose. However, I did win when I bought myself these tulips today. Spring has sprung, friends. Get out there and enjoy it!