Lauren vs. the Power Washer


I’m the queen of taking a very large task and deciding it’s just a quick little chore.  Take painting my entire house for instance…I was sure I could knock that out in one night.  Two tops.  In my defense…painting your house white takes like 37 coats of paint so had I picked another color I think I could have done it.  But it took weeks and if I’m being honest…it’s still not done.  I gave up and painted over my swatches in the bathroom with the original paint so I wouldn’t have to paint it.  I just couldn’t do it.  I was losing feeling in my fingers.  But I look at something and think…sure, I can knock that out in an hour.  Gary and I are experiencing all the joys of homeownership for the first time…one of which is landscaping.  Landscaping is the devil.  Seriously…you need a degree for this sh*t.  First of all…plants are really expensive.  Second of all…weeds are sneaky and from someone who has no idea what’s a weed and what is the beginning of those sunflowers she planted.  It’s a struggle.  Nonetheless we are chipping away at it one day at a time…trying our best not to get poison ivy or be that house on the block.


Back to my original story.  So the other day I decided I was going to power wash our house.  It had dead ivy on it and spider webs and beehives.  So I borrowed a power washer from my parents and thought I would knock this out on my lunch break.  For starters…it took me 45 minutes just to get the damn thing to work.  I mean there were so many parts and cords and it was a mess.  But I finally got it going!  As I started power washing I realized that every little thing I was washing off the house was flying right back on me.  Disgusting.  Seriously…I was dripping in sweat and little pieces of god knows what and it was awful.  At one point I couldn’t even see because there was so much sweat in my eyes and crap all over my sunglasses.  The moral of the story is…I spent two hours power washing HALF of our house.  And not even that well!  I finally gave up when my shorts were literally falling off of me because they were so soaked.  So this little thing I was going to do “real quick” still isn’t done and I can tell you right now it won’t be me doing the other half of the house (ahem Gary).


Homeownership…it’s awesome but the struggle is very, very real.


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