Ok, so I consider myself an independent woman. Those who know me can attest to this fact. This independence has cost me occasionally over the years because I frequently learn things the hard way. However, it has been beneficial in many ways as well. For example I found myself yesterday stripping old caulking from the shower in my apartment, which was mold infested, and re-caulking thereafter. One of the challenges of being independent and “doing things myself” is that I frequently find myself jumping blindly into ventures to which I’m unfamiliar. Like caulking. For example I’d never used caulk in my life until I moved into this apartment last month. I’ve learned that caulk is the fix-all right after duct tape. You can use it to patch holes in the wall (as long as it’s the kind you can paint over), you can use it to glue things (such as bathroom tile), and well you can use it traditionally to keep water out of places it doesn’t belong. The hole-plugging I adapted to just fine. I haven’t tried gluing anything just yet. And as far as keeping water from going places it shouldn’t? We’ll see.