Friday, June 16, 2017

In Case You Want Nightmares Tonight

I generally sleep without pajamas in the summer and while pregnant, because it's way too dang hot otherwise.

So this morning, after using the bathroom and getting Claire set up with her morning dose of Curious George and Daniel Tiger, I went back to my room and slipped on my robe hanging in my closet. Laid back down on my bed on my side/stomach to say something to the husband who was attempting to keep the day from starting.

Then I felt something move on my back.

Ever the paranoid person, I first tried to discount it as the fabric moving on my skin.

So I stayed very still, and felt the movement travel across my back, slowly, between my shoulder blades.

I calmly told Caleb it felt like there was a bug on my back.

He, not understanding I meant underneath the robe, placed his hand directly on my back where the bug was, and said, "Nope, there's nothing."

Feeling more movement, I (still calmly) said, "Nope, definitely something."

I attempted to move closer so he could get the bug more easily, but when I went to move, one of the muscles surrounding the baby seized up (as has happens very frequently this pregnancy, ugh) and I yelled out in pain and fell back down on the bed.

Caleb then was frantic, I heard some yelling, then saw what looked like a house centipede jumping on my bed and crawling around.

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The thing of my nightmares.

It jumped off the bed and was in my book basket.

I asked Caleb what it was, and much to my relief was told it was a gigantic wolf spider (or something that resembled it in stature and quickness).

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5 minutes of stalking later, Caleb was the house hero and had killed the spider.

The robe is in the laundry, and I may never wear anything again without checking the whole item of clothing up and down, inside and out.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Theft Poll

In inner city Baltimore, we always kept all the doors locked, for obvious reasons.

Our car was broken into twice - once I think a homeless person just spent the night inside and drained the battery, and the second time they just stole our GPS unit.

Since moving here, I haven't been as strict about locking my car. I always do at the store, in places where there are lots of people, etc. Not always at home. I know, that sounds really dumb.

I just heard there has been an increase in car break-ins in the area; specifically, windows being smashed in.

In Baltimore, I rarely, if ever, saw a window broken in. I know it happened, I just didn't see it in the places I lived. Thieves were relying on unlocked cars and easy-to-unlock cars.

It sounds like here, if someone is going to break into my car, they are going to break into my car regardless of whether it is unlocked or not. So, my thinking is that I might as well leave the door unlocked to prevent further damage. My stereo is not worth stealing; the only thing worth stealing is the car seat, which costs less than the deductible I'd have to pay if someone caused any damage, theft or otherwise, to my car. Also, funny as it may sound, out of all my friends who had their car broken into in Baltimore (all of them), not ONE had a car seat stolen. One just had some charging cords stolen, with 2 brand new car seats sitting in the back seat. Makes me laugh. Kind of.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

I'll PM You

I'm on a roll lately, if you couldn't tell.

What the heck is up with all the people on Facebook marketing something or other but can't/won't give explicit details about it?

If you have to use a thousand emojis to describe your product, have no actual pictures of the product, or the before and after pics have clear and HUGE lighting differences, that's a red flag.

Also a red flag?

If you end the post with "Comment below if interested/for more details".

Then, when someone comments, "I'll pm you."

How about you just put up an explicit price list?

The latest one is a (Facebook) friend who's putting in a life-changing toothpaste order in the morning.

I might actually be interested....but the whole fact that no brand/company is ever mentioned, and no prices or details are made public is ridiculous. Why should 35 people all have to ask the exact same question? Just tell me publicly that it's 25 freaking dollars for a 2 ounce tube and save everyone some time (I actually have no idea how much it costs....not wasting my time).

So yeah. Just FYI, I pass on all these things if there are any of the previously listed red flags. Annnnd....sometimes (a lot of times) I hide these people because they start blowing up my news feed with their business goals rather than their personal achievements and family life. Create a separate business page (kudos to you who have)!

And if you do any of these things, realize that a lot of people feel this way. If you're still making a good profit and have plenty of customer volume and are cool with the fact that you annoy the crap out of a bunch of your Facebook "friends", carry on.

Also, if you do these things, I don't hate you. It's just really annoying.