I have to get used to the different spiders here in Washington State vs. Pennsylvania – after having been gone from this state for 17 years, you forget those things.

I was going to say I have to get ‘reacquainted’, but honestly I’d rather not.

Some of those suckers here are ginormous! Like the one that emerged out from under the edge of the bathroom cabinets while I was minding my own business taking care of business.

When I say it was huge, we’re talking at least 4 centimeters (because you know, four centimeters sounds better than an inch-and-a-half-ish, right?).

I’m pretty sure it was a Wolf Spider, as it looked very similar to this – though the one I saw seemed to have more robust legs than this one:


I couldn’t leave that image full size. If you’re ultra daring and don’t hate spiders as much as I do, feel free to click that image and see the giant closeup.

The image is from Wikipedia, from a phenomenal photographer who is much braver than I to snap pics of creepy crawlies named Patrick Edwin Moran. No, no, I’m not saying he  is a creepy crawly, just his subjects. So you can blame him  if you get the heebie jeebies, OK?

Of course as soon as I saw that creepy spider, I leapt up from my perch and realized I had no escape. He (or she, who can tell?) was between me and the door, and the only thing behind me was the tub.

No escape. And no spray products within reach.

My mind was racing trying to figure out how to eliminate the threat as we stared each other down. I briefly thought maybe dumping some shampoo on his/her head would do the trick, but that meant I’d have to get too close for comfort and have really good aim.

Plus I didn’t want him/her thinking they’d found a spider salon and invite all their friends for a shampoo and rinse. Ahem.

I thought maybe I could throw a bar of soap at it, but there again – good aim isn’t really my strong suit.

Then I remembered there was a teeny little bit of Febreze still in the bottle on top of the mini cupboard next to the tub that houses extra soap and washcloths, so I decided it was better than nothing. Without taking my eyes off the intruder, I grabbed the bottle, aimed and sprayed.

At least with a spray bottle, my aim is perfect.

At first the spider seemed a little shocked, but the only thing the Febreze did was undoubtedly make the spider smell fresh. And probably made him/her mad, because he/she started racing directly at me.  

I only had a split second to make a decision, since that sucker was fast.  I knew there wasn’t enough liquid left in the Febreze bottle to do any good, so naturally I made the next best decision.

Smash that spider with the bottom of the Febreze bottle.

You know how those bottles tend to have a indentation on the bottom?

Yeah, about that.

The spider fit perfectly  in that indentation without causing any major harm whatsoever.

I thought about just leaving the bottle on top of the spider and making my escape, but I had a feeling this spider had been working out and probably had more strength than I gave him/her credit for.

Meaning that spider would probably have no problem dislodging the bottle (and in my mind, I pictured he/she literally hurling it across the room shouting “HA HAAAAH!”) and come after me in my sleep for messing with his/her ‘do. 

So I did what any normal insane person would do in the heat of the moment – I used the bottle like a hammer and whacked that spider until there was no chance whatsoever it would survive.

Then I got a nice wad of toilet paper and flushed him/her down the toilet, just to be sure.

I didn’t want to take any chances of a zombie spider showing up at a later date.

Spider: 0, Me: 1  


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Last full week of freedom for the kids…er, um, I mean summer break! Little Dude is super excited about starting first grade next week, Princess Nagger is less excited about starting 6th grade. I’m pretty sure that in her tween mind she’s ‘over it’.

We’re going to make the most of this final week of summer for sure. Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and what better way to kick off the final week of summer than with fun music. This week’s them is: “Songs that make you happy, and if there’s a specific reason, let us know!”

Let’s start off with a mash-up that would make anyone happy, just by its sheer genius. You know what a mash-up is, right? It’s when someone combines two completely different songs into one. This one totally works.

Lyrics from a popular 1987 hit song gets mashed up with a more current song by a talented artist. The resulting music video, which also incorporates some Chumbawamba, is surprisingly smooth and easy on the ears.


Give a listen to Rick Astley‘s famous Rickroll song “Never Gonna Give You Up”  mashed up with Avicii‘s hit “Wake Me Up”, featuring Chumbawamba - I present to you “Never Gonna Wake You Up”:

Next up is a great song from one of my… no, strike that, not ‘one of’,  but the favorite artist. Today is a big deal, since his new CD finally becomes available today. Those of you who know who my favorite artist is will also know that he’s been hilarious about leaking songs and videos from today’s new album over the past month. This song is no different, where he recruited none other than the Annoying Orange to help out with the lyric video.

In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who the Annoying Orange is, I’m a tad jealous of your naïveté. Those of you with young-ish children will have had some exposure to the annoyance that is the Annoying Orange. At least in this particular video, he doesn’t seem quite as annoying as usual. Although that may be in part because of the presence of my favorite artist. We’ll never know.

The artist is playing “Strange Lime Wearing a Cowboy Hat”, which inspires the Annoying Orange and his gang of talking fruit to all put on cowboy hats and enjoy the song. The lime character is even sporting a mustache and soul patch, wearing the artist’s trademark white hat and playing a red guitar. The artist provided the voiceover for the lime, who laments to the Annoying Orange that all of the limes in the kitchen are getting thrown in the blender.

That of course leads to a lime-led performance of the fun track, which features the tag line “When life gives you limes, you make margaritas”. I love it. So far I’ve loved all the leaked songs on this new album, and can’t wait to get my pre-ordered copy.


Yep, you guessed it, Brad Paisley is my all-time favorite artist! And here he is as a lime:


Without further ado, here’s Brad Paisley and the Annoying Orange with “Limes”:

Next up is another song from that same new album – this time Brad leaked it via Ellen DeGeneres, with a two-part tweet that read:

So ladies,my favorite song on this album is about my belief that the sky’s the limit for you. But I don’t want to be the one to present it..

I’ll let someone else share this song with the world,Someone who helped inspire it. And @theellenshow -you truly inspire me. #shatteredglass

That absolutely made me happy. The song is phenomenal, with powerful lines like “Bust that ceiling out / The sky’s the limit now / Time to make up for the past / Rear your head back and roar / Like you ain’t ever done before,” word has it that DeGeneres knew as soon as she heard the song that she wanted to help the singer in sharing it with the world.


Here’s my boy Brad Paisley with “Shattered Glass”:

Next up is a fun new song from another favorite artist – sure to make you happy, especially since the artist brings sass to this song – a wild, cowpunk workout. She stays true to herself with her familiar turbo-twang vocal and tongue-in-cheek delivery, making this song amongst the most adventurous songs she’s ever recorded.

You can tell she obviously has fun with this song.


Here’s the adorable Miranda Lambert with “Little Red Wagon”:

Last, but certainly not least, is the amazingly talented youngest artist of today’s lineup with his newest single. He also named his upcoming tour the same as this particular single, even though he still hasn’t committed to getting any skin art. 

The song is pure fun and musical levity, and though the story is as old as time – you know, boy loves girl so much he wants to tell the world – this artist has updated it with his trademark vibrancy.

The lyrics “Ink it in on my skin, sign me up, make it last against the time / Cause this is more than a picture that fades of a first date Friday night”  prove that he’s going to do more than just shout it from the rooftops for the girl he loves. “It’s unerasable, unmistakable, hey, everybody wants to know / Now I think I know, I’ll wear it on my sleeve, I gotta let it show / Making a promise that I never wanna let you go.”

“Your name, your name sounds so good next to mine, just saying / And I think, I think I’m gonna put it in all my rhymes, baby / Cause with you, I’m gonna do quite a few things that I never thought I would do / Your name, your name, your name / Would be a good tattoo.”


Here’s Hunter Hayes with “Tattoo”:

Do you have any tattoos, and if so, do they have special meaning? 

What songs make you happy? Have a great Monday!


Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:


I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know, and our newest awesome member, give a warm welcome to Becca of Everyday Life.

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!



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A couple of weeks ago we went to my dad’s company picnic at a cool place called Remlinger Farms, Northeast of Seattle. The kids were extra excited, especially since they heard there was a roller coaster for them to ride on.

As they were standing in line awaiting their turn, both were talking about how excited they were to go on this roller coaster. The hubby and I decided to let them go without adult supervision – mostly because the hubby really doesn’t like roller coasters (I’m pretty sure his fear of heights has something to do with that, although the diminutive size of this particular roller coaster might not have been an issue).

I was going to ride with the kids, but since since that left an odd man out, I suggested they ride together – it would, after all, be both of their first time, and I would have a chance to take pictures to commemorate the occasion.

Princess Nagger reluctantly agreed – you know, being stuck in a car with Little Dude and boy germs and all.

After we escorted them to the gate, the hubby and I hurried back through the crowd to find a good vantage point for picture taking. I found a great spot to catch them on two different sections fairly clearly. First time around, here they come:


Look at Little Dude’s face, though:




And so it continued… second time around:

Third time around:RollercoasterFun6RollercoasterFun6aRollercoasterFun7RollercoasterFun7a

Fourth time around:RollercoasterFun8RollercoasterFun8aRollercoasterFun9RollercoasterFun9aRollercoasterFun10RollercoasterFun10a

Final lap:RollercoasterFun11RollercoasterFun11aRollercoasterFun12RollercoasterFun12a

I couldn’t stop giggling at the look on his face, especially with Princess Nagger’s expressions being polar opposite. Once the ride finally came to an end, we met them at the exit:

Princess Nagger (bursting with excitement): “That was awesome!!”

Me: “Was it worth the wait?”

PN: “Yes!!”

Me (to Little Dude): “So, how’d you like your first roller coaster ride?”

Little Dude: “Hated  it!!”

I suspect he won’t be going on any roller coaster rides in the near future, no matter how small the ride actually is. Princess Nagger, on the other hand, can’t wait to move up to the larger ones.

Are you Team Nagger (love roller coasters) or Team Little Dude (hate ‘em!)? 



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