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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    Anyone else have a pesty story that begs to be shared? Let's hear them!
    When I lived in South Africa we were forever getting interesting and scary bugs coming into our house. The scariest are the ENORMOUS rain spiders. They terrify me even though I know they're not poisonous. The creepiest are the Parktown Prawns (File:Libanasidus vittatus03.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    I have so many stories, but I'll stick to one: my BF (now my DH) and I were lying in bed and I saw this movement on the floor out of the corner of my eye. I jumped up and saw this Prawn scuttle by and disappear under a pile of laundry. I'm creeped out when I can see these things but the minute they disappear from sight then I start freaking out! Now there are 2 things you need to know about Parktown Prawns above anything else: 1. They can jump backwards; and 2. They don't DIE! The only (humane) way to get rid of them is to somehow catch it, take it outside and let the Hadeda birds (a type of Ibis) eat it. So I went and got a pair of BBQ tongs, wrapped them in paper towel (because DH thought this was totally unsanitary) and reluctantly approached the pile of laundry. DH in the mean time has gone to get the video camera and hands me one of those head-lamp thingies. So DH is standing on the bed, videoing as I pick up each item of laundry with the tongs and throw them behind me. Eventually I see the cursed creature (I shrieked when I saw it). Now we have a video of me brandishing BBQ tongs, wearing the head-lamp, trying to catch the blasted thing, shrieking every time it moved.
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    That is hilarious! I was born and raised in NY where there are no roaches. So moving to the South was a huge shock to me. No matter what we do, we still have the occasional roach. I have learned to accept that they are no worse than a fly or a spider, but it has taken a long time. It never fails though, that one comes out while we have company. I can go weeks between seeing one, but having company over will assure it will happen. A few weeks ago I had someone over for a movie. A bug happened across the floor during the movie. When she saw it she picked up all her things, and left. In the middle of the movie. (I thought that was rude btw) There is nothing I can do about it though. DH sprays regularly.

    ~Bonita~

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    Roxi,

    Good grief!!!!!!! That is both hilarious and extremely HIGH on the O-M-G!!! factor! Those look horrible in the picture. I prefer NEVER to see them in person!

    Bonita - sorry about your guest packing and leaving. Agreed that seems rather rude!

    Julie's best pest story ever was one that I needed to save... and may have for years until a computer crash. I will have to come back though and share that one later when I have more time! LOL

    Meg - what is a walking taco? That sounds interesting.

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    Roxi...that would've creeped me out. Yuck! I don't think I could ever live in a warmer place because the warmer the place the bigger the bugs. I'll have to google what one of those looks like.

    Bonita...I agree, that's rude of your friend to walk out. Bugs are expected and are a natural part of our world. It's not like your house was crawling in bugs.

    Missy...a walking taco is where you take the small bags of doritos and crunch up the chips. Cut the top off and put your meat and toppings in there and eat it out of a bag. You don't need a plate with them. It's fun for the kids.

    I'm really irritated. DD1 got her school pics back today and she took a really good pic other than the fact of the huge glare/reflection on her glasses. She usually has a weird greenish glare on her glasses which we are ok with because it happens every year. This year you can actually see the umbrella light they use to take the pic in her glasses. The photographer should've picked up on that when they took the pic. It's hard to get a good pic of her because she's not the most photogenic child. We'll get them retaken and hope she takes another good pic.

    Tomorrow is the Homecoming parade so DD1 will march in the marching band for the parade. DH's parents are coming also. I'm not sure if we are going to go to the football game or not. Depends how cold it is.

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    Roxi...yep those bugs are gross. In the pic it looks like it's smiling at you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggyrn View Post
    I'm really irritated. DD1 got her school pics back today and she took a really good pic other than the fact of the huge glare/reflection on her glasses. She usually has a weird greenish glare on her glasses which we are ok with because it happens every year. This year you can actually see the umbrella light they use to take the pic in her glasses. The photographer should've picked up on that when they took the pic. It's hard to get a good pic of her because she's not the most photogenic child. We'll get them retaken and hope she takes another good pic.
    That is hard. DD1 also has glasses. We have gotten her picture taken before where the photographer asked her to take her glasses off for the picture. They looked terrible. They did not look like her. Going without her glasses also made her eyes cross and for her look cross eyed in the picture. We recently had family pictures taken and they asked DH and her to take their glasses off because of the glare. DH took his off, but I told them no about DD. I would rather there be a glare, then for her to be cross eyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    That is hard. DD1 also has glasses. We have gotten her picture taken before where the photographer asked her to take her glasses off for the picture. They looked terrible. They did not look like her. Going without her glasses also made her eyes cross and for her look cross eyed in the picture. We recently had family pictures taken and they asked DH and her to take their glasses off because of the glare. DH took his off, but I told them no about DD. I would rather there be a glare, then for her to be cross eyed.
    I can't believe they asked your daughter to take her glasses off. When you have glasses all the time that becomes you. DD1 and DD2 both have glasses and have each had them since they were about 3. DD2 goes really crossed eyed without her glasses. The glasses are so much a part of them that they even sleep with them on. I agree, I'd rather have the glare than no glasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggyrn View Post
    Roxi...yep those bugs are gross. In the pic it looks like it's smiling at you.
    Meg - that is actually kind of like one of my other stories: one of our friends told us that you had to pour dishwashing liquid on them to kill them. Something about them breathing through their skin. So one night I was sitting in the living room and I heard this crunching coming from the kitchen. At first I thought it was my one cat Belle eating (as usual) but then I saw that she was sitting on the other couch. So I took a peek into the kitchen and there was a Parktown Prawn eating the cat pellets! Somehow DH managed to get close enough to this one to pour dish liquid on it. We stood there watching this thing, waiting for it to die, but it just didn't. It lay on the kitchen floor taking these long laboured breaths, staring at us. And that is not an easy thing to watch when it has such a humanoid face. I can't even remember how this whole thing ended but it has scarred me for life and I can't look at those creatures the same way.
    ~Roxi~

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    How did it ever work out with your DD's daycare? (I think I have the right person with the right story) With no one to talk to all day but my LO's, I really wanted a chat thread somewhere, but all of my boards are very slow.
    What was the last you heard Alyssa?

    I don't have time in work to quote you all, annoying because I forget what you all said! haha.

    Missy, I work in banking and I thought I'd easily get another job in another bank with all my experience. However, I'm being proved wrong every day! It is so stressful and upsetting that feeling of rejection..... fingers crossed God gives me a break sometime soon.

    Ya know, I have consider relocating to the UK or the US but because DBF and I are so up and down I couldn't do it with him and I sure as heck couldn't do it on my own with DD.

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    Meg -- ok, I googled walking tacos and see what you are talking about. It looks like it would be fun to try. I'm sorry about your dd's school pic. You would think they would have some way to set up to lessen the glare?

    Bonita - NO way would I have my dh (or child if one wore glasses too) remove his glasses for a photo. I would find that an insult.

    Roxi -- *shivers* Honestly that just sounds awful!! Maybe it needed to be a particular brand of dish detergent? :P

    Kristi - we've missed you! ((((HUGS)))) I'm sorry that the job search is not going well and hope you find a position soon! Maybe look in related industries that would be interested in your experience such as mortgage companies, lenders, or perhaps a payroll position. One thing though lady -- I know your relationship has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride and I'm in NO way discouraging you from continuing to pursue it further.... however, please please know that you are an incredibly strong woman raising a beautiful daughter... inside and out. While I know that you do not *want* to raise her on your own, do not doubt your ability that you CAN do whatever you need to for yourself AND your daughter. Believe in yourself and your capabilities and don't allow others to discount that (even if it means here in the UK or U.S. *wishful thinking for all of us! LOL)

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