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Last night at the crayfish party, one of my friends who had been peeling and eating shrimp, put the peeled heads on her fingers and waved them around, and poked her 1-year-old kid in the nose with them, which he thought was hilarious. I, however, can't find a word powerful enough to describe how gross I thought it was. ICK

It's the cricket's fault. That I have this bug-leg phobia. Them, and the cockroaches. Years ago, when I was home during summer vacation from college, I was in the room that was supposed to be mine and my sister's, but in practice was my sister's as I was only there a few weeks every year. One of the cats had killed a cricket and eaten it except for various parts, mostly legs, which were scattered around the carpet. I was trying to clean it up, and one of the legs stuck to the carpet and I couldn't get it off. It so totally icked me out. The cats were enthralled with my efforts, and my mom was highly amused when I finally had to call her to come and help me.

There are 2 kinds of cockroaches in Chicago. Both the little brown wood cockroaches and the big black palmetto bugs make the city their home. In my first downtown apartment, I used to bribe my roommate Linda with six-packs of beer, if she'd just PLEASE come get the giant 2-inch black monsters out of the bathtub so I could shower and go to work. shudder

It's weird, because I have no problem with bees or wasps, or beetles, or most bugs, provided they 1) aren't too big 2) don't have too many big legs, 3) aren't over my head and 4) leave me alone. I kind of like spiders since they eat so many other bugs although when we have a lot of them in the house, like galestorm, I find myself wondering just how many bugs we are providing them for meals.

I used to think there were hardly ANY bugs in Sweden, because we almost never saw anything but the occasional spider in our first apartment and our first house, and was thrilled to be told there aren't any cockroaches here. (have since found out that's not true, but there aren't many anyway, which is a comfort). I know now that was just wishful thinking. Judging by just the amount of flies generated by the farm behind us alone, there are PLENTY of bugs here, and they all think of our house as a sort of bug resort.

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My craft buddy and I are planning wildly expensive purchases from Above the Mark Rubber Stamps, but not until after I get paid. She sent me the link and I looked through the whole site and sent her back an extremely long list of stamps I wanted and then DREAMED about them that night. It's fate. They will be mine.

Started page 5 in my collage book. Haven't figured out what I want to do with the facing page yet. This one involves leaves. :) Have a busy week ahead though, so not sure how much time I'll have to work on it. First AWC meeting of the season is tomorrow, parent-teacher conference on Tuesday, and choir starts on Wednesday. Friday I have a possible slumber party with the book group girls and Saturday is Movie Night (Pirates! Aaarrrr!)
 busy
mood: busy
music: Rickie Lee Jones—The Moon is Made of Gold


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I wish I was just as busy in Sweden as you are hehe, crafty like reebert and a member in AWC... wish they had that up here in Dalarna!

I don't know where Börlänge (sp?) is, but isn't there any AWC nearby? Or are there enough English-speakers around that you could start your own? That's what our founder did. :) just a thought. It's great, I love the AWC!!

I think you should place this order, and your craft buddy should just tell you the few things she wants to add on. :)

wha? agh! urk um oh sure, put me on the spot. um okay. if you insist.

You don't hafta...

Ugh ... that shrimp thing is gross. But my one-year-old would probably love it, too!

Ahhh, the parent-teacher conference. I used to dread going to those, especially for my son, who was always called things like the class character, which seems to be teacher talk for "little shit" *grin*

I'm fascinated by the number of creepy crawlies in Sweden. In Australia we have screens on doors and windows, so that the cast of Animal Planet stay "OUT THERE".

That's because in Australia all those creepy crawlies are deadly poisonous and can kill you. Did you know that Australia has the highest concentration of lethally dangerous animals in the world? :) We had to resort to buying screens for all our windows in the new house over my husband's objections, because of the flies. I HATE flies!!

I think you've been watching too much tv! People keep quoting that statistic about Australia to me, but I don't believe it. From what I've seen on National Geographic (bear attacks) Animal Planet (demented squirrel attacks), Discovery Channel (LA earthquakes, mid-west tornados, Mt St Helens, FBI Files, Medical Detectives) that America is a far more dangerous place!

demented squirrel attacks?! LOL!

I can't remember where in America this attack squirrel was, but it's a funny thing to see on TV. They reenact the series of attacks - this was front-page news after all. One woman describes the beast as having an 'evil' gaze. They show the hero policeman stalking the critter in a dramatic retelling of the final 'hit'. He brings down this terror from the trees with a single shot from an air rifle. Sure, as an animal lover, he feels bad about it, but also exceedingly proud that he has made the community safe again.

This is the kind of story for which the saying 'only in America' was coined.

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