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The Husband Who Rocks

My hubby came back from Aruba late Monday night.  I think I might have said hello to him, but I'm really not sure.  Monday I literally collapsed and fell asleep at 7:30pm.  Sheesh.  At 8pm Seth called to say that he was in the US (in Philadelphia).  At 10pm the handyman called to say that yes, he could come the next day to fix my sink.  At 11pm, Seth called to say he was in Baltimore.  I'm assuming sometime around midnight Seth came home.  Around 12:30 or so, I looked up, saw him reading on the bed couldn't even manage a "murfle" and rolled over.  Monday morning he was there.  Yay for Seth.  He brought home my favorite perfume from the duty free shop.  AND he brought home Kosher Kahlua.  Go Seth!  He rocks.    And he also brought me back a gecko.  How awesome is that?  Unfortunately, it was not a real gecko.  It was, however, a beautiful refrigerator magnet.  I love geckos.  They are so nifty.  Anyway, he is now home, and it's great to have him back doing things like fixing the outside light that wasn't working and so on.  ;)

The Job

I had actual work to do today!  I was not bored out of my mind!  I did not want to stab pencils in my eyes just for something to do!  Yay for productivity!  And I even did it well.  My boss said it was <i>exactly</i> what he was looking for (which is good because I wasn't really clear on what he was looking for when I embarked on the project).  Unfortunately, what should have taken me all day took me only half a day, so I was left with not ENOUGH to do.  But I spent some time refining my project.  Yay.  :)

The House

The house is coming along.  I am still enamoured with our living room furniture (though still haven't called the furniture place about the rip in the chair).  The cats are still being locked in the basement anytime we're not home because I can't trust them with the furniture.  Unpacking is happening slowly, but surely.  I unpacked a bunch of boxes while I was on the phone with leahmiriam last night, which was excellent.</lj cut>

The Ants that Just Won't DIE

We have ants.  We had ants when we moved in, so we called a pest control place.  They came, they sprayed, the ants died.  The ants came back.  We called the pest control place.  They came, they sprayed, the ants died.  The ants came back.  Again.  I tortured them with cinnamon last night (apparently ants don't like cinnamon, and they won't cross it because if they go back to their nest smelling like cinnamon, the other ants will kill them immediately.  I guess they think it's poison.  Apparently sage works too.  Anyway, I dumped about 4 tablespoons of cinnamon on my counter (that's a lot more than it sounds like) and watched the ants scurry away in fear for their lives.  HAH!  I felt very powerful.  Tee hee. Serves them right.

Hrm.  What else?  I guess that's it.  Goodbye.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: July 22nd, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
very cool to know that cinnamon trick. and seth is rad.
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: July 22nd, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Seth is rad?

Cool. That's much better than the reports I was getting of things people were calling me while I was in Aruba without my wife...
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: July 22nd, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Seth is rad?

hshhahahahah. no you are a good hubby. but karen is a rad wife. you two are my rolemodels for what marriage should be :P
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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: July 22nd, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to remember the cinnamon thing. Ants like our apartment. Us no like ants. Ants bad.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 23rd, 2004 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
cinamon? i never heard of that. my grandma told me dryer sheets work. but if cinamon causes them to get killed....MUAHAHAHA!

do you have ants like "oh look theres one."

or ants like "one little two little three little antie's...."

we have ants. i think it's b/c there's a huge mother gap in our front and back doors....
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Dryer sheets work for mosquitos. I don't think they work for ants, but I could be wrong.

We do not have ants like "oh look there's one." We have ants like, "oh, look there's 400."

BLEH
From: gittygiggles Date: July 23rd, 2004 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
wow. yuck. what about checkong into sealing the house? or those raid ant traps?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
we had an exterminator come and spray the whole house, plus the exterior all around the house. The second time he came out, he just sprayed the interior of the house. The raid ant traps make me nervous in the kitchen, even though I know they're harmless. Plus, I don't think they'll cut it.

The cinnamon keeps them away pretty well (so long as you keep replenishing it... the staler it gets, the less effective it gets. But that's inconvenient in the long run, because it means there's cinnamon all over my counter, which gets annoying.

So basically I don't know what to do.
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From: gittygiggles Date: July 23rd, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
my parents usually say the way to fix an ant problem is to move. however...i'm sure there's SOMETHING you can do. maybe buy an ardvark? they're cute....

i'll ask my daddy. he knows everything
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I just want them gone!!

I'm not sure about the aardvark. I don't know how the cats would respond. But I'll think about it. ;)
From: gittygiggles Date: July 23rd, 2004 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
well cats and aardvarks are both cute and furry.....maybe if you got a baby aardvark? then the cats could treat it like a kitten and even train it in hte litter box?
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yermie From: yermie Date: July 23rd, 2004 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Wipe

Wipe them on you.

Moquito's can't stand the "spring fresh" scents, so they avoid you.

Alternately, some of the scented lotions (I don't remember the brands / scents) work very well as repellant.

And, dryer sheets are good for "bad hair days". They reduce the static in your hair, causing less frizz.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wipe

"Skin So Soft" by Avon is one of the lotions that is widely known as a good bug repellant.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)
you rub them on any of your exposed skin (e.g. arms) and/or, carry one in your pocket.
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yermie From: yermie Date: July 23rd, 2004 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Ants

If I remember correctly, my favorite way to deal with ants (at least, if you can find their nest), is to pour about a cup of self rising flour on the nest openings. The ants take it back inside, and a feast is had by all. Wait about 30 minutes to an hour, then turn on the hose... The ants drink the water, flour rises, ant goes pop. (think seagull & alka-seltzer)

Kinda messy, but most of the mess is underground, where you'll never see it.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ants

um. ew.

Sounds like a good plan, except I don't know where their nest is.
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yermie From: yermie Date: July 23rd, 2004 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ants

because cement's expensive? flour is cheap.

plus, dried wet flour is easier to dig through than dried wet cement...

and it's biodegradable too.
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From: gittygiggles Date: July 23rd, 2004 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
aardvarks are ugly. i've decided to provide you with a cute little anteater.



now i want one
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
er, that doesn't look like an anteater to me.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 23rd, 2004 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
well it is! isn't it cute???

by the way...daddy said buy the ant traps that are silver metal. he said they'd kill the ants slowly and spreads poision everywhere. he said that the ants like it, eat it, and bring it home to their ant friends and cause mass genocidal destruction to all the ants. sounds fun! he said they're kitty friendly unless the cat eats the whole metal thing and they're at homie depot
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 23rd, 2004 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks.

No, what I meant was that the picture wasn't an anteater. It just said "image hosted by something or other" (or something to that effect)
From: gittygiggles Date: July 23rd, 2004 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
i realize that now. stupid heads. oh well. anteaters are really cute.

i want one
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