Spider Colonies

I’m still battling the spider colonization of my cottage. It’s a bit complicated because I’m never really home enough to do anything about it, I’m just home long enough for them to get their fill of my flesh. They enjoy biting me most in my sleep when I am not able to defend myself…the cowards! Because of this, I’m adding a new discipline to my list of “Disciplines for a Healthy Home and Spirit.” The new priority is to spray Garden scent Raid generously to all nooks and cranies before leaving for work or play. I’m hoping this practice will rid me of any unwanted neighbors.

Today was a really good day. I learned a lot about myself and my relationships. In short, my focus has wavered and a few of my relationships have suffered a bit. But the good news is, I am aware of this faltering and I’m working toward fixing it. Hooray for wise elders and the convictions that come with their words. (I know that you all know exactly what I’m talking about.)

I went to church with Kyle this morning and the message was good. It was about dating. His mother swears she didn’t plan it like that, but I can’t deny that I’m a bit suspicious. 🙂 We went out to lunch with some friends after and I got back just in time to get ready for my small group women from Bethany Community Church to come over for dinner. It was so great to see them again! Our prayer time was fantastic and much needed for all of us.
I’m feeling that longing in my heart again to re-establish the consistant fellowship that I had during the school year. It’s going to be a bit more challenging now that I’m not on a regular schedule like when I had classes. But I know this is something I really need, so I’m willing to work for it.

I also just finished listening to a really great sermon online at Bethany Community Church’s website. I recommend everyone listen to it. It’s the message given on July 17th called “Sexless in Seattle.” The guy makes some fantastic points about things everyone needs for any relationship they’re in, family, friend, significant other or anyone. Two thumbs up.

Work has been going well. I’ve mapped out my schedule a bit more and carved a few things in stone. I feel a greater confidence in my direction now and I think that’s going to help me a lot in the coming months. A few of the residents have been hesitant to schedule interviews with me because they’ve already been heckled by the mayor and his camera crew. So it’s going to take a bit more shmoozing and persuading to wiggle my way into their arena of trust.
Meeting with the few that are willing to talk has been so awesome! I feel like I’m learning a lot, but I’m also slightly intimidated by the amount of information I have to process. It’s going to take a lot of fish crackers, tea and quiet space to sort everything out into an interesting book that people will actually want to read. (I’m more than aware that not everyone finds the same things facinating that I do.)

The day before yesterday I got to meet up with Sarah W. and Adam (for those of you who don’t know, that’s my roommate of three years and her fiance.) They were in town for an interview that Adam had with a company he’s interested in working for. It turns out Sarah won’t be moving to Kirkland next week like she had planned, but that they’re holding off a while until they have more solid jobs lined up. It was so good to see her. We met up at Kell’s Pub near Pike’s Place and Post Ally. We saw this really cool band play and enjoyed good conversation. She also gave me a belated b-day present. It was a red t-shirt that said “I don’t know kung fu, but I know Crazy!” on the front. I love it!
The next day Kyle took me to Snoqualmy (sp?) Falls for a hike and a picnic. It turns out the place is a lot more touristy than he remembered, but we still had fun and managed to find an out-of-the-way place to have our picnic. Also, Kyle’s car broke that morning and we got a little bit of a late start, so I think the crowds had already started growing by the time we got there. But it was fun to watch the people and their families. People watching is always fun entertainment. We noticed a lot of people our age hauling rafts and pool floaties down to the river to float and drink beer (or cartons of Diet Pepsi as the case may be.) We also found it interesting how many different cultures gather at the Falls. We had to have heard at least five different languages as we walked back up the trail. Pretty cool.
I think my favorite time of the whole day was the picnic (when we just laid down in the shade and relaxed. Kyle enjoyed a nap and I squeezed in a few more chapters of the book one of the residents lent me (Kite Runner, it’s good, check it out.) My next favorite part was the drive. I love driving with the windows down, my feet up on the dashboard and surfing my hand on the warm summer wind. Good music doesn’t hurt either. It’s priceless.

So that’s all I can think of right now. Oh, Andrea, I can’t wait to see you in September! I miss you and I’m so glad you’re visiting!

Also, ATTENTION WRITERS, send me a message if you want to gather for a writing group this week or next week. I’d like to know so I can budget for food. Thanks!

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One Response to “Spider Colonies”

  1. valor says:

    Hmm. For your spider problem, it looks like you should do two things: get a spray with Deltamethrin in it, and also get a bug “fogger” like this.
    About your “attention writers” thing… what kind of a writing group would this be?

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