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    Note to self

    June 22, 2007

    If you repeatedly press the same radio station button instead of the scan button while not looking and keeping your eyes on the road like you’re supposed to, you will most likely end up listening to the same annoying song instead of something new. That is, until the song ends anyway.

    Just to clear that up so that there will be no freaking out that every single radio station on the dial is playing the same crappy song.

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    Living in a Hitchcockian world

    June 18, 2007

    First things first–WE DON’T HAVE LICE!!! I am SO relieved to be able to type that sentence, especially since the ‘cure’ (if we would have had lice) as prescribed for Owen’s head per the pediatrician, was to thoroughly coat his scalp and hair with real mayonnaise, cover with a plastic shower cap and let it sit on there for three hours. Um, I don’t know about your 11 month old, but mine? Not so into the sitting still, let alone having a shower cap stay on his head for more than about three seconds total.

    Unfortunately, we are infested with vermin. Between my mother-in-law, my dad, my brother-in-law and myself we were able to pretty confidently identify the problem as feather mites. We live in an older home and as such, we aren’t wired for central air. Instead, we have window a/c units. Some birds (we aren’t sure what kind exactly–all I can tell you is that they are brown) decided that the windowsill to the left of where the window unit in our bedroom sticks out was an ideal place to build a nest. So they built a nice little nest. And also brought along some nasty little friends (the feather mites). We don’t care that the birds built where they did and wouldn’t mind them keeping their nest there except for the feather mites. We came to the conclusion that the nest had to go. Less than 24 hours after cleaning everything out of the windowsill, the birds had been back and (while we slept) built another cozy little nest. Since we’re mean and heartless here at casa YouMeandaBaby, we cleaned that little nest out too. Someone recommended putting stinky mothballs in the windowsill to discourage the birds from coming back. We did that too.

    This afternoon? There is now a lone white bird egg amongst the mothballs and the makings of a new nest. And…my house smells like my grandmother’s attic. You want to come right on over and spend lots of time, right? I thought so.

    Anyone have any good (non-stinky) remedies to keep the birds out of the window? As terrible as it will look, I’m almost desperate enough to tack up some chicken wire on either side of the a/c unit so they really can’t get in there.

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    You’re hoping I’m kidding

    June 15, 2007

    Unfortunately, as much as I wish I were kidding, I’m not.

    Two words, internet, two eensy little one syllable words that have radically changed how I thought I was going to be spending my weekend.

    Head Lice.

    I’m off to buy more laundry detergent because it’s shaping up to be a busy laundry day.

    And maybe a bubble big enough to fit both Owen and myself in.