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I should be unpacking something

This is just a random update of what’s going on with us in the land of Georgia.

The kids are still cute.  Need proof?




So, as of today we’ll have been in the new house for two weeks.

Two weeks.

I have all those boxes unpacked.

Everything looks amazing and shiny and clean.

We are a well-oiled machine of productivity and accomplishment.


Monkeys are expected to fly out of my butt ANY moment.

What *have* we gotten done?

We’ve unpacked enough stuff to make life bearable and to the point that, unfortunately, if we have to, we could live like this for years.

We won’t.


But we could.

Just saying.


We got a new kitty!


Kitteh has no tail and currently has no name.  Feel to make suggestions.  We are throwing around quite a selection of names, but none has taken yet: Darth Nub (he’s tail-less, cute or cruel?), Crop Circle (as he has a series of unusual and very faint white patterns on his back), and Peter’s favorite (because we live in Georgia now) is William Robert Joseph Buckley = Billy Bob Joe Buck.


I was totally suckered into agreeing to a cat (that the family has been requesting since ten minutes before the beginning of forever) because I saw a mouse in the house.

A MOUSE in my house!

And as I sat on my table, shuddering and gasping in total shock, I thought to myself, “We’re totally getting that cat that will freak out all the mice in a five mile radius…a cat with tattoos, that smokes cigars and wears t-shirts that say things like ‘I ate your mama for breakfast’.  CAT…answer to all our mousey issues.”

Went to PetSmart, got a itsy-bitsy-cuddly baby kitteh.

YES. I know a teeny kitty is not going to make a mouse feel even remotely threatened, but it made solid sense in my head at the time.  I could NOT rid my brain of the visual of the mouse scoping out the house, rubbing it’s little rodent butt on my toothbrush and it just happened.

New kitteh.

With no tail.

Don’t you just know that I saw that cat with no tail and thought “Yeah, that cat couldn’t live with any other family than ours.”


We’ve also discovered that our new home is the breeding ground for a Jurassic Park-eque new world of insects and creepy crawlies.  Stuff I’m sure are perfectly normal and just part of nature.

But, I think we’ve already established that I am not nature’s biggest fan. In fact, Nature can feel free to just keep herself outside and we’ll get along F.I.N.E….if I see her keep trying to work her way inside I am totally going to invest in those napalm traps you can {apparently} buy at any neighborhood Wal-Mart around here.

Take THAT, Nature!

On that note…..

I’d like to take this moment to just say that I have some wonderful friends who just give and give and G.I.V.E. of themselves to make sure we know how much we are missed and that no matter the miles, our friendships will remain strong.

I’ll also take this moment to tell my friends that are taunting me about turning into some suburban version of “The Fly” can bite me!

Jennifer? I’m talking to you, pig-lady  <—which is totally something someone once called her, not just me slamming out slurs…and in no way related to, or responsible for, the swine flu pandemic.

SHE sent me THIS glorious bit of awesome:

“And just to set you mind at ease here are some of the things you’ll encounter there:

Soil Insects
Cutworms (black, granulate, and variegated)
Green June beetle
Hunting billbug
Lesser cornstalk borer
Mole crickets
Southern corn rootworm, Western corn rootworm, and other Chysomelids
White grubs
Whitefringed beetle

Foliage Feeding Insects
Bean leaf beetle
Beet armyworm
Blister beetles
Cabbage webworm
Cereal leaf beetle
Colorado potato beetle
Corn earworm
Diamondback moth
European corn borer
Fall armyworm
Green cloverworm
Imported cabbage worm
Mexican bean beetle
Southern armyworm
Tobacco budworm
Tobacco flea beetle
True armyworm
Velvetbean caterpillar
Yellowstriped armyworm

Sucking Insects <—don’t they ALL suck?
Black pecan aphid
Yellow pecan aphid
Chinch bug
Grain aphids
Green peach aphid
Leaffooted bug
Melon aphid
Silverleaf whitefly
Squash bug
Stink bugs (Brown and Green)
Tarnished plant bug
Threecornered alfalfa hopper

Weevils and Borers

Asian ambrosia beetle
Boll weevil
Chestnut weevil
Cowpea curculio
Flightless weevils
Granary, rice and maize weevils
Grape curculio
Grape root borer
Ips engraver beetles
Pales weevil
Peachtree borer
Pecan weevil
Pepper weevil
Plum curculio
Southern pine beetle
Strawberry clipper
Sweetpotato weevil
Vegetable weevil

Exotic Insects

Asian longhorned beetle
The (multicolored) Asian lady beetle
Gypsy moth
Japanese beetle
Japanese cedar longhorn beetle
Pink hibiscus mealybug

Remember I’m thinking about ya!”

Friends…the salt that life rubs into your open wounds.

26 Comments on “I should be unpacking something”

  1. #1 Will
    on Jun 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I’m going to come over one weekend before school starts and shoot your brood.

    Wills last blog post..happy father’s day

  2. #2 shauna
    on Jun 22nd, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    the kitten is adorable, but not as adorable as your chillins.

    my favorite bug on that list–the corn earworm. yum.

    southern states = huge bugs

    shaunas last blog post..queen of the dip shits

  3. #3 MonsteRawr
    on Jun 22nd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad you got a Furkids kitty! That’s where we got our own kitties from, and we couldn’t be happier. I hope you have all the happiness of our kittens without any of the peeing on the bed!

    MonsteRawrs last blog post..The Neapolitan Wars

  4. #4 Anissa@hope4peyton
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Did you just threaten to come kill all of us?

    That’s just weird, Will.

    Unless you were offering to come kill all the nature, in which case, THAT is awesome!

    Anissa@hope4peytons last blog post..I should be unpacking something

  5. #5 Anissa@hope4peyton
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I sort of want to see some of the bugs, especially the ones on the “exotic list”….but from very far away, with binoculars, and maybe a sheet of glass between us.

    Anissa@hope4peytons last blog post..I should be unpacking something

  6. #6 Will
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I knew there was blond in you.


    Wills last blog post..happy father’s day

  7. #7 Jaime
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 am

    we had a kitty with no tail we called him “stubbs”

  8. #8 AnissaM
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Whatever, Mr Big Time Awesome Photographer Dude, you were totally threatening us….and I can’t even begin to deny the blondness of my roots.

    Platinum, baby!

  9. #9 Kyla
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 9:59 am

    That is one CUTE kitty!

    Kylas last blog post..Sick kids.

  10. #10 Karen Sugarpants
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Yay! So glad you’re getting settled. As for kitty names…how about Askhim?
    Get it? Get it? 🙂

    Karen Sugarpantss last blog post..Little, Part Three

  11. #11 AnissaM
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Our kitteh is WICKED smart!! Litter box success!! No pee anywhere unwanted {so far} and I’m crossing my fingers on keeping it that way.

  12. #12 AnissaM
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 10:13 am

    That’s what i’m saying, don’t you think Nub is a cute name?

  13. #13 AnissaM
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 10:13 am

    If your inner geek met my inner geek they could either fight to the death or go to someone’s mom’s basement and play D&D

  14. #14 Marissa
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I’ve heard that just having a cat in the house (small or not) keeps mice away because the scent of the cat wards them off! SO maybe you were on the right track after all! As for kittie names, my cat is named Mr. Mew because he NEVER shuts up, so maybe Mr. Nubs for your tailess little guy?

  15. #15 Musings of a Housewife
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    LOL! You always make me laugh. Except for when you make me cry. But anyway. Enjoy your new home! And the bugs. EW.

    Musings of a Housewifes last blog post..We Need An Alice.

  16. #16 ExtraordinaryMommy
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Yeah~ you are getting settled! Cute Kitteh!! Super cute small people!

    At least you will now rest easy without mice – yes?

    Nub = cuteness

  17. #17 Nita
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Cute kitty!!

    Ours like to be addressed formally sometimes, so I like Mr. Nub or perhaps Mr. Nub Kitteh (Nubby for short).

    Welcome to Georgia!!!

  18. #18 GhtoPrincess
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Aww kitteh! I’m jealous, I just had to get rid of the two I’ve had for 5 years. I’m a little horrified that you got it from PetSmart though!! All those pet shop chains are just scary. I refuse to even go in there on principal. Humane society all the way!

    On bugs – I feel your pain. I recently moved to an area just outside the city and the backyard is filled with bugs I wasn’t even aware existed outside of movies!

  19. #19 AnissaM
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    YEAH, apparently not so much, so now we have Mr Exterminator coming out to take care of it and Kitteh can jut go back to being cute.

  20. #20 AnissaM
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    You know what? The Petsmart here, and I don’t know about everywhere, only adopts out kitties on the weekends because they bring the cats in from the Humane Society, so I felt better about getting our cat from them. AND they had all the records of what had been done to and for kitty. People are so sketchy about animals, so i wanted to know we were getting a good cat from people who took care of them.

    BUGS! Meh. I could do without.

  21. #21 Gwen
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I vote for the name “Manx” for your new kitty since Manx cats don’t have any tails! 🙂

    Love, Gwen

  22. #22 GhtoPrincess
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Oh yay!! That’s pretty kick ass then 🙂 I miss my kittez…**sigh**

  23. #23 Amo
    on Jun 24th, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I would have to go with the name ‘nubbin’ cause every happy family needs a nubbin.

    Or maybe ‘granimal’ just because I like saying that.



    Amos last blog post..I couldn’t love you more than this.

  24. #24 Momisodes
    on Jun 24th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    So glad to hear you’re all settling in. So sorry to hear about the bugs. I despise bugs. Even though I lived in Florida (aka insect heaven) for most of my life, bugs still give me the willies.

    Kitteh is so cute! I’m useless with names though. I could barely squeeze one out for my daughter.

    Momisodess last blog post..Low Low Low

  25. #25 Jennifer
    on Jun 24th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I feel SOOOOOO luved you shared my list! I worked darn hard on that! I stopped by to see if ya’ll had made any progress and faith and begorah, you had!

    And I’ll have you know that I am NOT JUST the pig lady. I like totally have other things, too! Like my totally fine ass. It’s nice, well muscled, and really freakin’ hairy! Just ask Meg how great it is. She really got some good compliments on it! I’ll bring my sweet ass next time for you to play with. Cletus really misses you!

  26. #26 Wendy
    on Jun 25th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    That kitteh will love the bugs. You have to start somewhere, right? It can work its way up to mouse. 🙂

    Wendys last blog post..The Old Becomes New Again