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The Wonder of Bugs

We’ve been doing a lot of yard work since we’re having a big 4th bash this year. Lots of weed pulling, grass seeding, flower planting, and general landscaping. Along the way, I’ve come across a lot of bugs. Some, sadly, I’m not too thrilled with, like say this big old wasp nest under the pool:

Wasp Nest

That was not a fun find. Luckily we had spray so it got sprayed that night. (It’s “sister” nest was not too far away.)

While weeding out front, I came across a baby praying mantis. Aww, cute right?

Baby Praying Mantis
Too bad there must have been a nest near by, because I saw about 5 of them hopping around.  Glad I didn’t find the actual nest or the momma.

After it was all said and done, I did come across a pretty dragonfly:

I was shocked that it stayed still long enough for me to grab the camera! LOL

The yard is shaping up, thankfully. We’ve got a few more areas to take care of. Some more border building with bricks and some spots that need weeding and mulch added to it. Hopefully we can get that done, along with the house cleaned by the 4th (so glad we’re having it on the Saturday—one extra weekend day to clean!).

Where is Spring?

Here we are at the end of the month.  The end of April.  It was 92 degrees today.  After being 96 yesterday.  Where did Spring go?  My poor tulips have bloomed and got burned to a crisp the past few days.  Major bummer.  No wilting, just the evil, evil sun burning the edges of my beautiful parrot tulips.

On the positive side of the fast-moving seasons, May is just around the corner.  May is a big month: May 5th is the release of the newest Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead and Gone, and then on May 19th comes True Blood in blu-ray.  I only ordered the blu-ray version because we missed out on the series in HD and I really want to see it in HD. (Uhm, cute nekkid vampire butt in HD?  Definitely!)  And let’s not forget the release of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.  Can’t wait to see it – one I am very sad to have missed in the theatre.

June is a big month too with True Blood starting up again.  I was reading something somewhere that said that Allen Ball knows Eric is a big part of the books and will hold true to the story (while adding in other characters) – I really hope it’s true.  Eric is a HUGE part of the books.  Really, he’s why I keep reading.

July is TwiCon.  Can’t wait.  I purchased the plane tickets for my sister and I and have us getting to Dallas with plenty of time before it officially starts.  I think we’re mainly looking forward to meeting the stars of the movie.  Sad that Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart won’t be there — but hey, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz MORE than make up for it. :)  And… to add more fuel to my love of Twilight, Michael Sheen, who played Lucian in Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, is playing Aro in New Moon.  WOO HOO.  Although, funny he was a werewolf fighting against vampires and will now be a super powerful vampire.

And then that’s it.  That’s my big summer plans.  The theme seems to be centered around vampires, although, it’s not something I can help or intended. ;)

Thirty-one, so now what?

February 7th was my 31st birthday. I had a nice, relaxing day. Ok, relaxing after I ran to pick up my cake, get the party plates, candles, soda, ice… you get the idea.  Amongst multiple phone calls from various family members looking to see when I’d get back home I was able to arrive safely, unscathed and totally pissed off.  But once I calmed down, cooled off (60° in freaking February?! I was born during a record holding blizzard!) and had guests arrive, I had a really nice time.

My sisters each gave me gift cards.  One to Sephora and one to Target.  My mother gave me a Vera Bradley bag, along with the matching clip id case and the free sweetheart pouch.

Dinner was fantastic; ravioli lasagna, baked ziti, stuffed mushrooms and chicken parm were all on the table.  Dessert was a chocolate cake with cherry filling.

So, now what.  Continue reading