October 19, 2008

Flies in Nampa...yuck

A few months ago we moved our family from Tacoma back to the Boise area. Nampa to be specific. Most days I'm very grateful we moved to Nampa even though it's not quite Boise.

At first when we found out we were moving to Nampa I was excited but there was that small part of me that was a bit hesitant. Why do you ask? True Nampa is a suburb of Boise with a population of around 80,000. However, I found out we would be living only one mile away from the local and well known amalgamated sugar factory. Well known because of the disgusting smell that emanates from this factory. If you're traveling on I-84 it's easy to discern when you're passing through Nampa, you can tell by the smell.

After finally being here I noticed the smell isn't 24-7 like I anticipated. There's peak times when you can smell the factory from only 5,280 feet away. Usually it's late in the evenings. I can deal with that.

However, everyone neglected to tell me about the housefly problem in Nampa. They are everywhere!! The bad part is, there's nothing you can do to permanently get rid of them. Even if you keep all the doors and windows shut the dreaded flies find ways to get in and harass us. It's like in the movie Arachnophobia when the spiders are invading the house through the doors and the sink.

My spare time is spent swatting flies with intense aggression. Otherwise, when I'm sitting down I'm constantly swinging my hand in front or around my face like a crazy person. Poor little Mikey, our six month old baby obviously can't shoo his flies away. So there's moments when there's two or three flies on his head at once. It reminds me of those commercials that make you feel guilty for not paying 1 dollar a day to give a kid in Africa "a better life."

I've never been excited for cold weather before. Nor am I excited for cold weather this year. However, I sure will be relieved when the temperature dips a bit more and the flies finally disappear. I'm not sure what I'll do in my spare time when that finally happens.

Perhaps I should just be happy it's NOT spiders invading our house.

October 12, 2008

Not up to par

Ever have one of those days?

I'm having one of those months right now. Just picture me with baggy eyes, a longer beard, and a meatball stain on my shirt...and not caring...well, pretending not to care.


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