Life Notes

The Tale of the Spider I Was Finally Afraid Of.

Warning #1: This blog post contains a picture of a spider.

Warning #2: This is a blog post is really random and will probably only seem funny to maybe 5 people that I can think of. But blogging to me is all about jotting down my experiences… and well, this was sure an experience.

So let me start off by explaining that normally I am not scared of spiders. In college I was the designated spider killer amongst my friends and roommates. The summer I worked for Pioneer in their corn research plots, I essentially walked through fields filled with spiders that didn’t bother me. My best friend and roommate Megan, on the other hand, is genuinely terrified of them, for I usually made fun of her. She can hardly even stand the scenes in the Harry Potter movies with Aragog.

Last week on Thursday I had come home from work and immediately laid down for a nap. When I woke up later and turned my bed room light on, I hear a *tink tink tink* sound and looked up to see this in my light fixture above my bed…


I freaked out. And every time it scurried around I would freak out a little bit more, and before I knew it I was almost in tears.

When I willed myself to stand on my bed and get a closer look I could see quite a few features through the clouded glass and freaked out all over again. I know the picture may or may not convince you, but it was by far the biggest spider I’ve seen aside from people’s stupid tarantulas. And I still don’t know if that is what freaked me out the most or if it was the fact that it was above my bed, or because I couldn’t quite figure out how it got in there. The fixture is sealed from the room and rather hard to remove so it had to get in through the electrical wiring.

So the next logical thing was to put it on SnapChat and Facebook. Then I called my Mom back in Oregon, who proceeded to search Google and find that there are 39 kinds of spiders that can be found in the D.C/Northern VA area, #sonothelping. Then I started texting Megan, who I knew would justify my somewhat irrational reaction.

Warning #3: I swear we do not curse like this regularly, exceptions are made for extreme situations.









 I think it was right before the time stamp in the image above that I changed gears and called Megan. I mean, why freak out via text message when it can be more effectively done over the phone. It was also at this point that we both admitted that we had been taking screen shots of the conversation, because yes, we are those best friends who tend to find ourselves hilarious (Exhibit A.)




 So what happened afterward? My roommate came home, couldn’t get the light fixture off and made little effort to hide that he thought I was being ridiculous. Which I was, but I seriously couldn’t help it and there was absolutely NO WAY I was going to sleep in my bed with it right above me. So I slept on the couch, leaving the light on in the bedroom, and in the morning the spider was shriveled up and dead. #forthewin

Later on at work. my co-worker identified it as a wolf spider, which I made the mistake of Googling, although it definitely justified my fear. Those things are terrifying and apparently they are jumpers so it was probably a good thing that we couldn’t get the light fixture down.

Needless to say I spent this weekend spraying insect spray to every possible area in my apartment that spider could in through.

And that is the tale of the spider I was finally afraid of.

Friendship, Kansas

Maybe We’re Funnier in March

Celebrating Fake Patty’s Day.

Usually my routine is to recap Amanda & Megan Moments at the end of every semester or season. However, during the month of March we apparently were on top of our game and had a lot of moments that were worth sharing. As always, spring semester always goes by so much faster than the fall and as I am approaching graduation, my main goal (besides finishing of course,) is to make sure that I am enjoying every minute as I wrap up my college experience. I think these moments are reassuring that I am, indeed, having a great time.

For the full list of previous Amanda & Megan Moments check them out HERE or on Facebook HERE.

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day, and Happy Easter!

Amanda & Megan Moments: March 2013

WHEN SOMEONE BROUGHT UP THE TOPIC OF MOVIES AT MEGAN’S STUDY SESSION: Professor: “Have you guys seen Silver Lining’s Playbook? Talk about a good one! I have relatives who are bipolar and they are….well, kinda wacky. I mean it. I’d probably be that way too if I wasn’t a scientist…it keeps my brain out of trouble this way, you know?”

WHEN SITTING IN AMANDA’S ROOM WORKING ON HOMEWORK AFTER MEGAN HAD BEEN STUDYING AT BLUESTEM (DRINKING COFFEE) ALL EVENING: Megan: “Dude, there was something in that coffee….I’m so awake I feel like I can hear colors…..also, I think my toe is twitching.”

WHEN LOOKING AT A LARGE SHELF OF WINE AND TRYING TO DECIDE WHICH TO GET: Megan: “Hmm, there are so many options…OMIGOD! They have the Cupcake brand!!!” She rushes to reach for a bottle completely cutting off a girl who was also reaching for a similar bottle. The girl very quickly puts her hands up and backs up out of Megan’s way. Megan: “Oh my gosh…I’m so sorry….I didn’t mean to just butt in front of you like that…I just got so excited.” Girl: “That’s alright, I know what it’s like to get really excited about wine. Don’t worry about it.”….as she proceeded to walk away carrying four of her own bottles of wine.

WHEN HANGING OUT AT THE APARTMENT, JAMMING OUT TO MUSIC, AND MEGAN WAS SITTING ON THE COUCH EATING MACARONI AND CHEESE OUT OF THE SAUCEPAN: Megan: “ooh I love this song.” Amanda (coming up behind her): “RAWWRRR!” Megan screamed very loudly and threw the wooden spoon of macaroni scaring Amanda who proceeded to fall onto the floor. Needless to say, neither of us could breathe for a good 10 minutes.

WHEN TALKING ABOUT CARS IN THE PARKING LOT: Amanda: “Well, did you see the person who decided to park BEHIND the motorcycle and so then it was sticking waaay out of the parking spot?” Megan: “Yeah, I saw it….I just want to tell them: ‘That’s not a real parking spot, but keep trying!'”

AFTER MEGAN FINISHED WATCHING TOY STORY 3: Megan: “Okay the new rule is you have to watch this before graduation (to Amanda who has never seen it).” Amanda: “Uh, okay but you cry every single time and I don’t like crying, what if I don’t end up crying?” Megan: ” Then that means you don’t have a soul…and I actually mean that.”

WHEN MEGAN WAS DESCRIBING HER EXPERIENCE BUYING A POWER CORD FOR HER LAPTOP AT BEST BUY: Megan: “So he leads me over to where there are multiple rows of options and says ‘there you go’ and walks away…but what about the others that were there?? Different sizes, different prices…and I don’t know what I need….he just walked away…it’s like taking a kindergartener to school on their very first day, but dropping them off 3 blocks from the school…I need a little more help than that.”

WHEN KYLA AND MEGAN WERE AT SONIC AND JUST FINISHED ORDERING A LENGTHY LIST OF DRINKS AND FOOD: Sonic employee: “Your total will be $8.21 unless I can interest you in an order of mozzarella sticks as well?” Kyla: “More? Don’t we have enough?!?!”

AFTER MEGAN GOT BACK FROM GOING ON A RUN: Megan: “In other news I’m so hungry I feel like I could eat my toes.” Amanda: gives her a crazy look. Megan: “I mean seem a lot less important then my fingers so I figure it will be okay.”

WHILE WATCHING THE AVENGERS: Captain America: “There’s only one God ma’am and I don’t think he looks like that.” Kyla: “He might…” Amanda: “Kyla Kay!” Kyla: “What! He might carry a hammer…and have long blond hair…and be gorgeous. You never know.”

WHEN WATCHING A MOVIE AND THE TOPIC OF DREADLOCKS CAME UP: Megan: “How do you make dreadlocks anyways?” Amanda: “Uhh, I’m pretty sure you just don’t wash your hair.” Megan: “No…there’s got to be more involved in it than that.” Amanda: “Actually, I’m pretty sure you’re right. Here I’ll Google it.” And that’s what led us to this gem:

WHEN AMANDA WAS SINGING “ON THE ROAD AGAIN” BY WILLIE NELSON: Megan: “Yeehaw!” Amanda: “No Megan, that is definitely not in the song.” Megan: “Well I was adding lib.” Amanda: “Don’t you mean ad libbing?” Megan: “I think it can be said both ways.” Amanda: “But what is lib?” Megan: “I don’t know, what’s lib when it’s libbing?”

WHEN STOPPED AT A STOPLIGHT AND LOOKING AT THE CAR IN FRONT OF US: Amanda: “The power cat metal decal on the back of that car is really crooked.” Megan: “Well maybe it is roaring at the skies…like a lion.” Amanda: “But technically it’s a wildcat.” Megan: “Can you pet a lion? NO! Therefore it is a wild cat.”

Friendship, Kansas

We promise to grow up tomorrow…

We are trying to grow up, I promise, we really are.

But something tells me that even if we “grow up,” that still doesn’t account for blond moments, inside jokes and being two of the most easily amused young twenty-somethings you will ever meet.

Me & The Best Friend
Me & The Best Friend

With that said, the start of our senior year has been nothing short of awesome and we’ve continued to grace those around us with our “moments.”

Who knew that our silly antics as freshmen in college would grow a long list of memories that are still just as amusing. (Don’t know what list I’m referring to? Check it out HERE.)

So here are Amanda & Megan Moments: Fall 2012 edition.


WHEN AMANDA, KYLA, AND MEGAN WERE TALKING ABOUT HANGING UP THEIR SCHEDULES: Kyla: “Yeah, Megan, did you see that we hung ours up already?” Amanda: “Except Kyla made hers too big so there’s no room for yours….but don’t worry, we can move the monkeys.” Megan: “Amanda…think about what you just said…now imagine if someone would have heard what you just said and not heard the beginning of that conversation…they would be very confused.”

WHEN DRIVING DOWN BLUEMONT: Amanda: “Ugh. I really don’t like Avalanches. I think they are ugly.” Megan (giving Amanda the craziest look): “What!?! When were you in an avalanche? Oh wait… are talking about the truck.”

WHEN TALKING AT BREAKFAST: Amanda: “See, when I have kids, I hope that they are really adorable….otherwise I’m going to be super disappointed.” Megan and Kyla just stared at her.

WHEN WALKING THROUGH AND EXPLORING MENARDS FOR THE FIRST TIME: Megan: “Dude! This place is HUGE!!” Amanda: “Yeah, no kidding, there’s so much…of everything.” Megan: (looking down the next aisle which was full of brooms and mops) “Holy crap! That’s super overwhelming!” Amanda: “Whoa…yeah it is. It’s like fantasia down there!”

WHEN DETERMINING WHETHER WE COULD SOLVE ALL WORLD PROBLEMS BETWEEN 10:45 PM AND 8:00 AM: Megan: “Ready go.” Amanda: “War.” Megan: “Peace.” Amanda: “No Megan, there has to be an action.” Megan: “Guns! Wait….that’s not positive.” Amanda: “Cookies.” Megan: “Now that is a positive idea! Ok next problem….Hunger…..Cookies! Wow look at us go.”

WHEN AMANDA AND MEGAN WERE IN THE PARKING LOT OUTSIDE OF THEIR APARTMENT LATE AT NIGHT, A MAN WITH LONG DARK HAIR, A WHITE TUNIC/ROBE AND SANDALS WALKS OUT IN FRONT OF THE CAR: Megan: (stuttering) “Um, Amm…Aman…Amanda?” Amanda: “…….Jesus????” Amanda and Megan: “OMIGOSH! It’s JESUS!!” Amanda: “This is probably the best thing that has ever happened to us!! We have to tell someone!” Both run over to Mark, Andrew, and Mikey’s apartment and bang on the door. Amanda and Megan: “OMIGOSH You guys! We just saw Jesus outside!!!!!” Mark: “You mean the Muslim guy who lives upstairs?” Amanda and Megan: (pausing to look at each other and consider the idea, then nodding) “Yes, him…..dude, he looks just like Jesus right now, you have no idea!”

WHEN KYLA WAS TRYING OUT THE NASAL SPRAY SHE BOUGHT TO HELP WITH HER ALLERGIES: Kyla: “Dude, this stuff is great! It’s kind of minty…my nose feels minty fresh!” Megan: “If all you wanted was a minty nose, just stick your toothbrush up there next time. Problem solved.”

WHEN SITTING IN THE LEADERSHIP BUILDING IN BETWEEN CLASSES, MEGAN WAS SITTING IN A CHAIR WITH HER SHOES OFF, FEET UP, WEDNESDAY SOCKS ON. A GUY COMES AND SITS DOWN IN A CHAIR ACROSS FROM HER, STARES AT HER FEET, AND THEN STARTS TO TILT HIS HEAD A LITTLE TO READ WHAT’S ON HER SOCKS. Random Guy: “OH CRAP!!! Is it Wednesday?!?!” Then proceeds to get up and run off. You’re welcome, random guy in the leadership building. I’m glad my day-of-the-week socks have now served a purpose other than my own personal amusement.

WHEN TALKING ABOUT HOW A LOT OF SORORITIES ARE USING ” ‘MERICA” WITH GREEK LETTERS AS THE NEW PHRASE ON THEIR SHIRTS: Amanda: “What? But I liked saying that. Damn you greek life, you take away all of my fun.”

WHEN TALKING ABOUT FUNNY THINGS THAT KIDS DO, FOOTIE PAJAMAS AND WHAT NOT: Kyla: “I found some footie pajamas at Target but they were too big for me! I was so upset.”

WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE RADINA’S SIGN THAT SAYS “FALL INTO A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE”: Amanda: “WHAT?! Seriously, think about what you’re saying!! Fall into a latte? That would be really hot! You’d burn your skin….I don’t want to fall into that.”

WHILE AT THE FOOTBALL GAME: Drunk girl behind us: “Kick the ball! Kick it!! Before they get the rebound!!!” Amanda: “WHAT?! Aw, hell no, you did not just mix sports!”

WHILE STILL AT THE FOOTBALL GAME: Same drunk girl after KU had scored the first touchdown: “Oh my gosh! This is absolutely terrible…this is the worst thing ever! What are we going to do?” Amanda: “Actually, there are a lot worse things in this poverty.” Megan: “Yeah, or war.” Amanda: “Or malaria.” Megan: “Ooo good one. Or burnt cookies.” Amanda: “Awww, yeah, or worse, spilled coffee…” Megan: “….I think I would cry.”

WHEN TALKING ABOUT PINEAPPLES: Kyla: “No, pineapples are scary! They’re all pokey and crap. (Megan just stares at her.) THEY WILL CUT YOU!”

WHEN WORKING AT THE VET LIBRARY, MEGAN HAD JUST MADE A NEW POT OF COFFEE AND WAS CARRYING IT OVER TO THE TABLE. A GIRL WAS STANDING THERE JUST STARING AT THE EMPTY TABLE. Girl: “But why…..(turns around) OH SWEET JESUS! There’s more!!!!……(getting slightly embarrassed) I mean….thank you.” I get a lot of comfort out of the fact that other people need coffee like I do.

WHEN AMANDA WAS STUDYING FOR HER TEST IN THE THROCKMORTON LOUNGE BY PACING AROUND THE ROOM WITH HER COMPUTER: Professor who walks in: “Hey you know there are these awesome things in here called chairs and if you are really feeling brave there are couches to.” Amanda: “No, no, no I only got 3 hours of sleep last night and I have this freakishly annoying talent of being able to fall asleep anywhere.” Professor: “Well then sit up at the table, what are you going to do, magically end up asleep on top of it.” Amanda: “Don’t underestimate me, I slept on a laundry room counter once.” Professor looks at her like she has three heads…

WHEN TALKING ABOUT A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC: Megan: “Dude, my parents would shit a brick if I did that…” Amanda: “No….your parents would shit a brick house.”

WHEN TALKING ABOUT HITCHHIKING: Amanda: “I honestly think it’d be fun to hitchhike, but I really don’t want to get raped.” Megan: “Well, if both of us went hitchhiking together…would we still get raped?” Amanda: “Yes, Megan, we would…hitchhiking is not an option.” Megan: “But why?” Amanda: “Because I can’t save both of us from getting raped. You become useless at the first sight of fear and I might be small and mighty….but I’m not *that* mighty!”

WHEN WORKING AT THE VET LIBRARY, A GROUP OF STUDENTS WAS WALKING OUT THE DOOR: Vet student: “No, the strippers at lunch and the dinner strippers are completely different….so it doesn’t actually count.” Ummm, what?!?

WHEN TALKING ABOUT FUTURE CHILDREN NAMES: Kyla: “Well Amanda will have to name one Marilyn because she worships Marilyn Monroe.” Amanda: “No, Megan worships food, but that doesn’t mean she is going to name her kid that.” Megan: “Yah but I could name them after food adjectives.” Amanda: “Like Crispy, Crusty, Chewy or Juicy.” Kyla: “Exactly if you named one Juicy you would never have to worry about them finding their name on a pair of pants.”

WHEN KYLA WAS PUTTING ON HER JACKET AND SHE ALMOST KNOCKED BABY JESUS OUT OF THE NATIVITY: Megan: “Kyla!! Be careful!” Kyla: “What? I’m just helping him move out!” Megan: “No, Kyla, they don’t move out until they have to flee to Egypt and that can’t happen until after He’s born!!” Kyla: “Well…I’m giving him a head start.”

WHEN SITTING IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THE MATERIAL THAT WILL BE ON THE FINAL: Megan’s lab partner Lauren: “Well, I guess we should just invest in a lot of crack now so that way we just don’t sleep until the final is over.” Megan: “I do know some sketchy people we could ask…” Lauren: “yeah….cuz that’s healthy….”

WHEN WATCHING THE FOX AND THE HOUND: Megan: “Oh yeah, psh, cuz that definitely looks real…” Andrew (staring at her like she’s crazy): “You’re watching an animated movie!!”

WHEN MEGAN AND KYLA WERE PICKING A MOVIE TO WATCH WHILE STUDYING: Kyla: “What do you want to watch?” Megan: “Uhh, something light.” Kyla: “…like salad light?” Megan: “No….more like yogurt light.” Kyla: “WHAT?!?” Megan: “Well you know, yogurt has things like protein and anitbodies and substance…salad is kind of a filler. We should watch a movie with a bit of a plot line but not something too intense.” Kyla: “uh-huh…..well, what about fast and furious or pirates?” Megan: “Nooo, fast and furious is more like a chicken dinner….pirates is like yogurt though.” Kyla: “WHAT?” Megan: “Well, Pirates has substance and is a little intense but it’s still funny….Fast and Furious is way too intense…so it’s more like a chicken dinner.” Kyla: “Right….Pirates it is…” Megan: “See, now Inception would be like a Thanksgiving dinner…” Kyla: “Oh geez…I can’t do this anymore.”

WHEN LOOKING AT PICTURES OF CUTE BABY ANIMALS: Megan (voice going up about 3 octaves): “OOOHHH! It’s a baby hippo! It’s sooo cute!! And it’s all covered in salad and slime…..aww.”

WHEN STILL LOOKING AT BABY ANIMAL PICTURES: Amanda: “Awww, baby panda. I just want to (makes bouncy motion with hands)…I feel like baby pandas would just be so bouncy.”

WHEN *STILL* LOOKING AT BABY ANIMAL PCITURES AND A PICTURE OF A BABY WALRUS CAME UP: Megan: “It just looks so old…” Amanda: “Like Benjamin Button.” Megan: “I feel like it needs a caption above it saying something like ‘I just pooped’.

WHEN AMANDA WAS RIDING IN HER SISTERS TRUCK: Janci: “Crap there are cops everywhere.” Amanda: “Jancz you know you could try actually driving the speed limit, then they won’t pull you over.” Janci: “It doesn’t matter they are out to get me.”

WHEN AMANDA WAS WEARING HER SLIPPER BOOTS: Janci: “Hey how are you still able to wear your? Mine fell apart!” Amanda: “I don’t know, did you wear them outside a lot?” Janci: ” Nooooo it’s probably because my feet are crooked.”

WHEN MEGAN WAS SITTING ON THE COUCH TALKING TO HER MOM: Megan: “Mom…where do baby carrots come from?” Mom: “Well, when a mommy carrot loves a daddy carrot…” Megan: “No, Mom, that was a serious question.” Mom: “….I don’t know how to give you a serious answer…go google it or something.”

WHEN AMANDA’S FAMILY STOPPED AT A MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN SEATTLE TO EAT DINNER AFTER DRIVING AROUND FOR AN HOUR TO FIND A PLACE: Amanda: “Look Dad they have a fish section on the menu, you can have seafood after all.” Dad: “No now I’m took irritated, I need beef.”

WHEN TALKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS: Andrew: “Yeah, but those are going to be stuffing stockers.” Megan: “Oh, got it, that makes sense.” Andrew: “Wait…did I say that right?” Megan: “Uhh, I think so…” Andrew: “Nope….no I didn’t. It’s definitely supposed to be ‘stocking stuffers’.”

– Amanda