Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

I recently traveled and needed to stay in a hotel, as most of us do from time to time.  I make it a habit to check around the bed, mattress, box spring, head board, etc for signs of bed bugs.  Signs include, the bugs themselves, nymphs (baby bed bugs) and fecal spots (bed bug poop) which is easily spotted since it is digested blood and it stains.  See the pictures below for visible evidence of all of the above!

Bed bugs 2

I notified the front desk and they were very apologetic, of course.  They don’t want you making a big fuss, telling people or placing a law suit which now happens often.  The funny thing or not so funny thing about that night is that when I told them, they immediately offered a new room…I inspected the new room and guess what?  I found more evidence!

Bed bugs

Now most people would just run out of there.  But, I am somewhat of a bed bug “expert” so I know this is not uncommon anymore.  I accepted the third room of the night.  I completed another inspection and found the room to be clean.  Just in case, I placed my belongings in the bathtub for safe keeping, bagged my clothes I was wearing, and settled in for a good night’s rest.

I was a bit paranoid itchy at first, but it all worked out.  And in the end, they didn’t charge me for the room and said they hoped that was the end of it. (Code for “are you going to sue us?”)  I assured them that it was. (Code for, “as long as I don’t find any when I get home.”)

Bottom line is this…it doesn’t matter how nice the hotel is or isn’t.  Bed bugs feed on us, not filth.  They are hitch hikers and cannot be stopped.  Always check your mattress before bedding down in ANY hotel.  Enjoy your stay and, oh yea, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

One Lovely Blog Award

I am happy to announce that I have received my first blog award nomination.  A great big thank you goes out to clanmother for noticing me and awarding me with this nomination!

I understand there are three rules to accepting a One Lovely Blog Award:

Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you, describe 7 things about yourself, and nominate 15 other bloggers.

Seven things about me:

1.) In case you haven’t noticed, I like frogs and turtles

2.) I am married and a father of two boys

3.) I am one of five children

4.) I am a jack of all trades and master of none.

5.) I am a glass is half full person

6.) I like bugs, but not spiders.

7.) I promise myself I will stop procrastinating…tomorrow!

Thanks again to all who follow and read/view my blog!

Sometimes, work and life get in the way of having a blog

I have been less active on the blog lately.  It’s only a shame that I haven’t been traveling and gathering lots of great stories and photos to share.  Alas, I have been working and living life.
I notice some bloggers are stay at home while others are retired.  That’s great if you can pull that off.  The rest of us have to work.  Life, especially in the summer with it’s longer hours of daylight, also takes priority over having a blog.  So I take this time to say hello and then get back to doing all those things that need to get done.  In the meantime, here is a great line from a John Cusak movie.  Do you know what movie it is?
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”
Love it!

What’s your poison?

Don’t you love traveling and finding a new favorite beverage?  Or do you stick with your old stand by?  I like to change it up a bit, so I will usually ask what the locals drink.  Then, if it doesn’t sound good, I stick with a beer or a vodka drink.

So, what’s your poison or your plan when you travel?