Timshel

Dexter, our favorite exterminator, came back! He showed up at 9am this morning with no warning! But that's ok because it was Dexter. This was the same guy who came when the roaches were at their worst and in one half hour visit he eradicated those suckers by laying out poison pellets and filling all the holes. He is nice and smart and knows what he is doing. Best pest guy in New York.

He taught us this morning not to keep too many plastic bags below the sink because roaches like to lay their eggs in them. So spake Dexter.

He put a poison pellet for the mouse behind the stove and then laid out a sticky trap and left us several more to put down in other spots. He says the mouse will eat the pellet and die but we want the sticky traps down so we know where he is when he perishes. Also, there was not one but several dead mice behind the stove in one of those mouse trap "houses" from before we moved in.

I'm afraid the mouse is going to eat the poison and then come run out and hang with me and die at my feet.

I just ran a load in the washer and it didn't break on me!!!

I finished East of Eden and SPOILERS I was pretty close with my guess from this blog post!!!

Oy yo yoi I hope one twin doesn't kill the other to fulfill their biblical destiny. (They won't because of that quote Lee said 'Thou mayest...' something something)

One twin indirectly was responsible for the other's death and when he begs his father for forgiveness, what does his father say (as the very last line in the book)??? "Timshel!" The Hebrew word in the bible which means 'thou mayest' and ties into the whole theme of free will despite your parentage and background and the past mistakes you've made. YAH NAILED IT.

[T]imshel--'thou mayest'--that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open.[...]Why, that makes a man great, that gives him stature with the gods, for in his weakness and his filth and his murder of his brother he has still the great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win.

Fun fact: I would have been named Cal if I was a boy. But not after Cal in East of Eden (the twin who lives.) Because my parents saw it in some movie credits and both liked it.