As I was drifting off to sleep Laine started screaming so I went in the room to calm her down. She woke up and told me that she couldn't go back to sleep because there was a giant worm coming out of a box. I told her it was just a bad dream and to hold her kitty and go back to sleep. She then said,
"I wish you would just trust me about it."
This made me feel nervous first, guilty second. Of course there wasn't a worm coming out of a box in her room (she regularly sees creepy things in the shadows) but I turned around to make sure, and so she would know I take her seriously. She was pacified enough and I went back to bed.
Everything was quiet and I was fading into sleep when I heard a very faint paper crinkle under my bed. I had been in bed long enough for everything around me to settle, that's why I was suddenly alert to the noise and didn't just dismiss it. Another faint crinkle and I sat up to hear more. I thought it was rodent of some sort. Eric woke up and asked me what I heard. I didn't hear the noise again but I decided to turn on my light and face the creature.
There was a spider on the floor next to my bed. It wasn't huge but it was big enough to crinkle the library receipt that was on the floor next to my bed. And big enough to make a popping noise when Eric smashed it between two spoons. While I went for the paper towel it crawled away, behind the mess of computer and tv cords next to my bed, so Eric yelled to get a spoon or something. Which I brought back with me. Eric had lost track of it and was going to leave it alone. Excuse me? I'm not sure why he thought I'd be able to sleep when a heavy footed spider was crawling about. We found the mini-beast pressed against the wall and the carpet behind the mess of cords and Eric jabbed at it with a spoon but he only got a leg and he couldn't reach his hand back to where the spider was hiding -- so I had to run and get another spoon which he used to pop the spider's guts out.
And then I went to sleep.