so, as promised, The Hill is Home featured my spiders question on their blog today. besides completely freaking me out (a mama spider crawled in and laid eggs during the winter?! get out mama! get out!), it seems like we may be able to do something about it.
see the answer here, in the Ask Nichole segment. Thanks Nichole for the help!!
in other news, our apartment is starting to come together ever so slightly.