Last night’s dreams:
Mom and dad were staying at the house, but they were out for the evening. They left a Christmas present that I wasn’t supposed to open yet. I did, though, and saw that they had given me a wonderful high-tech laptop. I opened the box a little more and saw a letter and a check. I was trying to figure out how to rewrap it when I heard them come home. I looked up at the ceiling in my office (where the present was), and I saw two enormous black spiders (about the size of my fist). Their legs were blue with copper-colored ball joints. I shouted WTF? and lay down on the floor. The spiders, which had grown even more, landed on me. Dad went for help, but I couldn’t stand the thought of the spiders crawling on me so I jumped up. The cats decided to eat the spiders. I guess the cats were all right. I knew I would have to deal with the opened present at some point and then woke up.
I might have some clues about parts of the dream. I was googling insects yesterday in preparation for my research class. I spent a lot of time looking at insects. That doesn’t actually explain the dream, though.
These dreams actually occur in the morning, right before I wake up.