“Bug juice comes from who you are!”
Ugh, anyone else remember the show Bug Juice?! I’m pretty sure I still have it recorded on a VHS in my parents’ attic somewhere.
Sadly, today’s post is not about Bug Juice— although if you know why Eve left camp, please let me know because thirteen year-old Becca is still alive and well in my heart, and she is dying to know.
Ok, let’s get to business… I want to talk about bugs.
Why are they everywhere?!
Today’s post was actually inspired by Christine’s arachnid foe named Derek. After reading about Derek, I left the following comment:
I’m sure none of this comes as a surprise. I’ve discussed my fear of small creatures with too many legs before.
However, there have been A LOT of bugs in my life lately. Mostly spiders.
A couple weeks ago, I had this conversation with my friend Mary:
(WARNING! Big, gross spider ahead!!)
Gross. But, at least he wasn’t at my house.
Then, a little over a week ago, I discovered two– let me repeat that, TWO– giant ass spiders living on my home.
One was in the back yard, living on the garage. He ran away every time Husband tried to kill him, then disappeared completely. (Which, really, is worse than knowing where he is.)
The second one had made his home stretching along the gutter at the front of my house.
Once again, Mary and I had conversation about our fear of spiders.
That was Thursday morning. Then:
Husband killed spider #2 Friday morning. He used a brick.
Twelve hours later, I met the spider mentioned in my comment to Christine, above.
Here’s how I handled that one.
That’s what I get for trying to keep my floors clean, I guess.
(In case you’re wondering, the spider did not come out. I think I did kill him. I sprayed A LOT of Raid.)
The following day, we went to a football game. My husband and I, and our friends were casually hanging out, having a couple beverages prior to the start of the game.
I was obliviously gabbing away– Husband’s words– when Husband leaned forward to grab something off of my sweater.
Oh, what was it, you ask? I’ll give you one guess.
Yep. A SPIDER. A spider had been crawling along my shoulder, and I’d had no idea!!!
Husband allowed the spider to crawl along his hand for the next few seconds, until I jumped out of my chair and ran away.
And then, when I was leaving for work yesterday morning, I noticed a glimmer out of the corner of my eye. I hovered just inside the door and craned my neck around its edge to confirm what I already suspected: it was a spider web.
It was raining, so I opened my umbrella and stuck it out (to break into the spider web before me); I looked to my right and the web was still in tact. I cautiously stepped out and locked the door, then gave the house a wide berth as I walked forward a bit. Then I saw him.
(Husband did not murder Giant Spider. When I got home from work, he was still there. I came in an alternate door to avoid him. At the time of publication, Giant Spider is alive.)
Here’s my point guys: why are the spiders following me?! How do I make it stop?!
Husband is always saying to me (usually as I meekly ask him to smoosh an eight-legged beast), “Why do you go out of your way to look for them?”
Because they are constantly following me, that’s why!!
Alas, this has been a lifelong struggle (just ask my dad).
One night when I was in high school, I was snug as a bug in my bed, trying to go to sleep, but I kept feeling something tickle my leg under the covers.
Of course, I immediately thought it was a spider, but I talked myself out of it– I was overreacting. I kicked my legs to rid the tickle.
However, the tickle persisted, so I finally got out of bed, turned the light on, and whipped the covers back.
Guess what? IT WAS A SPIDER!!!!
For the next year, I kid you not, I checked under my blankets for spiders before I got into bed.
And my husband wonders why I’m always on the lookout…
SOS. I have to go to work now, and Mr. Giant Spider is still living outside my door.
Are you afraid of spiders? Tell me I’m not alone!!