Bugs and Tears

June 22, 2009 at 1:41 PM 14 comments

It’s the start of the week again, and I’m back in my desk after a less than relaxing weekend (thank you, comprehensive exams — which still aren’t finished by the way). Anyway, welcome to “Not Me!” Monday – a chance for everyone to be brutally honest about what they have not been doing this week. Head over to MckMama‘s blog, My Charming Kids, to see what others have not been up to this week!


I have been noticing relatively small spiders around the window area in my office lately. It’s not that big of a deal – I mean, I don’t like spiders, but I can kill the little ones without freaking out. Yet another little black spider was climbing around on the blinds by my desk on Friday, so I removed a shoe and swatted it. I’m pretty sure I missed it, but I peered under my desk to see if I could see it and give it one more quick stomp. Immediately, my attention was drawn elsewhere. The largest spider I have ever seen in person was inches from my knee on the radiator. Ew. I did not get increasingly more upset to the point of “freak out tears” and end up running outside to seek help in killing the spider. (And by seek help, I do not mean find someone else who would kill it without my help.) The only person outside was one of our cleaning ladies who only speaks German and Turkish. I did not beckon her indoors and plead with her to kill the spider, and she did not squish the spider with the tip of her flip flop and wipe the bug guts on the carpet below my chair…where I put my feet for 8 hours a day 5 days a week.

Yesterday I noticed Béni was chewing on something, which typically means he has gotten some paper or a small bit of clothing in his mouth. Generally, we try to remove it before he swallows. I pried his mouth open and began to pull a slender black thing (looked like dark wood) out from the side of his cheek. When I got it out of his mouth, I inspected the foreign object closer and discovered it had antennae. It was a bug! I did not proceed to scream the most girly scream I’ve screamed in over a year and run through the house (still screaming) to the bathroom where the screams turned to tears while I washed my hands. Nope, not me! Oh, and even if it did happen, it would not have excited Béni so much that he ran circles around me the whole time. (And my husband most certainly did not laugh at me.)

This past week, I was not even just a tad bit over emotional (thank you, hormones) and I did not have a complete break down after trying to get past the security guards to our apartment. Early last week, they had an issue at the gate where part of it broke so people could not enter the housing area without driving around and coming in a back gate. When the guard told me this, I did not start to get upset. By the time I turned around and was heading back to the main road, I had not gotten so upset that I was bawling. I did not call John in tears and say “I don’t know how to get home.” I am not that pathetic.

Ok, that’s it (thank goodness)! I did not have a very bug and tear-filled week!

Oh, and by the way, there’s something severely wrong with living in a place where it’s 57 at noon in mid-June. Brr.

– Sarah


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  • 1. purejoy  |  June 22, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    ohmystars, i almost peed my pants over your post. i could feel my skin crawl as i relived your disgusting bug encounters. me + spiders = heebyjeebies. for real.
    you’ve been under a lot of stress! exams, MOVING (get me a straightjacket, that’s how much moving stresses me)and arachid-wrangling?? yikes on a stick!! i’d freak for sure.
    so i hope this coming week is critter-free and beni chooses to get his protein intake from the dog bowl!

    • 2. osarah  |  June 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM

      Thanks! Beni has been much better this week. We have started letting him sleep on the floor by our bed (we used to kennel him). It’s so freaking cute (except when he whines at 4 am for not apparent reason). As for everything else being a little more stress-free, it was a no-go this week. Things went nuts at work. Oh well! At least I haven’t been bored!

  • 3. Chelsea Hurst  |  June 22, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    That sounds rough, girl!! You need a big bowl of ice cream.

    • 4. osarah  |  June 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

      I took this to heart. I have had a bowl every night this week. Double chocolate brownie or something like that… yum.

  • 5. Leah  |  June 22, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    lucky for me i have a house full of boys who dispose of all the bugs! I hate ’em!

    • 6. osarah  |  June 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

      Me too! Yuck!

  • 7. Amanda  |  June 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    O gross gross! I hate bugs. My dog Charlie, when he was a puppy, did the same thing…only is was a mouse. He trotted up to me all happy and I wondered what was dangling from his mouth. BLEAH!! I freaked out. My husband laughed. And I ran Charlie over to the fountain to get his mouth washed out. Gross gross.

    • 8. osarah  |  June 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

      Ewww! I would have had the same reaction!!

  • 9. Keri  |  June 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    I am right there with you on the spiders!! I can’t stand to be in a room with them. And if I see one in the bedroom before I go to sleep….don’t even go there! Thanks for your Not Me Monday!!

  • 10. Stefanie  |  June 22, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    I hate when dogs eat bugs-so gross!
    I hope you were able to get home quickly-I probably would have cried too!
    Hope the weather warms up soon!

  • 11. Elyse  |  June 22, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Sounds like you need another day to recover! I dispise comprhensive exams as well!

    • 12. osarah  |  June 25, 2009 at 7:10 PM

      Yeah…just 5 more days until they’re due! Yikes!

  • 13. purejoy  |  June 25, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    i know you’re so busy, but i couldn’t leave you out! i nominated you for an award on my blog! hope you’ll be able to take a minute and play along.
    hope the exams are going well (although that sounds almost like an oxymoron!)

    • 14. osarah  |  June 26, 2009 at 9:46 AM

      Wow, thanks! I will head over there now and check it out.

      As for the exams…eeeh…I’ll just be glad when they’re over.


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