Friday, September 12, 2008

Arachnophobia

I certainly don't consider myself one to freak out over the occasional bug or spider and will usually grit my teeth, grimace, squash the thing and then run like lightening to the toilet. Last night was a serious exception. After a long day of work, yoga, and med-wives meeting, I came home at 9:30 with this greeting me in my bathroom.


I may have had my first panic attack. Is it just me, or is this a baby trianchula? Of course, Ryan is out of town and I'm all by myself. Luckily I have several friends in my complex so I started calling them, hoping one of their husbands could hurry over and remedy the situation. Of course, their husbands were all off studying, but a couple of my girlfriends came rushing over for support.

After they saw the magnitude of this creature and realized I wasn't just being a wimp, they set off for help. Finally, we stopped this poor, random guy who was on his way to a poker game and apparently lives below me, and asked him if he would kill it for us. I think when he saw it he was a little taken aback, but at this point there were three girls watching and waiting for him to save the day, so he rose to the occasion like a champ. The girls didn't watch and gathered at the other side of the apartment, but it sounded like a battle zone in the bathroom as random joe took off his shoe and went to town.

I am still haunted and continue to hallucinate spiders in ever corner of my apartment. How did that thing get in here? We're on the second floor! I love the East coast, but I am not a fan of the colossal, creeping, creatures that live here.

18 comments:

Wendy Weiler King said...

That is SO FREAKY! How big was it??? It looks like the size of your palm. I freak out over our normal sized crickets. I don't know what I would have done!

Karie said...

Gross! I hate bugs! I am glad that guy killed it for you. :)

Krainich Family said...

This is disgusting! I would have been freaking out too! I love that you asked a random guy to kill a bug for you. . . it probably made him feel really good about himself! LOL. Love ya girl

jonathan said...

Wow, that thing IS big. Is that its eye reflecting back at you in that first picture?

Lisa said...

yikes!!! that's ginumbo. was it furry?

Julie Broadbent said...

Definitely a trianchela! I would have gotten a hotel after that.

Ali Snow said...

Sick - but what a great post. That thing wouldn't even fit in the vacuum at home. How funny though that you had to get a random to kill it for you. You should have watched and taken a video of it.

mike said...

I have never like spiders although that one is kind of cute. I hate to tell you this but that arachno was pregnant. They can have like 300 babies.
Good Luck and sweet dreams.
Love Dad

mike said...

I have never liked spiders but that one is kind of cute. I hate to tell you this but that darling was pregnant. I think they can have like 300 babies.

Good luck and sweet dreams.
Love Dad

gr8mother said...

I think you should show this blog to your landlord and have the apartment sprayed for bugs. I'M TOTALLY SERIOUS remember, your landlord works for you

Mom

The Olson Family said...

I don't believe that, and of course Ryan was out of town! That's how it always works.
Hope all is going great for you two!

Mom said...

I really mean it Cheryl. Call your landlord! Dad just helped me realize how big that thing was when he pointed out the size of in in relation to your baseboard. YIKES

Mom

Kimberly Porter said...

ewwww, that's so gross! that's one thing that I don't miss about the east coast! but I do miss you!!! :)

Harley King said...

Quit being a sissy and just smash it.

Heather said...

Cheryl- that spider is crazy huge! I don't blame you for looking for help in killing it. I once found a copperhead snake (poisonous!) in my backyard when I was home alone. I called my neighbor and asked if he would come over and kill it. He was more than happy to do it, especially because his girlfriend was over and he could show off how tough he was in front of her.

-Heather Ross

Lynnette said...

HOLY CRAP! I don't think I will be able to sleep, and I only saw a pic of that ugly thing!

Haley Hiatt said...

I can relate to this story so well....wait, I was there...and I can attest to the monstrous size of that thing.

Anonymous said...

that is no Tarantula (you misspelled it bty) wolf spider..
and it is not gross give your selif a break!