?

Log in

current entries friends' entries archives about me Previous Previous Next Next
TGIF. Seriously. - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
TGIF. Seriously.
I bought a bag of chex mix and brought it back to my desk just now. As I walked into my cube, I pulled the bag open. Apparently I don't know my own strength today. The bag tore apart and chex mix exploded all over my cubicle.

I took a kleenex and started picking up the larger pieces and putting them into the kleenex. I internally debated the validity of the "five-second rule", and wondered if I could extend it to 15 or 20 seconds or so. I had a lot of chex mix to pick up.

To be "safe", I started picking up my favorite pieces (the non-pretzels) first, so they would qualify. I'm eating them anyway. If I die tonight, you can blame my cleaning people for not vacuuming enough.

After I picked up all of the large pieces and laid them aside, I carefully tried to pick up all of the tiny pieces and crumbs, so I could throw them away. Somebody once confessed anonymously in my journal that they occasionally empty the paper punch onto the floor, to make sure that the cleaning people vacuum the area. I am wondering if I should do the same tonight.

I have a fear of ants. Well, not a fear of ants exactly, but I have a fear of leaving food somewhere and attracting ants. I have never seen an ant in this building, but that doesn't mean they won't come if too much chex mix and other such crumbs are left on the floor.

This fear extends from my college days, when my mom sent me a wonderful care package one Easter weekend; it was filled with homemade cookies and hershey kisses. I ate a couple of cookies, then it was time to go to class. I set the package down next to my desk, grabbed my books, and off I went.

I returned several hours later with a friend of mine. The package was swarming with little tiny ants. I was horrified; I was literally sick to my stomach to see something that had filled me with such joy just hours ago now ravaged and ruined. My friend, I don't remember who, was nice enough to mostly take care of the problem for me. I was too distraught to want to touch it.

We used my dust-buster to vacuum up most of the ants, and we rescued a few of the hershey kisses that we still fully-wrapped in foil. Everything else, the box, cookies, and contents of the dust-buster, we tossed in the hallway garbage, away from my room.

Since then, I have been careful about never leaving food or crumbs on the floor. I still have a horror of turning my head for just a moment and finding the floor teaming with ants again when I look back -- especially here in the office, where the carpeting is exactly the same kind as I had in that dorm room.

(In other news: My nose is doing better. At an unrelated doctor appt yesterday, I was pitied as I perched on the examination table sniffing and sneezing away. She gave me a bag of Zyrtec samples. I tried one this morning, and now I am significantly less stuffy than I was this morning. I hope it keeps working!)
read 15 comments | talk to me!
Comments
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 23rd, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
zyrtec is a godsend. i've done the allegra thing, the claritin thing, and i've been doing zyrtec for over a year now. i LOVE LOVE LOVE it (:
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: July 23rd, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I internally debated the validity of the "five-second rule", and wondered if I could extend it to 15 or 20 seconds or so.

This rule of which you speak.. I think I remember it from before my Ren-aissance Worker days...

I'm kidding... mostly...

>;-D
polaron From: polaron Date: August 1st, 2004 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
From my memories of the Renaissance Festival....

If you drop a Turkey Leg into some mud, and pick it up after five seconds ?

It's not worth eating. Even if you scrape off the mud ;)
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: August 2nd, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
You actually ATE those?!?!?!?!?

>;-D
polaron From: polaron Date: August 2nd, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was young, and foolish.

I didn't know any better ;)
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: July 23rd, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your Chex Mix story cracked me up! I can totally see myself looking around and then just eating them if no one saw me pick it off the floor.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 23rd, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I did just that: I looked around to see if anybody had noticed! Surprisingly, nobody did.
stillriver From: stillriver Date: July 23rd, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Something similar happened to me once.

I bought a bag of bagels to the office once. I was miserably late and decided to buy bagels and blame the imaginary slow woman in front of me in the line for me being late.

So, I put the bag in the front seat of my car and the bag flew on the floor when I was turning. All the bagels ended up on the floor and I could not pick them up right away, since I was in the freeway. I was afraid I was going to kill everyone in the office. But they survived my treacherous bagels.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's really funny! Glad everyone survived. (: I seem to have survived the chex mix....
juliebata From: juliebata Date: July 23rd, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ew! Ants!

Once, Whump and I left some dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Actually forgot about them for a couple days- during ant season! When I opened it up, of course there were thousands of ants enjoying the spoils of our poorly-rinsed dishes! Ants don't bother me as much as, say, spiders, but Whump had a huge fit of the heebie-jeebies, and slammed the door shut. We ran the dishwasher about three times! That killed and rinsed away most of them, but we still found a few clinging to the bottoms of the plates. No big deal, I mean, they were clean, right?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ew! Ants!

eeeew, major yuck. Yeah, that would have totally freaked me out too. Ants singly or in pairs don't bother me, but swarms.... *shudder*
From: caneprints Date: July 24th, 2004 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I was laughing just now as I read your story because a similar thing happened to me not long ago. I had bought one of those huge bags of Fruitfuls candy they sell at Costco. As I opened it, the bag wripped right down the middle, causing half of the candy to fly in all directions throughout the room. My sighted friend and I thought we had picked them all up, but just last week when I was cleaning my room in preparation for the treadmill, we moved a bookshelf and found two more pieces, one more by a vent, and another one behind a tote bag I had against the wall. Luckily, although we have had ants here, they didn't seem to think it was worth the trouble to expend their energy trying to unwrap the candies when there were easier foods to come by.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that the worst feeling, when you feel the bag ripping and the contents scattering, but you're helpless to do anything about it?! Glad I'm not the only one!!
mindgames4one From: mindgames4one Date: July 24th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will never forget our first stach of doughnuts left in the microwave, down in Florida at our timeshare. We always kept leftovers (that didn't need refrigeration) in the microwave... old habit-- so the cats don't get them-- even though the cats weren't with us. Imagine my TOTAL DISGUST when, the next morning I opened the microwave to a literal SWARM of ants all over that box of doughnuts, both inside and out. I was so totally disgusted, I almost lost my lunch! We went to the office right then and there and put in a request for them to start supplying some type of tupperware-like piece for storage. (They like to hear suggestions for improvement, at timeshares.) Frankly, I can't believe they didn't have anything in the first place!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohhhhh....YUCK! That's freaky too, because I thought microwaves kinda seal shut. To keep all the waves in and such. **shudder**
read 15 comments | talk to me!