Stop With The Creepy! Stop With The Creepy!

I was industrious today—did three loads of laundry and put at least seven away (the other four were on the chair in my bedroom)—and was feeling very accomplished I stepped into the shower. I got all clean and shiny and slathered myself in my delicious Bare Essentials Optimism cream lotion. Mmmmm.

As I was running around getting dressed and picking up towels, I glanced down and nearly jumped out of my skin. Ants were crawling up my fucking leg. Covered. Ankle. To knee. They apparently loooove the orangey goodness of Bare Essentials Optimism cream lotion.

What the hell were they doing in the kids’ bathroom?? Don’t answer that. I suspect it has something to do with the rainbow sherbet I cleaned off the toilet seat last night. *sigh*

At least the Pied Piper guy is here to see about the rats. I showed him the corner above my desk where they’re nesting, so he’s up there now. He really doesn’t sound all that different than the mice. Except for the crunching of snail shells, that is.

GAH I keep feeling phantom ants crawling on my shoulders and neck! *runs, scratching, from the room*

0 Responses to Stop With The Creepy! Stop With The Creepy!

  1. buzz July 13, 2005 at 11:15 am #

    Oh god!!  Now I’m starting to itch like crazy!!  AAAUUUGGGHH!!!

  2. Mindy July 13, 2005 at 11:55 am #


    This would be a post, but I seem to have locked myself out of my blog.

    You see, I was investigating the SQL error we all keep getting, and it turns out that the unique member ID and password that was cited in the error message was mine. Lordy. Thinking it would be a smart thing to do, I logged out to see it that helped. Now it won’t let me back in, AND it keeps throwing me that error.

    So. Can you all let me know if you have stopped getting that error? Because that would be progress. I may never be able to post again, but at least you can read archives in peace.

    Thank you. *bangs head on wall*

  3. The Sean Connery July 13, 2005 at 12:07 pm #

    Did you put the mayo away and clean the dishes? Just wondering *cough*

    Yes, I still get the error…in the comments too.

  4. Gail July 13, 2005 at 1:22 pm #

    I’m still getting the error too.

    And that ant thing is really gross.  I hope the rat guy can take care of them too.  I’m starting to feel a little better about my cat using the entire house as her litter box.

  5. Amy July 13, 2005 at 2:03 pm #

    Between this and Mac talking about earwigs eating her cabbages my skin is crawling.  I’m one bug story away from doing the flappy hand dance.

    If it’s any consolation (and I know it’s not), one of the cakes I had made for Em’s birthday last weekend seemed absolutely irresistable.  To the ants.  All.  Over.  The.  Cake.  I nearly cried.  I noticed it when I started icing it.

  6. mac July 13, 2005 at 2:03 pm #

    Not getting the error anymore (5 p.m. pst) but curious that in comments of one other blog I frequent (Eschaton) other bloggers were complaining about being locked out of their blogs, too.

    Sun spots?

    (secret word: plan.  Do you have one? Does anybody?)

  7. Amber July 13, 2005 at 2:15 pm #

    *tsk-tsk* See what happens when you evoke the creepy!

  8. Rich July 13, 2005 at 2:15 pm #

    I got the error on my first try, backed out and hit the addy again and got in.  Then same thing on first try into comments… error, backed out, hit it again and got in.

  9. rose July 13, 2005 at 2:53 pm #

    I’ve been getting the error off and on for probably a week or so. And I thought it was me!

  10. Ozarkyn July 13, 2005 at 3:59 pm #

    Optimism cream? Does it work? Do they make it in a beer?

  11. sandy brown July 14, 2005 at 2:47 am #

    Just a note about the ants – not a permanent solution, but a good temporary one.  Distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, psssht psssht on counters or linoleum or siding, and they’ll stay away from it for a good while (in my experience three or four days).

    The blech-it-reeks-of-vinegar smell goes pretty quickly and (post-stench) vinegar is actually an effective odor eater and cleaner, anyway.  It’s better than constantly spraying chemicals all over places where kids or pets are running about, too.  Hope this helps!

  12. Ben July 14, 2005 at 3:34 am #

    Bare Essentials Optimism cream lotion

    Who comes up with the names for this stuff?

  13. Ben July 14, 2005 at 3:42 am #

    Oh, and no errors this morning (Thursday).  Wed. night I couldn’t reach your blog at all to comment (but read this post via RSS)

  14. Running2Ks July 14, 2005 at 4:55 am #

    (ok SQL, 5 time’s the charm)

    UGH and eeeeew!  I know there is a psychological disorder for feeling like bugs are crawling on you (or maybe that is drug withdrawal), but you aren’t paranoid if they are really out to get you.  I’m itchy just listening.  ORKIN MAN, take me away!

  15. terraglenn July 14, 2005 at 8:31 am #

    I wrote this really long and rambling comment and then got an error message when i tried to post it.  (probably for the best anyway). heh.
    as a side note, my word is “ill.”  And after the ENTIRE bottle of wine i drank last night, that is so fitting.  It was good tho.

  16. Mindy July 14, 2005 at 8:36 am #

    Tell me about it. We looked around the kitchen this morning and wondered, “Did we really go through two bottles of wine?”

    I said, “No, two bottles of wine and part of a pitcher of mojitos.” (Btw, Lee, I’m out of mix.)

    Ahh, the life of a teacher off for the summer and an unemployed person…

    My word is “wish.” I wish my head would stop pounding.

  17. mark July 14, 2005 at 10:37 am #

    glad to see you have time to pamper yourself your mystery man will appreciate it.


  18. cheryl b. July 14, 2005 at 10:39 am #

    Did you know that ants hate cinnamon? My grandma told me that and I immediately went outside and sprinked some on the little bastards to see if it was true. It is. Have you ever seen an ant jump? Very funny. Of course this probably won’t help much since they’re already in your house, but I bet the kids would think it’s fun.

  19. Melanie Lynne Hauser July 14, 2005 at 1:13 pm #

    For creepiness, try reading an article about the sudden increase in bed bugs in hotel beds, even in New York City, right BEFORE you go on a trip to New York City.  And then are unable to fall asleep for all the phantom bed bugs you’re sure you feel, and keep your roommate up all night by askin, “Do you feel anything?  Do you?  I think I feel something!”  (Um, not that that’s ever happened to me.)

    Hope the ants are gone by now!

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