As many of you have probably read on Dan’s blog, I am feeling a bit under the weather. I was feeling very under the weather until a day or two ago, when I started on the antibiotics that the doctor gave me. Now I am feeling quite lethargic but at least am able to get out of bed for longer then 15 minutes at a time! The doctor instructed me to stay home until Friday, which gives me plenty of resting (and blog updating!) time.
Now as some of you may have noticed, this blog is a part 2 of the previous one. However, I want to talk about a NEW kind of visitor that we’ve been “lucky” enough to have, and that is an influx of wall spiders. When we first moved in there were a few, and we got rid of them, and then we wouldn’t see one for a week or two at a time… and then something happened. I don’t know WHAT happened, but I seriously think a wall spider gave birth in our house, because I’d say we see 3-5 a day now. Another explanation is that the mosquito numbers are rapidly increasing, and the spiders prey on mosquitoes, but we don’t have MOSQUITOES in our house, so I don’t know why the spiders seem to think our house is an ideal place to take up residence. Dan is generally the spider slayer, so being at home alone sick with all the wall spiders isn’t exactly the pinnacle of fun for me. There I am, just minding my own business, trying to look for a paper or maybe a tasty snack, and what happens?? The creepy, crawly (not so itsy-bitsy) spider comes darting out of whatever I’m rummaging through, and inevitably manages to elude capture… and by capture I mean certain death.
I should mention that our guide at Etosha told us that Namibia has the most diverse bug population in the world, and I should also mention (if you haven’t picked up on this by now) that I am terrified of bugs.
This makes my current environment a bit less than ideal, considering NOTHING is safe. About a week ago I went into the kitchen to get a yummy cookie (yes, I love tasty snacks) and after I had retrieved said cookie, I prepared to devour it. However, I noticed a piece of the cookie had broken off, and I didn’t want to just leave it in the bag! So I looked inside the bag to get the delicious remains, and what did I see but TONS of little bugs crawling around inside the bag. I then took a moment to examine my cookie, and sure enough there were several little bugs crawling around on it. Needless to say, we put all of our opened food into plastic bags, and that seems to have solved that problem. Then the other day I made us some macaroni and cheese (like from the blue Kraft boxes) and noticed after I poured the macaroni in that several little bugs floated to the top of the boiling water. The only thing we could figure is that the bugs are small enough to somehow crawl into the box through one of the small spaces that the glue didn’t seal off.
So there you have it, we’ve gone from volunteer teachers to involuntary Fear Factor participants on a meal to meal basis!