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May 20, 2008

a centipede in my car!!!

When I arrived at school and opened the back door of my car at work this morning, I freaked out. There was a centipede crawling around by the edge of my back seat!

I did not have anything with me to try to catch it and did not know what to do. I foolishly tried using my sandal, which didn’t work. All that did was get it to disappear into a crevice by the back seat. I started to freak out even more. I was not going to be able to work until the centipede was caught. I went in, told the office about the centipede, and asked if any of the custodians were around. They are the saviours of our school. One of the custodians came out with metal tongs. We tried to take the back seat apart to find it but couldn’t figure out how to lift it up. Another custodian just arriving at work drove by and asked what was up. He parked his truck and came over to help. I told them to tear my back seat apart. Do whatever was necessary to catch that centipede. I was not driving that car again until it was out of my car.

They told me that it had to have crawled into a compartment under my seat. That was not good! They said they would spray bug spray. I was not that thrilled about the bug spray but I was desperate. They assured me that the combination of the bug spray and the heat would kill the centipede. I was not buying it. I have had experience with centipedes from my old school. The centipedes invaded our classrooms on a regular basis there. They are the most difficult creatures to kill. Bug spray was never effective. Luckily I had an assistant at that school who was always up for the kill. Each time we found a centipede in our class, I would scream, grab my kids, and move as far away from the centipede as possible while she would kill it. Basically I was no help at all.

So, I went back into the office to sign in for the day. I saw my walking buddy and told her that my worst nightmare had just happened and then told her about the centipede. She said that would be her worst nightmare also! Centipedes in Hawaii are not those little worm like creatures with a lot of legs. They are HUGE and thick and long and so so creepy. I would rather have a mouse in my house or car or even the creepiest spider or other type of bug in my car than to have a centipede. Most people that get bit by a centipede end up going to the ER because the pain from the bite is so severe.

I was able to go back out to my car around 10:30 to check out the situation. I opened the back door hoping to see a dead centipede. Instead, there it was, wiggling around, by the edge of the door. Once again I had nothing with me to catch it. I stupidly tried to get it out with my keys. Back it went under the rubber thing by the seat. I started to freak out even more. What if it stayed in the compartment and we never found it? I was seriously planning my overnight stay.

I couldn't concentrate on anything else. At lunchtime, I went to the office and asked if anyone had any chopsticks. With chopsticks and a plastic fork in hand, I bravely went back to my car and started to poke around by the rubber thing. I saw some legs wiggling. I let out a loud scream, held my breath, and somehow was able to get that centipede out of my car. I quickly jumped in the front seat, started my engine, and drove my car to the opposite side of the parking lot. My heart was racing. I was so relieved but still shaken up. I went back into the office to tell everyone how I got the centipede out of my car. My walking buddy asked me if I saw the second one. She said they usually came in twos!

Out of sight out of mind was my policy. I had to believe that there were no more centipedes in my car. The creepy thing is that most likely I drove all the way to work with the centipede in my car crawling around. Ewwwww!!! I hate centipedes!!!

May 21, 2008

the Hawaiian Centipede

Click here and here to see photos and read descriptions of the Hawaiian Centipede.

September 12, 2008

eek a bug!

We have been having some type of bug infestation in our classroom. Today, I saw signs of bug droppings (eeewww) on and around one of our computers. Between our computer table and our science center is a large rolling bulletin board which acts as a divider. As I was trying to figure out where they were coming from, I looked underneath bulletin board divider and saw a huge gross scary looking bug caught in a spiderweb by one of the wheels. I was not about to touch it in case it was still alive. I went to find the custodian. He followed me back to my room. I pointed out where the creepy bug was. He crawled under the table to find the bug and then began to laugh. The creepy bug turned out to be the plastic bug that came with our new little bug magnifier. They sure make realistic looking bugs these days!

the bug...

May 18, 2009


Last night I noticed a baby gecko doing laps around the top of my wall. I was too tired to try to get him so I just let him be. This morning when I opened my eyes, I saw him on the carpet by my TV. Again, I was too tired to move to get him. Geckos can be so fast. I knew in my half-awake state, I wouldn't have a chance to capture him. A few minutes later he disappeared.

After getting up, I went about my morning getting ready for work. Just before leaving my house, I went to brush my teeth and there he was sitting on the top of my brand new toothbrush looking up at me. I let out a blood-curdling scream. Now if I was a dedicated blogger, this is when I would have gone and grabbed my camera. Instead, I knocked over my toothbrush holder, turned the water on to try to drown him, grabbed my hair conditioner spray to try to condition him to death, and made a complete mess of my sink counter space.

I finally trapped him in a corner. He sat there staring at me with his big eyes. Again, I should have grabbed my camera. I could have captured a great photo. Instead I grabbed a bunch of toilet paper, scooped him up, and threw him in the toilet. I usually try to trap geckos and put them outside, but this little one crossed the line sitting on the top of my brand new toothbrush.

My heart was racing, I was late to work, and my bathroom looked like someone broke in and robbed my place. After cleaning up, I hurried out the door and was lucky to not encounter any major traffic, making it to work with ten minutes to spare. Just another Monday morning living in paradise :)

May 22, 2009

lizard outside my classroom

I took this photo yesterday of a lizard hanging out right outside my classroom . I am happy to see geckos and lizards outside. Just not on my toothbrush :)


March 25, 2010

surprise (take 2)

A couple of weeks ago, I did a post called surprise. I don't think many people got my surprise. I posted a bunch of beautiful hydrangeas (photos I took while in Stresa last summer). The final photo had an added surprise.

I am going to repost that photo here... Can you find the surprise?

While visiting the Mission San Diego de Alcala, I came upon another surprise. This time the little critter was hanging out on one of the statues in the courtyard of the mission.

July 3, 2010

"open"~ PhotoHunt


An open car...

An open mouth...

Two more photos of this cute little lizard I spotted in the orchid house at the Foster Botanical Garden on Thursday...


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