Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stoned in the parking lot

Got your attention? :)

So yesterday I went grocery shopping. As I was unloading my cart into the car, a wasp came over to see if I'd bought anything good.

I am not a fan of wasps. Or bees or house flies or anything that goes buzz right as it goes past my ear and makes me jump. So I tried to shoo it away, but it would not be shooed. Perhaps it was the same wasp who ruined my outdoor sit-and-work session at the nearby Starbucks and it was there to apologize? Okay, perhaps not.

But anyways, it wouldn't leave me be, and it was still dancing around my cart's handle when it was time to drive it back to the cart corral. So I didn't want to hold the handle, in case the wasp touched me, but I hate people who leave their cart littering the parking lot and I won't be one of those people.

A plan struck me, and I pushed the cart ahead of me and let it roll, then pushed it again, making sure each time that I wasn't anywhere near the still-hovering wasp, until I got to the corral, where I then nudged it into place.

But the wasp, maybe aware that I was about to run away, landed on my arm!

In my best dignified fashion, I threw my arms around and scurried away, and the wasp decided to stay behind. Hurrying back to the car, I kept brushing at my arms and I actually muttered out loud, "Don't touch me."

That's when I saw the sweet old lady standing by her car staring at me in a "I've dialed 9 and 1, don't make me do the other 1" kind of way.

Not stoned. Not covered in imaginary spiders. Just afraid of wasps and a little paranoid. I was going to try to explain it to her, but I figured it would just make things worse so I drove home snickering to myself. (Which, now that I think of it, probably looked weird too.)

Oh, well. At least I didn't get stung!

You may notice two things:

a) I haven't been posting daily. I missed one day because I forgot until I was about to fall asleep and I wasn't going to get up to post, and then the whole chain just fell apart. I am working on a philosophy of "no berating myself", so I won't apologize or beat myself up. I'm back now, though!

b) I've turned off the comments field. This doesn't mean I'm not interested in your opinions, though, so feel more than free to email me through my profile. I've noticed that a lot of my favourite blogs don't have the comments enabled and I'm going to try it myself and see how it works for me. If it works, or doesn't, for you, email and let me know.