Night Terror

May 21, 2009

I was having a dandy of a night typing away at your guest posts when I hear a “dinka dinka dinka” and look to my right to see a HUGE ROACH on the shutters!! ARGGGGGGGGG!!

Instinct: Head straight to the garage shelf for the killer.

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I got him once. No luck.

Flutter. Flutter.

Heard him again. Spotted him on the top ledge. GOT HIM!

Waited 15 minutes shaking, listening to fluttering. Thought he was dying.

He emerges, barely unharmed!

He climbs the ceiling (HOLY CLAUSTROPHOBIA!)

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I scout out my escape route through the kitchen, grabbing my camera so I can blog upstairs.

He lowers to the wall, to the baseboard. GOT HIM AGAIN!! REALLY GOOD!! Drenched in the stuff.

(Now, I will say, I feel horrible killing any creature, but the came into my territory. I never kill things in their natural habitats. Just stay outside please!)

Finally after several laps around the room, he dies in the fireplace.

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OH the trauma! He was a big’in. I just hope there aren’t any more…. It’s been 2 years since I’ve seen a live roach in this house. Now I’m going to be tip-toeing around corners again.

This afternoon I went to run some errands and timed my snack with a stop into Great Harvest to see Matt!

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I had a taste of Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip with some peach jam

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And I couldn’t resist a bite of Almond Scuffin!

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And promptly spoiled my appetite for dinner!

Matt had to be in bed by 8:30 so he requested an early dinner. I hate making dinner when I am not hungry though! I decided to sip a virgin cocktail to make it more fun:

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We ended up eating separately – him at 6:45 and me at 7:30 when I finally got a little hungry.

I can’t share this recipe though because I am saving it for the Mushroom Channel if they need another – it was good! A mushroomy, greeny soup.

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We make a lot of thick soups, but every now and then I love a good brothy one.

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I ended the meal with one of my aunt’s secret oatmeal cookies from the freezer.

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Ever since I’ve been working on these guest posts. It’s going to be a really fun week while I am away!!!

(Gah, my iPhone just buzzed and I jumped a mile in the air!)


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1 Help Meghan Run May 21, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Ahhh! I *hate* roaches. But I killed one myself the other day (with a shoe…I need to get some of that spray) and was very proud. :) WW cinnamon bread looks amazing!

www. HelpMeghanRun .com


2 Victoria May 21, 2009 at 9:52 pm

That sounds utterly terrifying. I show no mercy when creepy crawlies enter my habitat.


3 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

ahhhhhhhhhhhh roach!! scary!!! Good for you for getting him!! Yikes!!

The Great Harvest Bread looks so good!!
Great idea with the virgin cocktail- ery summery!! MMMM

Have a great night!!


4 Ellen @ Peace in Motion May 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm

ahhh roaches! there was one in the staircase of my dorm freshman year… I didn’t take those stairs for about a month!


5 amanda May 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Kath, I also am terrified of roaches, i know this sounds terrible but if you spray them with hairspray it kills them sometimes faster then with the bug spray. And they are kind of frozen so they cant run away! I know it sounds horrible but it works. :)


6 Christina May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm

you’ve had quite the assortment of uninvited visitors in your house lately – this experience definitely sounds like the worst one yet!


7 Angelea May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm

This made me laugh out loud! :)

For any bugs in the house, I have to spray them and then I vacuum them up. I can’t even hit them with shoes or pick up dead carcasses with a tissue.


8 Samantha May 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Ugh I hate roaches! Never dealt with them living in Ohio now my husband is stationed in Louisiana and we get them all the time! Yuck!


9 Biz319 May 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I am the same with any bugs – can’t stand them! Then my husband and step-son try to scare me!

I did, tonight, kill a wasp that somehow got into my house, so I am proud of that!


10 Bec May 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm

eeekk such a scary critter!


11 Christina MINDFUL LIVING May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Matt’s job seems cool! How cute that you went to go visit him!


12 Heather May 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm

EEeeks!! What is up with all these creatures around your house!? It’s like you’re starting your own zoo of creepy creatures! 😉

That soup looks so amazing! I love a light, brothy soup when I’m not overly hungry, but still want something to fill me up! YUM!


13 spicygranola May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I have an ant problem at the minute. The annoying little ones that make your skin feel creepy crawly…tho maybe that is just me.


14 Jenn ( May 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I can’t stand insects! I feel really bad killing them though. 😕 I usually make my husband put them outside lol. :roll:



15 Erin May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm

See, that right there just goes to show why those bastahds have survived millenia on this planet. Asteroids, Ice Ages, Volanic eruptions. Your spray ain’t got nothin on them.

Just sayin…



16 Oh She Glows May 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm

haha omg your roach story was hilariousss!! We used to get them when we lived in FL…NOT fun!

Hope you arent as jumpy tomorrow! lol.


17 Cammy May 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I am a biologist and love most critters (I am a Gilbert fan), but I admit, roaches even freak me out. I don’t mind seeing them in the lab, and the hissing ones from Madagascar are cool, but they are not welcome in mi casa. I had a problem with them when I first moved into my apartment a few years ago, and my dog would eat them occasionally, it grossed me out to no end.


18 Kristina May 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Oooh, I really hate roaches!
Have you seen “Annie Hall”? If so, you know the spider episode; if not, there is a funny spider episode. I can actually handle spiders (they don’t freak me out), but I *hate* roaches!
BTW I went to Davidson ages ago. I feel old now. Damn!


19 Kiersten May 22, 2009 at 12:31 am

Don’t you just love how the roaches come out in Charlotte as soon as it gets warm? We’ve had a few of them too in the past few weeks. My cat is having fun chasing (and killing) them in the middle of the night. Yuck!


20 meagan May 22, 2009 at 12:45 am

ugh, i know how you feel about roaches. this is gross–but i had -two- crawl on me at my employers house in one week (last week!). they aren’t dirty at all! very clean, but they have tones of foliage + texas summer = roaches. gaaah. i can’t sit still in their house anymore. everytime my hair moves across my shoulders i whack myself thinking it’s a roach. uuuuuughhh.


21 Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 22, 2009 at 1:10 am

The one thing in this world that I am terrified of more than anything is roaches. I seriously have the chills and feel like I’m going to throw up right now. My dorm room in college had roaches the size of cats. Cripes, I feel sick!


22 Leah @ Simply Fabulous May 22, 2009 at 1:21 am

Ah, I hate roaches!! Seriously they freak me out.


23 Shannon (The Daily BalanceO May 22, 2009 at 4:28 am

good riddance to that roach!!! soup looks delish! 😉


24 Alison May 22, 2009 at 4:57 am

I take the same approach to killing anything that comes inside my house. I figure I’m just altering their evolutionary course as appropriate…. creatures that stay outside live. Creatures that come inside die. The smart bugs that see what I do to their little friends who come inside will high tail it to the nearest possible exit and therefore will live. Survival of the fittest! (But of course any bug that smart is probably watching me and plotting to avenge it’s little friend.)


25 Debbie May 22, 2009 at 5:37 am

The mushroom soup looks delicious. I hope you post the recipe sometime.


26 Michelle Hisae May 22, 2009 at 5:45 am

I was just curious – Are you still accepting guests posts? Or all you all full? Thanks!


27 Elizabeth May 22, 2009 at 5:59 am

Ugh, I wish buggies would stay outside! We’re dealing with a pretty big ant problem right now.

Not food related – but where did you get your black & white chairs? I LOVE them!


28 Katharina May 22, 2009 at 6:13 am

In this post, when I came across the part where you did your errands in timing with your snacktime to visit Matt… I thought that was so cute! It’s funny the little things you do to be around someone you love :)


29 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 22, 2009 at 6:33 am

AHHHHH ROACHES!!!! Oh my god I would have freaked out. You are brave!


30 Stacey May 22, 2009 at 6:59 am

Haha. That is how I feel about misquitos, once one bites me I am on high alert for others! I hate bugs!!!


31 teresa May 22, 2009 at 7:06 am

I wonder if you brought him back from your recent trip. I haven’t seen one that big since I lived in Charleston, where they lovingly referred to them as “palmetto bugs.” I kept telling them they were roaches, and they kept telling me they weren’t. Whatever….it looked like a HUGE flying cockroach to me, but what do I know? I hated them with a passion.


32 JENNA May 22, 2009 at 7:10 am

Yuck, I hate bugs!! i would freak out seeing a LIVE roach! Your soup looks really good!! :)


33 Abby May 22, 2009 at 7:16 am

I’m not going to even touch the roach subject–DIS-gusting. Even after you kill freeloading insects, (or small creatures, as that one appears to be) you still feel like they’re walking around stalking you. I hate that.

Anyway, your Great Harvest buns you have with salad always look so grainy and good! I found out there’s one in the area, but when I went there, they only had a couple kinds to choose from and they were rather small (honey wheat and white, I think.) What kind of rolls are they exactly?


34 brandi May 22, 2009 at 8:08 am

gah, I hate big roaches! it does seem like they never die :)


35 Sarah May 22, 2009 at 8:11 am

Eek! I hate bugs and roaches and I’m like you, if they are outside I will leave them alone, but come into my house and scare the bejesus out of me and you’re a gonner! 😉 Happy Friday!


36 CaSaundra May 22, 2009 at 8:20 am

Yuck! I would have literally dropped dead before I even had a chance to kill that roach–you have some craaazy visitors in your house/yard/garage! hahaha take care!


37 melissa May 22, 2009 at 8:35 am

Ugh! I hate roaches too. The last big one we had here was terrifying: It flew towards me!!!!! Actually, maybe it was a water bug, which kind of looks like a roach. I tried to vacuum it up, and it was so strong, it resisted being ucked up and fell off the computer desk where it had landed (after flying at me), and skittered away! I finally got it by using bug spray. Sometimes ya just have to do it!!


38 Katie May 22, 2009 at 8:43 am

A few random questions…

1. The gym I go to has a lot of women who are very concerned with their body image, sometimes I am not so sure about their overall health though, including mental. Anyway, many of them have been discussing doing a monthly cleanse, eating clean as they call it. Have you heard of this and if so what does that mean exactly?

2. Also have you read if diet soda can lead to weight gain, simply by water retention and bloating? I am wanting to give up the habit, but also am needing some healthy alternatives so I don’t feel so deprived to start.


39 Jess May 22, 2009 at 8:48 am

I hate those bugs! They’re disgusting and I completely FLIP when I get near one. Your dinner looks really good!
<3 jess


40 Melanie May 22, 2009 at 8:52 am

Do you have any exterminator come regularly? We had one come once a month when we lived n FL. They do help keep the roaches away.


41 Chelsea May 22, 2009 at 9:16 am

Ew. I hate roaches. I can live with a lot of bugs, but any roach in my house has to die.


42 Gena May 22, 2009 at 9:18 am

Woman, they seem to be the bane of your existence lately! Way to face the battlefield.


43 K May 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

Oh my gosh – I don’t blame you at all for killing that THING! Ewwwww!!!! I laughed at big’in because I definitely say that in real life 😉


44 Jess May 22, 2009 at 11:24 am

Yesterday I found a Great Harvest in Austin. It was a tiny little place! I can’t wait to try it when I get back from vacation.


45 Kath May 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

amanda ,
I’ve done that before!! It works – but I don’t have hairspray. I’ll have to get some and double attack :)

Angelea ,
I don’t even like to vaccum them because their body goes through the tube – and my hand!

Kristina ,
Go Wildcats!

Alison ,

Michelle Hisae,
If you send me one in the next 2 hours I’ll get it up :)

teresa ,
Yes, this was probably palmetto – HUGE. Shutter about bringing it home in my suitcase…

Abby ,
I think they may be Matt’s invention :( But you could show your GH and do a special request!?

Katie ,
I think “clean eating” just means eating as many whole foods as possible. A “cleanse” is probably some strange detox that is totally unnecessary for our bodies that have livers, esp. if you eat healthy!

Try seltzer water!



46 Katharina May 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Hey Kath,

an interesting point you brought up about the detox. I think I agree with you. Someone once brought up this extra point to me, why deplete your organs? What you should be concerned about is SUPPORTING them. :)


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