Thursday, June 19, 2008

Not at all what you're looking for in a coffee creamer

So yesterday I went to put creamer in my coffee. It's a large container, and was almost used up, so I knocked what I could out of the little spout and then unscrewed the top so I could pour the rest in.

What possessed me to look into the creamer before doing that? I don't know. I guess I wanted to see how much was left. And sitting in the bottom, knee-deep in creamer and with the flyaway powder lodged in every crack and crevice, was a large, friendly cockroach, waving its little antennae at me.

How long had it been living on (and pooping in) my creamer? I do not know. But I'm pretty sure I need a new creamer-storage system.


Bob June 19, 2008 8:48 AM  


And - ugh.

Also? Ick.

And I bet the cockroach wasn't even purple, was it?

Anonymous June 19, 2008 10:55 AM  

Maybe that cockroach passed on some of his indestructible DNA to you via the creamer.

Brave Sir Robin June 19, 2008 11:33 AM  

best argument yet to switch to black coffee.

Seriously, Eeeeeeewwwwww.

Jennifer June 19, 2008 11:40 AM  

Not so indestructible after all. I left it till morning cause today is trash day and I'd rather dump it in the garbage, tie up the bag and put it out than dump it out and squish it on the floor.

And by morning it was dead, or nearly so.

And all I have to say to Brave Sir Robin is this: there's worse ways to go than Death by Creamer.

Black coffee? **SHUDDER**

pidomon June 19, 2008 12:03 PM  

makes me glad I drink diet soda instead of the coffee

Erin June 19, 2008 12:28 PM  


I now have a major case of the heebies on your behalf. Blecch.

Dad June 19, 2008 2:41 PM  

Reminds me of the time Mom spent three months with you some years ago. We were writing back and forth frequently (this was before e-mail) and in one letter she pondered whether she and I might eventually think about retiring there.

She said, "But there are some things I won't miss when I come home. One is, finding cockroach caca in the bottom of the silverware drawer and trying not to think about how it got there."

(Please note, this is not a slam at Costa Rica. Today we had the exterminator at our house. For cockroaches.)

gabi June 19, 2008 7:27 PM  

If it does that to the cockroach, imagine what it's doing to you..... ;)

Jennifer June 20, 2008 9:00 AM  

Well, Gabi, I do generally ingest rather than inhale it. I'm assuming this was a straightforward case of insect asphyxiation.

Bob June 20, 2008 10:52 AM  

I'm assuming this was a straightforward case of insect asphyxiation.

Now there's a phrase one doesn't hear every day.

(deleted comment above be mine, edited to correct gross errors in grammar and word usage)

gabi June 20, 2008 2:05 PM  

Yes, of course, they have breathing holes in their abdomen.

Coffee creamer.... I remember back in the olden days my father's lab had a room between two labs for the techs and grad students to chill and maybe make a coffee and read Playboy magazine!!!.... sexist and smoking olden days... Anyway, there was always a jar of Carnation Instant Coffee Creamer. I loved that stuff. I'd sneak a teaspoon of it whenever I'd be in the lab on weekends or at night when my father was working.

The best way to kill a wasp is hair spray. Same effect as the coffee creamer except faster.

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