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makes waterboarding look like a gentle tickle-fight

Last week I was running some errands while Maya and I waited for her glasses to be made at the optometrist.


All the cutes, that’s how cute.

So we are in the car driving back to the optometrist and I feel a tickle on my arm and you guys, I JUST KNEW.

I JUST KNEW IT WAS A SPIDER.  Like Kristin Bell just knew there was a sloth in her house, I JUST KNEW THERE WAS A SPIDER ON MY BODY.  In case you need a reminder, I don’t like spiders.

But I didn’t want to freak out the little girl in the backseat (although who am I kidding, she is about nine times tougher when it comes to bugs than I am) and also, I was driving in heavy traffic with no place to just pull over and handle this– so I convinced myself it was not a spider.  Just a hair, Brianna, I mean seriously, how could a spider get in the car and then on your body, haha, you’re such an L7 Weenie.

And that actually worked until a half-mile later when I felt a tickle on my ribcage and looked down to see this

running up my side towards my face, which it obviously wanted to eat right off.  It ran up my ribcage, across the boobs, over my shoulder, and down my back.

Oh my God, oh my fucking God there is a spider running all willy-nilly over my body while I am navigating a two-ton, flammable metal object, one that is also carrying my daughter, through a moving network of other large, flammable metal objects.  There is absolutely nothing I can do in this situation except shit my pants and call it a day, right?

I kind of wiggled the best I could and Maya wanted to know what I was doing.  “There is a spider on me,” I didn’t yell, an accomplishment for which you can send cookies to me directly.  And Maya, ever so helpful and informative, replies, “Oh. Okay. Maybe it’s a tarantula.”


Now I am in the middle of a left-hand turn.  I cannot see nor feel the spider moving on me, but I know it’s there, waiting for a clear shot at my jugular or perhaps down my throat where it can lay eggs that will eventually burst through my stomach.

I’m squealing noiseless squeals.

Spider decides to make a break for it and shoots from between my back and the driver’s seat, across my hip, and down into my crotch.  I saw my opportunity and took it, and people, I killed that spider with my ass.  Here is a horrible visual for you:  me, hands in a deathgrip on the steering wheel, maintaining a cool 50 miles-per-hour, bouncing and grinding my ass wildly on the driver’s seat, squealing and sweating and all this with an innocent child in the backseat.

I know.  I KNOW.  I don’t even have tinted windows.

I did this for the remaining two-mile drive to the optometrist and when I finally stopped the car in the parking lot, I took a deep breath and got out.  It was dead.  My ass ground that spider into dozens of pieces.  I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD OF YOU, ASS.  I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT HERE IN FRONT OF EVERYONE.

I was shaking and sweating and cursing and yes, I know this was a gross over-reaction to what is just a bug, but you know what?  Forget waterboarding, or electric shocks, or phone books, or whatever other torture method those types of agencies are using nowadays– Spider On You In A Car While Driving In Heavy Traffic should be THE go-to interrogation tactic.  Your prisoner will absolutely be willing to share all the details within seven minutes of the spider being released onto their person while driving, or you can smack my spider-killing ass and call me Shirley.




  1. Ohgodohgodohgod!

    And spiders don’t even usually bother me. But ON MY BODY WHEN I”M DRIVING AND CAN’T BRUSH IT OFF GAAAAAAAAAH! You totally under-reacted. The’d have had to remove me from the resulting eight car collision with a frikkin spoon.

    You? You are a hero.

  2. Total win! You’re far more controlled than I. I would have put that bitch in reverse and slammed us all into the house that hell built.

    • sarcasmically says:

      I cannot tell a lie- I absolutely thought about just speeding up and driving into the side of a semi or something. I LOVE YOU KID BUT MAMA HAS ARACHNOPHOBIA.

  3. Can’t breathe. Laughing. Also a supplicant to your quick thinking under extreme duress and your Ass Of Death. So awesome.

  4. omg omg omg omg omg omg OMFG

    The story I always tell to fellow veterans of spider-trauma is about the time a black widow CRAWLED UP MY ARM MERE INCHES AWAY FROM MY BABY.

    As you can see, I have many reasons to be in therapy.

    The glasses, though! THE GLASSES.

  5. You are truly an American hero. High fives to you *and* your ass.

    • you wanna high five my ass? I WOULD LET YOU. but only you.

    • Also, your daughter has awesome all over her. Those glasses are 200 kinds of cute.

      • sarcasmically says:

        aw, I’ll tell her you said so. the next day at school she stood in the middle of the playground and yelled “EVERYONE LOOOOVES MY NEW GLASSES” and it just made her day. trying to convince Norcross to vacation in NC this summer 🙂

  6. Yesterday my friend mentioned on the phone that she saw a spider on the wall.

    In Atlanta.

    And I almost dropped the phone and started screeching at her to make it go away.

  7. First of all, your girl is adorable in those glasses.

    Now, I could barely read this for fear of vomiting all over myself from feeling my own phantom spider crawling on me in sympathy. I cannot have a limb outside the covers at night because I am certain a spider will crawl on me while I sleep. (They don’t crawl on faces, just so you know, so my head is safe. No really, I choose to believe any spiders in my house have facial phobia.)

    How you managed this is a feat I think surely qualifies you for Mother of the Year. It also gives me great reason to eat an extra rice crispy tonight because a large, broad ass might be my best line of defense one day. You are living proof.

  8. So, I have this thing about not killing spiders because bad luck in China or something. I’m weird.
    But, then again, I totally freak if one is ON ME. Or if it is clearly a dangerously poisonous one, like the black widows that hung out under the vert ramp at the skatepark where I worked.
    Was it a tarantula?

  9. Hahahahah …. I love the spider thing because that’s totally me, with bees, and spiders, and roaches and … I had a big-ass roach crawl ACROSS MY FACE while I was sleeping one night so there’s that. We hired a professional the next day, but I didn’t sleep for weeks.

    Also, your daughter has officially achieved all the cutes. Those glasses are killer.

  10. Dr. Tūls says:

    Legendary. You, and your ass. 😉 thanks for the laughs.

  11. Oh gawd, You are my new hero <3

  12. Nine months later and 1300 miles away, this story is enough to bring me THISCLOSE to a case of the screaming heebie-jeebies. Which, in an office setting, would be kind of awkward.

    So… thanks for that.

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