I love living in Thailand. And quite honestly, there’s not much that seems all that ‘weird’ or ‘different’ to me at this point. Adaptability is a prized strength of mine and I do my best to take full advantage of it.
But, every once in a while I have a, “I don’t live in America anymore” moment.
Rainy season has been filled with a series of those such moments.
I’ve never lived through a rainy season before; they definitely have their perks.
For one, the hot, hot heat of Thailand has really cooled itself down. It’s now raining pretty much every night, which has led to wonderful sleep and fan-less night and consistent running water in our house, and well…
ok, it’s mostly just the cooling effect the rain has that I love. But, I love it oh so much.
But, with the perks, there are also the downsides:
-drying laundry has become rather…difficult
-I hardly ever want to get out of bed when it’s time to go to school in the morning due to the rain
-motorbike riding in the rain is not my favorite thing
-and then there’s my afro-puff.
But, it’s neither of those that I want to talk about today. No, no. The biggest ‘downside’ of rainy season has most definitely been the woodland creatures that have taken refuge in our house.
Now, I say, woodland creatures, and one may picture something like this:
Those, however, are not the woodland creatures that I am speaking about–no deers or squirrels here. Nope. By woodland creatures I mean bugs.
bugs everywhere bugs.
The amount of mosquito bites currently on my body is record breaking.
I opened my laptop the other day and out crawls… a cockroach. Tracy gets in the shower, and over her foot crawls… a cockroach. I move my fan to the other room, out from underneath crawls… a cockroach.
my personal favorite…
the flying termites that invade any and every night after a rain:
this is real life.
they get into our house and I do this:
I don’t mean to–but, I cower in fear because of these nasty, flying bugs. I have this (maybe irrational) fear of them getting stuck in my hair and never being able to get them out again.
This fear causes me to look a little more like the Arab part of my family…
Then, there’s the woodman spiders. Nasty ‘ole things.
These delightful things are found at the most wonderful times… like, coming out of the sink drain while brushing your teeth, on the bottom on the bottle of water that you just picked up, or just hanging out on the wall…you know whatever.
And it really doesn’t matter how ‘harmless’ I know they are and how they eat all the fore mentioned bugs that I hate so much and how they don’t want to eat mmeeeee, but I can’t keep my mind from going here:
(spider pictures from here)
But, oh… the woodland creatures inside our home don’t quite end here.
The newest addition to our home–a Tokay.
We’ve had a family of them living outside of our front door for sometime now, but as mating season has ended and their offspring are ‘grown’ now, the male and female have parted ways and one of them took up residence on the inside of our house.
Honestly, this one bothered me the least…
During the day time we never saw him.
At night time…I would see him (the giant thing) if I got up in the middle of the night to go the bathroom—but I would just pray and go back to bed. The amount of small geckos in our house was gradually decreasing, along with appearances from the giant spiders. It couldn’t be thaaaaaaaaat bad. (Of course, completely disregarding the fact that these ‘geckos’ are known to be vicious…but also having no idea what to do about it…)
That all changed today as the Tokay made an appearance in daylight.
We tried to capture the whole experience on video, but it’s mostly just shaking shots of the walls with Tracy, Geshem and I screaming as Caleb is forcing the Tokay out.
I write all this to say, I don’t live in America anymore and I’m a huge pansy when it comes to bugs and (apparently) lizards and I don’t know what in the world to do about it.
Lord help me.
I just went outside to turn on the well…because, apparently our ‘always running water’ wasn’t running…and was greeted by both a Tokay and a woodsman spider. I thought it kind of humorous…in the ironic kind of way.