Does the title of this post turn you off? Does it make you think that since this is an uneventful day this post itself will be uneventful? Well, it should. Because the most I’ve got for you today is stuff about ants. I found them in my kitchen sink this morning and there must have been seven hundred of them. The ants here aren’t like the big ants that live in the States and that remind me of blackberries when I smush them (which is why I have a difficult time eating blackberries, since they remind me of smushed ants). These ants are nearly microscopic and they run faster than you can imagine. You’d be hard pressed to find an ant that can run faster than this Brazilian kind. They may have shorter legs than your mainstream ant, but what they lack in size they definitely make up for in speed. Ahem. They also like coming to school with me, favoring an American education over Brazilian, since I find them in my school bag in the morning, so it appears they’re interested in travel and languages. Who knew? Even killing them is interesting probably because I want to see if I can squish them before they run away. It’s like a game, really. They’re not obnoxious; mostly they just keep to their own territories–the kitchen sink, and, oddly enough, my computer. They’re quiet, they don’t complain, and most of them end up drowning overnight in whatever cups or bowls I’ve left out to soak (see: procrastination.) We co-exist peacefully, other than the occasional mass extermination by thumb, but I won’t lie when I tell you it makes me slightly uncomfortable to know I’m the girl who lives with ants. Ant Girl, or something like that. I’ve got ant sprays and anti-ant stuff, but these little things are resistant to it. They will scramble and crawl through a ten-second dousing of this spray and walk away like it was only a sprinkle of rain, not liquid intended to kill them. They’re pretty miraculous creatures. It would just be nice not to live with them.
And now, as we approach the end of this marvelous post, I’d like to remind you again of my subject title and thank you very much for your patience. Tomorrow, I’ll have something of more value than ants to offer you.*
(*= but there’s no guarantee. It will be Wednesday, and Wednesday is the second most uneventful day of the week, followed by Thursday.)