Saturday, July 9, 2011

An Unwelcome Guest

Yesterday, as I went to put some paper in the printer, the corners sort of flipped up a bit. I smoothed them, and reinserted the small stack more carefully and it slid in evenly. I then hit the "Print" button so as to print a couple of things I needed. What I wasn't expecting to see pop out with my printed documents was a massive spider. But lo and behold, racing out of the printer slot like a horse being let out of the gates at the Kentucky Derby was a big fuzzy brown spider! I screamed and jumped back because I'm sort of squeamish and silly like that. I first thought my 8-legged friend might be a baby tarantula because he was so big (2 1/2 - 3 inches from back leg to front leg), but it turns out he was just a really big wolf spider and he really liked being in my printer. We caught him under one of Lincoln's plastic cups:

Wolfy, our printer's local arachnid.
Don't hope to be seeing more of his kind any time soon - especially not charging out of my printer!


  1. I think it is funny that girls exaggerate just a bad about the size of spiders, as guys do about the size of fish they catch. Unless that cup is 5-6" wide, which I seriously doubt, there is no way that spider is that big. But, I did really enjoy this post!

  2. Katie - You're right! I measured the cup lid and it's only 3 and 1/8 inches in diameter. But Wolfy really was big!! (Just 1 1/2 to 2 inches front to back leg? With a thick meaty body?!) Hehe. You've definitely earned the right to think my (and every other girls') spider exaggeration story is funny, because I'm pretty sure none of us are cool enough to host a black widow(s) in our house as a pet(s)!

    You're pretty much amazing. I like your new blog too p.s. :) Thanks for the comment.

  3. I've started to appreciate Utah more because it's too cold for big bugs!!



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