Michelle 1, Wasp 0

Yes – two posts in a day!

Having typed this story out of Facebook, I didn’t want to lose it!

My morning so far. My husband is out.

I get up and there is a massive wasp in the living room. I’m allergic to wasp stings. We have had a visit once a day by these inch long death merchants for the last couple of weeks. Most have left of their own accord. I’m on my own. I’m sure Buddha would side with my actions.

I got my fancy dollar store electric tennis bat thing and had a few swats at it. That just seemed to fire it up into a frenzy. Not my intended consequence. Finally I knocked it out the air (no mean feat for me, of course) and it fell behind the tv, of course.

Then I had to decide whether to switch my chair off before trying to get it again. If I switch it off I’m safe from hitting the joystick by accident and running myself, the dogs, the tv over. If I leave it on, it’s ready for a quick getaway. I leave it on.

I zap it a few more times and I can just reach it, up against the wall, so I smack it a few times for good measure with the side of the electric tennis bat thing. (It is a wasp or Michelle moment. And what if one of the dogs ate it, and Ian isn’t here? And I’m not posing for a photo with it, like the dentist that killed Cedric the lion)

Finally I think I’ve finished it off. I call my parents. I spend the phone call breathless. I’m absolutely exhausted from my death tussle, and just hoping no anacondas come and get me or something before Ian gets back, because really, with the wasp, I’m done.

As I’m talking to my mum, I keep saying “I can still hear some damn buzzing in the background. It’s like it’s haunting me.”

I get off the phone and think that there must be a load of them outside waiting to come and find their lost compatriot. I get back into my chair to go to shut the back door, and just as I’m making my way across the living room carpet, I see the damn thing. It’s not dead! It’s managed to limp its way, dragging its body about 3 feet from where I thought I had finished it off!!!

So I wasn’t going mad. It was still buzzing. And it isn’t anymore.

I seriously think that makers of protective gear should research wasps and their bodies – because this thing was repeatedly electrified, hit from the air and smacked repeatedly by the side of the electric tennis bat thing and it still survived!!! But being squashed under a shoe (which I had to find) and then inspected, and squashed some more in paper towel did the trick.

The MS Society is promoting a new hashtag right now – #strongerthanMS. I have my own version. #notonlystrongerthanMSbutstrongerthanthewasptoo.

Almost a Year Old!

I started this blog last year at the end of May, when I had spent the month (MS Awareness Month in Canada!) putting information on my Facebook page. There was so much information that it was a shame to lose it, so the blog was born!

Throughout the years there’s been times when I’ve posted more, times when I posted less. Recently I’ve been on the road with the Winnebago, and really, there’s only so many times I can post that!

I’ve started doing the twice a month radio shows, so sometimes that has given me material to post, and other times it has just been stuff!

In preparation for this MS Walk I did #MakeMusictoendMS, which has been a lot of fun, so for the month of MS Awareness I’ve just been posting a meme a day, with little comment. Again, so that they’re not lost – here they are so far:

A woman slumped in a chair

I’m trying to be awesome today but I’m exhausted from being so freakin’ awesome yesterday

A minion

I’m not clumsy. It’s just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way

Upside down photo of a turtle saying OMG I'm flying

Optimism is the best way to see life

Kermit the frog

Have you ever sat down and thought, damn I’ve been through a lot of shit

A young woman gazing out to sea

Amazing things will happen if you choose not to be a miserable cow today

Winnie the Pooh with a blanket and a pillow

Oh boy! Oh boy! It’s nap time, my favourite time of day!

Photo of J K Rowling

Famous author J K Rowling lost her billionaire status because she donated so much of her money to charity

A chipmunk with a really fat face

Take Prednisone they said. You’ll feel better they said.

A handwritten sign on cardboard

I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about tha then I realized I am somebody

A poster that looks like a dictionary entry

Word of the day: Exhaustipated (adjective) too tired to give a shit

A photo that shows the entry of Oxford Circus Station that is full of people standing

Where do the disabled people go? Where are the people in wheelchairs?