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Sharing My World Week 37

Before I kick off Sharing My World (courtesy of Cee at her photography blog), let me tell you about the spider in my house last night.

It was HUGE. It was so big that it was nowhere near my line of sight and I still saw it. Its hideous eye stalksΒ were bigger than most spiders in their entirety. It barely fit in the glass. When I threw it outside it made a big noise when it hit the bushes, it was THAT BIG.

It must have taken 30 years to reach that size. How have I not seen it before? How many more are there? Please tell me they don’t hunt in packs.


List three pet peeves.
People who drive really slowly around corners and then when the road opens up and straightens and I finally have a chance to overtake, they accelerate away. Then when the road narrows they’re suddenly there again. Why are you slowing down now? Because there’s a sign which says “Slow”? It doesn’t apply to you, you’re ONLY GOING FORTY.

People who don’t clean up after themselves in communal areas because “someone else will sort that out”.

People who put the toilet paper on the holder in “underneath mode” (see final question).

Obviously these are trivial, but the question said “peeves”, not issues which make me want to grab someone by the throat and scream “WHAT THE HELL”.

What makes you unique?
Nothing about me makes me special, but everything about me makes me unique.

What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?
I really have no idea. A big lottery win? Maybe a meal with the family, which is all sorted for my upcoming birthday. So that’ll be nice πŸ™‚

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?
Over, obviously.


The one on the left isΒ clearly incorrect

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    September 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I love the fact that even though it sounds like the spider from a horrible B-movie, you still captured it and set it free.

    That’s awesome about the upcoming birthday plans.

    Your pet peeves just reminded me, the people who speed up to pass you on the interstate (fine, I’m only going 80 in a 70,I’m too slow)… Who slow down once they get back in front of you. My commute is practically NASCAR without all the left turns.


    • September 21, 2014 at 8:04 am

      I’m not a spider-squasher. Every single hair on my body was standing up, though πŸ™‚

      We get people who go all out to get past during my commute. It’s rush hour, people! They get 5 metres ahead of me and then they’re in the queue again. Waste of time.


  2. Gilraen
    September 21, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Did you not know that spiders grow when you look at them? Seriously they do! πŸ™‚

    My pet peeve is people that pass a door and stop as soon as they are in or out blocking the entrance/exit for everybody else. People do the same when they come of escalators. Most annoying.


    • September 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

      I did wonder, it did seem to get bigger and bigger the more I stared wide-eyed at it.

      I hate that about doors and escalators too. Especially escalators, it’s not like you can stop and ask to get past!


  3. September 21, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Draliman, we have them too..ground spiders. I think they are called ground spiders, because they can’t climb up to the wall, because they’re to big and heavy. You did some excellent job to escort him outside. The only thing is…they always come in pairs. Granny always asks them to leave, because of me…she says, better you leave now, before Binky sees you and they go. You can try it next time πŸ˜‰ Pawkisses πŸ™‚


    • September 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

      “Pairs”, you say? So there’s another one here somewhere?
      Oh hell 😦

      Maybe this one crawled in through a window and his mate is outside. That’s what I choose to believe πŸ™‚

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  4. September 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Ali, I do the same with spiders. I learned that from my dad as he’d never kill a spider. We have spiders here that jump. So far I’ve left them alone and they’ve left me alone. They’re not very big, but seem to like being close to someone. Either that, or they’re trying to figure out out to capture me. I saw a spider scare himself once. He came down in front of the mirror. It was hilarious.

    I don’t know why some people put the toilet paper on in the under mode. It must have been learned in childhood from a parent who did it.. Maybe they should print directions on the package for replacing the roll. It’s a big mistake to take for granted that everyone has common sense.

    People here drive like there’s no tomorrow. For some of them there won’t be. They drive two-wheelers on sidewalks here. Sometimes a rickshaw will swerve onto the sidewalk to get around traffic jams. The death count from traffic accidents is like a plague death count.

    This is always a well-written and enjoyable read. πŸ™‚ —Susan


    • September 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      It sounds like the pedestrians on the pavement (=sidewalk) are also in mortal danger.

      As long as a spider is miles away from me and not too big, I often go for a live and let live approach, as long as they’re not in the bedroom – I’m scared they’ll crawl over me in the night. They probably do anyway, but I’m okay as long as I don’t know about it πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you enjoyed my answers!


  5. September 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    That was just the itsy bitsy spider that climbed up the water spout. You should see it’s bigger brother!


    • September 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Heh, there’s no way anything bigger would fit in the water spout πŸ™‚ It’s probably waiting for me to open the door…


  6. September 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I agree. The one on the left is clearly wrong!

    Love the story about the spider! You’d probably hear me screaming all the way from the next county if I saw one as big as the one you saw. And it thumped, too, as it hit the bushes? Shivers!


    • September 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      It took me a while to calm down after that little scare 😦
      After I chucked it in the bushes I slammed the door as fast as possible!


  7. September 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I like your uniqueness answer. Yes toilette paper is suppose to go over never under.


  8. September 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I hate spiders…Yuck.
    I got a smile reading your answers this week. Thanks for playing.


    • September 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Spiders freak me out, especially ones that size!


  9. AJ
    September 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Speaking as someone who worked as a chambermaid at the Munich Sheraton Hotel, I get the loo roll peeve completely! I read something the other day about how huge the spiders in the UK are this year, all you can do is hope they don’t reach the proportions of the arachnids in Harry Potter…. πŸ˜‰


    • September 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      I read that too – apparently it’s due to the very warm weather we’ve had all year. I knew there had to be a downside to all the warmth and sunshine.

      Whenever someone replaces the toilet roll at work “upside down” I switch it over. Though it’s a miracle if they actually replaced it, to be honest.


  10. September 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Water spider. Probably crawled out of your drain. I once had my life shortened by at least 20 years when one of them crawled out from underneath a dock on a lake in which I was swimming. The guy I was with picked up a 22 and shot it. That was when I realized what all those holes were in the dock. And why he carried his gun to the lake. I decided I’d just as soon not swim anymore, thank you. Those guys get GIGANTIC and HAIRY and BLACK. Yuck.


    • September 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      If I had a gun there’d probably be a hole in my wall πŸ™‚
      Right, time to block up all my drains.


  11. September 21, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Ali, sorry you didn’t get to post a picture of that monster in your house. I am very politically incorrect on the subject of spiders because I will squish ’em every time. They terrify me, but I know that if I throw them out they will do their darnedest to get back in – its a time of year thing. On the toilet roll subject, speaking as the nominated toilet roll changer in our house (approximately 1 every day in our high consumption household) there is only one correct way and that is with the end hanging over the top away from the wall as per your photo. I would suggest for added clarity that you superimpose a green tick on the correct image and a red cross on the incorrect method, y’know, for the American audience. πŸ™‚ (Do I really need to add that I am just joking?)


    • September 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      I (briefly) considered taking a picture, but it was on the move and I didn’t want to risk it going somewhere I couldn’t reach it while I was fiddling with my phone. I do live in fear of it coming back in!
      I’ll be sure to add a tick next time for added clarity πŸ™‚


  12. September 22, 2014 at 6:03 am

    As always I read the comments, you’ve great friends in here. Suddenly a room full of blood thristy writers saves spiders. Why? Spider killer comes in spray cans, vacuum’s suck them up, books mash them, I’ve no understanding of a room full of spider huggers.
    Are they endangered?


    • September 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      I do have great friends here! And we only write about killing things, we’re softies really πŸ™‚ Though sometimes when I’m feeling lazy they go down the toilet. I didn’t think this one would flush, though, he was that big. And I didn’t have time to dig out the vacuum cleaner, he was on the move! I have one of those bag-less vacuums – for ever after I’d be able to see him whirring round 😦

      I didn’t know you could get spider killer in a can!


      • September 24, 2014 at 6:58 am

        Yes, I keep one can upstairs and one can downstairs. I’ve no understanding the saving of a spider, they squish so well. Bigger the spider more blood and goo.
        I went to roll under for a few years when my boys were very young. The over roll seemed fascinating to them and they were so proud of themselves I couldn’t do my normal Mommy yell.


        • September 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

          I don’t want blood and goo all over my nice walls!
          Nice story about your kids, made me smile πŸ™‚


  13. September 22, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Good LORD, that spider sounded hideous, truly made me jittery just reading about it…hate that!! The fact it made a sound says a lot about its size…
    Agree on all the peeves – when the toilet paper is placed that way it just feels like people are disrespecting me, my time and my intelligence…just don’t!
    ~ Andrea ❀


    • September 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      I hate big spiders.
      Votes for “over mode” toilet paper are conclusive!


  14. merbear74
    September 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Holy shit, that was a big spider. πŸ˜›


  15. September 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    AAAARRRGGGHHHH!!!! I just had to scratch all over after reading about your spider! It made a sound when it landed? *hugs self, rocks back and forth*


    • September 24, 2014 at 8:01 am

      I still get the shivers thinking about it 😦


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