Thursday, October 16, 2008

You Know Times Are Rough......

When your child has a pet stinkbug. Yes, a stinkbug. Are they all over the U.S. or just east coast pests? Well here in PA, we have them all over. Someone told me they came here about seven years ago from Japan. I don't know if thats true, perhaps I should try and google it. Google is super smart. Anyway they are buzzing little fly like insects that apparently if you touch and kill they make a stinky smell. I have never done this, but Marc tells me it's true. This is their time of year.
So instead of freaking out over them my very smart (FB-Rachel is.....smarter than you.) friend, Rachel decided to work as a team with them. You see she had been suckered into pet sitting way to many times for the most annoying dog on earth. Chloe. Ah, Chloe. Chloe was beyond annoying. Yapper, peed everywhere, just ridiculous. I did however feel sorry for it when Rachel's three year old would talk to it sharply and carry it around. Hannah can be scary. So finally Rachel says no more dog sitting. Hannah misses Chloe. It's so sad. Here's the brainstorm: a stinkbug. Somehow, and I still don't understand this but Hannah could wear Chloe in a cage on a necklace. Poor poor Stinkbug. Of course Chloe dies, but the beauty here (unlike Ollie) is Chloe's are a dime a dozen in your own house. And it's not a disease ridden pet store that makes Chloe die, just natural causes I think. There's always a Chloe somewhere. You can hear Hannah when you're in another room sounding very irritated and disgusted, "Chloe! Get off the tv" or "Mom!! Chloe is outside again on the screen. Chloe!!!!" So now every stinkbug we see is called Chloe. Do you know Chloe? Have you seen her? She's a clever little stink bug.

Okay, after I wrote this I did google it. Turns out it is only in Pennsylvania. There is a whole bunch of info on it and on the article it is called the stinkbug. Here's what Chloe looks like.
I totally warned you yesterday about this. If you're still reading, you have only yourself to blame. :)
This is for you Paris. I hope Cats is going well and that shot pit throwing.

Yuck, right?

12 comments:

MarkNYC said...

No comment other than just be glad you don't live in NYC, which is currently experiencing rampant bed bug infestation. Remarkably, I have--knock wood + cross your fingers--avoided them, but trust me, I'd play pet owner to a stink bug any day rather than deal with bed bugs.

Simple Answer said...

Huh. A pet? You wear it around your neck? Huh. All I can say is, I like the name Chloe.

Kathy S. said...

Chloe, the Stink Bug. Hmmmm. Mickey Mouse may finally have some competition. Hannah, can you say "Merchandising"? Chloe's Small World After All. Chloe 101. The Not-So-Suite Life with Cats and Chloe.......

christina Ludin said...

ok... i came close to death last night. i awoke around 1am after just watching the red sox beat the rays. if their comeback wasn't shocking enough what happened to me later was. i went in my bathroom to get a drink of my ice water i always keep next to my sink. in the dark i took a sip. i felt something on my lips and spit and spat like a crazy person. i think i did shemp from the 3 stooges and kept hitting my face. yes that's right you guessed it . A BIG SCARY SMELLY STINK BUG on my water glass. i am officially scarred for life.

Amy said...

Mark, yes I would take stink bugs over bed bugs any day of the week. I still remember when that note came to your door.
SA-I know, there's not much to say. Chloe is a cute name.
Kathy-You are very creative. I like it.
Christina- Oh gross! You poor thing. That is just vile. Damn that Chloe, Hannah wouldn't like that one bit!

Sue Jacquette said...

Oh Christina, I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Anonymous said...

We have been able to avoid the 'stink bug' phenomenon here in DC, but we had CRAZAZEE cicada infestation a few years back if that makes you feel any better. Are they really stinky??
Jen

Sue Jacquette said...

Mark, you are making me want to not visit my favorite city in the world

Lula! said...

So glad I finished my breakfast of pumpkin crisp BEFORE I read this post. Eww...gross.

And your hot brother is right...better a stink bug than a bed bug. For real.

jami~ said...

stink bugs are everywhere here, too. i had to brush one off the man in front of me at church last week. i mean, really, they could show a little more respect, right? i have never yet smelled the stink yet. maybe you could do some research into this subject and get back to me? hmmm? pretty please???

Anonymous said...

Juno,
I love Chloe! Honestly, listening to Hannah lecture her when she escaped (Hannah let her out) was one of the funniest things I ever had the pleasure of watching. It went something like this....
"Chloe, how did you get out?" Hannah is, just to give you the picture, trying not to touch her "pet" and scurry Chloe into the necklace cage from the dollar store. I was laughing so hard. When Hannah took notice she immediately took the defensive and started yelling at me and asking me why I was making fun of her. When I then mentioned the fact that Chloe was a stink bug, she lost it! "Mommy don't call her that!" (hand and all) "She's my pet and I love her." It took everything I had not to completely lose it!
Where is Chloe today. Well, we held on to Chloe for a little while. She didn't survive to long. She "fell asleep" for a long time on a corner of a pb n j. When I finally got sick of watching her sleep, she got tossed. Now she just roams free. I think she's better off that way

Anonymous said...

OMG I shoulda never read this today...We totally shooed a stink bug out of the classroom window today! Grosssss!!!!(Kinda like your 'grooossss' caught on camera during the pratfall I made into the stinking mess of disease, algae and tadpoles) How did they make it down here?