an unwelcome dinner guest.


We were all seated around the table, the whole family and few other guests, having a lovely time discussing things we learned at church, highlights of our week, and cats flying out of airplanes when suddenly i jumped from my chair, wiggling my head about in a raving manner.
The company was taken aback. I exclaimed that there must be a bug in my ear as i ran to the bathroom with my head atilt.
People whispered their personal doubts and Marcus finally was at my side looking in my ear, finding nothing and explaining to me that it was surely just an unruly hair, bent on reeking havoc on our dinner party. 
I spent some time trying to rinse out my ear with water while my sister, Leisel Googled what one does when experiencing such an atrocity. 
The first suggestion was to go in a dark room and hold a flashlight to your ear-- seemed to make sense, since most bugs are attracted to light, but nothing came of it.
At this point I actually began to believe that maybe it really was just a pesky hair and that I was just being paranoid. 
But as I walked about I kept feeling something was amiss.
The second remedy was warm oil. 
I was standing at the microwave waiting for the oil to cool a bit when suddenly things got more ticklish and uncomfortable than ever. I squealed and yelled for someone to take a gander when Leisel (the only one who actually believed me) came just in time to see an tiny ant crawling on out of its cozy, cushioned hide-away. She grabbed it with her spry little fingers and held it high for all to see.
I've never felt more justified in all my life.

Or more violated.
When it comes to bugs in strange places, always trust oneself.


Kristina Kraft said...

omg that is crazy and scary!! glad you are ok!! xx

Irene Navajas said...

i hate ants! here in summer they are all around and it's impossible to stand it! at first we thought it was too exaggerated but it's true: they bite!!!

Tyler said...

GROSS GROSS MCGROSSY GROSS! must have been the grossest feeling ever...baaah! I would freak.

Deveny said...

Oh gosh... at a girls camp growing up I had the same exact thing happen to me, except it was a bug with wings. So it would beat it's wings in my ear. I FREAKED. I was crying and then they flushed it with water. UGH. So disturbing.

EmilyWilcock said...

Hahaha, I'm glad you were justified. A negative thing about me is that I hate it when people don't believe me and it makes me doubt myself. Sadly, I get major satisfaction in proving others wrong (does that sound wrong? hmmm). I want to know the ant's journey to your ear. How on earth did it get there?

Johanna said...

Wooow I can't believe you survived that. I can't believe you were able to read about what to do. I can't even think about it. If that happened to me... I'm SO glad you got it out. 

Marilyn Freeman said...

Yikes! How gross.  Just be glad it was an ant and not something worse.  It was good to see you at Andrew and Reachel's  I regret not catching up with you.  Hope the condo is doing good.  I'm so happy for you to be getting your own place.

Arielle said...

I visited my great grandma in Virginia one year when I was young and while I was there I couldn't hear for like 3 days so my mom brought me to the doctor scared I had busted my ear drum or something. With a flashlight and tweezers, he pulled out a beetle that was curled up in there! It was so gross. I have never been back to Virginia.

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Alyx Garner said...

That is so disgusting! I probably would have freaked out, too! 

kylee said...

you know when you read stories like this and then you feel like you need to check your own ears for bugs? yeah, i felt nervous the entire time thinking i had something crawling around in my ear. just the other night i was sitting down at my computer when bam. spider crawling up my arm. i about died. i somehow managed to set down the computer and flail my body around without losing the guy. i killed him and the world was better again.

Celeste Godfrey said...

My current roommate has bedbugs (We're trying to get her kicked out) and today someone found a bug in my hair. I about peed my pants. I feel your pain.

Susan Balsom said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!! That is nuts.
So glad you were persistent.

Emily Baker said...

oh dear GOD! That is absolutely disgusting. 

prettyandfun said...

ACK! That sounds awful. Glad you got that sucker out of there!!

Lauren Jean said...

Maybe this will make you feel better:

Aiketa said...

hahaha I can imagine the satisfaction you felt the moment you got that ant out of your ear, not just for how annoying it could be but also to prove the other you were right! 

That reminded me of the time I had a tick which way biting me on my earlobe. I was maybe 8 years old and I felt something itchy in my ear and at some point I asked someone what was that was so itchy (I was thinking of a pimple or something similar) but that person made an exclamation that told me was something worse! 

I had to go to the doctor to get it out. Now it's just a funny story to remember.

Michaela said...

Ewwww! Haha, you poor thing.
Something similar happened to my little sister. She said that she couldn't hear and that her ear was bothering her for like a week. Nobody believed her until a bug crawled out of her ear.

Rachel said...

omg nightmare!! Thank goodness it came out! -Rachel (

Katrina said...

The same thing happened to my dad, except it was an earwig in the middle of the night. He was flipping out, so everyone definitely believed him. Now I kill every earwig I see.

cardiganempire said...

I'm sorry we doubted you Ashley.  

Harley said...

i would have freaked! you are brave.

jesspants said...

Sorry to hear about the bug!  Here is something that should cheer you up:

Unicorn chopsticks!  :)

Ashley Nielson said...

Oh my goodness! What will they think of next? I love it:)

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