Clean Office

I sat at my desk, which sits within my home office, drinking coffee and reading up on what was happening around the world. I usually like to start my day this way, as I’m isolated in my office and alone for most of the day. It’s good to start the day with the entire world, and then slowly transition to my circle of Twitter followers and Facebook friends, and then finally to the few people involved in whatever project I’m currently copy editing or writing.

There I sat, in a bit of a haze as the coffee was just about starting to work, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. A spider with the leg span of a decent-sized plum scurried across my desk. TOWARD ME. I screamed and jumped faster than anyone who knows me personally would expect.

So, it appears I was not alone in my office after all. I examined the surface of my desk and the carpet under it. No spider. I flipped my desk chair over, expecting it to be lurking there. Nope. Then I waited. It had to show up soon, I thought.

Nothing. So, I did the only reasonable thing I could do, short of burning the house down. I began gingerly tearing through everything on my desk. I got the vacuum out and started cleaning. Really cleaning—not just putting things in piles as I usually do. That would just be giving my little friend another place to hide.

Today, my office is spotless. And I think I may have seen the spider just before my vacuum sucked it up. I’m almost positive that’s what it was.


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