Curiosity Killed the Cat

August 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm (*)

Yeah, so, this weekend, my curiosity and slight obsession got the best of me.  I became intimately acquainted with desert flora.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t realize that they call it a PRICKLY pear cactus because it’s PRICKLY.  No seriously, it didn’t enter my mind as I grabbed the blossom off of a large prickly pear to get a closer look.  Apparently the initial pain was blocked by my euphoria over such a beautiful find, and the subsequent thought of planting it in my yard.  I was eventually yanked back to reality by the screaming in my head as my hands began to sting.  At first, I thought maybe it was an allergic reaction or maybe that they are poisonous to the touch.  Upon closer inspection, however, I found that hundreds of tiny “hairs” were lodged in my hands.  Both hands.

Oh, I forgot to mention that this happened after work on Saturday night.  I still had to drive home.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that I was driving the car with the standard transmission.  Oh, and it wasn’t just my husband waiting at home for me.  I had to face Jarid’s sister and her husband as well.

Let’s just say everyone had a blast watching me wait for the glue to dry.  Yeah, besides duct tape, peeling off dried glue is one of the best ways to get rid of the little hairs.

(the little black dots on the blossom are where the hairs are…otherwise, it IS smooth!)

Oh, and I put the blossom in my purse.  Before I realized what had happened.  I haven’t had the energy to “decontaminate” my purse yet.  But no worries, Jarid kindly placed caution tape around it so I’d remember.

Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, you have problems.

And let the comments begin….



  1. Kelly T said,

    OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so laughing, but SOOO sorry! So, let’s see…I think gloves are an absolute necessity for the purse, and if you cant wash…toss it! Oh my goodness…I cant believe this….what a memory….thanks for the good laugh Staci!

  2. Kelly T said,

    I am impressed that you were able to type this with your injured hands!

  3. sara kay said,

    Fantastic! Glad you’re okay. Ouch.

  4. Kelli said,

    Wow…everyone else was VERY nice with their comments. I’d feel bad putting down my ACTUAL thought on this situation. I will just let this one go. The burning urge to say something is just overwhelming, but I will prevail and keep my mouth shut.

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