Friday, December 16, 2005

I've had a lot of adventures in my life...


Those of you who know me, know that I have had a fair share of adventure in my life. From going bungee jumping to being robbed in NYC, from super-gluing my eyes shut to spinning my car four times on the highway outside Boston, and even more recently, getting a ring stuck on my finger and setting my arm on fire....

Of all of those adventures, none of these things rivalled my reaction to last night's adventure.

I was packing ebay boxes. The house was clean and quiet, and the Christmas music of The Living Room Sessions was softly playing. The kids were finally asleep, and I was looking foreward to finishing my work, having a glass of wine, and waiting for Robb to get home from work.

I reached into the cupboard for some items I needed to pack, donning an oven mitt, just in case a dead mouse was present in the trap we had set. One trap was sprung but empty and the other had been sitting there for a week, unsprung. There had been no further evidence that any were alive after all the poison we set out, so it was just a precaution.

It was about that moment that I glanced down to see a very much LIVE mouse hanging from the sleeve of my left arm....the one without the oven mitt.

The next few moments were blurry, but I confess to you this morning that there was much wild waving of the arms, and screaching bloody murder followed by hysterical tears. There may also have been some kind of vulgar language, but who would know considering the Beaker-quality of my voice. I'm not particularly proud of my response, but apparently, I have my limits. I really cannot recall EVER being that distraught in all my life. And I know it's just a mouse, but it was so darn unexpected.

The children didn't stir and my dog (who I really did think would offer some protection) loped into the room drowsily long after the mouse disappeared into whence he came.

By the time hubby returned on his white horse, I was locked in my room, curled up in the fetal position, lest a stray mouse start nibbling my toes. He began to set out the traps, adding peanut butter to the bait, when he found our culprit already dead in the trap that had been there all along.

Apparently, I scared him into going to his little beady-eyed death.

This morning found two more in the reset traps.

Bring on the body-count.

14 comments:

klasieprof said...

OMG!!
When we had a Fire a few years ago and were living in the local motel..we returned one afternoon. It was before Christmas..we were hoping to be back in before Christmas.
We were getting ready to return to the hotel..I was putting my shoes on.
One shoe I thought the Orthodic had curled up in the toe...I pulled the shoe off..and OUT jumped mouse onto me three times!! AWWCKKKK I scremed..and all my family witnessed it.
Son says..:"OH yah..maybe thats why Alex the cat was playing with your shoe all day"....
Alex..faithful cat she was..left that mouse's head for me as a souvineir when we returned the next day.
I loved that cat.

ness said...

donna, friends, has had more adventures than anybody I know!!!! When did you have a fire?????

Yes, and I've added "CAT" to my Christmas list. Sid won't like it, but she should of thought of that when she decided to lay around and let the mice assault me.

akr said...

I Word...Decon...it works miracles and it can be stuck way in the back of cupboards where only mice can get to it...we had that and ladybug infestations in ohio.

ash said...

sheesh...i screamed out loud just reading this...really glad right now that all i get are lizards in my house....quiet, harmless and they eat all the bugs...

klasieprof said...

Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I’ll never be alone
And you my friend will see
You’ve got a friend in me
(you’ve got a friend in me)

Ben, you’re always running here and there
(here and there)
You feel you’re not wanted anywhere
(anywhere)
If you ever look behind
And don’t like what you find
There’s something you should know
You’ve got a place to go
(you’ve got a place to go)

I used to say, I and me
Now it’s us, now it’s we
(I used to say, I and me)
(now it’s us, now it’s we)

Ben, most people would turn you away
I don’t listen to a word they say
They don’t see you as I do
I wish they would try to
I’m sure they’d think again
If they had a friend like ben
(a friend)
Like ben
(like ben)





TKTDY: The TwaMP SOUND A shaken mouse makes when it hits the wall

kristie said...

ness,
are you sure you really want to live in this house? I think not. When we come for a visit I will not be able to close my eyes in your house.
Merry Christmas

klasieprof said...

She said.."beaker like quality"..hee hee hee...

(laughing like beavis and butthead).

klasieprof said...

"If a Mouse squeaks in a trap, and theres no one there to hear him, does it still make a sound?"


YES..THe angels in heaven rejoice at each and every mouse caught in a trap.

Sara said...

Vanessa,

You set your arm on fire, and you got a ring stuck on your finger...did you set your arm on fire in hopes of melting the ring?

The Mouse thing,,yeah that would totally freak me out too...good thing you have a knight to rescue you.

courtney said...

Ness, were you home the time Ash and I stuck the Barbie head in the mouse trap in the bottom corner cabinet, where Mom kept the lunch snacks? 7 am there came a shrieking from the Great Unflappable One. Dad couldn't admonish us because he was laughing too hard.

zcsuvbu--related to cudzue but flesh eating

courtney said...

hey, you forgot to mention such great adventures as growing up with ME. I'm hurt by that. Remember your bachorlett party? good times. cooking for Ash's wedding? you liked it. our last visit? sleep is for the weak anyways!
love you

ness said...

Bad girls!!!! That's hilarious....must have been after I left for college...The kids check the traps every morning. Day 5 of the mouse embargo.

The coffee house by the gas station opened today! Yeah! Next time we're up all night, we'll go get some Joe at the House of Brews!

oldhby: is that Old Hubby or Old Hobby?

A said...

Do you guys really want a cat? A couple in our community group mentioned last night that they might need to let theirs go to a good home (they practically have a zoo, several dogs and cats and other animals). Let me know if you're interested.

Lynn H. Brady said...

Hey, I just happened onto your sight as I was researching CUDZUE. I can not find any data at all unless I am just not searching in the correct place. I have searched Google and Yahoo. Can anyone help me? Thanks,

Just a passer by...Lynn Brady

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