Some are probably wondering if I fell into the abyss of the malfunctioning alarm clock (well, in this case my malfunctioning brain! *snicker!*) Today is pretty much ‘Opposite Day’ comparatively speaking to yesterday. Yesterday I turned off the alarm clock and caused hubby to be late to work…no biggie, he got over it, I’m sure the students from the class he was covering for were psyched he was late, because they took off instead… πŸ˜‰

Today, however, Princess Nagger woke me up before it was time for the alarm to go off. Wide awake. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. Raring to go. No, we had no plans for today, she is off school until Thursday…originally she and I were going to get our teeth cleaned this morning, but I rescheduled that appointment so we can get over our current colds…nothing like having your teeth cleaned when you cannot effectively breath through your nose! πŸ˜‰

So my normal hour-ish or two of ‘Me time’ – that time between when Hovering Hubby leaves for work and Princess Nagger wakes up…was null and void today. Kaput. Non-existent. Instead of having that quiet time to think about what my Tuesday’s Tribute will be for today, my brain was instead inundated with Princess Nagger watching Noggin – a channel she hasn’t watched in a very long time…I had to listen to several episodes of “Maggie and the Ferocious Beast” (with a pig named HAM-ilton? *snort!*) while I was doing my ‘Mommy Chores’…and of course she didn’t really watch it but ran circles around the dogs and had the puppy chasing her until he (the puppy) finally passed out on the couch. But heaven forbid I should even think about reaching for the remote and putting something I would like to watch for that background noise… πŸ˜‰

I took a break to check messages, and thought I was thisclose to getting a tad bit of ‘me time’, when Princess Nagger cuddled up next to me and I got the impression she was going to doze off…no such luck, she jumped back up and started running around again, encouraging me to ‘play along’. A few minutes later she came running back to where I was sitting in the living room:

Princess Nagger: “Mama, Mama! You have got to see this!”

Me: “What’s that?”

Princess Nagger: “No, I’m serious, you have really got to see this!”

Me: “Really got to see what? Why don’t you just tell me?”

Princess Nagger: “Because you are not going to believe it! Come along with me!”

Me: “Oh, I’m sure I’ll believe it…why don’t you bring it to me so I can see what it is?”

Princess Nagger: “Well, alright, if you insist. Are you sure you don’t want to just come with me?”

Me: “I’m sure you’ll be fine, just bring me the surprise and I’ll let you know if you can have it or if you have to wait.”

I’m figuring she found one of my ‘stashed’ bags of Valentine’s Day goodies that I didn’t want her to find yet, and I knew she was going to be disappointed if she found something like that and I had to tell her ‘no’. A few minutes later she comes around the corner with her hands behind her back, and a little bit of a smirk on her face.

Me: “So let’s see what this amazing surprise is.”

Princess Nagger: “Oh, it’s a big surprise, you are not going to believe it.”

Me: “OK, let’s see what it is and I’ll let you know if you can have it yet or not.”

Princess Nagger: “Oh, I don’t think I will want it…I thought it was fake, but I think it’s really dead.”

Me: “What in the world are you talking about?”

Princess Nagger: “This!”

She finally reveals what she’s hiding behind her back. A FREAKIN’ DEAD MOUSE! An honest-to-goodness real, previously-alive-but-now-deader-than-a-doornail MOUSE!

I told her to put it in the garbage immediately, do not put her hands near her face at all, and go in and wash them thoroughly…do not pass go, do not collect $200! UGH! Our 192 year old house has a stone foundation – you know, hand dug and put together by the original owners of this house’s bare hands. Because of that, and the subsequent addition of a furnace, water heater, sewer lines, etc., there are plenty of nooks and crannies for little critters to come into our house. I wised up a couple of years ago and bought a whole slew of storage containers – Tupperware ‘FIFO’ for our cereal, storage bins for the pantry items, etc. And haven’t seen any signs of mice since. I guess since the weather finally turned bitterly cold, they’re getting desperate.

So my ‘Me Time’ turned into Princess Nagger entertainment and a thorough check of the kitchen, dining room and living room to make sure there are no errant food items temptingly inviting mice in from the cold. The Princess Nagger gets some of her ‘absent minded professor’ ways from her Dada and has left string cheese laying around in the past. So far, so good! None of the foodstuff has been compromised by nasty little teeth, and I see no trace of active mice, so I can rest easy.

And maybe tomorrow I’ll have my “Me Time” with my coffee and can start my day off right…and not be absent from the blogging world for so many hours…and next week I should have a Thoughtful Tuesday Tribute to contribute…hmmm, say that five times fast! πŸ˜‰


  1. I found a dead mouse on a glue strip that had been there for about three days earlier this week. It was not awesome.

  2. OMG! How funny! I thought I was reliving a moment of when my son was two and he and I had a similar dialogue. Except, he brought me DOG POOP! Yep, picked it up and brought it to me after our new puppy (not yet house trained) pooped in the kitchen. UGH I was mortified!!! Isjust aboutsscrubbed his hands until they bled!!!

  3. Oh My Gosh!!!! I thought you were gonna say doggie poo…but a dead mouse!!!! LOLOLOL!! I was literally laughing so hard my dog thought it was an invite to play with her!

  4. Oh No… gross, scary and not a good start to the day! I hope tomorrow is better and doesnt involve dead animals.

  5. Was it as smelly as the one I found last week at the base of my wine fridge by any chance?s Nasty! πŸ˜› s Thanks so much for stopping by, Shonda – and for letting me know I’m not alone! πŸ˜‰

  6. Oh NO, Jen!! Dog Poop? Ewwwwwwww! Our new puppy left a small poop nugget in the entryway (next to the WeeWee pad instead of on it) and I asked the Little Princess if she would grab some toilet paper and pick it up and toss it in the toilet…her response was ‘Ewww, yuck, no way!s I’m not picking that up!”s And yet a while later, she’s picking up a dead mouse!! Go figure! LOL!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by…and sharing! πŸ˜‰

  7. She wouldn’t go near the puppy poop, but had no problem picking up a dead mouse!! πŸ˜›

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Yaya – and you’re very welcome for the laugh! πŸ˜‰

  8. Laughing. so. hard…s (I have to pee!)s A REAL DEAD MOUSE!s LMAO–that’s classic!s I would scream and run the other direction–I’m getting chills just thinking about it!s Thanks for the laugh… πŸ™‚

  9. I can’t believe she was willing to pick that thing up! I would have screamed if I were you but then that probably would have scarred her for life. So good job, Stacy. You handled it well.

  10. LOL!s I sorta did…but on the inside…I didn’t want Princess Nagger to freak out, too! πŸ˜‰ s In hindsight, I should have taken her picture holding that dead mouse! πŸ˜€
    Thanks so much for stopping by, LaTonya! πŸ˜€

  11. This has not been my week so far…and it’s only 2 days in! LOL!!!s It’s gotta get better… πŸ˜‰ s I echo your sentiment, Mimi – I sure hope tomorrow is better…without dead animals! πŸ˜€ s Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  12. In hindsight it really is funny…heh, heh!s And then she told me later that it was only SLEEPING.s GAH!s My skin crawled every time I walked past the garbage can…I hope she was wrong in saying that it was only sleeping…what if it was and it crawled back out of the garbage?s I had hubby take the garbage out the MINUTE he got home…BWAHAHAHAHA!
    Thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜‰

  13. LOL!s Thanks, Elizabeth!s I tried not to freak out externally, though I was sure freaking out internally…I know if I had seen that thing laying on the floor where she showed me (out in the open, in plain sight) I would have done a funky dance and screamed for sure…I think it’s hilarious she came and told me there was a ‘surprise’ first, tried to get me to follow her into the other room, then brought the ‘surprise’ to me… I amazed myself at my calm reaction…but I’m sure it was mostly because I was frozen in my spot until she dropped it into the garbage can! LOL!!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your kind words! πŸ˜‰

  14. LOLs I totally thought you were going to say dog poop, too.s I think I would’ve totally freaked out if I saw a dead mouse, ESPECIALLY in my daughters hands!s LOLs SO gross but so funny!

  15. OMG!s I’m surprised she wasn’t too scared of it to pick it up.s That’s quite a way to wake up.s You all have to do better in the mornings.s πŸ˜€

  16. I vaguely remember her saying something about ‘it’s just sleeping’, but that didn’t register until she showed me what she had in her hand…s I think I was too shocked to see the sight to react as I ‘normally’ would have…LOL!!s Probably a good thing so I didn’t freak her out…and have her drop in in my lap! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks so much for dropping by, Megan! πŸ˜€

  17. Oh I agree, Davida!s Here’s hoping tomorrow morning is so much more ‘uneventful’ than the past two! LOL!!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  18. LOL!s I’m actually very surprised I didn’t scream…I think subconsciously I didn’t want her to drop it…on me! πŸ˜‰ s
    Thanks for stopping by, Kristen! πŸ˜€

  19. you know… my me time got blown to bits this morning, too… my youngest stayed home sick and my hubby never leaves for work before 10 these days… sigh… i miss my me time!!!! and THANKS for being the FIRST to put my button on their blog!!! as soon as i figure out how to put them on mine;… i’ll add yours!!!! πŸ™‚

  20. When schedules get thrown for a loop – kids sick, hovering hubbies not going to work at a ‘decent’ hour – our Me time sure does suffer, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰
    You’re very welcome for adding your link! πŸ™‚ s Thanks so much for stopping by, Annie! πŸ™‚

  21. Eeeeek…… I once found a dead flying squirrel in my attic ~ they have got to be the ugliest little creatures on the planet !!

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