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… 😉
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! 😉