Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Good Day, Bad Night

Disclaimer:  Long post up ahead.

Both Nate and I had good days yesterday. Nothing extraordinary happened, it was just a normal nice day.  I made bread, did all my laundry,scrapbooked two pages, and made a good dinner.  All in all I felt productive.  Nate said he had a good day at work and he took out the garbage just like I asked.  We went to bed early at 9:15, that is so early for us.  Usually we are up until at least 11.  We were laying in bed talking about how it had been a really nice day.   We totally jinxed ourselves.  We were finally finished talking and were trying to fall asleep when Nate says, “Kim!”  I said, “What?  What is it Nate?”  No answer from Nate.   So I am starting to get a little nervous.  Then he finally answers and says, “There is a mouse.  Hand me some tissues so I can get it.”  Are you kidding me?!  There is a mouse in my house?  I am now officially in panic mode.  I toss him the box of tissues and then run to the safety of bathroom and lock the door behind me.   Once I am in there I realize I left my glasses in the bedroom and can’t see anything.  What if the mouse follows me in there?  I wouldn’t be able to see it!  I am totally vulnerable, and I am pretty sure this situation is not good for my high blood pressure.   While I am hiding and leaving Nate to deal with the mouse I have an epiphany.  This could be why I’m infertile!  I wouldn’t be able to protect my kids from vermin!  Isn’t that one qualification of being a mother, to be able to protect your children?  What would I have done if we had kids, leave them to defend themselves from the mouse, teach them the lesson of survival of the fittest?  Looks like I have some work to do before we have kids.  :)

That however, is not the end of the story.  I did warn you this post was long.   The mouse was not caught.  Nate says it ran back outside.  Here’s what we think happened.  When we moved into our apartment we didn’t have central air so we installed a window unit in our bedroom.  We have since gotten central air but haven’t removed the window unit.  Nate figures that the mouse got in and out through this window unit.  So after this ordeal I told Nate that  I was still a little scared and was worried about falling asleep.   Nate is a great husband and wanted me to feel better so he offered to take the window unit out right then at 10:30 at night.  I told him it was late and not to worry about it until the next day.   He however wanted to be the hero and went ahead and started to take it out.  Next thing I know I hear glass shattering.  Yes, Nate broke the window.   Again, are you kidding me?  A broken bedroom window at 10:40 at night?  So Nate left the window unit in and we boarded up the window the best we could.  I was thinking that it’s a good thing that Nate sleeps by the window so that if  someone comes through the window, whether it be man or mouse, he can protect me.  I was also worried about freezing to death during the night and of course last night it snowed.   Not only could I not protect my kids from mice, but they wouldn’t even have a warm shelter!  Worst non-mother of the year award goes to me!   Well I did live through the night and our awesome landlord is going to get the window taken care of today.  However I am refusing to leave the house today because I don’t want anyone to see a broken window and decide to break in.   Nate says that we have renter’s insurance and I shouldn’t worry so much.  I say he should have listened to me last night and we wouldn’t have a broken window.   Oh well,  I am just grateful nothing worse happened and that is something that can be fixed without too much difficulty. 


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-P.S. I just want to make one thing clear, I keep a reasonably clean house.  We have never had an infestation of any kind.  Our next door neighbors have had ants and our previous upstairs neighbors had weevils, but we have never had anything but the occasional spider.  I promise I clean and that we aren’t hoarders.  I don’t know why we had a mouse.  I am choosing to believe that it just wanted the warmth of our apartment.

-P.P.S. I never saw the mouse but Nate assured me it was the smallest mouse he had ever seen.  He said it was only an inch and half long.  I hope that was the case.   Not that it makes any less scary to me.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Birthday Boys

Yesterday we got together for a family dinner to celebrate the birthdays of Spencer, Nathan, and Brandon.   Everyone is getting older!  We had a good dinner, some Halloween cupcakes, and some funny conversation.  Brandon showed us some shoes he wanted and as a family we unanimously voted that they were ugly.  Keith showed off his sign language skills and identifying parts of the body.  We watched crazy videos of Aaron dancing and discussed Julianna and her brother’s style.  You had to be there. All in all it was a blast.  Thanks to Ben and Katie for hosting.  Happy Birthday Spencer, Nate, and Brandon!
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I Am So Doing This

I just came across the most darling idea. I am absolutely going to do this when we finally have children. I think it is so cute. It is a family art gallery where you can display your kid's artwork. Love it! I found it at The Creative Crate.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Individual Spaghetti Dinners

How cute is this dinner? Oh man, now I feel bad that I am serving this to Nate tonight. Sorry Nate, we are having Shepherd's Pie. I need to make this recipe though, minus the ricotta. I love when food looks and tastes great. Picky Palate is a fun site and has some cute ideas.