Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Christmas Morning

Last night, the neighbors were blasting their very loud stereo until the wee hours, and this morning I woke up to the lovely smell of a dead mouse. There’s nothing like spending Christmas day searching for dead mouse bodies in your apartment ..


  1. #1 Elf Eye
    December 25, 2006

    Better than having a dead skunk in the crawl space under your house, I can assure you! Anyway, best wishes for the new year.

  2. #2 Carl Buell (OGeorge)
    December 25, 2006

    I shared my Christmas breakfast with two White-footed Mice…very much alive in my bird-seed bag by the cellar door. I’ve been so low on the food chain myself, that I can’t bring myself to evict anything this time of year…I moved them to the barn.

  3. #3 certhia
    December 25, 2006

    A belated happy Solstice, as the days creep into longer light! The dead mouse episode sounds a bit like a Monty Python routine (though I DO hope your search & eviction of the ex-mouse was successful!)…
    Blessings and best wishes to you as this year wobbles to its close.

  4. #4 David Harmon
    December 25, 2006

    My sympathies. I once found a dead mouse in a roach motel, but mostly I haven’t been bothered.

    When you originally mentioned the mice, I thought about suggesting a cat, but… well you know. (I once had a friend who owned both cats and finches. Unfortunately, the finches seemed to like teasing the cats. This persisted despite occasional replacements of the finches….)

    Happy belated Solstice!

  5. #5 John Wilkins
    December 25, 2006

    So, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse?

  6. #6 llewelly
    December 25, 2006


    I shared my Christmas breakfast with two White-footed Mice…

    You should have insisted they earn their keep by posing for you.

  7. #7 Tabor
    December 26, 2006

    I am glad you had something to get you out of bed on Christmas morning. I sent some books earlier via Amazon, so I hope you got them to make your winter holidays fun (And the mouse didn’t shred them for a nest!) Happy New Year, dear!

  8. #8 Leon Brooks
    December 31, 2006

    We got a mouse back on Xmas. Little blighter had nicked off while being handled by young children, but failed to dodge fast enough on Xmas.

    Also got a free agouti-coloured (ie wild) mouse thrown in to the kit. Again, failed to dodge fast enough, caught by hand.

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