My oh my what a drama filled week!
Here’s what happened this past week:
Well, let me just cut right to the chase. We had a mouse in our apartment this week! Wheee! We didn’t know it was a black mouse until the second day it was running for it’s life, so that was a fun 24 hours. But let me start from the beginning. Brooke came into my bedroom Wednesday night saying she saw “shadows” underneath the couch in the living room. Her bedroom is right off the living room through a set of french doors, so it’s not unusual for her to look out through the glass panes. ANYWAYS, she was scared because she saw shadows, so I threw on some shoes (just incase) and walked her back to her bed and prove to her that there were no shadows and it was all her imagination when I SAW IT run silently along the edge of wall. I screamed, Brooke screamed, we jumped onto her bed. The black thing then runs to beneath the radiator. I realize the closed french doors were both a blessing and a curse. I call my husband who is at work because he was working the midnight shift. Perfect timing. “Come home! What do I do? Come home! What do I do?” We decide on calling the superintendent and he will come kill what I still think is a tarantula. It was probably 11pm by this point.
20 minutes later he is at our apartment door and I realize I have to get off Brooke’s bed, walk down the hall and let this man in. I gingerly run down the hall and then run back to Brooke’s room. He checks the entire living room and notices a small space in the floorboards beside the radiator. He thinks the ‘spider’ went through the hole beneath the floor because it makes sense because it’s the last place I saw it. He fills the hole with calk and leaves. Brooke sleeps in my room with me.
Thursday evening rolls around and just as I am finishing my work from bed, I SEE IT peek it’s nose into the light (shining into the hallway from my bedroom) and then retreat down the hall towards the living room.
And then I died from a heart attack.
I text Gordon frantically and he calls immediately. “Come home! What do I do? Come home! What do I do?” I was borderline hysterical. He is able to sneak away from work to come help me. Hallelujah.
I stay on the phone with him and the mouse sneaks UNDER MY DOOR to behind the radiator in MY ROOM. That’s when I started swearing.
Long story short, Gordon was able to corner it in the radiator in the living room again (barf) and smack it on the head with the handle of a large slotted spoon. Never underestimate the power of good quality kitchen utensils. One swift smack to the head and it was gone. After a brief photoshoot (bragging rights to bring back to work? a fun story to throw into the family group chat? proof to text to our super?) he was off to work again and I was left alone in the apartment to sleep. Ha!
Our super came by Saturday morning to check every nook and cranny and fill any and all holes he could find.
Turns out, the mouse chewed through some drywall behind one of our kitchen cabinets and then found his way into our apartment through a small opening to the right of our dishwasher. Damn city rodents! So, the hole was filled and covered with hardcore metal mesh, sooooo those suckers aren’t getting back in again…or so it seems. We also had the exterminator come and do his thing as well.
So many of you messaged me saying mice are part of city living and I sort of just wanted to barf because EW. But, I guess it’s good to know I’m in good company? I remember hearing my dad talk about a mouse or two found in our basement cold storage area when I was 10 or 11, but that was in our basement and not running around two feet away from me and my child. Oh my heavens.
Would you rather deal with a mouse or a tarantula in your house?
Also, have you ever watched Fear Factor before? This is what my life is like.
I really didn’t do much or think about much else this week.
Other things that happened this week that probably deserve more explanation but I’m too emotionally exhausted to explain:
Eddie peed in the potty!! I think it was an accident before one of his baths, but we clapped and cheered like crazy. Also, gave him candy. Really pulling out the big guns for our stubborn baby boy.
Brooke snapped that first photo of me and Gordon and I love it. See above.
Kind of loving this body scrub for my chicken skin. It’s getting rid of the bumps!! Also, works surprisingly well on the bottom half of my legs as an ingrown hair removal. #smoothfordays Smells sketchy, but works.
I took all three kids to the dentist by myself and it was great! The older two kids are completely fine at the dentist, but Eddie is my wildcard child and usually screams when I try to touch his teeth. But of course he made me look like a liar and was a total angel for the dentist. He opened his mouth and let him brush his teeth without a peep. RASCAL! Brooke will also need braces. Who needs money anyways?
I gave Blake a haircut and then got him some ice cream for not screaming because bribery works. Parenting at its finest, folks. Vanleeuwen has great ice cream, but it’s no salt & straw. (Hi Portland friends!)
Gordon and I found a babysitter and went out for sushi (Haru Sushi…so good!) and then got library cards. Be super jealous of our wild and exciting night together as a middle aged couple living it up in the big apple. We also got dessert at Cafe Lalo which is from the movie You’ve Got Mail and it wasn’t that good. Fun to say we went though!
Here’s what’s coming up this week:
No more four legged rodents scampering through my house! Though I am slightly interested in buying a cat now…
Brooke has two days of school off this week. If we could just stop with the random days off of school and get her into her summer vacation already, that would be great. Two more weeks of this madness!
Blake is #2 on the waitlist for Kindergarten, so according to lots of other parents, this is the golden ticket. So, looks like Brooke and Blake will be at the same school in September! Yes!
Still having zero luck with speech therapists. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Gordon’s brother is in town, so we might be able to sneak a visit with him soon! So fun seeing people we know in this setting as opposed to with the family in other settings.