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Stuttering Shell: WHAT'S THAT SMELL?!

Friday, April 24, 2009


So, over the weekend, I had our carpets cleaned, I opened the windows to let some pollen-saturated fresh air in the house and I cleaned like a mad woman. The house looked & smelled fantastic.

Then, the kids came home.

But, it wasn't until just yesterday that I noticed there was a slightly foul odor in our computer room. My first thought was, "Oh, man, do my feet really smell THAT bad?" I mean, I had been wearing my gray ballet flats from The Gap all week and, if you're like me, suede does a number on your feet. Phew. No, it couldn't have been my feet, but I did make a mental note to pick up some Odor Eaters for my shoes (ha ha ha). My second thought was, "Hmm...did the kids eat something in here and leave it laying around?" No, they couldn't have...they've only been home since Saturday afternoon and they are forbidden from eating within a 10 foot vicinity of the computer desk. My third thought was, "Oh, boy, what did the cats kill now and is it under the computer desk?"

I looked last a moron...without a flashlight. So naturally I didn't see anything in the dark abyss that is below my computer desk. All I saw was the orange-red crayon that had been under the desk in the same spot for about a year (yes, I'm lazy sometimes). Well, this morning I was sitting at the desk checking my email, doing some early morning blog reading and begging my son to change his shirt when I smelled that sour, not so fresh smell AGAIN. I knew it wasn't couldn't have been. My tootsies were freshly washed and I told myself that I was NOT wearing my beloved gray flats today. Both kids denied any flatulence and, hmm, how funny is it that I haven't seen any of our cats this morning. Could they be guilty? Yep. Problem is, I don't know how long ago the incident happened, but judging from the smell it must have been a while ago:

A shovel wouldn't fit under the computer desk so I put on my yellow rubber gloves and used a small Priority Mail box (thank you, USPS!) and slid the poor little wabbit out. Thank goodness he or she was still whole and an extra special thank goodness that my kids were already on the bus and en route to school!

I'm happy to report that the foul smell is no longer lingering and now my computer desk is giving off the familiar scent of fresh linen scented Lysol. Sort of.

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Blogger Melanie said...

OH my! I was expecting a mouse or some other teeny rodent. Not a bunny!

Apr 24, 2009, 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Rodgers said...


*sad face*

Apr 24, 2009, 9:09:00 PM  
Blogger Jessica - This Is Worthwhile said...

Too funny. We used to live next to a field and we would routinely find mice all over the house - some dead, some alive, and some mutilated and alive (sad). He then graduated to snakes, lizards, birds, and baby rabbits. We eventually took out the kitty door the day my husband pulled a dead baby rabbit out from under our kitchen cabinets, 4 dead mice from the living room and a pile of vomit. Ok, so the vomit wasn't kitty door related, but we'd had enough. haha. Good luck!

Apr 28, 2009, 8:30:00 PM  

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