Monday, January 21, 2008

Mouse in the House

You know how it always is, a 5 minute job turns into 2 hours ... well, a couple Saturdays ago I asked Mike to rehang the kayaks in the garage (as they have been sitting on the floor against the wall). So as he lifted them, we realized we have visitors that have not only been living in our garage, but have apparently dug a hole in our garage wall - ARGHH!

So, after two hours of vacuuming the mouse turds (love my shop vac), sweeping the garage, throwing out stuff, re-organizing, hanging the kayaks, and nailing in new baseboard, it was determined that our pest control company did NOT replace the mouse traps during their last visit. Good thing they were coming the following Friday.

A few days later I went into the basement and saw something slowly and painfully move across the floor. Apparently one of these little friends had found their way to the basement. To his demise, our cats found him. Unfortunately for this little mouse, our cats don't know what to do with a mouse, so they simply played and tortured it to death, but did not understand the concept of eating it. Stupid cats.

So, I left it there to share with pest control and have them clean it up.

After pest control cleaned up the mess and set up new traps in the garage and basement, we now cross our fingers that the cats have scared the chances of any other mice finding their way indoors.


Why I Love Maryland

My sweet friend sent this to me and I just had to post it ... you have no idea how true it is!!!

For those who plan to visit our area...
  • First, you must learn to call it by its rightful name. It is DC or "the District" - only tourists call it Washington.
  • Next, if your road map of Montgomery County is more than a few weeks old, throw it out and buy a new one. It's obsolete.
  • If in Loudoun or Fairfax County and your map is one day old, it's already obsolete.
  • There is no such thing as a dangerous high speed chase in D.C. It's just another chase, usually on the BW Parkway.
  • All directions start with "The Beltway"... which has no beginning and no end, just one continuous loop that locals believe is somehow clarified by an "inner" and "outer loop" designation. This makes no sense to ANYONE outside the area.
  • The morning rush h our is from 5 to 11 AM. The evening rush hour is from 1 to 8 PM. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday morning, especially during the summer on Route 50 eastbound.
  • If there is a ball game at the Redskins stadium, there is no point in driving anywhere near PG County. (Tip: Never say PG County to anyone from Mitchellville, Upper Marlboro or Fort Washington (its Prince Georges County). They'll blow a vessel in their neck and go into a seizure.)
  • If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended and shot at.If you run the red light, be sure to smile for the $100 "picture" you will receive courtesy of DMV. (However, if you don't go as soon as the light turns green, you will get cussed out in 382 languages, none of them English.)
  • Rain causes an immediate 95 point drop of IQ in drivers. Snow causes an immediate 195 point drop in IQ and a rush to the Giant for toilet paper and milk.
  • All speed limits become 10 mph (regardless of actual road conditions) until the weatherman says that the storm is over..
  • Construction on I-270 is a way of life and a permanent source of scorn and cynical entertainment. It's ironic that it's called an "Interstate," but runs only from Bethesda to Frederick. (Unless you consider Montgomery County another state, which some do). Opening in the 60's, it has been torn up and under reconstruction ever since. Also, it has a "Spur" section which is even more confusing.
  • All unexplained sights are explained by the phrase, "Oh, we're in Takoma Park".
  • If someone actually has their turn signal on, they are by definition, a tourist.
  • Car horns are actually "Road Rage" indicators. Heed the warning.
  • All old ladies in Buicks have the right of way in the area of Leisure World.
  • Many roads mysteriously change their names as you cross intersections. Don't ask why, no one knows.
  • If asking directions in Arlington, Langley Park, Wheaton or Adams Morgan, you must know how to speak Spanish. If in PG County, Ebonics will be your best bet. In Annandale, a Cambodian or Vietnamese dialect will come in handy. If on Dupont Circle, Capital Hill or U Street, a gay dialect helps.
  • If you stop to ask directions in Southeast...well, just don't.
  • A taxi ride across town wi ll cost you $12.50. A taxi ride two blocks will cost you 16.75. (It's a zone thing, you wouldn't understand)
  • Traveling south out of DC on Interstate 395/95 is the most dangerous, scariest thing you will ever do.
  • There is nothing more comforting then seven lanes of traffic cruising along at 85 mph, BUMPER TO BUMPER!!!
  • The minimum acceptable speed on the Beltway is 85. Anything less is considered down right sissy.
  • The open lane for passing on all Maryland interstates is the far right lane because no self-respecting Marylander would ever be caught driving in the "slow " lane. Unofficially, both shoulders are fair game also.
  • The far left lanes on all Maryland interstates are official "chat" lanes reserved for drivers who wish to talk on their cell phones. Note: All mini-vans have priority clearance to use the far left at whatever speed the driver feels most comfortable multi-tasking in.
  • The Beltway is our daily version of a NASCAR reality show. Strap up and collect points as you go.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! We had a wonderful year and holiday and are looking forward to the opportunities of the new year.

A couple of my New Year's resolutions are to run a marathon and do an Olympic triathlon ... ugh ... what is wrong with me!!! I am also trying to get Mike to do a sprint triathlon with me, cross your fingers.

Here are a few pictures of our holiday trip to New York. We spent Christmas Eve at Mike's mother's home ...

We then spent Christmas Day with my family, visited with Mike's Dad and family the remainder of the week and had a wonderful time!!!

Oh, and for those you who have visited New York with us, we did 2 trips to Nick Tahoe's and to our wonderful surprise, they now sell their special sauce in jars ... so of course we had to buy some!

For New Year's we decided to throw a last minute party instead of heading out to others. A few friends were not able to make it due to illness or other commitments but that's what you get for planning something last minute.

Debbie, as you can see, Michael is very much enjoying his Guitar Hero !

Some of our friends brought over Rock Band ...

Thank you all for a wonderful year and great friendships!