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So it's just about 70 degrees and sunny outside, and I couldn't bear come into the office until about 4pm. Went out to lunch with some Department people and a faculty candidate, then looked for an excuse to scoot around town in the lovely, lovely weather. I thought, "Hmm, it's been long enough since Sophia died that she's had a chance to pick a new mouse body if she wants, so let's see if Pet World has any baby mice." I scooted over and lo and behold, they had mice! But only one girl mouse (that'll be the black-and-brown one in the photo). So I then scooted out to PetCo ("Where the Pets Go"TM) and picked out a little white mouse to be her friend.
You smell interesting!
So they're cousins this time around instead of sisters!
Hello!
They like to play on the wheel, but the black mouse is a bit bigger than the white mouse, and (like Spot and Sophia had done) they tend to go in opposite directions on the wheel, so mostly the little white mouse gets rides from the black mouse.
Wheeeeee!
She's also a bit more shy and startle-prone, doing everything carefully. Tatsuko says, "Mice are nice."
Mice are nice.

In other news, I sold my VW convertible to Brett, my neighbor across the street who played Judas (and the drums) in the "Jesus Christ, Superstar" show from last weekend. After the cast party, I guess he decided he wanted the car, so yesterday we went for a nice drive through the countryside south of Lawrence, during which he said, "This is exactly what I want. I'll buy it!" So I can visit the car right across the street! The show was great, by the way, so if you missed it they'll be in Kansas City next week and hope to go to Topeka at some point.

Good day!
Chris

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next_bold_move
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting a mouse, but Greg is convinced that a mouse would be a ready meal for one of the cats.

How do you keep your littler fur-people safe from Tatsuko?
mckitterick
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Good question: I prevent her from getting on top of the cage by just making sure it's too high for her. What you can't see in the photos is that the tank sits atop a five-shelf unit (from Target), so the bottom of the tank sits at about my belly-button level. A young, virile cat might jump on top of it, but the top is also secured using clamps that are part of the metal frame, and it uses metal screen.

Still, it all depends on how fierce is your cat!
weaselmom
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
I am thoroughly delighted to meet your mice. When will their names reveal themselves? Congratulations on your new girls!

YL
WM
mckitterick
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
No names yet; I have to get to know them first. I'll invite nominations if I can't think of any *g*

They're so sweet! I can't help but smile watching little mice.

Chris
weaselmom
Feb. 28th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
I cannot help but think the expression on Tatsuko's face is more like "Mice on rice" or "mice with spice." Dang me, that cat is glossy and healthy looking! Good job, sir!
radcliffe
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh great pictures! Lovely new friends :>
mckitterick
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You can come meet them any time.

Chris
astein142
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
Such cute little mousies!
mckitterick
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
I know! The black one isn't nearly so scruffy as she looks in the photo; she just hadn't settled in yet.
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mckitterick
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Wow, what an exciting thing to discover, eh? I would love to watch such a party!

(PS: Did you work with Ruth?)
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kijjohnson
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
Yay, mice! The pictures are darling. Congratulations on the new little friends.
mckitterick
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
They're so cute! The little black mouse is a whiner, though; she squeeks a lot when the white one hasn't even bitten her. Cute, I must say. And look how good Tatsuko looks!

It makes me happy having mice again.
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