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Consequently, I was not pleased when I realised I had been
invaded again, after being kept awake after my Sunday half marathon, when all I
wanted to do was sleep and recover. Out went the traps, but they have thus far
So, last night, as I was at my computer, I heard mouse
sounds from the other side of the room. What sounds like scratching and a
rhythmic thumping, which is a bit odd. I go over to inspect but can’t see
anything – not so much as a flicker of movement in the corner of my vision.
This thumpy thumpy scritch scritch goes on for some time.
What the hell is it up to, I wonder? I keep going to check, but I can’t see a
thing. I conclude that it must be under the floorboards. There’s no other
Eventually, because it’s way past my bedtime now, I go to
bed and try to sleep. It’s difficult (I even put on the Thunderstorm CD to try
and blot out the noise, but it doesn’t work) but sometime around 1am the noises
become more sporadic and I fall asleep.
When I wake, everything is quiet. I’m due for a run today
(fortunately a short recovery) so after lingering on Facebook while I down plenty of coffee, I go
over to my exercise mat to do some warm-up exercises and use my foam roller.
Now, when I say foam roller, it’s not one of the soft ones that looks like a
pool noodle. It’s a hard metal cylinder covered in pink rubbery plastic – ideal
for cracking my back over and dealing with pesky IT bands. I usually leave it
balanced on its end when I’m not using it, and that was the case last night.
As I grab it, out plops one very listless mouse. I realise
the mouse has somehow managed to fall into it, and the thumps were its attempts
to jump back out. Unsuccessfully, it would appear. It is so exhausted it resembles me post-marathon, and I am
able to catch it easily with a jar and paper and dispose of it as tradition
ordains, but flushing it down the toilet.
I’m not sure there is a moral to this. Maybe look before you
leap. I did a very slow 4 miles and just hope I get a better night’s sleep tonight.