The War on Squirrels

The weather lately has been unnervingly warm. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad it’s above zero, but it’s just so unnatural it creeps me out.  (I can get into that later.)

SO. You may be wondering, how have we been taking advantage of mild temps and a snow-free landscape? Woah buddy. Besides taking the dog on lots of long walks and enjoying pleasant winter runs, we have been playing some serious defense in the back yard. The big fat squirrels are trying to steal the bird food, and we are not having it.  My father has come up with the following, highly entertaining solution.

You will need: a remote control car and squirrels.

Directions: Place old remote control car outside near bird feeders. Turn car on. Place controller to said car near the kitchen sink window where both car, bird feeders and squirrels are visible. When squirrel comes, spring into action. Chase with car. Enjoy. Repeat as needed.

The car, aptly titled “The Intruder,” ready to attack.

Millie is not so sure how she feels about this

The feeders free of squirrels.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get any action shots of the squirrels. With the camera, the dog and the controller I had my hands full. But seriously, it works.

* No squirrels were harmed in this process.

If there are any other unique, non-violent squirrel-ridding techniques out there, I would be more than happy to hear them!


Lucy and the Chocolate Factory

I stayed up way past my bedtime last night. (I generally require a solid eight hours of sleep to function properly). Because of this, I contemplated skipping class this morning. I’m quite glad though that I forced myself to open my eyes and drag my tired butt out of bed.

The guest speaker in my reporting class this morning was Jacqui Banaszynski. I’ve only heard her guest lecture a few times, but I always enjoy what she has to say. She just. knows. so. much. And I always find myself captivated by whatever aspect of journalism she may be talking about.

I noticed at the beginning of class that she had an “I Love Lucy” clip on her desktop and was hoping it had something to do with the lecture and we would get to watch it. While it was not related to the lecture (which was about tone and structure if you were wondering), she did indulge us at the end of class.

I’ve seen this episode a number of times, but never have I felt this clip accurately reflects my life – until today.  There’s so much going on right now. The semester is half over and everyone is scrambling to get everything done. It’s the time of the year when we all (I think I can accurately say we, as I know I’m not the only one here) start to feel like Lucy and Ethel. There’s so much coming down the conveyor belt so quickly we can hardly keep up with it – much less keep our sanity.

If you’re feeling the same way, I highly suggest you take a break for 1.5 minutes and watch. Nothing like a little humor to help de-stress.