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30 August 2005 @ 11:14 pm
Rats! (Part II)  
Those who have been reading my LJ for a while will remember the problem my office had with rats... Apparently at night, the critters would come out and eat food off of our desks. Once it even pulled off and ate candy from our sales manager's candy cane tree that she had on her desk for Christmas... Well, since my initial post in November, we hadn't really seen or heard too much about them,... until yesterday. :P

I was quietly sitting in my office yesterday morning half trying to wake up and half focused on the morning trades when my boss stopped at the doorway to his office. "Wow - that's a HUGE rat," he said in a really calm voice. As soon as he said that, my male co-worker (who was sitting at the desk right outside my boss' office) got up and RAN across to the other end of the room - while everyone else gathered in my boss' doorway. My office is right next door to my boss' and at first, I thought he was joking because he was so calm about everything, but when I stood up I could see that he wasn't. :P

The rat was caught in a sticky trap and was still alive (wah!) and I think I was the only one who felt completely sorry for it. Yes it's a rodent, and yes I know it may carry diseases, but what an inhumane way to trap any animal. :( I walked across the room and couldn't watch as they tried to get rid of it - everyone thought I was afraid, but I left because I just felt so bad for it. :(

The one amusing thing was that all the men in the office got as far away from the rat as possible and all the women were the ones who ended up taking care of it. We certainly do have some brave women in our office - the men were another story. ;) And it was quite the excitement for an early Monday morning - and trust me, after that, I was wide awake. :P

In other news, today my co-workers ordered breakfast from a wonderful place nearby and after much debate, I decided not to get anything. :( The hardest part about being on a healthy eating plan is that in my office, the bad-for-you eating is almost constant. :( So I sat there eating my grapes as they all ate their fried rice and portugese sausage omelets and I have to admit, after a while, the grapes started to taste a little sour. ;) Of course I'm kidding because in the end, I was pretty happy I didn't give in and eat anything. :) Hopefully I'm finally taking my first steps toward beating my stress-eating problem. :D

I'd better run and get some things done on my sites. I was so exhausted last night, I fell asleep without even getting online. Hopefully once the conversion is over and things have calmed down at work, I'll have more energy at night for LJ and my sites again. Thank you all for your patience with me in commenting and replying to your comments - I may not be as prompt as I was before, but please know that I appreciate all of you and all of your sweet comments. :) Hope you all have a nice evening. :D *HUGS*
Current Mood: hothot & VERY humid!!
Current Music: "Leave Me Alone" - Side Show
Blanche: zoe bowieblanche on August 31st, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Man. That kind of environment would be tough to eat healthy in. I love fried rice and the phrase "portugese sausage omelet" made me hungry and I've never had one!

And I totally agree with the rat/glue trap thing being inhumane. Not that the majority of rats would feel badly for us if the situation were reversed, but still. Can you imagine the male rats standing around all bipedal and saying, "There's another hairless ape in the glue trap again. Those things are so creepy, I'm letting the women deal with them!"
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 31st, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
Oh those omelets are SO good, but so bad fat and calorie wise! And it's incredibly hard trying to stay healthy in my office. I work with a lot of 20 year olds who have incredible metabolisms and can eat anything and still look incredible! I just look at their food and gain another 5 pounds. :P

Can you imagine the male rats standing around all bipedal and saying, "There's another hairless ape in the glue trap again. Those things are so creepy, I'm letting the women deal with them!"

Bwahaha! That comment totally made my morning!! :D
defygravity73 on August 31st, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
Eek! I hate those little rodents. I would have been running away and hovering in a corner with the men. LOL!

But, I agree. Those traps are inhumane. Every time they do roadwork or construction in this area, it drives the mice into the houses. Everyone in the neighborhood complains. Mom put down those traps one year, and I was devastated. I'm the type of person who will scoop up a mouse, even though I hate them, and take them somewhere to set them free.

Your will power is amazing! *applauds* I have zero will power, so I would have been pigging out with the co-workers. =p
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 31st, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
I would want to try to save the mice too, if I were you. I can't believe everyone in my office looked at me like I was crazy when the first thing I said was, "Poor thing!!" It's just such a cruel thing to do to any animal! :(

And thanks, Andrea! Except, I don't have any will power - zero... So it was a HUGE step for me that I resisted the urge to join them yesterday. :) It's so hard to diet in my office! :(
queenstacey on August 31st, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
eewww I'd be working on my desk all day... or request to work from home! HA!

YEah they need to do those little Rat hotels where when one walks in it closes them in.... so that way who ever is incharge can come collect the boxes and let them go free somewhere far away from where you work!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 1st, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
I know all week we were all afraid to be the first one into the office, no one knew if he/she had friends or relatives who might come down and get caught in other traps. :(

That's a perfect idea! I think that would be the best way to get rid of them - capture them (without injuring them) and set them free somewhere. :) It was just too sad to see the poor thing caught in the trap like that! :(
kenna_clairkenna_clair on August 31st, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
I never understood the purpose of those sticky rat traps - I mean what are you suppose to do with the rat once it's trapped? They are still ALIVE! I agree with you 100%, it is INHUMANE. I'd rather give it poison so it can die a quiet death. I'm surprised they haven't done anything about the rat problem yet - I would think it's a health hazard.

Good for you for resisting temptation! Save it up for some indulgences while in LA!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 1st, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
I think those traps are too cruel. :( A quiet, quick, and painless way to get rid of them would be much more kind. :( I really felt sorry for the poor thing - when we found it, it was still trying to get free from the trap! :(

That was my thinking exactly! The less I eat now, the more I can indulge in LA. ;D
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on August 31st, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
I can't say that I like rats but I would have felt sorry for it too. Did they not have done something in regard to the rat problem?

I'm very glad that you could resist to eat anything - I'm sure that are the first steps. :) Luckily, no-one is doing this "eating thing" at the office where I work.

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 1st, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
The only thing they've done about the rat problem we've been having is put out those sticky traps. :( It's so sad to see them stuck there, though - the poor thing was still trying to get free when we found it. :( I don't care for rats either, but seeing any animal suffer like that is just really cruel! :(

Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up until my trip (at least) that way maybe I'll be able to enjoy a little bit of bad food on my vacation without feeling so guilty. :P

*HUGS* to you, Sabine! :D
karen: east village opera companywakedistracted on August 31st, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Ewwww. :) We had mice in our office. Rodents creep me out! I'm so squeamish. :)
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 1st, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
Usually I get squeamish around them too. It's odd but my only thought the other day was, "That poor thing!!" :(
Rachelreelcowgirl on September 2nd, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
Yay for sticking to the healthy eating! I understand how hard it is; I always bring lunch with us in the vet truck, usually healthy stuff. Then the vet ends up getting hungry and we go through a fast food drive through or something, and it just makes my mouth water. But in the end, I feel better when I don't eat so much junk food. As for the rats, it's funny the men couldn't handle them! I personally find them quite cute. ;)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 5th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rachel! It was so hard to resist that breakfast offer - especially when everyone in my office was eating. :P Hopefully that means there will be more things I'll be allowed to eat in LA next weekend. ;)

And it was so funny to see all the men in my office run away from the rat! Now I know who the brave ones in my office are. :)