while i don't have a dramatic story to blog home about (à la bat story), it was another exciting time at the noz mansion last night. long story short: we found a squirrel at 2:30 a.m. on the second floor of our house. mrs. noz and i ran up to our storage room on the third floor to get a box to use get the squirrel out of our house, only to discover that the squirrel nest is in our storage room.
just to be clear: we didn't lose a battle. it was a tactical retreat. the storage room, for now, is squirrel territory. but we have only begun to fight! the college is calling in the same guy who brought us victory in the bat wars (apparently he's also a squirrel whisperer). we're hoping this isn't a month long ordeal like the bats were.
the squirrels in our house didn't look like the common gray squirrels that we see hopping around the yard all day. they are smaller, have bigger eyes and a white stripe on the side. there was some discussion whether they are baby squirrels, or maybe chipmunks. the other odd thing was that the squirrels in our house are clearly nocturnal while the gray squirrels in our yard clearly are not. some googling revealed that the local variety of flying squirrels are nocturnal. they're also smaller than gray squirrels and have large eyes (i guess to take in more light to see in the dark), so i think that's what they got. i also think that flying squirrels can't spell.
anyway, this further confirms that 2009 is the shittiest year ever, at least in terms of my personal life. most of this years calamities have gone unmentioned on this site. but let's just say that the year started with our car being towed and basically went downhill from there. if our secret project comes through in the next few weeks, the entire year will be redeemed. if not... well, i'm warning you 2009!