Squirrelly in the Afternoon

I can be a morning person (in the sense that I do manage to enjoy them once I finally become coherent), or a night person, but during the afternoon I'm completely useless. I get a ton done before lunch, squeak out a little right after lunch, but by this time (4pm) I can't do a blessed thing. My brain is shot.

And I get a little nutty. Today is no exception, and, as you can imagine, it is indeed worse on Fridays.

But, I'm very comfortable with this, because squirrels are, hands down, my favorite animals. Love 'em. Have you ever just sat down and watched the little guys? They're hysterical. This is one species that really has mastered frolicking. They chase each other in circles around trees, they leap from branch to branch. But, they're also disciplined-- consider the "squirrelling away" of resources they do every year. (We'll leave out my desire to hybernate for a moment.)

One of my favorite memories of my mom and I when I was a teenager is of watching squirrels. We were in a fast-food parking lot, and we watched the french-fry-stealing machinations and manipulations of different little furry friends. We laughed so hard we cried. Later, in a hotel during a college road trip, I showed a good friend my impression of the squirrel who went flat to when he was startled. It was a perfect way to lighten what had been a very tense day.

They're marvelous little creatures. So, if I'm a little squirrelly
this afternoon, I can live with that.
And I have a tee shirt to back me up.


  1. Anonymous5:11 PM


    we are going to have to exchange squirrel stories! I adore them. And I have good stories :)

  2. The only thing is they steal the bird food from the bird feeders and destroy them, other then that they are cute little critters.

    Too funny, I think you are going to have to change your inner self from crusader rabbit to crusader squirrel.

  3. love love love the t-shirt.
    scout loves squirrels too.
    but in a different way.

  4. I love the shirt! BUT I do not like the squirrels who inhabit our very low attic.

  5. Hee! Squirrels and other small rodentlike creatures are some of my favorites ever. :)


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