Mouse Droppings: A Tail of Two Tanks

iStock_000012365285XSmall.jpgIn week four of our never-ending saga of Milford the smelly mouse, my husband and son were sent out on a mission. The goal was to rid our home of the putrid smell Milford has been emitting from his cage ever since we brought him home as a house guest. Today, the men hit Petco and happened upon an incredibly helpful store employee who came clean about keeping a mouse as a house pet.
In case you ever consider buying a $2.99 mouse for a split second, move along and take a look at a harmless gerbil. You see, according to the Petco store worker, while mouse poop doesn’t have an odor that can leave you gasping for breath, their urine on the other hand, is practically lethal. The only thing to combat the smell is to invest in pet friendly air fresheners (check) and open the windows to air out the place.
Undeterred by the news that we may never rid our home of that foul odor, Dylan and Darin selected a reptile tank which traps in the smell and keeps it contained inside the glass. Unfortunately, that means Milford will be dealing with the smell on his own and hopefully, he’ll keep that offensive odor to himself.
To make his home a bit cozier, Darin and Dylan selected a nice igloo for Milford to hang out in. So now, he’s been holed up in his see through home ever since they brought it home. At least the place is more spacious. Let’s give it another week and see what the future holds. If the smell continues to fester throughout the house, I’ve told Dylan that Milford’s days are numbered. I’ve even promised to buy him a monkey if that mouse doesn’t stop fouling up his house and ours. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel like the old lady who swallowed a fly.

An Interview with HOP Star Kaley Cuoco

kaley cucoc.JPGRole Mommy West Coast Correspondent Kristin Flannery Chats wit Kaley Cuoco, Star of the New Animated Film HOP
In the movie HOP, premiering on April 1st, Kaley Cuoco plays Sam, the over-achieving sister who wants to do everything she can to support her slacker brother. In real life, Kaley finds herself as sister to many, especially the actors on her TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” We sat down with her to discuss how her role in HOP imitates real life and what it is like acting with a bean bag….
Question: What was your favorite scene?
Kaley Cuoco: The scenes with the rabbit in my hair. I was holding a beanbag the whole time. It was a black bag that was full of sand and it was very heavy. It had weight and it was very squishy. We did a take with the bag, and then we did a take with an actual stuffed animal, an EB-like stuffed animal. It was very weird and very technical.
Question: Do you have brothers and sisters?
Kaley Cuoco: A younger sister.
Question: Have you been helping guide your sister like you did with your brother in the film?
Kaley Cuoco: I don’t have any brothers. Actually, I technically do. I have four brothers at work who are successful, so I don’t really have to push them, but it was fun. Thank God we don’t have any slackers in my family. I come from a very motivated, overly annoying family so there was none of that. There was no lying around in our house.
Question: How is this character different than Penny on The Big Bang Theory?
Kaley Cuoco: I like that Sam had her head on her shoulders. I feel that Penny has such love for those boys, and Sam has so much love for her brother. She wants him to be successful and she believes in him so much when no one else does, which I find really, really sweet. Tim Hill, the director, told me at the beginning. He said, “I really want this character to just love her brother so much.”
Question: What was it like eating jelly beans that came from the Easter Bunny’s bottom?
Kaley Cuoco: Do you know how many times I had to eat them? Because I kept picking up ten different jelly beans because they didn’t know what flavor they wanted to do.
Question: Did you actually work with Russell at all? Were you ever in the same space?
Kaley Cuoco: No. He would not show up. He was just diva. Diva left us with stuffed animals and said,”I don’t care.” He wanted nothing to do with it. I have only seen and talked to him during this press stuff. It makes me sad because that would have been a lot of fun to work with him. He makes me laugh so hard. I love funny people.