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April 10, 2014

Critter Control!

I woke up in the middle of the night a few days ago to the sound of cracking and chipping. It was pitch black and I was freaked out! I was hoping that it was maybe something outside my hut but the noise was too loud to be anywhere but my room. Maybe it was the AC, I thought, but I clapped my hands 3 times and the noise stopped so I knew it was an animal. I was FROZEN in my bed hoping that my flimsy mosquito net would protect me from whatever it was. I now realize that the mosquito net wouldn’t have done $#it, but it was wishful thinking in the heat of the moment. After being up for 2 hours to the chipping noise, I finally flicked the light on at 6AM and like that it was quiet again. Must’ve been all in my head I thought. However, an hour later, I got out of the shower and was getting ready for the day and saw my peanut butter jar that was about 2 feet from my bed and it was in bits and pieces with a hole chewed through the top. Whatever it was, it was definitely in my room, it was smart enough to smell the closed jar of peanut butter and had teeth sharp enough to bite through it!! I was dumbfounded!! For those that know me, I am not the biggest animal lover let alone critters. In fact I just started petting dogs about 6 months ago when my brother and sister-in-law got a puppy bassett hound! Now I love dogs but I don’t like critters!

I showed the jar to my hotel and I did not argue with them when they quickly offered to switch my room. I asked them what it was but unfortunately they didn’t speak english well enough to explain what it was. I started googling wild animals in Bali but couldn’t find anything. Finally that afternoon I tracked down another worker who spoke english and asked him what he thought it was and he said that it was probably a mouse. EEEEEKKKKKK a mouse, or should I say SQUEAK!!!

Yesterday I went snorkeling with a lovely British couple and their cute sun from Sunset Coin that had just arrived. They mentioned how nice it was and told me what room they were staying in. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that it was my old room! I’m sure the mouse was gone by then anyways.

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