Mouse in the House

When Ryan and I arrived at the gym, we hopped on side-by-side treadmills to begin our workouts. Within 30 seconds, I hopped off, declaring I “just wasn’t feeling it.”

I chose an elliptical beside Ryan’s treadmill instead and peddled away for 30 minutes, thinking I would then head upstairs to take a 6 a.m. yoga class.

After my 30 minutes were up, a single thought ran through my mind. I could dig deep and finish my cardio workout by completing only 20 more minutes on a cardio machine, or I could take an hour long yoga class. I opted for the short and dirty option!

Yoga = No-ga (Ryan’s words, not mine. Smile)

After my 30 minutes on the elliptical, I completed a 15-minute treadmill workout that looked like this:


Minutes Incline Speed
0 – 1 1.0 6.0
1 – 3 1.0 6.5
3 – 3:30 1.0 9.0
3:30 – 4:30 1.0 6.5
4:30 – 5 1.0 9.1
5 – 6 1.0 6.0
6 – 6:30 1.0 9.2
6:30 – 7:30 1.0 6.0
7:30 – 8 1.0 9.3
8 – 9 1.0 6.0
9 – 9:30 1.0 9.4
9:30 – 10:30 1.0 6.0
10:30 – 11 1.0 9.5
11 – 12 1.0 6.0
12 – 15 8.0 4.0

Since Ryan still wasn’t done with his workout when I finished my treadmill session, I read magazines on the elliptical for another 10 minutes while waiting for him to finish.


After a 20 minute walk with Sadie, I downed a cup of coffee with almond milk (obsessed with our new Keurig!) and got to work on breakfast.

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In today’s smoothie:

  • 1 1/4 c. almond milk
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 handful fresh spinach

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Cocoa powder makes smoothies so chocolaty. I’m a fan!

Mouse in the House

In other news, our unwelcome guests are getting braver. Too brave. 

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Yes that picture is for real. FOR REAL. We live among vermin. In my head, I’m repeating August 1… August 1… August 1… Get me out of here. (Also, if any of you say that mouse is cute, I may have to pummel your face.)

The little guy in the above picture is currently perched under our oven and is dying for some food out of Sadie’s bowl. She is not having it. Like Joey Tribiani, “Sadie doesn’t share food!”

Let’s hope this ends well… though I’m not really sure what “well” entails.


  1. emily says

    Julie..I feel so bad for you! I FREAK when I even see a little bug. I live in NY and we were getting a ton of rain a couple of months ago and we had centipedes!!! I would go crazy.. thank god I had my husband to kill them but they are FAST.

    My question to you is: How are you able to stay in that place alone?!! I would be terrified. Are they leaving droppings everywhere? I would be so mad that they would be crawling all over my stuff, especially my kitchen stuff!! wow….horrible!!!


  2. Laura@ Backstage Pass says

    “Sadie doesn’t share food!” Love the Frienda reference, haha.
    I’d look into getting or borrowing a cat. Seriously! Our cat caught a mouse once at a loft apartment we lived at, and after that if there were any more mice, they didn’t come around anymore!


  3. Danielle says

    I didn’t know it was possible but my smoothie came out a tad to thick this morning. So thick my blender didn’t finish blending the frozen fruit.


  4. Pickynikki says

    Yeah, I don’t know how you took the photo calmly! We had a mouse once, and I couldn’t sleep, or relax!
    As for Keurig, I love my Breville K-cup machine (I am actually on my second one… had one for 3 years till I couldn’t stand descaling it so often… and bought new one) What are your favourite K-cups so far?


  5. Michelle says

    Ekk! I had the SAME issue a few months ago! My landlord got a pest control guy to come look at our kitchen (which is where they were coming from) and he found a lot of holes that needed some patching (like under the sink, behind our stove, etc) Maybe ask your landlord to get someone in there ASAP to see if they can calk up those wholes and keep those stinkers out!! At least until Aug 1st! You have to keep your sanity and be able to relax in your home…especially your kitchen!!



  6. says

    Ugh, you poor thing! I don’t know how you’re doing it. Years ago, I was living in a pretty gross place and we got mice maybe two weeks before we were scheduled to move out. I couldn’t sleep for the whole time because I was so terrified of them. Good luck girl. You’re so close to moving!


  7. Laura says

    Gross! That mouse would be cute if it were outside. NOT cute when it’s in your house. I hope somehow the problem is taken care of soon. August 1 is way too far away when you’re living with mice.


  8. says

    Rogue mice are not cute. Not when they are in your house and especially never when they crawl over your hand when you reach into your sock drawer. Although, hopefully that has only happened to me! BLECH


  9. says

    Oh my god. I would DIE. Even little bugs freak me out, so I can’t imagine having a mice in my home! To be honest, I don’t think I’d be even able to fall asleep!


  10. Lily says

    OMG!!! Get a cat(s) (preferably females, they are better hunters) and let them loose in the house and the mouse problem will be no more.


  11. Erin says

    I was just curious about your 50 min cardio minimum rationale. Its funny because I kinda do the same thing- if I am at 45 min I’m like ok just do 5 more so I can say I did 50, but I’m not sure why thats the magic number.


  12. says

    Ugh I’m so sorry! YOU CAN DO IT! A little more than five weeks :)

    Question for you! Do you use unsweetened cocoa powder? I just bought Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Powder and it’s unsweetened. Would this work?!



  13. Jenny R says

    Sorry about the mice! I’ve been there too and we ended up breaking our lease because our landlord was too much of a bozo to do anything about it. I’m sorry, but mice that are ballsy enough to calmly stride across the living room to sit and stare at me while I’m watching tv are too smart to walk into those little sticky traps!! 6 more weeks…you can make it…
    Also, love the FRIENDS reference :) That show was the best, and I assume that’s where you got the name for your blog. Joey’s imitation of a Peanut Butter Fingers appetizer for M & C’s wedding cracks me up every time!


  14. Amelia says

    Eww….eww…eww!!! Disgusting. I would be on top of a chair!!! Not cute at all. And since I’d be up on a chair I wouldn’t be snapping a pic! You’re a brave soul, Julie. Get outta there as fast as possible!

    Dear God, please hurry to August 1st for Julie and Ryan’s sake. Amen.


  15. SAMANTHA says

    I think mice are cute, but not wild running through my house. I would cry if I had to kill one, but I think I would try to catch it then release it somewhere?? oh boy. : (


  16. Diane says

    Oh my gosh! Well, at least you won’t have to worry about that mouse being in your house tonight because it will be in my nightmare! UGH!


  17. says

    I’m obsessed with my Keurig!! Love it, with a capital L.

    Not gonna lie, I’m a little on edge from the mouse pic now. I keep expecting one to jump out from under my desk aaaahhhh

    So thank you, Julie, for my unnecessary fear 😉


  18. says

    Yikes! My roomie and I have had some problems with roaches in our apartment when it gets really hot out. Luckily I’m away for the summer, but if they are there when I get back I will cry. At least mice are sorta cute??


  19. Allison says

    I have no idea how you got that picture. I would have been screaming and running away!!

    Started reading your blog when I saw you in the Angelos…although I already has seen it.


  20. Erica says

    Oh Sweetie…If I lived closer I would bring my cat over for you…she is quite the hunter…granted she has only ever hunted flies…I am certain she would get him, shes tough 😉

    I am not gonna say that mouse is cute…it is huge and in your kitchen and it makes me want to cry for you.

    Normally I am not for the killing of any animals but I sincerly hope sadie lays a smack down on him!!!!

    Aug. 1st can’t come soon enough!!!! Are you making sure to wipe down your floors and counters with a mild bleach solution or lysol wipes a few times a day?

    We had a squirrel in our wall last fall and we bought these little wall plug in things that emit a noise only rodents and bugs can hear and it scared him off…maybe that would help :(

    Oh I have also read they can’t stand the smell of peppermint oil!!!!


  21. Baby's Moon says

    Julie – try peppermint extract (baking section at the grocery store). Mice HATE the smell of it. I work in an old warehouse bldg and I used to have a “visitor” in my office. Used a cotton ball and swabbed the perimeter of the baseboards, my desk and the bottom of the door to my office with a big bottle of it- never saw him again….. We also use it at home to keep critters out of our shed in the wintertime….Hopefully it will keep them away til August 1st!


  22. Jessica says

    Hi Julie,
    Your recycled photo of the luna bar posed a question in my mind… How do you file your photos in your computer? Do you have a breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner file? Do you fie by month? My smoothie, ingredients, or, well… how? I’d love it if you could do a quick post on that!! thx


  23. says

    I found a mouse in our kitchen this morning, too!! AHHH!

    We’ve had mice once before… why am I ALWAYS the one that finds them?!! The little bugger was in MY basket of random crap… probably pooping all over my job applications…

    I have such a love/hate relationship with mice. On one hand… they’re dirty and possibly disease-ridden and bite… but on the other hand… God, you have to admit, they are SO cute! I really want a pet mouse… one that lives in a cage, not in our pantry.


  24. says

    Get a couple of basic mousetraps and add peanut butter (I know you have plenty) on the food end. Then set them up around where you spot them the most AT NIGHT. Make sure you lock Sadie in your room with you. And when you wake up in the morning, make sure to move any “unused” traps before letting Sadie loose. This will hold you over until you move. It usually works in a night for us (we suffer a similar fate of always having mice close by).

    And that mouse would be very cute if it was outside. But since it is inside, it’s ugly. Just like dandelions… when they are planted in a garden or in a pot, beautiful, but all over the yard, ugly.


  25. Sarah says

    I am new to your blog, and I must say…I LOVE IT! I am newly married myself, and totally relate to your love of experimenting in the kitchen with healthy new things and staying in shape. But, I MUST know…what time do you get up?!? You always seem to get so much done before breakfast!!! Either you get up super early, or eat breakfast late. :-) Just curious! LOVE the blog!! You have won over another devoted daily (multiple times a day) reader!


  26. Jenn says

    Has your landlord not offered to send in pest control??? My bf and I had rats when we first moved into our house. We called the landlord but he was being way lazy about getting an exterminator so we did ourselves and sent him the bill- lol. It worked though! But ugh I feel your pain, if it weren’t for my cat I would have called WAY sooner.


    • Jenn says

      oh I meant to add that I live in Sarasota! wtf is up with mice/rats here?? I never knew they existed here until the last two places I’ve lived YUCK


  27. Susan says

    Julie.. I have a mouse catching cat… wish I lived closer. Bruin (my cat) is the sweetest boy ever, but can he catch mice.
    We inherited our mice when we bought the house.. and it’s been quite a process. Good luck!! I’ll ask Bruin to send you good thoughts… in the meantime, buy traps and use a tiny bit of peanut butter on them. I know you have some of that in the apartment. :)



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