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… and maybe you can get more people to take the stairs. At least, my working theory is that the following series of events was cooked up as an HR wellness initative to get our company’s employees to move more. It all started on November 22 when I was hiking back to the sixth floor from my daily treadmill break in the main floor gym. I noticed that next to a small hole in the wall of the stairwell, someone had amusingly placed a rubber mouse.

Funny, I thought. I snapped a pic and posted it on Facebook. Apparently the mouse had been there about a month already, but newfound exposure jumpstarted something inexplicable. By November 25, there were two.

My coworkers are hilarious, I thought. But it didn’t stop there.

Ok, that’s cozy and sweet. But then …

A child! Apparently the young one has spurred a renewed interest in religion. So of course …

… along come the missionaries. And Santa Claus. Then things started to get a little out of hand.

Even in the best of rodent families, commercialism begins to take over Christmas. Last I saw this morning, this is how their home stands. If anything else develops, I’ll be sure to post updates. You are welcome to come along for the ride.

UPDATE: A few pieces of furniture were added in Friday. Note that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is playing on the TV. 

UPDATE 2: Lights!

UPDATE 3: Pets!

UPDATE 4: Elf on the Shelf finally made the scene, and a copy of The Night Before Christmas is sitting right next to the TV REMOTE. For mice.

UPDATE 5: A small nativity

UPDATE 6: The mouse family left us a Christmas card—they have names!

FINALE: There were no further updates when I took the stairs today. Since I will be out of the office until after Christmas, I hereby conclude this post. Thanks for following along.

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There are 12 comments.

  1. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    DISCLAIMER: I have not added to anything in the metastasizing mouse nest. I am simply an observer reporting on real historical events.

    • #1
    • December 6, 2019, at 11:48 AM PST
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  2. Stad Thatcher

    Are you sure it’s a rubber mouse? They look real to me (and mice make great furniture, too) . . .

    • #2
    • December 6, 2019, at 12:27 PM PST
    • 1 like
  3. ltpwfdcm allegedly Coolidge

    Merrijane (View Comment):

    DISCLAIMER: I have not added to anything in the metastasizing mouse nest. I am simply an observer reporting on real historical events.

    Well, that’s no fun!

    • #3
    • December 6, 2019, at 12:48 PM PST
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  4. She Thatcher
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Haven’t thought about this for decades, but happy for the reminder; it’s a delightful kid’s book, and lovely illustrations: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019B6QB3I/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    • #4
    • December 6, 2019, at 12:49 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  5. Juliana Member

    Love it!

    • #5
    • December 6, 2019, at 1:01 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  6. Mark Camp Member

    Y’all hiring?

    • #6
    • December 6, 2019, at 1:40 PM PST
    • 1 like
  7. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Y’all hiring?

    Actually they did post a part-time position today, but it’s just for scanning documents in the mail room. Probably not worth the move.

    • #7
    • December 6, 2019, at 1:51 PM PST
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  8. Weeping Member

    How fun! Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to seeing what Santa brings those little mice. :)

    • #8
    • December 6, 2019, at 2:32 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  9. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    Weeping (View Comment):

    How fun! Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to seeing what Santa brings those little mice. :)

    Me too!

    • #9
    • December 6, 2019, at 2:36 PM PST
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  10. Matt Harris Member

    Merrijane (View Comment):

    Weeping (View Comment):

    How fun! Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to seeing what Santa brings those little mice. :)

    Me too!

    A pet cat…

    • #10
    • December 6, 2019, at 3:36 PM PST
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  11. Mark Camp Member

    Merrijane (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Y’all hiring?

    Actually they did post a part-time position today, but it’s just for scanning documents in the mail room. Probably not worth the move.

    Probably not, of course!

    But, just asking. Is there a double-wide cot and a fridge in the mailroom?

    • #11
    • December 6, 2019, at 3:36 PM PST
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  12. Merrijane Thatcher
    Merrijane

    Mark Camp (View Comment):
    But, just asking. Is there a double-wide cot and a fridge in the mailroom?

    Ha ha, I wish! Maybe I’d transfer. 

    • #12
    • December 6, 2019, at 4:15 PM PST
    • 1 like