a peek inside the fishbowl

22 Jan, 2009

Oh yes.

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

I just realized it was exactly a year ago today that a bat attached itself to my pantleg.

3 Responses to "Oh yes."

1 | Meagan Miller

January 23rd, 2009 at 10:32 am


I read the story and laughed, sorry, because my boyfriend had something similar happen to him in the comfort of his office in East Ottawa.

He sat at his desk working, and all of the sudden felt something in his pant leg. Thinking it was a bug of some sort, he reached down and sort of batted it. He realized it was a pretty big bug, and he didn’t want to squish it and get its guts on his pants. So he cupped it in his hand and waddled to the office bathroom. When he removed his pants, a dead mouse fell out.

A mouse crawled up his pants and died.

So, you know, rodents on pants – dead or alive – can happen anywhere.

2 | Gwen

January 23rd, 2009 at 10:54 am


Andrea, that bat post was hilarious!!!

3 | Scatteredmom

January 24th, 2009 at 12:17 pm


I have never had a bat do that, but in Stanley Park, Vancouver I had a big, fat, grey squirrel climb my pant leg. It stopped about mid thigh when I screamed and then jumped onto the seat of the bike I was pushing and sat there for a ride. I could even feel it’s claws through my jeans.

It *is* freaky to have some furry wild THING on you when you’re expecting them to be afraid of you.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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