Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gerbil Thing of the Day: Gerbils

Why yes, I have recently discovered the hysterical blog, Nanny Goats in Panties. Why do you ask?

If you think I'm weird about gerbils, you should check out how she's weird about goats. In panties. If you don't read her (and why not?), she regularly posts about the "Goat Thing of the Day." There are a surprising amount of goat things out there.

Anyway, enough about goats. On to gerbils.

BetteJo from A Bead a Day downloaded one of my photos then created and sent this to me. Not only is it hilarious because of the photobombing gerbil, but it is also quite possibly the most flattering photo ever taken of my family. With the possible exception of Quinn there on the bottom right.

I can only imagine that the inspiration for that photo was the following squirrel photobomber. This photo is probably the funniest photograph I have ever seen in my life.

That couple there had set up their camera on a timer to take a scenic picture. Instead, they got something waaaaaay better. Thanks to Fourth Breakfast for being the first to call this to my attention.

As long as we're talking about gerbils here, I'd like to congratulate Kelly at Life with 3 Boys for her new gerbil buddies. Come over to my house and talk Alex into letting me get some gerbils. Please?

Hmmmmm, what else? Oh! I'm reading my gerbil book, The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter. Guess what it's about? The daughter of a gerbil farmer. For real. I'm completely charmed by it. It's a nice change of pace to read a memoir that isn't all, "and then my drug-addicted parents locked my sister and I in a box for four days." It's more like, "and then my dad disappeared into the basement with his gerbils for four days." It's a great book, full of both heart and humor. I recommend it.

To get back to goats (because you were all waiting, huh?), look what came in the mail the other day! My Nanny Goats in Panties pen!

It is resting next to its long lost twin, the Pontificating Gerbil pen, because they are so happy to see each other. I gave Margaret (of NGIP) a pen at BlogHer and she loved it so much that she asked for my pen's number. And now I have her super-awesome pen in a special crossword puzzle book to keep it safe and to differentiate it from the 150 similar Pontificating Gerbil pens in my desk.

I think that's it. I can't think of a single other gerbil thing to entertain you with. Except this:



  1. I totally want you to send me one of those family photos with gerbil as your holiday card! Don't do holiday photo cards? This would be a great reason to start. So funny!

  2. I would totally love to get that for a holiday card!

    Margaret (NGIP) and I snuck into the Blogher business cocktail party together. Love her!

  3. I agree with Tech Savvy Mama...that photo would make the most awesome holiday card. Expecially if youphotoshopped a little santa hat onto the gerbil!

    But, seriously, I want whatever drugs you're taking today. I need the humor big time.

  4. I think I seriously just got sent to my room for how hard this made me laugh. That photo? Now my desktop background

  5. How exciting was it for me to see MY pens on YOUR blog! Woo-Hoo! I love you! You're fabulous!

    And I think Gerbil Thing of the Day is awesome. Gerbil photobombing might even be better than goat photobombing.

    And when the pens didn't come in purple, the next appropro color was green, and then because I wasn't sure what color to use for the letters, I knew yours worked so well, I totally ended up copying you! So now we both have our pens together in 2 different houses. (GASP!) I wonder if our 2 pens are together in anyone else's house. How awesome would that be?

  6. Oh my gosh I'm honored! And I'm thinking I need to start looking for a santa hat! :)

    Love the goats in panties blog. Just the name is enough to get me there!

  7. i just used your pen yesterday, and it made me so happy (when nothing much else was). i'm so glad i have one.

    i love the photo of your family. i'm starting to despair that we will ever get a good one...

  8. love the family photo! ditto on the holiday card. too funny!

  9. I was going to say you should frame the photo and hang it in your house, near any other family photos you have. But the holiday card idea is much much better.

  10. Totally holiday card material...although Quinn does look a little unhappy and a bit younger than he does now! This definitely made me laugh!

  11. ummm... how is it that I never got a pen from you at BlogHer? We are so random when we are together, we don't even get to the important things.

    And... oohh!!!!! I have an idea of something for me to do to send to you. It might take a little while to finish it but I'll email you.

  12. Gerbil, gerbil, gerbil.


    I literally JUST sent a tweet about how much I like @nannygoats!


    Playdate. (@nannygoats, feel free to drop by.)

  13. I think you just found your Christmas card for 2009.

  14. Loving the gerbil photobomb. I even dragged my ever suffering husband to the computer to see it. Glad to see you got as much enjoyment out of the squirrel photo as I did:)

    I am still using your pen. Love the black grippy thing.

  15. and today I have gerbils on my blog!

    YAY for gerbils! Fabulous with a little feta and a nice Chianti.

  16. I love you, but you are so bizarre!

  17. That squirrel photo is hysterical!
    And thanks for the link to the nanny goats in Panties blog. Funny!

  18. I agree - this HAS to be your holiday card. And NGIP is great. I am kind of a wimp when it comes to touching gerbils or goats (not that I see many goats in my suburban neighborhood - just at petting zoos) - but then I'm also afraid of koi, so I'm just a big coward all around when it comes to fauna of any kind - even the domesticated kind. Where was I going with this?...Oh yeah, I love Stimey and NGIP!


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