• July 11, 2014

squirrel meme



I haven’t had much blogging inspiration lately.  Pretty much all my creative endeavor of late has been thrown at figuring out what color to paint the fireplace.  Seriously, I keep going back to Home Depot for paint samples.  The guy behind the paint counter recognizes me now, he repeats his advice to have faith in the process.

Uh huh.  What I have is a plethora of paint samples, none of which I like on the fireplace.

With that situation still unresolved, it was good to have a distraction in the form of a challenge.  My friend Alicia Anderson formed a GISHWES team for August.  It’s a huge scavenger hunt that I found out too late about last time around.  I immediately joined team Squirrelicorn – I wasn’t asked when naming time came round, so Squirrelicorn it is.

Anyway, there’s been a playful back and forth on the internet of Germans attempting to say the English word squirrel.  When team naming time came, a real life squirrel trapped in a real life chimney was causing real life mayhem for one of the team members.  Alicia also recently challenged other team member, and real life German, Ollie Crusoe, to  shout out for the tree rodents.

Ollie graciously obliged and answered her challenge with a challenge:  To say eichhornchen, the German word for squirrel.  Because Ollie knows I’m lacking in blog inspiration lately (probably because I broadcast said sentiment to all of Twitter, but he could just be really intuitive), the Eichhornchen Initiative was lobbed my way too.

So here it is.  No challenge is too silly for the light stealer.


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Cairn Rodrigues is a former professional chef who found that keyboards offer fewer cuts and burns, so she turned to writing. A lifelong nerd, she has affection for marzipan and a potentially unhealthy Twitter addiction. She resides near her hometown of Sacramento, California in a poorly decorated house.

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