A Day in the Life of Squirrel Temp

7:35 AM: I overslept! I’d better floor it if I don’t want to be late my first day!

8:17 AM: Coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee!!

10:30 AM: I’m on stapler detail. It’s actually kind of fun, but I have to jump really hard to get through more than six sheets of paper.

12:32 PM: Only 30 minutes for lunch?! Guess I’m eating at my desk, grr…

3:52 PM: “Move this!” “File that!” “Bring me my pen!” “Paint the break room!” They sure keep a girl busy around this place, don’t they?

9:26 PM: Another day, another dollar, I suppose… (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)

Welcome to the working week, Sarah S.



  1. i want to work in this office.

  2. I want an office squirrel!!!! CUTE!

  3. So prosh! If only my office mate was a squirrel! Love the “calming creme” on the desk, where can I get some??

  4. what an exhausting day

  5. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Looks at adjoining cubicle on the right…no squirrel just boring co-worker
    Looks at adjoining cubicle on the left…no squirrel another boring co-worker
    Files complaint with management… we need an office squirrel !!

  6. Office skwerl– PLEASE EXPLAIN. *tapping toes*

  7. 260Oakley says:

    Squirrels just wanna have fun.

  8. I want a squirrel to get all snuggly wuggly with in bed. Her tail would keep my neck warm.

  9. What the heck? No office squirrel here, either! WANT.

  10. …when the working day is done?

  11. Awww, skinny little rake! It needs to be fattened up some more. I´m sure some more of that milk shake will do the trick!

  12. Sqwerl, how’s it going? Listen. You know we’re putting cover sheets on all TPS reports now. Didn’t you get the memo? Well, I’ll make sure you get a copy.

    Oh, by the way, I’m gonna need you to come in this Saturday. mmKay?

  13. Bebeh skwerl labor? Aaaww…

  14. 260Oakley says:

    True story: we had a squirrel in our workplace. Now, given that I work in library technical services, you think folks would have been delighted to have a little squirrely-qte to liven up the day. Mais non. They ran around shrieking and complaining that it would poop on their desks. Eventually it was caught in a humane trap and released, hopefully somewhere where it’s unique contributions to workplace entertainment will be better appreciated. Feh on spineless library peeps!

  15. This little, beautiful office squirrel is such an eager beaver! 🙂 And look at these Smeagol fingers!

  16. Toffiffeezz says:

    I am in desperate need of an office sqwerl… Would make my day so much easier 🙂

  17. “They should have hired a GOPHER instead of a squirrel!” – so Mike.

    We actually had something a “squirrel,” where I work. Basically a squirrel once got into the check sorting room, trashed the sorter somehow by chewing a wire or something and every since then, a jam was considered a “squirrel.” Or at least that’s how I choose to remember it.

  18. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:


  19. Oh dangit! We never get to have Bring Your Squirrel to Work Day where I work.

  20. trying to read the notes on that printer….
    does it say “Fridays OMG Carlos”? not sure why that strikes me as hilarious, but it do.

    He’s much cuter than my office dead-moth-stuck-in-a-light. Trade pls?

  21. moderation purgatory, ahoy!

  22. Baby Squirrel!!!!!!!111111 What a cutie Patootie, Sneaks squirrel off in my pocket.

    Just what I need to keep my day lively.

  23. bebehs totally need to unionize… Squirrel Laborers Guild Local 151?

  24. *looks around*
    Man, my office SUCKS.

    This is a total delight.

  25. Aww, we only have a office beaver, and he’s not even real 😦
    One of the bosses tend to jump around in a bunny costume from time to time, but it’s really not the same…

  26. you can’t be “spineless” in a library!

  27. o.O

  28. What?

  29. I have a stapler with exactly the same problem as Miss Skwerl’s. More than 6 pages, and you might as well not waste your effort…

  30. Hahaha!

  31. 260Oakley says:

    Ah, but you can if you work with electronic resources, like I do!

  32. Pip Helix says:

    I believe you are sitting on my stapler.

  33. Adorable! I’d love to have this cutie as my assistant.

  34. 260, in every library I worked in, the staff always wanted, and lobbied for, a library cat. We thought it would be wonderful to have a kitty, and every time we saw a newspaper article about a library cat, we would stick it on the bulletin board. Alas, it never panned out– the higher-ups always said “The first time the cat scratched a patron, we’d be sued. If a kid tormented the cat, and the cat scratched the kid, all the parents would be out for the cat’s blood.” Alas, alas.

  35. Want office skwerl. Or at least some calming creme. *sulk*

  36. Argh, a David Lynch movie?

  37. TrixandSam says:

    My two little fluffballs, Trixie and Sam, love to chase squirrels. Every day when I leave for work I tell them, “now be productive today! make it count!” to which they reply with snores.

    Guess who’s gonna see these pictures tonight? Time for Trix and Sam to start “chasing squirrels” in a whole new way.

  38. HOW in Hades is that other guy sitting at his desk doing work when there is an adorable baby skwerl in the office??!!! I would so be over there, snorgling my heart out!

  39. Hey Squirrel! Skwerlster! The Skwerlyatollah! Staplin’ papers!

  40. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Boss in a bunny costume…explain please!!!! Where do you work? Disneyland??

  41. Our library has a hamster named Bubbles. She’s usually rolling around behind the desk in her ball or snoozing in her cage in the office.

  42. PS 260, your office-mates sound like they needed some calming cream. 😛

  43. Squirrels! Love them! Check out my backyard peanutcam:

  44. No want squiwwell?

    But look at adorableness!

    FInd all those co-workers and send them this think!

    (stapler shot sooooo cute. Hope squirrel didn’t really drink soda pop or she’ll never make it back in the wild without a fix).

  45. 260Oakley says:

    Or laughing gas. 😉

  46. That is the cutest squirrel I have seen in my life. Thank you.

  47. ScoutsMom says:

    Squirrel Temp? Does that mean it’s a squirrel who is temping as an office worker, or an office worker that is temporarily a squirrel?

  48. Where exactly do I need to send my application so that I can have a squirrel office assistant? Too prosh! 😀

  49. …and I used to be by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry. But then they switched from the Swingline to the Boston staplers but I kept my Swingline…

  50. GingerBean says:

    Love it! What a pretty black squirrel!

  51. Looks like a lot of us work in Libraries!

  52. Oakley, it’s against the rules in RDA (Regulations Dominating Animals), I’m sorry to say.

  53. are you in Ontario? (home of beautiful blackies)

  54. The squirrels were married, not merry. =p

  55. At least calming cream could help offset the tragic lack of skwerl. To think, someone is lucky enough to have both!

  56. WIN!
    Oh, man! When I saw your post, I couldn’t believe nobody else had gone there yet. Bravo!
    Skwerlmeister! Skwerl-o-rama! Drinkin’ coffee!

  57. We have them here at the top of Virginia, too.

  58. but…but…where’s his tie? Business Squirrel ALWAYS wears a tie!!


  59. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    “spineless in a library”

    also: 2600akley works in a LIBRARY.
    OF COURSE she does!!!

  60. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    I support your Angst!!!

  61. Took the words right out of my mouf!

  62. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Once upon a time, our fambly lived in Va and our backyard’s resident skwyrl was more the standard-issue mottled grayish brownish. My mother was convinced his name was Charlie.

  63. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    EXCELLENT diagnostic analytic inquiry there.

  64. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    **Note to self: I want a snazzy car, like skwyrl drives, with three different
    dial readouts, not just an odometer. **

  65. Actual running of red lights not advocated.*

    On a more important note, Squirrel is adorable! I’m very lucky; I get to bring my dog to work. Work really is better with a cutie patootie around.

    *Just had to throw that in there.

  66. Naturellement! It’s always the nuttier ones (my other half is a librarian).

  67. A cat had kittens on our university library roof. It took one of the library assistants ages to catch them all (because, of course, once mum was caught the kittens ran for it every time they saw a ladder).

  68. *looks around*

    Well, I do have a cat in my office. He’s not a squirrel, but he does randomly attack things, so that brightens things up every now and then.

  69. Maine too, teeeeny tiny ones.

  70. It’s just because I’m so old . . .

  71. We have those in our yard. The colony of blackies is in the neighborhood near the post office.

  72. cellarmouse says:

    BB/VA , you lead to some cool links; i was totally agog at the “calming pie” one …

  73. Excuse me…I believe these photos have already appeared on Cute Overload. (Comic Book Guy voice) I believe Meg made a joke about the squirrel marking up her TPS reports.

  74. Wow I live in the same general side of the state as Houghton College. I wonder if I could visit!

  75. I vaguely remember another squirrel in an office posting but for some reason I remember a cinder block wall as a background. Looked like a governmental oversight/audit office by the paperwork and features.

    Some use the search feature!

  76. But was is OK under AACR (Animals Are Cute Really) rules?

  77. So totally this! I think I would have a little nest made up in a drawer (or paperclip holder!) for her.

  78. yep — that’s (one reason) why we hate RDA

  79. I know that puppies often have to grow into their big paws, but this little squeeral…sheesh!

  80. I raised a pair of bebe skwirlios in my bedroom.

    One day they DISAPPEARED.

    I finally found then curled up asleep, burrowed deep in the extra blanket that was folded up on the end of the bed.

    After that, every night when it was bed-time, I would pick them up and put them inside their blankie, and they would go to sleep.

    P.S. They hid peanuts EVERYWHERE. And they chewed on the drywall (sorry Mom and Dad).

  81. P.P.S. I miss them.

  82. I’ve always suspected a high incidence of librarians among Teh Cuterati. Count me in!! (and… I think Skippymom too?)

    We’ve had grasshoppers before, and some bona fide book worms (EW!), but the only mammals running around loose (other than the students of course) were some lab mice released as an oh-so-hilarious prank years before my time. Oh those kids…

  83. Awww…what a cutie…

  84. That was quite entertaining.

    The birds have me longing for spring!

  85. My post is in reply to Birdcage’s video.

  86. kimmeister says:

    The stapler and beverage ones are the best.

    Some of those time stamps are off though (should be PM, not AM).

  87. We adhere strictly to MARC (Machine Readable Cuteness).

  88. Yes, indeed, Susan! We had a thread a while back where a bunch of us librarian and librarian-types identified ourselves. It looks like we’ve multiplied since then.

  89. Dean Procter says:

    pwnd – that’s Secret Squirrel (who works for #wikileaks)

  90. “Business Squirrel will take you DOWN.”

    That is the funniest darned thing I’ve seen in a long time. I larfed big time in my squirrel-free home office. Time to get me one o’ them.

  91. Me too!
    But I also want my one for my own desk. That way when grumpy people come in I can just focus on the wee baby squirrel at my desk.

  92. Hello Mike, very cute pictures of the grey sqirrel!

    Birdcage – your video with the different types of sqirrels is very funny.
    (I like the small one with stripes)

  93. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Also Aquamarine is a Tech Svcs Librarianologist.

  94. It’s made by Eucerin – It’s great stuff for itchy, dry skin.

  95. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    random attacks keep you alert. 🙂

    I refer everyone, again, to the Peter Sellers Pink Panther Films; specifically to Cato, Clouseau’s manservant. (giggle)

  96. I’d like a Squirrel in my office too. Unfortunately, our company does not have a “Squirrel Resource” department to do the hiring.


  97. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    *whiney, spoiled 8-year old voice*

    “Mommmmmeeeeee, I wanna teeeeny-tiny black skwyrl. K’nI have one, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease???”

  98. We’ve seen the stapler and the soda one, but I don’t think we’ve seen the rest.

  99. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Whoops! Thank you!

  100. I looked into it when I got my HR degree, but a specialization in Squirrel Employment would’ve been another 2 years of college. Pleh!

  101. muttluver says:

    I go to the library often, does that count? 😉

    Those……. Stuffy Stewies (My former teacher has a squirrell named Stewart, btw) have obvy never read Dewey’s book.

  102. *raising hands* Special Collections here (along with everything else 😯 )

  103. muttluver says:

    I love the site title.

    I think I’mma start saying “Hello with Cheese” now.

  104. Gigi (the original one) says:

    I have over 6000 books in my house, it’s almost a library right?

  105. (The Original) Mel says:

    True story. We had a cat in the police property room. It really liked the smell of wacky weed. It had it’s own badge #. She retired at the age of 16. 🙂

  106. victoreia says:

    I use the library frequently, and I own lots of books (not 6000, though; my place is too small). Does that count?

  107. raises hand part way up since I only work part-time at the library. Alas, nothing furry (except the occasional patron, eww) at my branch.

  108. victoreia says:

    Maybe he ticked off Mad-Eye Moody?

  109. Becky, Bubba's mum says:

    Oh, oh, oh! I wish there were a “like” button on CO, then I could like pictures without having to post my unwitty comments. This little squirrel draws the maternal instinct right out of me. What a cutie pie.

  110. CatViccer says:


  111. CatViccer says:

    My cat Jinxy went CRAZY over this video!

  112. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    NOW THAT is just about as awesome as the bit where y’all had the (?kangaroo?goat?) in the Squad Car. Rather beginning to sound like the Barney Miller precinct office!!!!

    — which is a GOOD thing!!!!

  113. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    No requirement for literaryness should be implied. It’s just that there are some peeps around the neighborhood who particularly enjoy chattering in a playful manner. CO did setup a trial period of “thumbs up/ down” with each COMMENT….and that was fairly quickly (perhaps a week?) discontinued.

    In the past two yrs, I don’t think the site has engaged a like button on the pics themselves, though ….? I’ve only been hooked for about 2 yrs, but (to my own observation) I don’t recall anyone mentioning that system having been in place here.

  114. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    I sure do love rodents!

  115. okiebooks says:

    Colllege Librarian here! I do a little of everything since we have a small staff (3) working here.

  116. Mollie Cools says:

    Actually, it says “Friday Time Cards”… sorry to disappoint :/ I think I may have put that sign there back in the day when I worked in this office – that was long before they had a SKWERL though!!

  117. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Can you reveal, without revealing too much, where you’re located. I’m interested in where you are because you have black squirrels.

  118. Feh!
    What do they know?
    Any Library board worth their salt knows that the rodent control ALONE makes a library cat valuable!
    And any library cat I’ve ever met has the great good sense to stay out of the reach of any children or nasty-minded patrons.
    I think I’d name MY library cat “Stax”……

  119. Another libarian over here. (Medical library, nothing cute here at all.)

  120. Hmmm…reminds me of the time we sent Dad to the office with paper ears and a cotton tail sewn to the bum of his business suit. He handed out easter eggs too. Went down well with the other Rocket Scientists. 😉

  121. I’m AT Houghton College and wondering what the heck is going on….


  122. lrbassmom says:

    I am such a sucker for squirrel cuteness.

  123. I wish Alberta had black squirrels..BC gets them too, so maybe a couple will tronch on over.

  124. Where does it poop?

  125. I think you are right…(I did use the search feature and couldn’t find the previous squirrel office post, but thank you for confirming it existed.) Anyway, I love the squirrel and wish I could have one for my office!

  126. I’ll work in that office for free. Well, except for a few squirelly snorggles, gotta have a few of those! I’ll even go so far as to say I would gopher fer ‘er.

  127. btw, that small “squirrel” with the stripes is better known as a chipmunk

  128. wherever you don’t want it to……

  129. Do you live in Arlington? There was one black squirrel colony near Westover, and at least one more over on Lincoln Street near Columbia Gardens.

  130. Me too. I can’t wait until January 21st!

  131. I thought Oakley was a he? No?

  132. Aw, that’s almost absurdly gorgeous! And don’t ask me why, but it reminds me of an indie movie called Clockwatchers.

  133. emmberrann says:

    I’ve been a temp in a lot of skwerly offices, I c’n tell you, but not in a library.

  134. What’s January 21st?

  135. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    My guess is, that maybe the Page-a-day CO Calendar is involved ……

  136. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    (shhhhhh don’t tell EVerybody 🙂
    It’s *OUR SECRET* 😉 )

  137. *struggles to not look ahead in my calendar*

  138. In german we say “Streifenhörnchen”, I didn´t know the english name……in Germany we only have red squirrels. 😉

  139. I used to have a no-tail skwerl in the tree outside my window. He came and ate the apple cores that I put out on the window sill. Then jerkhead college administrators tore out my tree to improve the road behind my building. 😦

  140. Everybody knows that libraries ought to have orangutans. Oook.

  141. If that question is for me, I live in Winchester.

  142. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    College Administrators – out to ruin it all, fer tha rest of us. 😦

  143. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    yay Team brinnann!!!
    Rah Rah Rah!!!

  144. rosanne keen says:

    That is too precious for words but i have some…i have loved squirrels my entire life…when i lived at home with my parents, i would feed the neighbourhood squirrels, 25 in total..i had names for each and every one of them as they all had their own personalities and looks…the only gray one i named thumper…they would sit on my lap and eat nuts then look up at me with those beautiful big eyes and melt my heart…this little baby is delicious…i hope he spends many happy days with you.

  145. Sasha's Mum says:

    I’m an editor, AND I use the library a lot, AND I had a library clerk job in high school. That’s gotta give me honorary librarian status, surely?

  146. Not the Bloofman contract… urg.

  147. O No He/ She/ It DI-unt!! says:

    how sweet is this? 🙂

  148. This is the most adorable squirrel post ever, and I know
    cute squirrels!
    I linked you in my latest blog post! http://amusingbunni.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-is-in-air.html

  149. Ours (where I volunteer as well as visit) has hermit crabs. They aren’t as cuddly as a library cat, but don’t cause allergies or liability, and the children’s librarian take one out of the tank and do impromptu hermit crab show-and-tell if anyone expresses interest. (Turns out that caring for them properly is much more difficult than one might think.)

  150. Totes worth it, I would say.

  151. Me too! I luv my ratties & hammies. My Amazon parrot Oliver, on the other hand, would rather they not be present in his home. He rolls his eyes a lot… well not really, but you get the picture.

  152. Geez… in the restroom, of course!

  153. I’m a 2010 alum of Houghton College! Once I picked up a very friendly baby squirrel but never could convince him to help me with my homework…

  154. mom2twinzz says:

    Isn’t this also an encore-presentayshe™? I seem to recall seeing this before?

    Ahh, Finish reading comments before posting:

  155. Me, too!

  156. Meme LUVER says:

    ill never look at a stapler the same way again!

  157. Eucerin calming creme at Target.

  158. My first job ever was a page at a library. Seriously, that was my title. I shelved books. You know those things libraries used to have before DVD’s and CD’s. Heck, this was before the interwebs!

  159. OMG!! That looks like my Scooter! My husband and I found a baby after some trees were cut from our property. She was about 4 weeks old when we took her in. I bottle fed her every 2 hours until she started eating fruits and nuts. I would take her everywhere I needed to go..even to work and meetings I had to attend.We made her a “house” out of a large basket and hooked it in a big bird cage and left the door open so she could go in and out at her will. She had no problem with our 2 cats either. All three of them would run the whole house together. It was amazing to see how they got along.We would take her outside and let her run on our deck railing and she would run and jump to us and had so much fun. She stayed in our home for 4 months until she was ready to venture out into the big world. We still see her out in our back yard frolicking with the other Squirrels and on our deck eating her favorite meal of Sunflowers. She was a joy! We miss out sweet little baby girl and we hope one day she will bring her little one to see her human Mommy and Daddy! OMG got tears now! 🙂