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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

losing it

I kept hearing something downstairs. Like something or someone was moving around down there.

I mentally assessed what would happen if it were like the last time. But I knew that I set the alarm before I went to bed. And locked the steel part of the doggie door. So it couldn't be.

But I kept hearing the noises. I was too tired, or perhaps just too scared, to do anything more than check to be sure it wasn't TheDog, as she was asleep at the foot of my bed, and grab the tazer out of my bedside table.

Yes, I now sleep with a tazer next to my bed. And no, I don't want someone to ever get close enough that I need to use it, but it sure helps me to sleep when I imagine someone walking around in my own house. Uninvited.

After trying for many hours, I finally fell asleep.

This morning, I double-checked, and the alarm was indeed on. Doggie door locked. And nothing seemed to be amiss.

When I was getting ready to leave, I could not find my keys anywhere. So, I disarmed the alarm, and checked the front door. Which I had apparently left unlocked. Not that that mattered, because I had, indeed, left the keys in the door.

Maybe I should be a little less concerned with strangers coming through doggie doors and setting off my alarm in the middle of the night. And more concerned with someone walking right through the front door. Not only because I forgot to lock it, but because I invited the neighborhood with my keys swinging in the lock.


Trish Ryan said...

Oh man...I'm glad you're okay! I have to do an inventory of all my keys, locks, etc. before I go to bed. Maybe your keys could live on your nightstand next to the taser?

Jeremy said...


If you get that new camera stolen there will be hell to pay young lady!


Glad you are safe.

VJ said...

I'm with Tish here. I do a quick inventory of everything before I go to bed. Sometimes the wife leaves the garage door entrance unlocked. We've got a system that essentially has only one door able to be opened from the outside for access. The rest have to be opened from the inside. You could break some glass, but that would be noticeable.

I'm betting you might have a rodent infestation of some sort. Pack rats or field mice or some other varmints. But if you're hearing it, you're probably not imagining it. Tasers are expensive too! Dad's shotgun is probably more effective in the end, but that's mostly best reserved for the 2 legged kind of varmints! Cheers & Good Luck, 'VJ'

Jen said...

Once in a while we will wake up and find that we forgot to close our garage door. Anyone could come waltzing into our house when the garage door is open. I hate that feeling- I feel relieved that nothing happened, but could just smack myself for not being more careful.