December 20, 2008

on Arizona and being absentminded...

Pardon the absence; the husband and I were busy meandering around Yuma, Arizona for the last couple days. It was a rather last minute trip - apparently last minute enough for us to forget to lock the front door on our way out. Actually, there is a very large possibility that we left the door open for the two days we were gone. That's right, open.

SWEET MOTHER OF MERCY, AM I GLAD WE HAVE A SCREEN DOOR.

We pulled up to our place late last night, eagerly looking at the front porch (hoping the replacement Wii box was sitting there waiting for us) when all of a sudden Jay said, "Eh, why is the door open?" I'm pretty sure I had a stroke right there. (In fact, you're lucky that both sides of my body are functioning correctly after that experience.) We jumped out of the car and flew across the lawn to the house. There was a bunch of mail in the entryway, but right away we saw that the TV was there and figured we were safe. We did a quick scan of the house, and all was intact. We stood there looking from each other, to the door, to the mail in the entryway, back to each other.

"Who? How? Why? Did the landlord open the door? Did the mailman open the door? Did the UPS guy open the door? How does this happen?"

After a while, we realized that we were busy carrying boxes out to the car while we were getting ready to leave on Thursday (we had a lot of Christmas gifts to ship out to various places across the country) and that there was a strong possibility that one of us just didn't turn around to lock the door before hopping in the car to leave. I have a hard time believing we'd be absentminded enough to leave it open, but I have an even harder time believing that some random creeper would straight up open our door and put mail inside without closing it behind them. Everyone must have just assumed we were home? Or something? I had left the Christmas tree lights on, after all.

It's weird, regardless. We were just thanking God that some shady character didn't walk in and steal absolutely everything we own. Renters insurance, anyone? I think we should partake. We'll take this as a hint.

Anyway, the actual trip was nice. More than nice, actually. The drive there wasn't too bad; it took about four hours to get there. Of course, Jay decided to sleep for at least two of those hours (a fact he strongly denies, for some odd reason) so I was left to fend for myself. I had to entertain myself by doing my best impressions of Regina Spektor (it's seriously attractive, you have no idea), attempting to peel a clementine with one hand (slightly awkward, by the way) and fighting the urge to stop the car and run out to do snow angels in the filthy snow on the side of the freeway (hey, snow is snow).

It was good times.

It was only two days spent in Arizona, but it was incredibly nice to go visit my grandparents and parents while they are there this year. Since I don't get to see my family on Christmas, it was nice to have a bit of an early celebration - and we also were able to have a little birthday party for my nearly-ten-year-old sister, who has a birthday on the 23rd. (She's seriously ten? Double digits? When did this happen?) We had a great time chatting and playing Wii and looking at Christmas lights and eating too much food and visiting with the grandparents and all of that goodness. And you know I took entirely too many photos, right? Right. (More on that in the next few days, once I get around to editing them this weekend.) We don't even have to go anywhere when we visit; I just love spending time with my family. Just talking and reminiscing. That's what I love. So, the last couple days were very, very refreshing.

The drive home last night was better, as we were both kept awake and coherent thanks to a couple Starbucks lattes. Which was certainly a good thing.

All in all, it was a lovely couple of days away. (The initial panic-stricken-return aside, of course. Apparently we are both losing our minds. Or something.)

20 comments :

  1. Wow, that's super scary. I've felt that feeling before and it is not good at all! Somebody watching over you ;)

    One of my pet peeves is when the only other person you're driving with falls asleep (at night, on long drives). SO not fair to the driver! Hrmph!

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  2. I'm so glad everything is okay! I can relate to the feeling of panic. I've been known to do things like that (leave the trunk of my car open in a mall parking lot...HELLO!) but thankfully I've never suffered the consequences of my forgetfulness (and it was a really good lesson about being more mindful during busy/stressful times).

    Arizona is such a beautiful place :) I've only been to Scottsdale and Sedona, but I loved it!

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  3. Oh my gosh - that's so frightening! As if you're renting and your landlord didn't come lock up for you guys! Ack!

    Glad you had a beautiful time abroad =)

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  4. Oh my heavens. That is like my worst nightmare.

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  5. Renters insurance is super cheap and sooo worth it! Definitely spring for it!

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  6. OH MY GOODNESS! That is crazy nothing was stolen! Glad everything was still there when you got back... and glad you guys had such a nice trip.

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  7. oh man I hate that pit of your stomach feeling...so glad that everything was okay and that you guys had a great time. I hope you have fun with your wii and wii fit tonight.

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  8. Wow! If you haven't already, read this: http://kidultery.blogspot.com/2008/12/more-kid-than-dult.html

    ...And feel less alone in your absentmindedness.

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  9. I woke up the other day, came upstairs, and our front door was wide open - so bizarre.

    Glad you had fun in AZ! We used to go to Tucson all the time. I LOVE it there.

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  10. Oh, I've TOTALLY done that! Except mine was for a day, but I still know the panic that rushes through your body when you see the door open when you meant to close it! AHHHHH!!!!

    I'm so glad everything was there and safe! :)

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  11. Ahhh! That is really scary! I'm glad no one broke in, you guys are so lucky!

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  12. Yikes! I would have flipped out, but the scary thing is, I think Eric would have been so nonchalant, unless our dogs were home too.

    I'm glad your good trip wasn't messed up. Have fun Wii-fitting!

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  13. We do that all the time with our back door. And our mailman and UPS person tend to leave our larger packages back there, so they could easily make out like a bandit with our home goods. Thankfully you have trustworthy-ish carriers!

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  14. Well it is the time of year to lose your mind. Sounds like an amazing trip, I need to take more of those. :)

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  15. Holy Mother Of God! I think I would die of a heart attack on the spot.....

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  16. I'm So glad to hear that everything was ok! Definitely check into renter's insurance. Mine is like $150 a year, and I have everything I own covered. Totally worth it for the peace of mind.

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  17. I'm so glad that everything was fine with your house and you had a great time on your trip. That's worse than wondering if you left the iron on and it's burning a hole. I bet you guys will NEVER forget to lock the door.

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  18. Glad you had a good time in Arizona with the family! Can't wait to see more pictures! And I'm super glad that nobody touched your pad even though the door was open! Whoopsies! Oh man, sounds like something I would do.

    I think I should def look into renters insurance as well.

    Yay that you're finally getting a Wii that works in the U.S.!

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  19. p.s. I just remembered that I DID leave the front door unlocked - but not open! heee - one day last week. See, something I would do!

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  20. I've left the door open before too... but in my defense, in my old apartment, the cord for the horozontal blinds would sometimes get stuck in the door--preventing it from shutting all the way. Still, that's a scary thing to discover upon your return home! I'm glad no one got any funny ideas while you were gone.

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