I didn’t pull into my garage because I was on a conference call, and my garage tends to make me drop calls.
I didn’t grab my laptop bag out of my car because I was still on the conference call when I parked my car and ran in the house to change into running clothes.
I participated in the end of the call while changing into running clothes so I could immediately get out the door when the call ended. I had 4.5 miles planned and I could just get them in before it got dark.
I rocked the miles out (woo!), to come home to find my car – parked in my driveway, which is behind my house, out of street view – had a smashed passenger window and no more laptop bag.
I do what you do. Call police. Go back outside to start cleaning up so much glass.
My neighbors came home shortly after I started cleaning up glass. They immediately got flood lights and their shop vac and started to help. Then they invited me in and gave me a glass of wine…and sent me home with the bottle.
I started cancelling all the cards. I needed to call security at work to report the laptop stolen. I didn’t have IT or work security phone numbers. My friends responded with all the numbers within moments.
Ex Hubs gave me the little bit of sympathy I kind of wanted.
When Casual Dating Guy (CDG) found out what happened and when I admitted I was kind of freaked and icked out by the idea that someone had been so close to my house, peering in my car (are people creeping in the windows of my house? Also, there is no way to see my car from the street, so someone is lurking in my backyard? Did they realize I left to run? Iccccckkkkkk.) he drove here without hesitation in the middle of the night so I wouldn’t be alone in the house. And then ran through the checklist of all the things I needed to do that morning and made sure I had all the things to accomplish them (plastic for my window? a way to get cash from the bank to pay for new window? etc).
When I told Jenn I needed to cancel our regularly scheduled Downton Abbey watching plans because I didn’t sleep well the night before, had been at the DMV for 2 hours, and the packing tape that was not at all keeping the plastic on my window was flapping at a decibel that I didn’t think possible and that was making me incredibly grumpy…instead she offered to change plans to bring me lunch and take me to Lowe’s to get duct tape and timers for some lamps in the house.
The guy at Safelite auto repair was genuinely sorry he couldn’t get my car in sooner than Monday. When I did get there this morning, it was some of the best customer service I’ve ever received.
It is inconvenient to take care of all the fall out from this. But all I will remember from this is how fortunate I am to have such wonderful people in my life, how grateful I am that they also disrupted parts of their weekends to be there for me. I am grateful.