Monday, October 13, 2008

Soon to Add “Burglar” to his Business Card

Our cottage was built circa 1920. It has not always had the best upkeep, so it definitely has its quirks. But it has a washer & dryer, and that is almost unheard of out here, so it makes everything worth it. One of these issues is that the front door is impossible to open from the outside if it is ever fully shut. Maybe it is the foundation, or it is caused by some other thingy-mar-jig (that is spelled phonetically by the way). Thingy-mar-jig?! Thingy-mar-jig?! I think I just set women everywhere back about FIFTY YEARS.

A few weeks ago I wasn't thinking straight and I forgot to leave the door cracked when I took Sarah out for a walk. When I got back to the house I didn't know what to do. The door was not opening, and I was stuck outside with an increasingly impatient dog. Adam wasn't going to be home for hours, and I had left my cell phone inside. I started thinking of that scene in Beauty & the Beast where the angry villagers break down the castle door. And I thought, “I’m a Big Girl, I can so do that.” And yes I always use Disney movies to solve all my problems. What I meant to do was apply my weight to the center of the door while turning the knob. What I didn't mean to do was break the huge pane of glass in the center of the door into a million little pieces.

The glass shattering sounded like a sonic boom, and for several seconds all I could do was look on in absolute shock. Ultimately my problem was solved though; I could now get into my house. So after carrying Sarah uncomfortably across the threshold (had to protect my baby's precious paws), I called Adam. I immediately broke into tears, explained the situation, and kept saying, "I know we don't have any money right now, so please don't hate me!" He thought I was being a bit dramatic, which I don't get because I never blow things out of proportion.

We finally got the door fixed last week. It cost $125, which was a bummer because that could have been spent on something more practical, like 30 pairs of flip flops or 25 Chinese dinners (Oh the possibilities). The few weeks that we didn’t have the glass, we got used to sticking our hands through the empty pane to open the door (very safe, I know). The very night after we had gotten the door fixed, we went out, and Adam SHUT THE DOOR. When we discovered this, I didn’t know what we were going to do. So I started freaking out, because that is always helpful in situations like these. I truly thought we had no other option but to break the glass again on purpose.

Luckily, Adam is more level headed than me. While I am hyperventilating on the steps, predicting the end of the free world, he is jimmying the lock on the back gate. Finally he gets into the back yard, removes the ac unit, takes a flying 5 foot leap through the living room window, and scales over the couch. He was able to let me in, with no damage done to anything. And instead of wondering why my fiancé has the skills of a con, or worrying that my house is totally easy to break into, I was just relieved to make it inside in time to catch the latest Gossip Girl.

P.S-I have a really secure, locking screen door.


  1. OMG I totally lmao over this post, sorry. I use the term "thingah-mah-jingy" cause I grew up in Maine. I was a Mainah. This post was just too frickin funny! Glad no one got hurt.

  2. I am glad no one got hurt either.. but I love how you said you could have gotten about 30 pairs of flip flops.. you rock.. such my train of thinking.. LOL

  3. Oh my Britt,
    you are just too too funny!! I am glad you got in..but, out there in the big city you really should worry about burglars too!! is hilarious!!:-)

  4. Totally hilarious!!!
    But I almost cried over this line...
    "like 30 pairs of flip flops or 25 Chinese dinners"!!
    Of course, whats a girl to do!!

  5. Ok, I have to stop and comment while dropping Entrecards...this is so funny!

    Swing by and give me a visit sometime, I can't give ya 30 pairs of flip flops or 25 chinese dinners, but I am giving away nutrition bars to 20 readers this week

  6. oh man. the joys of renting a house, right? we have that issue with the backdoor. ha ha ha.

  7. @Moxy-I like using nonsense terms, it makes the world a better place.

    @Kimmy-I love my flip flops!

    @Shinade-I know I guess our houses are so close together that one wrong move, everyone would know.

    @Regina-I love being a girl :)

    @Jilly-I will!

    @Heather-At Least the quirks make it interesting.

  8. Hahaha you crack me up! I just want to say where is your landlord? You should be having them deal with your evil door. California renters rights chica. You're new here, but trust me, take advantage.


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