Wednesday, September 05, 2012

tranquilosophy: burglary blues

le sigh
 making funny faces during clean up
 treading carefully
 oh the irony
i became enamored with these shiny slivers

last night after a spontaneous dinner and movie date night with le beau, we came home to this mess plus a missing computer. le sigh. we found sir louis running around excitedly and the cats (of course) peering out from under the bed. the burglary took place at 6:12pm in broad daylight with the help of a brick through the glass door. 

our alarm company called as i sat down to dinner and i told them to disregard it as our beloved 4-legged friends have been known to trip it by breaking items. i mean, it was 6:12 pm after all! three hours later we returned to this drama which unfolded with three police and another round later to photograph the crime scene. we slept with cardboard over the gaping hole and, i must confess, it was not my most sound sleep. oh, and i lost lots of material on my trusty computer that we can't retrieve. deep breath.

however, as we were cleaning up last night, i couldn't help but smile at these beautiful sparkly slivers of glass and that my pets were all ok. they followed us everywhere last night and were clearly a bit traumatized. le beau and i were a great team making the important calls to police and insurance, changing passwords, comforting the animals, texting photos to friends for relief, and focusing on next steps. 

today i feel a bit vulnerable. a bit nervous to walk le pug at night. a bit violated that some stranger was in my home. a bit put out that my computer with heaps of writing and fun photos is in the hands of a criminal. tonight we have the cardboard replaced with boards thanks to my trusty contractor and the curtains drawn. yet there is a gap and i can hear the outdoor wind chime as if it was in my living room.

i've had cars broken into, bikes stolen, and credit cards swipped, but never my sanctuary trespassed. this takes it to a whole new level. while i continue to try to acclimate to back to school and all the change, more change comes my way. it's a good reminder. life is change and there are always figurative bricks coming through our windows. ah, the lessons to learn and the shiny slivers to gather. 

bisous. x


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18 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh Kimberly, how awful! I hope the icky feeling wears off, and that you are able to replace your precious computer. I'm so happy you were able to see the good despite the mess.

Helen said...

So sorry this happened to you and your family. I imagine it was a dreadful feeling. Glad everyone is okay and I hope the thief contracts a very itchy rash.

monique said...

sweet kimberly...thinking of you. i have been broken into, while i was at home, many years ago. it is a very violated feeling...thankful that your "babies" are ok, as well as you and le beau. xoxo
monique

diaryofaflaneuse said...

Kimberly, I am so sorry this had to happen to you guys...that really sucks. So glad the "kids" are okay...more than we can say for the burglars karma... :( Big hugs...

Monica Schnitger said...

So sorry this happened to you. Glad you and yours are OK, though. The rest was just stuff - even though it was important stuff, it can be replaced.

Gipsy said...

oh dear... that is horrible! We had this once, also at a time where LOTS of folks were around (clearly the burglars didn't know - "tourists" so to say) and luckily nothing was stolen as we WERE HOME yuck... but after that I too had a feeling of not feeling secure - so I know just too well how you feel!! Hope you overcome it soon... Glad to hear though that the babies are OK and SO sorry about the computer.. what a loss...
Big Hugs, MONIA

Glamour Doll said...

Kimberly, i am so sorry that this has happened to you! :( i am glad though, that not everything was taken, and that your beloved pets are there and ok.

I would hate to have their karma, because it will come back to them.

Hugs and loves! i am glad that you weren't home and that you and Jim are safe.

XOXO ~Shelia

mandaloves said...

Oh no, i'm so sorry. Sending hugs your way.

Cara said...

That's terrible. My car was broken into a few years ago and it felt like an awful violation. I can't imagine if it had been my home. Thank goodness the pets are okay.

I don't know nearly enough about it to give any real tips but can't you track laptops and phones online now? I seem to remember someone tracking the thief who stole his laptop and posting the photos online.

rachal said...

I am so sorry that you have had to experience that!

Zoë said...

So sorry this has happened Kimberly

Sarah said...

I would seriously freak out if that happened to me. It's inspiring to see you looking at the bright side, even if you can't help but feel a bit traumatized. You are wonderful. Hugs.

Kenya, your self-care bon vivant said...

awful. just awful.

glad you are all together & ok. happened to our beach bungalow several years ago. i was on a biz trip & hub had to deal with the police on his own. i flew home the next morning to a casa of black fingerprint dust a disarray. sadly they took some of my Grandmother's costume jewelry, worth nothing but sentimental value.

love your attitude! and, a bit of sage & energetic healing can help rid your lovely palace of any bad mojo the thieves brought in.

sending hugs!

PS: just listened to #250 ... really, really dug the format with you & your beau! yes, please, do that again :)

pennywhistler said...

I was burgled last year and it does take quite a while to feel okay again. My mum was burgled a few years ago and the burglers stole all the jewellery she had inherited from her grandmother. It wasn't even worth much. Ever since then I have really tried to not get attached to things (even heirlooms). I am extra-careful with my hiding my computer though as it was a major pain changing passwords and trying to remember what personal information I had on it.

Cynthia said...

Kimberly I am SO very sorry to hear about this violation of your pink palace. It is so horrible that we need to live in fear of the darker elements. When I lived in DC a work colleague was murdered, and it shook our smallish office to its core. Please know that the current awfulness does fade with time, and be very gentle with yourself in the coming weeks and months. You are grieving a sense of security. May the angels surround you until you get it back.

Marjorie said...

oh, dear Kimberly, so glad le pug and les chats are fine, and so inspiring that you shared your experience and emotion with all of us. So sorry you had a Space Invader! And I like your sparkling glass comments too...stay safe. xo

implicitisobel said...

Oh no! I'm so glad that all the little ones are okay. I hope that you're able to restore a sense of peace and security soon!

x
Claire

Legally Brunette said...

Kimberly, that is so scary! I am so glad Sir Louis and your cats are OK - physical things can always be replaced (although I know how much it must suck to have your files gone missing!) I appreciate how even in the worst of circumstances, you and Tim see the silver lining, and even the beauty in shards of broken glass. Thinking of you!

Holly