What's worse than locking yourself out of the car?
Try locking yourself out of the house when you live in the country...no house key, no cell phone, no tools, nothing. Nada.
Yep. Last night was a stellar night in our neck of the woods. A little backstory:
We have been driving my mom's van while she's out of state visiting one of my brothers in Colorado and interestingly enough, it does not have a key to our house on it. Imagine that. So we've had to remember to carry a set of our keys along with her keys if we were driving her van.
Obviously, we forgot.
Well, my husband remembered. Or so he thought. You see, he had left his set of keys in my mom's van the night before "just in case", but unbeknownst to him, I had brought them inside when I came home, because I thought to myself, "Self, that's just not like him to leave keys in the car - you'd better take those inside".
Now, I must admit that I also heard another little voice inside my head (conscience?) saying, "Nah..just leave them in here...in case you lock yourself out or something..." to which I quickly responded (out loud, I must say), "Pshaw! We're not going to lock ourselves out!"
Famous last words. Could that have been my pride speaking that last statement? Sigh...
So we spent a good thirty minutes trying all the windows and discussing what the most economical thing to do was - call a locksmith (ugh...no phones), break a window, or replace the door knob and lock. So we eventually "broke" into our own house with two heavy-duty screwdrivers that my brother had loaned my husband (we hadn't returned them yet - one point for procrastination!) and messed up our back door. It's ugly and will need to be fixed, but at least we didn't have to spend the night in the car. Oh, and it still locks, too.
I am not, however, feeling too secure at this point. Two bumbling adults in the middle of the black night were able to break in to our house within a matter of 15 minutes. Never mind that it was us.
I'd install a deadbolt, but what if we lock ourselves out again?
(and that photo up top has absolutely nothing to do with this story...it is a photo of the "road" that leads into our feed lot at my husband's family farm, where his mom lives. And I doctored it in Photoshop CS3 to have the curved frame around it - see what you can do with Photoshop CS3? - Enter the giveaway here)