Hello all! It has been a while since I was here last, and I think I have a decent reason. On (Canadian) Thanksgiving day our home was broken into while we were visiting family. The thieves had a lot of time to loot the house, neighbours say they saw strangers coming in and out of our home with various bags and items for almost four hours (thanks for reporting it guys! NOT).
When we returned, every box, cupboard, drawer, closet and surface had been opened and/or overturned and EVERYTHING of value had been stolen.
I lost my MacBook pro, which happened to have 60,000+ travel and life photos on it, as well as my external hard drives (containing the book I had been working fervently on) and 20+ memory sticks that documented my Canadian travels and married life (along with every scrap of jewellery I ever owned, an old heirloom coin collection and even part of my doll collection!?).
I was lucky to have uploaded a few travel photos here, or I would have no photographic evidence of the last (almost) decade of my life.
I learned a few lessons – like remember to maintain and turn the house alarm on (ugh), don’t keep all electronics together, and hide memory sticks and external hard drives that contain every ounce and aspect of my life. I learned that jewellery is a waste of money, and if a moment is important enough to photograph, it might just be important enough to print out some of those photos too. Nobody steals a scrapbook or photo album.
I was traumatized for a while, quite a while. It has only been recently that I opened the curtains back up. I used to be a windows wide open kind of girl, but after the robbery our home temporarily became my prison. A place I spent quite some time feeling deeply violated and wallowing about what I had lost. My ancient coins!! My photos!! My book!!
The police were kind enough, and even the insurance company was somewhat accommodating, but that didn’t alleviate my agony any.
A bit of time has passed now – the insurance money came through, the alarm was fixed, front door replaced (Fort Knox here now!), windows were reopened and the house was put back together. I replaced my MacBook pro with the lesser model – MacBook air and decided not to replace much else.
Instead, I will take the thievery loss (and insurance money) as an opportunity to TRAVEL… EPIC-LY.
So there it is, the silver lining. I was ‘house poor’ (read as ‘broke’), and dying for a tour. Now, though it cannot be denied that it cost me dearly, I have enough money to zip around the world in any manner I see fit. And that is exactly what I plan to do. Literally, I am planning right now!!
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?