March 10, 2017

Amazon Prime and a Mystery


Why hasn't anyone told me how fabulous this service is and how much I needed it in my life?!  Yes, I live under a rock.

I assumed, incorrectly, that Amazon Prime was basically just a way to avoid shipping on certain items and considering how infrequently I ordered from Amazon, I figured it wouldn't be worth the cost for me.

I finally signed up for a free trial when there was a particular item that I could only get from Amazon that I needed fairly soon.  And then it began to dawn on me just how awesome Amazon Prime could be.

Streaming, Reading, Pantry, not to mention the free two day shipping.  I'm sure I still haven't plumbed the depths of awesome that is Amazon Prime.  That free trial is over.  This is a service I will definitely be keeping. Now if we could just figure out how to get it to stream on the television The Husband would be happy...I have a feeling that would necessitate a new television though...which, again, would make The Husband happy.

THE MYSTERY: It's Either Paranormal, An Intruder, They Are Gas-Lighting Me, or I'm REALLY Not Paying Attention:

So you know how you go through your every day routine without being very "mindful" about what you are doing?  That's what I was doing yesterday.  I started the Roomba, checked that Man-Child's door was closed and any obstacles were out of it's way.  I headed to the kitchen to load and start the dishwasher prior to leaving for work.

As I got into the car, I realized I'd forgotten to actually start the dishwasher - annoyed, I went back into the house - luckily I did, the stupid Roomba had somehow closed itself into the bathroom so I freed the robot, started the dishwasher and left.

When I came home last night, the first thing I noticed was that Man-Child's door was wide open.  The next thing I noticed was a glass in the sink.  I could have sworn I'd checked that door and that the sink was empty.

When The Husband came home, I asked if he'd come home for lunch, as he sometimes does - no.  When Man-Child came home, I asked if he'd come home after work before heading to the the gym (which he never does) - no.

Now, I suppose it's possible, I didn't pull that door completely closed and the Roomba went in and somehow came out without getting tangled in all the crap on his floor.  Doubtful, but possible.  Except for the fact that I vaguely remember pushing the door to make sure it was latched.  And I feel sure that when I came back in to start the dishwasher, I would have noticed the glass in the sink - particularly since it was upside down - unusual, because I cannot recall a time when anyone in this house has ever put a glass in the sink upside down.

But since these were routine tasks I can't be 100% positive.  I try to be mindful about certain tasks like unplugging my curling/flat irons every morning because I don't want to burn my house down but I can't tell you how many times I've been halfway to the office only to think, "DID I unplug those things?" and subsequently text The Husband to ask him to check on his lunch hour.  And 99% of the time, I had.

Now here's where I tell you that we still haven't changed the locks or the passcode on the garage door since we moved in, well over a year ago.  I know, I know!  The Husband nagged me about these things when we first moved in but as I want to change all the knobs, etc. I needed to determine what finish I wanted - and as for the passcode - well, we couldn't easily figure that out.

When I got home yesterday, the garage door was closed (which, if someone had come in they would have had to figure out how to get it closed since it will currently only open.  In order to get it closed requires special maneuvers more involved than just hitting the button), all the doors and windows were locked.  So the odds of someone getting in are slim; unless they had a key.  Besides, nothing else was missing or messed up.

Suffice it to say, this morning I was EXTRA mindful AND I have decided on a finish for all the door knobs.  And when I came home everything was as it should have been - well, other than the Roomba sitting in the middle of the living room floor for no discernible reason.

As to the explanation that one of these guys of mine is gas-lighting me - Man-Child has never had the ability to look me in the eye and lie without detection and I cannot imagine The Husband going to these lengths to make me crazy, particularly since he knows he has the ability to make me insane without taking extra steps.

That only leaves the paranormal.  And if that turns out to be the case, I am SO selling this place.  Because I don't have the time or patience to deal with poltergeists.

And yes, the locks are getting changed this weekend.


  1. Strange. I don't think it was a poltergeist, but one of your two culprits. And I'm glad you are changing those locks! I do things so automatically that I'll sometimes get read to put my shoes on to leave the house and realize I already did it. :-)

  2. Especially a poltergeist that will leave dirty dishes in the sink!

  3. I had a weird, mischievous poltergeist for years, so that part didn't make blink an eye. But yeah, Amazon Prime. It's a godsend for sending holiday and birthday gifts, as well as things you had no idea you had to have until you saw them online. For Prime Video...if you don't have an app-enabled TV, invest in a Roku. It's a game-changer.