Yesterday morning I woke at 4:45 to prepare for the breakfast. I heard a strange dinging in the driveway. I had been loading party supplies late last night, and no doors had been left ajar on either car.
Sometime between then and 5 am, a thief snuck back in the driveway, broke the window and stole my purse, which was carelessly stashed under my daughter's carseat after a late night Kroger run.
I reported our check card stolen at 5:05, but not before the thief spent $400 at Walmart at 4:30. He also got my Tracfone, the $40 dinner-and-a-movie gift card for my husband's secretary, and about $60 in cash.
If I had not been rising at dawn to prepare food for our household and portions for my servants (ha!), the damage could have been so much worse.
I'm still heartsick that someone spent more on Christmas "toys" than we spent in the last four Christmases together. I worry that this wasn't random. Do thieves read mommy blogs these days?
It will take about a week to get the money refunded. I have to place a permanent stop payment on the 4 checks left in my wallet, and I'll be spending the day after Christmas replacing my driver's license instead of scooping up bargains.
Such is life. Onward!