Heretofore I was going to write about an easy holiday craft. I have no idea what heretofore means, but it sounded fancy and smart and I like the way it looks so there you go. I’m keeping it.
I will write about the easy holiday craft tomorrow.
Instead, tonight, I will talk about women’s intuition.
Because mine was out in full force tonight and for a very good reason, let me tell you!
I got my hair done tonight. I have followed my hair dresser from one salon to another for years now. And then she finally got her own place. She owns it. Talk about fancy! Anywho, it’s not in the best of areas, but it’s also not in the worst of areas. It’s fine. Especially when it’s summer and stays light out until 9pm. Or when it’s summer and I go in the middle of the day as a lady of leisure. Oh, and just so you know, I don’t ever go on Saturdays because it’s Saturday and I’m busy being a lady of leisure who can’t get off the couch.
When it’s winter and it’s dark at 5pm, the area is a little . . . well, some might call it . . . okay, most people would say it’s perfectly safe, but this is me talking and I’m a big ole scaredy cat who has an irrational fear of white vans. So there you go.
It was about 6:30pm when I was leaving and I had my huge school bag (I always work while getting my hair done which completely ruins the Lady of Leisure Look that I’m going for), plus some shampoo and conditioner. Because I needed it. And my hair is a snob and does not like shampoo or conditioner from Target.
And as I was leaving, I saw a sketchy guy.
He was sketchy. And he was just walking around the parking lot. The dark parking lot.
He looked completely normal, as far as normal goes, but I got a bad vibe.
My women’s intuition went into full effect. I told myself not to spend any extra time putting my school bag and purchases into the back of my car. I told myself to just get in the car and lock the doors.
And that is what I did while simultaneously starting my car.
And then guess what happened? As I was sliding my humongous bag across my lap to sit it on the passenger seat, SOMEONE KNOCKED ON MY WINDOW!
always listen to your intuition, it's there for a reason!
Miss Kindergarten says
Teeny!! How scary!!! On a less serious note, did you even bother screaming?
Miss Kindergarten says
Oh p.s. I got gas on my way home at 7:45pm (it might as well have been midnight) and I had that creepy feeling that you get when you go downstairs in the middle of the night and then run back up bc someone might be chasing you, but it was bc I swear someone creepy was going to get in my car while I was pumping gas. I think were just both paranoid…
Hahahaha!! Stop watching Revenge!!!! 😉 (I hate that running back upstairs feeling!) And no, I didn't scream.)
Yes, definitely a wine night!
Lauren Shirk says
AHHH!!!!! I would have done the same thing!
The other night someone knocked on my door at 8pm and said "UPS!" I instantly thought, "It's a set up!! Don't answer it!" and I let my dog bark away. My hubby brought the package in when he got home and asked me why it was still there…well because it was a set up of course! They knew I was home alone and anyone can say "UPS!" How was I to know there was actually a package!?!?!! 😉
Carol Polston says
I would have been SO SCARED!! I'm the same way.
Carolyn Kisloski says
You were SO RIGHT. He should never have knocked on your window, anyway. Good girl! We know that intuition is God keeping us safe- so … good girl! Oh and I am such a scaredy cat all the time. I hate if someone follows me on the stairs. That is my best workout as I fly up them. And white vans- forget it. I still hate Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the child stealers- what was THAT in a kids' movie?! Ruined me. Glad you're safe. <3
Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep! says
I was walking to Walmart on a really cold day once and as I turned the corner there was this totally sketchy looking guy in his front yard. As I got within earshot (I was on the other side of the road) he shouted 'Please, do you have a cellphone? It's an emergency?'. Of course I had one and my very first instinct was to grab it and hand it over, but for some reason I just shook my head at him and walked faster. He kept shouting 'Please, I need your help – there's an emergency!' I stopped at the bank and told the ladies there so they called the local police. I felt super, super guilty that I hadn't helped out someone who needed it – but then later that night the house where I saw him was all taped up with crime scene tape. Turns out he'd killed someone!!! Can you believe it? So glad my intuition kicked in that day and I didn't stop. Eek!
Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!
I used to work at a law firm in downtown Salt Lake. The area is fine during the day, not so much at night. I went to work at 6:30 in the morning. I got off the bus one morning and was walking down the little road to the building when I saw a very drunk, very big, very scary man and I got that feeling. He was on the other side of the street, so instead of crossing like I usually did I stayed on the other side, then about half way he crossed over to my side. I then crossed over to the other side trying to avoid him. Suddenly I had the feeling I should run, I am not much of a runner and I was in law firm clothes. But I ran and as I ran, he crossed the street and tried to grab me. I was running like the wind and up the steps put in the code and was safely in the building. Always listen to the feeling and if you think you should run, do it. I started riding a different bus that dropped me off closer to the building.
OH MY WORD!!
Fluttering Through First Grade says
Ummm super creepy! Glad you didn't open your door and offer him a ride home you sweet lil thang! Scary. Be safe.
~Christy & Tammy
Lori Rosenberg says
I have the same fear of white vans! And sketchy people. And going anywhere in the dark alone. Glad everything turned out okay!
Look at you! Driving at a reasonable speed qualifies as Calm in a Crisis! Glad you are safe!
Peace, Love, and First Grade
The Positively Polka Dotted Teacher says
Super creepy! I'm scared and anxious about 80% of the time.I have a fear of white vans and men walking around the parking lot at night. Glad you were okay!
Luv My Kinders says
Oh my goodness I would have freaked. I probably would have driven Unsafely out of the parking lot…lol. I totally agree dark parking lots and white vans no good!
Luv My Kinders
Mrs. Barnes says
Listening to your intuition is so important! My husband and I travel in developing countries every summer and love it but if either of us gets a weird feeling about someone or somewhere we leave the situation, no questions asked. If one of us says "lets cross the street" because someone sketchy is on that side, we just do it. It alleviates a lot of stress and your intuition often proves right.
Amanda Bryant says
Yes! My husband and I have traveled the world and I have been alone through many deployments. Always listen to your intuition! When my oldest daughter was six months old my husband was on a 6 month deployment and I got that weird intuition at bedtime. I began hearing noises downstairs and I was talking myself into believing it was anything from toys, to appliances, to the house just being quiet and settling. Being a scaredy cat and Mama Bear all in one I looked at my lab and knew someone was trying to get in our house. Our dog (who is a big, chubby, lovebug who I always said would lick an intruder to death) had every last bit of fur standing on end and the fangs out. I opened the baby gate at the top of the stairs and she bolted downstairs like a wild animal ready to attack and I heard the intruder run out. Sure enough, someone had just entered our home. So now, I ALWAYS have that run back up the stairs feeling that Miss Kindergarten was talking about it. Now I am just rambling! Your blog always pulls me in!!! Merry Christmas!
A Traveled Teacher
Live This Love says
Girl, ALWAYS listen to your gut! I was robbed at gunpoint when I was younger and I think it's so important to listen to your intuition. The guy who robbed us slashed our tires while we were in a restaurant (unknown to us), followed us until we pulled over (again, unknown to us), pulled over to ask if we need help, and then pulled a gun and took all of our belongings. I know that feeling too of not wanting to feel bad about making assumptions but after what I went through I don't ever think twice about making my safety a priority, I don't care how crazy I look. I hope you certainly did reward yourself with a nice glass of wine 🙂
Ms. Stoneyb says
That intuition is there for a good reason! I once lived in an apartment located in a relatively safe neighborhood. Rent was perfect–everywhere else was way too high– so moving was not something I could do easily at the time. The neighbors were pretty friendly, except for this one creepy guy that lived upstairs in my building. He gave me the heebie jeebies every time I'd pass him in the halls or on the sidewalk outside. His apartment faced the parking lot, and I always felt like he was watching me getting in/out of my car. My job/running errands/my social life caused me to get home after dark many nights. I'd run like crazy from my car to my door with my keys ready to jab if I had to! (It was before cell phones were really popular so I didn't have that to rely on.) "Creepy Guy" would always shut the porch lights and hallway lights off so it made it even scarier! I would later see him peeking in my windows–my blinds stayed closed after that!!! Time went on and I got married so I moved away, but kept in contact with people in that area. On a visit back there, a friend showed me a newspaper in which "Creepy Guy's" mugshot was on the front page. He'd been arrested for raping multiple women and more were coming forward after his arrest. I am relieved to say that I was not one of them!
Keely Keane says
What part of Southern California do you live in? I live and teach in Highland.