Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rude Awakening

I was dead to the world this morning. Then, something got my attention. I sat up, wondered where some beeping was coming from, then realized it was the alarm to my house!

My heart started racing. I walked to the living room, looked at my front and back doors, then tried to focus to see the garage doors - all of which were closed. So I darted down the hall, turned off the alarm and tried to reset it.

Nothing.

I picked up the phone, thinking I should call someone before I go about checking things around my house - just in case. I called the only person I knew was awake at 4:45 in the a.m. - Josie. In a daze, I explained to her what was happening. She took down my address just in case the police would be needed. I opened the back door, let Charley out and he didn't make a peep - a sure sign no one was outside.

Then, I went around checking the doors and windows more closely.

Nothing.

So I decided to call the alarm company to see what happened. I hung up with Josie, promising to call her back as soon as I finished with ADT. I was told there was an issue with the windows in either the master bathroom or bedroom. I was told to open and close the windows. Now, let me just say, when it's below freezing outside, the last thing I wanted to do was open windows - especially since I couldn't really see into that part of my back yard. Still, I did as I was told. The alarm still wouldn't activate. The alarm lady told me something I did not know: if it's really cold outside, the window frames can shrink a bit and that can make the alarm connections slip.

GREAT. Foiled by cold weather!

I was taught how to bypass that part of my house so I could set the alarm and try to go back to sleep. I called Josie to let her know what was happening. Then, I wondered how I would return to sleepytime. Josie gave me some good advice - which I won't share here because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

I slept a few more hours, but I am sooo tired today! I will need to get caffeinated to make it through the day at work. Oh - as for the alarm... once the weather warmed up some, I opened and closed the windows again. The alarm beeped to acknowledge I had done that and all is good - for now. Here's hoping I don't get another wake up call like that again!
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