Last night there was a loud knock on our door after nine at night.
This startled me. I don’t know about you, but I’m not accustomed to unexpected nocturnal visitors.
After I’d made sure my heart hadn’t really leapt out of my chest, and corralling the dogs (who were even more agitated than their owner) I opened the door and found myself talking to two police detectives.
I’m assuming the second one was a detective. The one guy flashed his badge and introduced himself. The other guy didn’t say much of anything.
I wasn’t too happy that he stood five feet away from the detective I was talking to. It meant that I couldn’t really keep an eye on him, which made me nervous considering they’d just given me a fright. Even though the Speaking Detective was asking the questions I kept swinging back and forth between them when I answered. Meanwhile the writer in me wondered if they were playing “good cop, bad cop” or if he was observing my body language, or maybe he was trying to not be intimidating by stepping away, or if he thought the reason he was there was dumb…
Basically I was not engaged in the moment. I was stuck in “writer brain” and I couldn’t very well say, “Can I have a moment to reset? I know I told you I was doing the dishes, but I was also trying to figure out how to hide a body.” (because that’s what this writer does while performing mundane household chores)
So basically I think I’d make a terrible criminal because I’m easily flustered and lack focus when speaking to members of Law Enforcement.
I’m assuming that the reason they show up unannounced after nine IS to throw people off their game. They did a good job.
So you’re probably wondering why they came to my door. What horrible, unspeakable thing have I done?
They were actually following up on a report I’d filed a couple of months ago. So really, even though I was rattled, I’m pleased that they’re on the case!
Okay, enough about my real life “adventure” — here are my goals (and progress/lack thereof).
Stick to my writing/publication schedule – Proud to say I’m right on track!
Blog about my progress 5 times per week – Doing fairly well, right?
Run three times per week/race six times in year/walk 365 miles – Second week in a row I’m tanking on this one. I ran Sunday, but that’s it. I’m blaming the cold (and it IS cold!) but I should have dragged myself to the treadmill, but I’ve felt like I’m on the verge of coming down with something…very tired, sore throat, ear ache…not sure if it’s an excuse or good judgment.
Run with someone other than the dog or Long Suffering two times- Did it once…will try again later this year.
Lose twenty pounds- 17.5 to go
Practice yoga or meditation AND strength training 3x per week- I’ve done the meditation and yoga. Everything hurts because of the cold so I’ve been unwilling to get on the cold floor to strength train…that one’s DEFINITELY an excuse.
Take a class/attend a conference- did nothing
Find a volunteer opportunity I actually like- Waiting to hear.
Take a photograph every day (and try to post them)- Only one so far this week….I keep forgetting.
Banish excuses!- Interesting how when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I tend to make more excuses.
How are YOUR goals coming along?
Would YOU make a good criminal?