Monday, September 23, 2013

Stinks

I had a crappy weekend!  I posted on Twitter that my wallet was stolen while I was shopping at the mall.  Adding insult to injury was that it was a new wallet I purchased a little while ago from Quotidienne.  It had an adorable Pacman charm as a zipper pull.  *deep sigh* 

I guess the pick pocket was able to tell that I was distracted while shopping and she (I'm pretty sure it was a woman) was able to unzip my purse, lift out my wallet, and then zip it right back up.  I feel pretty dumb for being so unaware of my surroundings. 

The wallet was the most valuable thing, since I had only about ten dollars in cash there.  (and also about 10 pounds of change!)  But I did have all sorts of identification, insurance and credit and bank cards in there.  I spent several hours cancelling all of those, checking lost and found, and then filing a report with the police.  I'm also putting a fraud alert with the credit monitoring agencies to make sure the thief doesn't do some damage to my credit and identity.

So I put a hex on her.  May her mascara always clump, her curl drop and smear into panda eyes.  May her favorite lipstick go rancid.  May she find all her favorite skincare be reformulated and cause her a severe case of eczema.  The $10 burger she buys with the stolen cash cause her severe intestinal upset.

On a happy note, our family went out on a little walk yesterday into the local woods.  Mr Belly went ahead into a clearing and bended a corner into a small trail.  A second later, he came back speedwalking exclaiming: SKUNKSKUNKSKUNKSKUNKSKUNK.  He didn't want to alarm the creature.
Funny thing  was that the skunk was anything but alarmed.  It ambled along behind Mr. Belly and followed him like a little pet.  Actually, it was very similarly sized to a medium sized housecat and also very cute.  Cute, but not so cute that I was keen on getting too close to it.  It eventually lost interest in us and ambled away.  I would like a cute pet skunk to take away the pain of a stolen wallet.

I trust you had a good weekend?  Any wildlife sightings on your end?

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  1. So no news about the missing wallet, yet? It's the identity protection that is a hassle, I hope she was just after the nice wallet. Curse her, too!!!
    LOL re the skunk & Mr. Belly! I think we had similar encounter with a raccoon once: DH ran into one in our small yard, turning up the lawn, and the raccoon wasn't even afraid of him. He looked at DH then continued digging and turning the patch of lawn upside down. We watched until he decided to go away before going down to "flip" the patches back. Glad you get to go out & enjoy some nature: I love Fall is coming, but I'm pretty sure the squirrel hunting will start soon (by the Toddler, that is).

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    1. Isn't the skunk cute, too? Raccoons are really cute, too. They do cause a lot of havoc though don't they. I love fat pudgy squirrels at this time of the year. Happy hunting to the Toddler. :)

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    2. Now that you remind me of the cute-factor of these wild animals, I'm worried that the Toddler will try to pet a skunk, raccoons, etc. He tried to pet some squirrels many many time, he even said, "Hi!" to them. He managed to pet a stray cat, who thankfully wasn't a stray at all. I'm just hoping he won't start bringing home bugs or amphibians soon.

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    3. say no to bugs and lizards! *shudder*

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  2. I do wish your week is a good one after such an annoying weekend!-I will put all my emery into your hex and hope she has a hair on her chinny chin chin that never goes away and curls with each passing year!!
    cute skunk to brighten up you day-love the graphic black and white!

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    1. I think someone put that hex on ME already! LOL!

      That skunk was so stinkin' cute! (literally)

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  3. Belly, I'm so, so sorry about your wallet. About ten years ago, I was mugged, too. It was the middle of the day, and by someone I never would have expected. I screamed and screamed--and lemme tell you, I can yell pretty loud--and fought back and held on to my purse with all my might. In the end, the strap broke and I lost. The police found most of my stuff later, it had been tossed out of the car window onto the ground. Apparently, the mugger was just a crack addict and wanted whatever he could get in cash--which wasn't much. It made me wake up to what was around me. You never want to think that something like this will happen to you--until it does--or that it only happens other places. But it can happen anywhere. At any time. And it can be anyone. It's just really sad that some people are so desperate.

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    1. Oh no, Jenny! That's sounds positively traumatic. I'm glad you weren't hurt and I'm glad you were able to recover your purse again. There are some troubled people out there in the world. I'm glad it was only the hassle of replacement and canceling I had to do and nothing more serious than that.

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  4. Oh, I feel your consternation! I had my wallet stolen at a party years ago. Back in the day, we used to leave our purses and cloaks in a bedroom. When it was time to go, the hostess retrieved my things. As she handed me my purse, I noticed how light it felt. When I opened it, I immediately saw that my wallet was gone. My poor hostess was absolutely mortified. I spent the wee hours of the morning canceling all my credit cards only to have my hostess call later in the day to say my wallet had been found at the bottom of a laundry basket. Everything was there except for the cash which my hostess graciously offered to replace and which I as graciously refused to accept. I learned a valuable lesson from that experience. Since then I've never left my purse unattended for even a brief moment. Such a shame :-(

    I love your skunk and got quite a laugh out of your description of Mr. Belly. We live on acreage in a semi-rural area so we get all kinds of critters roaming around and, for the most part, they've worked out a peace accord with our huskies. It's always been one of the joys of country living.

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    1. Eileen,
      I would be even more upset to have it stolen in someone's home knowing it's someone I'm acquainted with. That would be terrible! Such awful folks taking advantage of people's unguarded moments to strike.

      It is so different where I live versus the city living from before. I see so many funny animals now. Recently we've had a lot of coyote sightings in the neighborhood as well. I feel I've really really moved. :) I wish I had a dog to share the outdoors with. Must convince the husband (after he gets over the trauma of his skunk encounter).

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  5. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that! :(

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    1. Thank you, Carina! I dragged out an old wallet, and slowly been receiving replacement cards in the mail. Arg. I totally do not look forward to standing in line at the department of motor vehicles.

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  6. Gomen that your wallet was stolen :( The scariest thing about such an ugly incident is knowing a stranger has all your personal information. However, I got a good laugh from your hexes. I'll join you, and place a beauty Jihad on this person ;D

    On a happier note, I love the skunks! What a great adventure for Mr.Belly. I always wanted a pet skunk, and maybe one day I will ^^

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    1. Me she find unwanted hair in all her foods! :DD
      Skunks are super cute and I heard they make good pets. I don't think this one wanted to be a pet, but was awful cute. Reminds me of a fluffy Tuxedo cat.

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  7. So sorry about what happened to you. This is really interesting though. My wallet was stolen twice, even once in Stuttgart, because I thought here they steal nothing, how naive. Anyway interesting part is I think that it was zipped back, I don't know of a single case like this because it is a very dangerous thing to do. Carefully asking, may it be that you dropped or left it somewhere unintentionally?

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    1. I'm sure thieves are everywhere! I think moving out of the city has made me a bit less guarded, which is totally stupid of me! I'm guessing zipping up the bag gives her more time to get away since I wouldn't be alarmed when I see the bag hanging open.

      I retraced my steps, spoke to each store manager (etc), checked the lost and found and all that good stuff. husband even looked into garbage cans thinking the thief may have chucked it in there realizing nothing good was inside. So, sadly I'm pretty sure it was stolen. Funny enough, when I was at the police station in the mall, there was another women there whose wallet was also stolen.

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  8. Totally STINKS all around!!! skunks would be super cute if it wasn't for that stench. ew. I'm so sorry about your wallet...and to lose one you love so much!!! Are you going to get another of the same one or something different? I fully support your evil beauty thoughts toward the one who stolt your wallet!!! booooo!!!

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    1. I heard even when a skunk is de-scented as pets, they still retain a musky scent. I heard they make great pets! Aren't they really cute? :D
      Evil makeuppy thoughts to that poopie thief. Hiss! BOOOOO!

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  9. We have foxes in the neighbourhood and spot them around all the time in the evenings, especially on bin collection days. ;)

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    1. Foxes are so beautiful! Amazing how these animals get so close to heavily-peopled places. I guess actually, we just live in their worlds not the other way around. :D

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  10. so sorry about you wallet!!
    i would love some wild life sightings like squirrels at the backyard but living in a concrete jungle there's no such thing!

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    1. In my old very urban neighborhood, a squirrel, rat or a pigeon sighting was about it, too!

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