May 14 09

Yesterday, at work, I carried my purse with me to the bathroom. I mean, I’ve been leaving my purse in the same spot for 10 years, but now, all of a sudden, everything’s changed. I can’t take a bathroom break without thinking someone’s going to come and steal the 87 cents I am carrying on me.

Yesterday, I had to think things that I never should have to think about people that I know and liked. But, when someone steals from you, in a room full of people who would never do that to do, all of a sudden, everyone’s a suspect. This losing faith in people place is a dark, dark one.

Yesterday, I had to fill out a police report.

Yesterday, when my husband forced me to eat I finally had my appetite back, I picked up wings from my favorite wing place. And they changed their sauce. with no notice. and let me just tell you, their new sauce is shit. I couldn’t even eat them.

and then something happened.

my bffs showed up at my door.

with this:


and this:


and this:


and this:


Today, I feel lucky to have the very best friends in the entire world. There is a lot of shit in the world, but hoo boy there is also a lot of good.

Today, I am BLOWN AWAY but the support I have gotten from my internets. You guys, really, truly, are amazing. The calls, the emails, the comments, the virtual hugs. The story that one reader sent me about telling my story in her third grade classroom because poor Brady had his pencil sharpener stolen from another classmate. The “Elizabeth Lemon is no longer a Workplace Sex Criminal” certificate that miss metalia sent my way.

Today, I am humbled, even if I’m still carrying my purse to the bathroom when I pee.

  1. My second week at work on my new job three years ago, I had my checkbook stolen from my desk. The funny thing is, it was hidden in a notebook.
    But funny enough, after two hours away from my desk, I retunred to my desk so that I could write out my rent check. It was GONE.

    Now mind you, I work for a very reputable company (think- seeing anderson cooper on a daily basis kind of company).

    I was SO UPSET.

    I wouldnt leave my purse by my desk anymore. BUt then, I got over it. I mean you have to eventually. Yes, I lost faith in humanity at that point in time- I mean you need secure ID’S to get INTO MY OFFICE BUILDING!
    But- at the end of the day, you have to learn to trust again, even if you are a bit jaded from it all.

    And your friends- totally rock.

    Comment by Maya on May 14, 2009
  2. I just got caught up on what happened. I am so sorry to hear about that whole mess! I am glad that you have some great friends who helped you to get your faith in humans back.

    Comment by WickedStepMom on May 14, 2009
  3. I didn’t get a chance to leave a comment yesterday – I wanted to say how sorry I was, what a violation. Awful. But your friends? Amazing. Redemption of the situation right there.

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    Comment by Emma on May 14, 2009
  4. Just as long as you point that lens-looking thing that is in no way a camera lens hidden in your purse at your crotch when you go to the bathroom, we’re all good.

    Comment by Avitable on May 14, 2009
  5. Sooo happy that you are feeling better!


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    Comment by carla K. on May 14, 2009
  6. I’m so glad you filed charges, but I’m more glad that you have good people around you who have raised your spirits. It’ll never excuse the actions taken by the person who stole your money, but today, I’d like to believe in karma.

    And cookies. I always believe in cookies.

    fadkogs last blog post..and the one that mother gives you…apparently doesn’t get eaten at all

    Comment by fadkog on May 14, 2009
  7. I’m glad things are looking up for you! I hope the police report turns up something…


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    Comment by Ruby on May 14, 2009
  8. OH WOW! That is awesome! They are awesome! I WANT THING. I’ll just have to steal it from you…. wait, that’s not funny. 😉 I’m so glad you’re feeling better about the world today. ((HUGS!))

    Comment by Haley-O on May 14, 2009
  9. There should have been a “THAT” there…. Am still sick, see. Should have been I WANT THAT THING. Want it. I also want a new blackberry. Can your friends get me a new blackberry??

    Comment by Haley-O on May 14, 2009
  10. I’m still so shocked about that whole thing. Gah! What the hell is wrong with people?

    But I’m glad you have such good friends! And I hope you hit it big with that lotto ticket!

    Comment by Kristabella on May 14, 2009
  11. Blegh, I’m so sorry to hear about this.

    On the other hand, I am so very happy that you have a good support system to get you through. By “support system” I don’t just mean the cookie dough, but that is a pertinent part.

    Comment by Legallyblondemel on May 14, 2009
  12. That’s such a crappy feeling. It REALLY sucks. What kind of person does that to people they know? I’m glad your BFFs made things better but I know how that violation feels in a way. My credit card was duplicated a few months ago. As in, I handed it to someone to pay for something and a few days later I got a call about suspicious, exorbitant charges at The Children’s Place in NY while I was simultaneously buying stuff at Overstock. To think I looked at someone when they did this, and then they tried to buy kid’s clothing? WTF.

    Also, cookie dough? Your friends are brilliant.

    Comment by Nic on May 14, 2009
  13. I’m still upset on your behalf, but am glad that you have such good friends around to cheer you up. We all love you from afar, but sometimes you need people to come and knock on your door 🙂


    Comment by Angella on May 14, 2009
  14. Glad you have such a great support system. But no matter how much good you find in humanity, it’s still really smart to be proactive and protect yourself. No sense in inviting people to hurt you.

    Comment by MonsteRawr on May 14, 2009
  15. your friends totally rock!

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on May 14, 2009
  16. You have some amazing friends, Ali.

    Hopefully soon you’ll feel comfortable leaving your purse at your desk.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on May 14, 2009
  17. You’ll love your Flip! I love mine very very much.

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    Comment by Amy @ Milk Breath & on May 14, 2009
  18. yeah, your friends are awesome, Ali. 🙂
    mmm… cookies


    Comment by Nenette on May 14, 2009
  19. Wow. Read your “robbed” post – holy crap on toast. Happy to hear your friends sympathize and are there for ya!

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    Comment by Colleen on May 14, 2009
  20. I too *still* can’t believe it. I’m glad you’re feeling better today.

    Comment by Tova on May 14, 2009
  21. **HUGS** again.

    Comment by Darcey on May 14, 2009
  22. What wonderful friends you have! Glad you’re feeling better!

    Comment by Nadine on May 14, 2009
  23. I have been thinking of you since yesterday…I’m really glad to hear that you’ve got such amazing people in your corner. I’m not surprised, though. Birds of a feather flock together.

    Comment by mamatulip on May 14, 2009
  24. Just went back and read yesterday’s post. I am floored. Typically friendly parties don’t end in police reports. I hope you get to the bottom of this, one way or another. And so glad your friends thought to bring beer AND cookies!

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    Comment by HollyLynne on May 14, 2009
  25. I would feel the same way, that everyone’s a suspect. I still can’t believe that someone would do that. You have great friends, thought to come cheer you up.

    Diannas last blog post..Officially a College Graduate

    Comment by Dianna on May 14, 2009
  26. The thing is…if you can’t trust your good friends and their friends, who can you trust, right?!? I get it.

    Comment by Multi-Tasking Mommy on May 14, 2009
  27. I love you! I’m so very sorry that this happened to you friend. *hugs*

    I hope someday you’re going to be able to trust again, though I can TOTALLY see where you’re coming from.

    *hugs* again.

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on May 14, 2009
  28. I’m sorry I was so behind in getting here but I am GLAD you filled out a police report. AND that you have so much wuv. Real life AND internet.

    You deserve it you tiny, gorgeous person. xoxoxo

    Comment by Loralee on May 14, 2009
  29. YUM! I ate like four packs of that cookie dough in the past three days. I so wish I were joking.

    Sorry you had a bad day/week =(

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on May 14, 2009
  30. I totally missed this story (am going back to read right now), but the fact that your friends knew exactly when to show up carrying awesomeness makes me happy. Here’s to the good outweighing the bad, always.

    Comment by Kerri Anne on May 14, 2009
  31. glad you have such awesome friends!and i hope whomever took money from your purse feels like CRAP now knowing that they took more than just money from you my friend!XO

    Comment by LAVENDULA on May 14, 2009
  32. Those are some damn good friends.

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    Comment by Julienne on May 15, 2009
  33. Ali! I’m just catching up! How terrible that someone stole from you, it makes my stomach hurt thinking about the violation.

    Glad that yesterday was better and that you have friends like that.

    Comment by Jennifer, Playgroups are no place for children on May 15, 2009
  34. Ali –
    I just heard about it – how incredibly awful all around. I hope they catch her, and I hope she’s not one of your best friends. Apparently, she’s not.

    Dude – so sorry.

    Comment by DesignHER Momma on May 15, 2009
  35. Just don’t set the purse on the floor in there. They did this study on the news one time & ewwwwww!

    Comment by DE Heather on May 15, 2009
  36. Geez, Ali, what a violation! I cannot imagine that, among friends… ugh. I’d heard about those gold parties just recently. I guess you just never know.

    Glad that you have some super, better friends surrounding you though. Restores the faith somewhat, anyway.

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    Comment by Karen MEG on May 19, 2009

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