Post # 1
I know it’s silly, but when Fi works at night, I have a really hard time sleeping. Our house is on a cul de sac, but 4 of the 7 houses are empty right now (for sale, being renovated, etc). Our dog is a tiny Boston Terrier, and though considered a suburb, Woodbridge isn’t the safest town in the world. We don’t have an alarm… Fi’s idea of home security is the Louisville slugger by the bed.
Anyone else feel this way? What do you do to feel better?
Post # 3
Even though I like my nights at home I sometimes feel this way. We live in Falls Church (right near Tysons Corner mall) and it is a fairly safe area and we have a pitbull but for some reason I still get a little uneasy at times.
I usually double check all doors and windows and try to watch TV or talk to someone on the phone until I am so tired I fall asleep quickly!
Post # 4
I generally put on some praise and worship music… pick a playlist and play it while I’m falling asleep and just let it play…. It always makes me feel more secure to think on how cool God is and how much He loves me and how He totally kicked death’s BUTT… always makes me feel better and helps me sleep =)
Some of my favorite albums are:
Hillsong – Beautiful Exchange and This Is Our God
Chris Tomlin – This Is Love
Post # 5
@PitBulLover: Pit, we’re neighbors!
@runsyellowlites: What a good idea!
Post # 6
I grew up in NoVA and never really felt unsafe, even as a little kid when my parents would stay out really late. I guess I just figure, there’s no need to waste energy worrying about something that probably won’t happen, and if it does, well my adrenaline will kick in enough so that I’ll know what to do. Plus, the chances are, absolutely nothing will happen anyways.
Post # 7
A baseball bat isn’t going to do much if there are 2 people that break into your house. If someone wants to defend themselves, I suggest the most effective and efficent tool: a gun. Keeps you well out of arm’s reach of any potential “bad person”, and doesn’t depend on your physical strength to give the same result.
My current home security:
- Dogs for an alarm (someday we may get a “real” alarm system, mostly because I worry about the dogs being trapped in a fire). Unfortunately I don’t have any dogs that would be intimidating, but they will sound an alarm. Heck, even when I get up in the middle of the night to read or surf the net because I can’t sleep, they sound the alarm when they hear me moving about.
- Guns for defense (we have a shotgun and a 9mm pistol in our bedroom). If you get a gun, make sure you know how to use it and are comfortable with it. Virtually all shooting ranges offer classes.
Post # 8
Also I think most burglars stay away from cul de sac’s because they’re not an easy escape, you have to go down the whole cul de sac to get out and if there’s an alarm or somehow the cops come quickly you’re screwed.
Post # 9
Not at all! I love my alone time!
Post # 10
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: we are!! I dont think Ive ever been to Woodbridge though, but a few of my coworkers live there!
Post # 11
Sometimes. It’s usually the worst when I watch Law and Order SVU or some paranormal movie/show, so then I put on Golden Girls and let my cats lay with me on my bed.
Post # 12
No. It’s a good thing I’m not because he’s gone almost every single week. I get a little freaked out if I hear weird noises or something but most of the time I’m just fine.
Post # 13
Oh when we first moved here, I couldn’t even sleep at night when my husband was gone. I would stay awake all night and then sleep during the beginning of the day.
Post # 14
When hubby & I first got our own apartment and was engaged last year in march 2010 he was on night shift & I also was scared alot & I just got use to it! He is on 2nd shift now so he is home with me at night but he was temp on night shift a few weeks ago and I wasn’t use to it at all and was scared again! lol I would sleep in the living room when he was on night shift, helped for some reason. & My fur babies helped keep me company! lol
Post # 15
I’m not scared because I used to live alone, so I’m used to it when he’s not here. We have an alarm and guns. My SO isn’t into getting close to someone breaking in, IF they did, so a gun is the best policy besides our ADT system.
Post # 16
@PitBulLover: I work in Falls Church at IFH (hospital)
Thanks everyone, for commiserating. It’s good to know I’m not the only scaredy cat. 🙂