stolen- 3 things I learned from having a break-in

So long story short (and the reason why I haven’t posted in awhile), a few weeks ago my roommate’s and my apartment got broken into while we were at work.  It was seriously scary, as I was the one who discovered the apartment with the door unlocked.  I was immediately worried about my roommate because one of her suitcases was downstairs and she was nowhere to be found. Later, I learned that that suitcase was stuffed with my DVDs.  Our bedrooms were ransacked (I’m still trying to put mine back together), and our electronics were stolen.  Lucky for us, we were both ok, but were understandably shaken up by the experience.  I learned a few things from this, and I wanted to share with you in case you ever find yourself in this position.

Ron Swanson #robbed.gifsource

1. Get renter’s insurance. 

Seriously, GET IT. This is the first of my apartments in which I’ve had renters insurance, and I got it reluctantly as it was written into my lease.  After this, I’ll never go without it.  It’s pretty cheap, only about $250 a year, and you will thank your lucky stars that you have it if anything happens.  Out of sheer laziness, I had forgotten to renew it, but luckily my roommate had sent the check in – thanks again Meghan, you saved the day!

2. Make sure you communicate with, and listen to, the right people.

So someone breaks into your house, who is the first person you call? The police? Nope, not me, I hopped right on the phone with my mom and dad.  I was standing outside my apartment, crying, afraid to go back in and all I wanted to do was have my mom and dad tell me what I should do.  Luckily, they are quite sensible, and told me to hang up, call the police, and then call them back.  Somehow, just knowing the police were on their way and having completed the first step in what needed to be done calmed me down.

When the police came, they told us to make sure we called our banks (I had a checkbook stolen), and our landlord just to let him know what was going on. The police determined that the thief probably came through the front door, as it was unlocked when I got home and there were no signs of disturbance around the window.  Obviously, we needed to get our locks changed, so part of the discussion with our landlord was around the locks. Our landlord gave us a recommendation on getting the locks changed, but we felt more secure just getting them all changed. Unfortunately, there is a rule in our community, that we didn’t know, that our front and back doors cannot have the same lock, which they now did.  We had to get another locksmith to come out and rechange the locks, and with that other locksmith came an additional fee. Now the lock on the back door is the same as before the robbery, and we’re out more money.  In hindsight, we should probably have taken the landlords recommendation, as he knows more about the house and the community than we do.

3.It’s OK to not feel OK. 

After the robbery, I didn’t feel comfortable being alone in my home for a good two weeks.  There was a stranger that was in my bedroom, and had been through all my bags and drawers – the thought is really creepy! I thought, “I’m never going to feel ok here again, I should just break my lease and move.” Luckily, over time, I did start to feel more comfortable. I’m now good staying there by  myself – even overnight! There are a few residual effects though: I check that the doors are locked more than I used to, and I’ve started putting the chain over our door when both my roommate and I are home, something we didn’t used to do. As they say, time heals all wounds, but I think the bat my dad gave me to keep in my room may have helped.

Have any of you been in this situation before? Any questions about what renter’s insurance covers? Let me know – you can always tweet me @third_and_girl or email me at



The Bachelor is one of my favorite shows of all time. It has become almost a cult classic recently, and nothing is more fun than sitting around with my friends on a Monday night and dissecting everything about the show.  I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the show with you here.

My Thoughts on Episode 3 of the Bachelor

  1. This episode seemed like it should be titled, “Most Dramatic Rose Ceremony Ever: Rise of the Mean Girl”. Between the attacks on Jubilee, and the biting comments behind Olivia’s back (and I’m not an Olivia apologist), I was slightly uncomfortable with the front that these women were putting forward to the camera.
    Did anyone else think that all of the attacks on Jubilee seemed completely unfounded? Maybe as someone who also expresses their anxiousness through sarcastic comments, I just see where she was coming from with her “anyone else want to go on this date?” comment.  I have to guess that then continuing to confront her, in the guise of it being a “conversation”, isn’t going to win you any points with the guy you’re all trying to date.  What do I know though, I haven’t been on this show three times.
  2. I think Ben is really into Lauren B, who I also like as she seems to be completely down to Earth and aware that she might be one of the most ridiculous shows of all time. She’s frequently sarcastic, which I can definitely appreciate. In my eyes, Ben looks at her in a completely different way then he looks at the other girls, and it was really telling when he wanted to tell her something that he hadn’t talked about with anyone yet.  He didn’t seem to be telling her because the producer’s asked him to, but because he really wanted this girl that he was falling for to know the real him, and the things he was struggling with. (Sidebar: Why did Ben’s pastor call him to tell him about his dad and not his mom or another family member? That being said, I’m very happy that Mr. Higgins is doing well).
  3. I’m really proud of Lace for removing herself from the show.  I felt like her insecurities were getting the better of her in some of her interactions with Ben, and I can only imagine how tiring and taxing that is. It takes a big person to realize that something that might make you (in)famous may just not be the best thing for you, especially when a babe soda like Ben Higgins is involved.  All that being said, can’t wait to see Lace in paradise.

Favorite Tweets from Monday



My Favorite Bachelor Themed Items

1. most dramatic rose ceremony
I love a good tongue and cheek reference to the ridiculousness of The Bachelor.  You can get this glass perfect for your Monday night sipping here.

2. bach and chill
This is pretty much my dream life.  You can buy this here. bach yoga pants
I’m sure many of you have seen this shirt around.  I couldn’t not include it though, it is a classic, and pretty much encapsulates my Monday nights. As far as I know, if you use the code “BACHELOR” at check out, you can get 10% off and 10% of the profits go to an animal shelter.  So get a great shirt, and help man’s best friend by clicking here.

What are your thoughts on Episode 3 of the Bachelor? I’d love to hear them!




Third Time’s a Charm

Hey Y’all (I’m not from the South, but every time I go there for more than 2 days I develop a strong Southern twang.  And I like it!)


As long as I can remember in my grown up “internet person” life, I’ve loved blogs, and I’ve tried to start one two times before.  However, I think I always tried to write a blog that was like the ones I like to read, but not necessarily the kind that I was meant to write. I just love too much stuff (and it is stuff) to write a one topic blog, whether it be fashion, beauty, entertainment, sports, etc.  So my idea for this is to combine all of those things, and to share the things I’m loving with other “internet people” who are interested in the same thing.

So my idea for this is: three topics a post, with three items beneath each one.  I can’t promise that this will never change, because I know there will be an occasion when I have a passionate rant inside me. So without further ado….

About Me.
1. Anytime I’m with a new group of people, I suggest playing the “fun fact” game, which is not even a game.  I don’t think this wins me any friends, as most people, in fact, do not like this game.  I find the weirdest or most unique things about people the most interesting. In case you were wondering, my fun fact: I have 20 teeth like a small child.
2. I live in what I consider to be the most passionate sports town, Philadelphia. I know a lot of people can argue for their towns, and I’m sure some could give us a run for our money.  No one lives and dies by their teams like Philadelphians though.
3. I have an accurate countdown to the day when I’m allowed to be a puppy mom (447 days).

What I Imagine You’ll Find On This Blog. 
1. LOTS of stuff about the TV I watch. My interest run the gamut from trashy reality (you’ll find me on my couch with wine on Mondays for the Bachelor), HGTV, network dramas, and premium cable “prestige shows”.
2. Sports. I’m a HUGE sports fanatic. And although I’m a ride or die Philly fan, I can appreciate other teams. I’m a big fan of sports Twitter and podcasts, so I’m sure you’ll find some random sports gifs and tweets on here from time to time.
3. Things that I think are hilarious. I kind of picture this blog to be all of the things that I send to my friends, my boyfriend, or my parents – and I’m hoping you guys enjoy them too!

All Time Favorite BuzzFeed Articles.
1. 18 People Who Forgot There Was Already A Word For That
….cereal water
2. The 37 Most Important Puppy Pictures of 2015
See #3 of the About Me.
3. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s Best Moments of the 2014 Golden Globes
Because they are goddesses and I love the term “garbage person”.

Let me know what you think in the comments! And please share your favorite articles, or really anything! That’s what this is all about!