Locked out

(for Wordless Wednesday see the post that follows this)

I’m totally locked out of my own kitchen pantry! My husband installed a lock for the pantry door to keep himself from middle-of-the-night snacking. He’s been a sleep-eater for as long as I’ve known him, and we’ve tried everything to curb it without any luck –until he installed the lock a few months ago. So now each night he locks up the pantry, gives me the key, and I hide it somewhere so that if he goes into the kitchen in the middle of the night he can only stand there and look around, maybe unload the dishwasher or something (which he hasn’t been inclined to do).

Well last night we locked up as usual. He got up at 4 a.m. for work, and couldn’t get the door unlocked. I kinda remember him saying something to me as he was leaving about the lock being stuck, but it wasn’t my reality until I went to get Zoe her breakfast from the pantry and found that the key wouldn’t turn in the doorknob.

We are freaking locked out of our pantry!!

Which I suppose is why my tummy is grumbling right now since I had grapes and a pear for breakfast. Luckily there were a couple frozen waffles in the freezer for Zoe. Packing her lunch for camp today was interesting, she won’t be happy to find that she’s got two pieces of fruit rather than one fruit and a snack bag …. FROM THE SNACK BOX IN THE PANTRY!!!

I tried to jimmy the lock with a butter knife, and when that didn’t work I tried a spatula. Not that I thought it would work, but cripes burgulars always get in so easily in the movies! When that didn’t work I got out a hammer and screwdriver and took the pins off the hinges, figuring that the door would practically fall off then. Not so.

So I gave up.

My husband said he’ll work on it when he gets home from work. I’m hoping that the door will be open AND still intact. I suppose we could call a locksmith, I wonder how much that’ll cost and if they’ve ever had to unlock a pantry door before?

5 comments for “Locked out

  1. August 29, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I am a locksmith with Pop-A-Lock of Milwaukee and the answer is, YES! We have unlocked pantries before-and many much stranger things/situations that would require a blog of my own to cover…

    …and the answer to how much does it cost to pick a pantry lock?–$69 during the day-a little more at night when the cravings drive up the market rates! ;)

    Nice try with the hinges though. I had to open a high security I.T. room this week that the resident geek had left his keys in. He tried to do the hinge thing too and like you found out there is a reason they call them locks. He and his ego were conveniently at lunch when I opened the door in under 2 minutes….

    Cool blog. Keep it up!

  2. July 27, 2007 at 11:26 am

    OMG I would die!! That is where my Diet Coke lives and all the snacks,etc. LOL! We would be in trouble. I hope you found a way in. Reminds me of when Alex locked the door to the family room/Corey’s office…and we don’t have a key!! We had to take the hinges off and jimmy the door out of the doorway. It worked thank goodness. :-)

  3. July 25, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Oh gosh! Hope you managed to sort it!

  4. July 25, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    That’s TERRIBLE, Indigo!! I think if that happened here we’d have to spend all day out of the house…the girls practically live in our pantry all day long!! Let us know how things ended up!! :)

  5. July 25, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Oh my gosh, is this ever funny! I had been battling the same thing with wanting to eat at nights. I am on Weight Watchers and have lost 54 lbs in 1 year and have been maintaining, but still need to lose another 20 at least. I have found myself getting up at around 11 or midnight wanting cereal or ice cream and turning on the t.v. in the kitchen, letting the dogs out while I am standing at the counter still half asleep….I have stopped doing this lately though, cause I don’t want that weight coming back on. Thanks for sharing such a funny story.

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