How to Sneak Out of the House (and Get Away With It)

A year ago, I never ever would have thought that I would be writing a post on how to sneak out. But then I went to college, and things got crazy, I guess? I SNUCK OUT OF THE HOUSE. And then had a somewhat-illegal cookout on the beach. I am a rebel. And you can be too with these easy tips! *wink*

When I was growing up, my parents were pretty strict. When I started high school, they were much more chill, but I carried on the strict-ness for myself. My parents trust me a lot because they know I would never do anything I shouldn’t. And perhaps this is what helped me get away with sneaking out.

I am certain that my parents would let me do whatever I want if I just asked, knowing that I won’t get myself into trouble. But asking for things is scary, and I would rather jump out a second floor window of course.

Two of my best friends, Micah and Ray, both live over an hour away from me, so when they told me that we were going to go out Tuesday night, I didn’t think it would actually happen. There was no way I was going to drive halfway across the state of Connecticut (admittedly a very small state) in the middle of the night, so I did not properly prepare to sneak out. Here’s what I learned from my mistakes.

Tip #1: Beware of Alarms

How to properly sneak out a window diagram

My main concern throughout the course of this scheme was my family’s safety alarm that chimes every time someone opens a door. While plotting the afternoon of, I decided that the best move would be to crack the basement door open while my parents weren’t home. That way I could get out of the house without opening any doors or windows.

Although I did not end up carrying out this plan, the alarm was continually a concern of mine as the night unfolded.

Tip #2: Have a Backup Plan

Micah and Ray started texting me around 10:00 PM, and I said I was too tired to drive. We decided that they would come to pick me up, and we would hit up downtown Westerly (Rhode Island).

My dad usually stays up later than the rest of my family and takes the dogs out before he goes to sleep. To sneak out, I would wait until my dad took the dogs out and then, open the basement door while he was outside (and couldn’t hear the chime).

I initiated a strategy I frequently use at school: taking a micronap before participating in nighttime activities. I dimmed the lights in my room, so I could keep them on while I sleep, so if I was up and about, my parents wouldn’t be suspicious that I had gotten up.

Tip #3: And Possibly Another

As we all know, things don’t always go according to plan. I was awaken from my nap by a phone call from Ray. They were at a gas station about 20 minutes away. There was only one problem: my dad hadn’t walked the dogs yet. In fact, he had fallen asleep while watching TV and wasn’t going to be taking them out any time soon.

Ray asked me if I could just jump out my window, as that was how he was able to sneak out. My window is right above our back deck and conveniently, the window that my dad was sitting next to.

Thinking on my feet, I thought of another window I could sneak out of. From the window in my older brother’s room, you can get out onto the roof above the front porch. Said roof is held up by pillars, which I thought I could slide down.

Very quietly, I opened up the window, removed the screen, and climbed out onto the roof.

Tip #4: Don’t Miss the Blanket

And as I should have expected, the pillars weren’t exactly within reach from the roof. To be honest, it wasn’t that big of a drop, I was just worried about the rocks in the garden below. Micah and Ray, who had been stargazing in the car, made their way over to the house to help me out.

Micah told me to dangle and then, drop down. However, I couldn’t get a  good grip on the roof due to the slant and crumbly shingles. Micah said that I could just jump, and he would catch me, but I protested.

“Can’t I just jump into that bush?”

“That is a tree. That will break you.”

I had brought blankets out on the roof with me because we changed our plans to have a cookout on the beach. Ray said that they would hold a blanket I could jump onto. So they did, and so I jumped.

Jumping off the roof illustration

As Micah explained it, “I saw you jump, but then I couldn’t see you. I just heard a crunch.” I completely blacked-out for my jump because I was so nervous, but apparently, I completely cleared the blanket and landed behind them in the garden.

It was honestly hilarious, but I think I lightly sprained my pinky.

Tip #5: Put the Getaway Car in “Stealth Mode”

We ran across my yard to where they had parked around the corner. I live at the end of a long driveway with only two houses, so it was essential that my dad did not notice a car driving down our driveway at midnight.

Micah, a top-notch driver, turned off the lights in the car and drove with his head out the window to see the road until we got past the house.

Tip #6: Relax

We headed to Walmart to pick up some steaks, and as we were driving, I was freaking out that my dad would notice the window. Bu I realized that there was nothing I could do now, and I just tried to enjoy the night.

We went to East Beach in Watch Hill, RI. This was a perfect location because there’s only a few houses by the beach, and it was a Tuesday in early June, so most people probably weren’t even there. Using coal and a takeout pan, we cooked steaks and hot dogs. They got a little sandy, but were quite delicious anyhow.

Micah by the fire

After we finished cooking, we buried the coals because fire safety is very important!! It wasn’t exactly warm, and we had to turn the heat up all the way as we whipped back to my house.

Tip #7: Know How to Sneak Back In

They dropped me off at around 4:00 in the morning. I decided I would sleep on the back porch for an hour until it was a reasonable time for me to be “leaving” the house (I wake up at 5:00 most mornings and go to the gym). Our garage door could be opened with a code, and I figured my parents would assume I opened it to leave-not get back in.

It was pretty cold though, and I started to get antsy. First, I went around to the front of the house to see if there was any way I could get back in through the window I used to sneak out of. There wasn’t.

I wandered around the house, seeing if there was any other way to get up onto the roof. Being the observant observer that I am, I noticed that the lock on one of the windows to my garage seemed to be backwards. I thought to myself that the window was either unlocked, or the lock was on the outside, so either way I was getting in.

Upon closer inspection, I found that the window was in fact unlocked, and I climbed into the garage.

Tip #8: Beware of Dogs

I took a nap on some cardboard boxes, and then, at 5:15, I went up to the door to the house, and twisted the door knob. The door stopped when I tried to push it open. It was bolted, and my dogs began to bark at the sound.

I quickly backed away. Once they settled down, I decided to make one last ditch effort and stand on a trash can to get back onto the roof. However, as soon as I began to move the trash can, the dogs began to bark once again.

Tip #9: You Can Never Have Too Many Back Up Plans

I put down the trash can, stuffed my sandy, smoky blankets and shoes into my brother’s hockey bag, and ran to hide behind my dad’s car. Surely the dogs had woken my parents up by this point, and my mom would be coming to take them out any minute.

I heard my mom making the dogs breakfast in the kitchen, and eventually, she came out into the garage. I couldn’t BREATHE. My mom remarked to the dogs, “Why does it smell so bad in here?” and then, walked outside. Stealthily, I walked around the edges of the garage, checked the windows, and ran back inside the house.

Tip #10: Act As if Nothing Happened

I ran upstairs and quickly shut my brother’s window. The screen was too difficult to replace at the time, so I was going to fix it later. I didn’t have a commitment until 12:00 PM, so I immediately took off my smoky clothes and took a nap.

I showered, and before I left for class, I tried to put the screen back on the window. It was actually quite difficult, and I couldn’t do it. I was freaking out throughout class that my dad had noticed the window on his inevitable trip to the golf course, or that my mom had seen it while walking the dogs or on her way to work.

I contemplated leaving the screen off and making some excuse for why I took it down. When I drove home from class though, I realized that the missing screen wasn’t immediately obvious, so I decided to put it back up.

Finally, I am way  friendlier when I have done something wrong, I don’t know about you. I was not sure if my parents had noticed anything unusual or were suspicious of me.

Luckily, my parents would never expect me to go anywhere after 7:00 PM, so even if there were some strange things going on that morning, they were never able to put it all together. I think that it is safe to say I got away with it.

All in all, I was not as prepared as I should have been. There were so many things I can’t explain in one blog post that just happened to go my way. But I hope that this post will be helpful to someone the next time they are home from college and need to sneak out!

How to Get Over a Donut Addiction

When I visited Ireland last month, I ate a life-changing donut. Before I found a place to buy donuts in Ireland (surprisingly difficult),  I had been having extreme cravings, so of course, I gave in. After my experience at Offbeat Donut Co., I seemed to develop what some medical professionals may call a donut addiction.

I used to be able to drive past Dunkins all day without blinking an eye, but now, it’s a battle between my brain and my heart every time I see a sign. One week, I stopped every night on the way home and picked up a donut. And that’s when I knew. It was the dreaded donut addiction.

Since then, I have been able to get my cravings under control, and the result is this: a guide for anyone else struggling with a donut addiction.

Step One: Eat Lots of Donuts

Scientifically speaking, eating a ton of food in one day actually has some benefits, and if it can get you to stop eat donuts every day, then it’s definitely a win. Overeating can boost leptin (a hormone that helps with weight loss) production by up to 30%. It also helps to satisfy cravings, which is exactly what we want, right?

I don’t want you to eat so many donuts that you puke and never want to eat them again (although this may work). I just want to get donuts off your mind for a little while.

I decided to try out the famous Allie’s Donuts in North Kingston, RI.

A half dozen donuts I bought to feed my donut addiction cravings

I want to be honest. I didn’t love  Allie’s. Like yeah, they were pretty good donuts, and worth the price, but there wasn’t anything spectacular about this.

Interestingly, after I kept them in the refrigerator overnight, they tasted better. I think the hot and gooey freshness of them (which most people probably enjoy) was too much for me, especially when I wanted to try to consume all six donuts at once.

Step Two: Find Motivation and Start Exercising

Exercising will help a lot with a donut addiction (or a food addiction of any kind). Exercise not only lessens your appetite, but it also helps motivate you to eat better. However, sometimes we have to motivate ourselves to get motivated.

If the fact that you just ate a half dozen donuts doesn’t motivate you enough, I have some tips for you. When I was in tenth grade and couldn’t study the day before my chemistry final, I read an article that told me to list three reasons why you should do the thing you don’t want to do.

If you actually write out three reasons why you should start going to the gym, you will be much more likely to go.

Step Three: Protein and Water are Your Friends

It’s a lot more difficult to have cravings if you are not hungry, so we want to keep ourselves full with protein and water (the good stuff).

Time and time again, studies have found that people who eat more protein are less hungry throughout the day. The same goes for drinking water.

Step Four: Unfollow All Your Favorite Donut Shops on Social Media

I hate to say it. Who doesn’t love when colorful donuts pop up in their feed? ..but out of sight, out of mind, as they say.

Step Five: Find Alternatives

Determine what elements of donuts you like, and find other (healthier) desserts or snacks with them. For example, I love sprinkles, so I eat frozen yogurt with sprinkles! I also love the soft, chewy texture of donuts. Mochi is also soft and chewy, but has much less fat and fewer calories.

Other options include cinnamon toast, angel food cake, and gum!

If you have made it this far in the guide and can still only dream about donuts, making your own donuts may be the option for you. There are plenty of healthy recipes with the same hole-y shape we love.

Step Six: Train Your Brain

I use this little brain trick for everything. It can be applied to so many things, like anxious moments or negative thoughts, but today, we’re going to use it to stop donut cravings. Whenever you think about donuts, immediately think about something else. This could be one of the alternatives we came up with, or how good you’ll look if you stop eating donuts.

Eventually, you won’t even have to remind yourself, and your brain will start doing this on it’s own. This should really help to control your donut addiction.

If you follow this guide step by step, eventually, the cravings should subside. But if not, hey, life is short, and donuts are yummy.