Monday, April 18, 2011

Police Officer For a Day

My husband, Colin, has been a police officer since October 2010. Bless his heart, he signed me up to go on a ride-a-long with him this past Saturday! I was unsure how it would go, but I LOVED it! It was so much fun. My favorite part was running license plates to see if the owner had any warrants, suspensions, etc.

In 8 hours with Colin, I got to witness a variety of situations. He pulled someone over for a faulty brake light, which turned into a citation for driving under a suspended license. He responded to a call of a dog biting a young child. He drove on the freeway to attempt to find a swerving vehicle. He arrested a person who had a warrant out. He went down to the rec center where teenagers hang out.

As much as I enjoyed the day, I could never be a police officer. I feel so sorry for when people are written citations or arrested, even though they always deserve them. And I have to shut my mouth for wanting to counsel them or say it is going to be alright. I used to work on a behavioral health floor at a hospital, so it is very difficult for me to not empathize with them or try to motivate them.

But, I think I did good. Except, Colin did catch me in the act of rubbing his neck while out on the road...he said it probably wasn't a good idea if citizens saw a passenger doing this to an officer. Oops!

On a side note, it is CD 35 for me today. Last month, AF came on CD 32...but the month before it was CD 39. And 27 the month before that. SO, it is very difficult for me to track if I am truly "late". I think I will wait until at lesat day 39 to take any tests, though. Why? Because I am jaded. I am tired of spending the money on tests, getting that hope riled up inside of me, and being let down hard.

So, I wait.


  1. I've always thought I would have trouble being a police officer - for the same reasons! I tend to want to hug people, haha.

    I hope you are actually late for a good reason! Fingers crossed!

  2. that must have been an interesting day for sure! do you keep track of when you ovulate (chart temps, or use a monitor/predictor kit)? that would help you know if you are beyond your normal luteal phase!!

  3. What a fun day! I'm impressed that he did all those things during a single shift!

    Keeping you in my prayers, and hoping AF doesn't show up for a loooong time xo

  4. It sounds like an interesting day! That is cool that you were able to hang out with him for the day and see all that he does.

  5. Glad you had a good time. I'm not so sure that I'd ever care for a ride along.

    I'm on CD 35 too, I tested yesterday but negative. I typically don't test, so I encourage you to continue to wait. Here's hoping AF doesn't visit either of us.

  6. Sounds like so much fun! Yay for seeing Hubby in action. Does his job make you nervous??? I bet you are glad you aren't in a major city! Crossing my fingers AF is on a break for oh, 9 months or so!

  7. What a great idea... sounds like fun to go out on the road with your husband :) You're very strong not to be doing a test... FX'd for you xoxo

  8. Happy Easter! Just found you through Crossing My Fingers. :) I look forward to following along on your journey.

  9. That sounds like a great day!

  10. I have always wanted to do a ride along with my husband too, but have never done one yet I have been a little scared and he said it might be weird to have me there. So he was thinking of sending me on a ride along with one of his co workers instead. I just worry that if there was a bad know?! And as for waiting it out, I totally get you.... I am so jaded too. (Like the Jaded Aerosmith song, LOL!!)