The last few s/o snooping threads made me wonder what to do if a snooper finds something that is understandably offensive/hurtful. One poster mentioned her adult novel was discovered, but I'm talking about more personal matters.
A couple years ago, I had a friend, Snoopy over to hang out at my place. We were just reading magazines on my bed when I stepped into the kitchen for a few minutes to fix us a snack. When I returned, Snoopy had apparently picked up my journal from a stack of random books on my bedside table, not realizing what it was and had read a brief unfortunate entry I had written while we had been in the midst of a fight. In the entry I had written that I thought she was acting shallow, self-centered, and arrogant. Snoopy was understandably hurt and upset. All I could say was "That's my private journal. I'm sorry you saw that." I didn't apologize for what I wrote because honestly, I think it was her fault for snooping. However, I didn't want to escalate anything by saying something like that.
How would you handle an awkward situation like that?