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My car is like the lost and found

So I went to the dump yesterday, and in a fit of un-me-ness, I decided to clean out my car at the same time.

I found:

– Five thousand three hundred and ninety-two napkins (Because yes, I have managed to kick my fast food habit, and now I simply love to cook.)

– a single black glove

– a towel

– seven VHS tapes I meant to take to Goodwill

– two three-foot-long wooden dowels that I got from who-knows-where and was saving for who-knows-what

– two tumblers with screw on tops and straws that can’t fall out

– a Virginia road atlas

– a recognition certificate for someone who doesn’t work for our company anymore

– the demolished frame for an obsolete recognition certificate

– a plastic fork

– a real fork

– one combination compass and magnifying glass


What are you and where did you come from?

– three jackets

– the instruction manual for my lawnmower. That I bought two summers ago.

– a bag of dirt (because you know, living in the country I can never have too much dirt)

– a pair of sneakers

– the squishy inserts I bought to make the sneakers more comfortable before I just broke down and bought new sneakers. 

– two umbrellas

– one of Louis’ blankets

– a manila folder stuffed with mail I pulled out of my PO box last October

– a bottle of Windex (wtf?)

– some flower pots I was supposed to give to my sister. Last summer.

– a new 90 count tub of disinfecting wipes (Actually, I may need those right now.)

Ironically, I was talking to a coworker next to her car last week, and I noticed how spotless it was. Not so much as a gum wrapper on the floor.

All I could think was, “How can she stand to live that way?”


20 Comments Post a comment
  1. MawMaw #

    I think you took my car by mistake…

    April 15, 2013
  2. Your car sounds like mine. That is why I do believe that a perpetually clean car is the mark of a boring mind.

    April 15, 2013
    • Ha, yes!

      I have to say, I’m a little fascinated by cars that are so full that the detritus is a solid mass on level with the windows. I’m not that bad, but any time someone rides with me, I do have to say, “Wait a minute, I have to move some stuff.” 🙂

      April 15, 2013
  3. MawMaw #

    well, you never know when you will have a tennis shoe emergency while on the road…

    April 15, 2013
    • See, that’s the right attitude 🙂

      And it was raining this morning so I had to take one of the jackets and one of the umbrellas back out there.

      April 15, 2013
  4. LOL! I have the matching black glove in my trunk. I know that because I was just taking an inventory today, in preparation for going out into the field. (I love those words, they make me want to do a happy dance) I could definitely use the compass magnifying thingy.
    When I see a car with stuff all the way up to the window I always kinda want to see what all is in there. Or maybe I don’t.

    April 15, 2013
    • Me too! I just want to dig in and see what kind of stuff they have. Probably it’s just a bunch of junk, but I’m like a cat nosy.

      I’m glad you’re going out into the field! I guess it’s time with the weather getting warmer. I don’t remember exactly what you are doing, but I do remember you talking about tracking the butterflies and your involvement with a preserve, I think. I know you’re excited to get back to it!

      April 15, 2013
  5. that is too funny! i cleaned out my car on saturday! it is amazing what you find in a car!

    April 15, 2013
    • I know. I’m famous (in my house, anyway) for collecting papers everywhere. And I’m a stacker – just wherever there’s open space, I’m gonna stack stuff there. I come in the front door and whatever’s in my hand gets stacked on some surface or another.

      April 15, 2013
  6. I’m bummed out that you didn’t find a white glove, because I have one in my car. I was hoping you had the match. Ah well.

    April 15, 2013
    • Haha, that’s funny. If I did have a white glove, it would certainly be black by now.

      April 15, 2013
  7. I think your matching black glove ended up in my car.

    April 17, 2013
    • Haha – I’m starting to think everyone has a single glove floating around loose in their car.

      April 17, 2013
  8. You didn’t count those five thousand napkins, did you? 😛

    April 20, 2013
  9. Haha your car sounds like my bag! No gloves but lots of other weird stuff including a sea cucumber once!

    April 29, 2013
    • That’s the craziest thing I’ve heard so far – a sea cucumber! I have a catch-all purse too. I guess I’m just a gatherer, haha.

      April 30, 2013
  10. Kim #

    After our conversation today, this reminds me of one of the JOYS of organizing – you never know what you might find! I cleaned up the change around the house when I first moved in with Kate back in 2007, and after all the coin-rolling, had $383, enough for my first set of golf clubs! 🙂

    October 2, 2013
    • Haha – that’s one thing I don’t lose track of! But that’s pretty awesome. That’s a lot of loose change.

      I just spent my last two shifts at work cleaning and organizing. I threw out four shopping carts of trash and moved three carts of stuff to storage where it belongs. The biggest issues are laziness and being in a hurry. People dump stuff in an easy spot rather than putting them away. But I NEVER do that, haha!

      October 4, 2013

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