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Monday, February 18, 2008

I should probably just drive a U-Haul

The-guy-who-knows-a-song-about-a-chicken once called my car "an extension of my purse". I guess he's right in that it's a place to keep a bunch of useful stuff and that it generally goes where I go.

I finally got distracted enough by all the receipts, headless superheros, hair bands, legos, magnetic monkeys, library books, television instruction manuals, and the like to clean my little car out today.

I did it as I clean most things, on a whim while I was supposed to be doing something else...because I didn't know where else to look for my brain...

Here are a few of the things I took out:
I left two pair of scissors in the car but brought one pair into the house.

I tossed out 4 tubes of lip gloss (sorry sweetie - they were gross)

I removed a pair of sneakers and left one pair.

I threw away three keys. This is why I lose things. I really only think I've lost them when what really happen is that I tossed them out and forgot.

I left the game of Cranium Cadoo, a beach blanket, a badmitton set, and a baseball bat. You never know when you might need those.

I removed a roll of scotch tape, 14 picture books, and my rolling pin (So THAT'S where that thing went!).

I removed three umbrellas, but left one.

I removed 21 pens and pencils. I tossed out another 9 that had seen better days. But I left 16 in the car, because it's hard to write and drive at the same time if you don't have easy access to a pen or pencil.

I also fixed my own car stereo while I was driving. Ok, so I was the one who broke it in the first place. I was trying to cut off my non-working CD changer with one of the pair of the scissors I left in the car when suddenly the formerly working stereo gave up mid-song.

I thought for certain I was destined to go see the Venezuelan guy up the road who ALWAYS fixes my stereo each and every time I cut through some of the wires with a pair of safety scissors, but it turns out that once I fooled around with all these wires a little bit - I was able to find two that seemed loose. It turned out I hadn't cut through anything of any great importance with the safety scissors after all. Of course it looks better than that now that I shoved the wires back behind the plate and cleaned the leaves and pine needle pieces out the little tray.

I can't do gift wrapping in my car anymore without supplies from the house, but I'm enjoying that fresh clean car feeling...for another 20 minutes until the kids get home.

Meanwhile, here's a picture of some men lifting a lawn mower onto the roof of a nearby school. When I first went for my camera, it just looked like they were interested in dangling a lawn mower in the air. But they ended up putting it on the school roof, so I guess they're going to mow up there.

16 comments:

Noelia said...

I think your post has me speechless for the first time lol...why did you leave 16 pens in the car??
I think you need a big basket where you can toss all those "in case I need them" items in your trunk and keep it there permanently. Now that the weather seems to be mild, I'll go and clean out my van.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Noelia - Well...that would be to make it easier to write and drive at the same time...y'know, so I can just reach around and find a pen without having to take my eyes off the road... :-0 :-0 :-0

Beth said...

well that was a fun one to read! did you stay to watch them mow?

Roger said...

What The-guy-who-knows-a-song-about-a-chicken once called my car "an extension of my purse" said reminded me of a scene from the "Breakfast Club" lol! Stop playing with scissors Jill!! Good photos & enjoy your clean car!! :D

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Beth - Wish I could have! I imagine there's nothing quite like a roof mowing...or something...

Roger - Yeah, I think I'll be a little more careful next time I choose to take scissors to any kind of wire attached to my car. I mean, it turned out okay and all, but it was scary there for a few moments!

jp said...

Lawn mowers on roofs...rolling pins in cars...Good grief! I'm really scratching my head here! Thx for the laugh this morning -- I needed it! :-) Janet

KarenSue said...

gee, I thought dd's car was bad
(her's was basically a travelling locker)..But..you had her beat!!

Jeffrey Thames [King of Grief] said...

You had hair bands in your car? Which ones? Ratt? Poison? Ratt Poison? Ah well, even the cheesiest of hair bands is still more tolerable than Pavement. Stupid Pavement. Grrr.

ALF said...

wow, that's a lot of stuff. My husband has commented before that I keep too many pens in my car.

Heather said...

Wow! That's a lot of stuff in your car. It sounds like a big car! I totally understand the need for all the writing utensils though!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Janet - Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

Karensue - Just doing my best to make your daughter's car seem not so bad!

Jeffrey Thames [King of Grief] - Definitely Ratt Poison! I've got enough stuff in there w/out worrying about rodents too!

Alf - You should maybe have him hang out in my car for awhile & see if he still thinks you have too many...

Heather - Nah, just a four door sedan is all...

Bastet said...

I really would hate to see what filled my basket after cleaning my car. Isn't it great that you have 16 pens in your car...but you can't ever find one? LOL

SJ said...

I gather you don't own a Volkswagen Mini :)

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Your car sounds much like mine. Although I don't have multiples of items, just a whole lot of different items.

The best has to be the rolling pin.

And I love the photo of the lawn mower relocation.

Maureen said...

So was the roof a sod top or something??? Weird.

But not as weird as a rolling pin the car.... that one had me laughing.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Bastet - I think that's why they keep making their way from my purse into the car.

SJ - Nope! I don't know a VW mini, but I just have a four door Honda. It has a lot of room for spare rolling pins though. :-)

Curly Glamour Girlie - maybe it's just that mine are multiplying in the car! :-0

Maureen - I dunno. If there's sod up there, I can't see it from the ground. I guess it could be though. And well...y'know...sometimes you just need a rolling pin in the car...I think. For something. :-)

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