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.