Monday, January 5, 2009

The Treasure Trove



Am I the only one who gets out of bed at 6:00 a.m. to clean out the couch cushions? Let me tell you, it's an interesting way to start the day. The picture shows everything I pulled out of the couch. I know it looks like all that accumulated over a decade, but honestly, I clean out the cushions at least once each year. Here's what I found this time:

A lot of garbage (candy wrappers, popcorn, paper). Not very surprising.
Just as many crayons, pens, pencils...and a ruler and a protractor.
A couple handfuls of hair clips, barrettes, ponytail holders...and two combs!
Puzzle pieces, game pieces and cards for various games.
Some atypical items, including a drumstick, a recorder (in three pieces), a stone coaster, a book, a DVD...
...and my two favorite finds--a pine cone and a rubber duckie!

At one point I started getting really excited that I might find the missing TV remote and/or my pressure cooker regulator cap. But no. However, the hour wasn't a total loss. For once I got paid for doing housework! I found a $2 bill and $1.25 in lost change! Woo hoo!

4 comments:

Our family said...

That's gross. Fun to find money though. My visiting teacher always loses her keys and ends up looking in the couch for them, so I have to clean mine out every other month or so. It's terrible.

Charlotte said...

At this rate you will be able to afford a new car or something in about 1000 years!

I am always finding bizarre things under my cushions. And, strangely enough, I just found my pressure cooker cap today in a box I forgot to unpack full of random leftovers from the old house!

I only find remotes for electronics after the said electronic gets broken or updated.

Mary said...

Charlotte--We gave away the TV that matches the lost remote last year, so I was sure Murphy's Law would guarantee that I would find the remote. I can't even imagine at this point where it could be. (Though we do usually find some random things in the backyard after the snow melts in spring!)

nate said...

Seriously Mary - That is disgusting!

I am going to use that picture in a presentation on why it is important to keep your code base clean and well-maintained --- so you don't end up having to deal with a mess like that! :)