Experiment: Exhausting the Contents of My Coffeetable Junk Drawer


by Debi


  • “In Huskies We Trust” Russell Stover candy-bar (partially eaten but still wrapped)
  • Cribbage board
  • 4 old family photographs
  • A baggie of old looking screws (I suspect they’re something important but I couldn’t say what, maybe for Shannon’s drafting table?)
  • A broken glass nail file with peacock feather design
  • A list of movies I wanted to watch but then promptly forgot that I’d made this list (The Iron Lady, The Descendents, Fay Grimm?, Coreolanus?)
  • 2 unopened packs of Trident cinnamon gum
  • Assorted cards that used to be in my wallet: Orca bus card, gift cards (don’t know if there’s anything on any of them or not – Nordstrom, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Fred Meyer), insurance cards (medical and dental), preferred shopper cards (Famous Footwear, Fred Meyer, Walgreens), membership cards (AARP, Tacoma Zoo)
  • “Hey Mon, No Problem” souvenir playing cards from Jamaica
  • Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
  • 2 empty Albuterol inhalers
  • Tiny troll key chain (with purple hair)
  • Remote control (not sure what it’s for, something audio related)
  • Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème
  • Padded finger splint
  • 2 nail clippers (small and large size)
  • Small red flashlight (actually has working batteries in it!)
  • Small tin of cinnamon flavored Altoids
  • Pack of toothpicks
  • Earrings (2 pairs)
  • Black earbuds
  • Microsoft Office “Important Documentation” envelope
  • Packet of La Cross Emery Boards
  • Assorted gum wrappers and soda bottle tops
  • Long dead cell phone (wonder if I need anything off that phone? Numbers?  Photos?)
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • More random screws (these were loose in the drawer)
  • 2 Benadryl gel capsules (still in wrap)
  • C-battery (no idea if it works or not)
  • 6 crochet hooks (various sizes)
  • 1 broken brown shoelace
  • 1 black Velcro strap
  • 6 pens/pencils (assorted)
  • 16 hair ties (various shades of blue, must have been a set)
  • Laser cat toy (still works)
  • 3 Post-It notes with names/phone numbers
  • 1 Post-It note that says “she gets super manic when she’s stressed” (unknown who the “she” is in this statement, but it is my handwriting)

[stopped going through junk drawer to play with Velma – she heard the laser cat toy rattle when I picked it up and came running to play]

  • Tan-colored elastic headband
  • 3 yarn needles (1 metal, 2 plastic)
  • Disney™ Wonder souvenir pin (still on backing)
  • Address of a friend
  • A note that says “Sometimes life is as simple as just showing up.”
  • Nearly empty tube of Dramamine
  • Wristwatch with brown band and large face (still working but the strap doesn’t latch)
  • Thermometer
  • Orajel Severe Pain Formula
  • Another address
  • Coppertone Sport Ultra Sweatproof lotion
  • Broken laser cat toy
  • Handheld “20-Q” (20 Questions) electronic game (works)
  • The Camper’s Knot Tying game (??)
  • 12-foot retractable measuring tape (so that’s where it’s been!)
  • Laptop reading light
  • Pocket Blackjack game (needs AA battery and small screw to hold on battery casing)
  • Large blue wide-toothed comb
  • 1 wrapped Luden’s sugar-free cough drop
  • Small black memo book (mostly unused but has some old notes in it from 10+ years ago)
  • Moon Valley Organics Lotion Bar (empty tin)
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer (2 oz. bottle)
  • Cute buttons in an Archibald Sister’s plastic bag
  • Batteries for cat laser toy
  • Yahtzee™ score pad
  • Nikon CoolPix camera manual
  • Receipt for pizza delivery from Papa John’s
  • Small pink nail polish

[just realized that perhaps the “broken” laser cat toy only needs new batteries … put found batteries in and tested … Velma confirms the laser cat toy works just fine now]

  • Rand McNally “Easy to Fold!” plastic-coated map of Tacoma streets (why is this in the coffeetable drawer and not in the car?)
  • Keyboard cleaning brush
  • Unknown plastic “thingy” (can’t even adequately describe it … it’s a “thing” and it’s unknown)
  • A list of movies I watched in a World Film class (Mother, Le Havre, Aftershock, The World, A Separation, The Mirror, The Kid with a Bike)
  • Receipt from The Melting Pot in Tacoma – server Michael – 06/12/2014 (graduation dinner with UWT friends)
  • “I Saw the Flame” pin (from seeing Olympic flame go by)
  • Nintendo-24 Controller Pak
  • Cranium™ game key-chain
  • 2 single earrings without mates
  • Packet of lens tissue “lint free for cleaning lenses, cameras & glasses”
  • Full box of Chloraseptic Total Sore Throat and Cough Sugar-Free lozenges
  • A pack of purple Post-its™ (say THAT ten times fast!)
  • Pack of red “Bee” playing cards
  • Instructions to play Canasta Caliente
  • Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
  • More random screws
  • Regal Isolation 2-Way Splitter (looks like something for the television? Or one of the game consoles?)
  • Loose change (1 dime, 4 pennies – definitely not a wealth-making venture)
  • Nail clippings (ewwww)
  • Dust
  • Random fuzzy stuff

I realized after writing this list, a person could learn a lot about someone else simply by looking at the contents of their junk drawer.

For example, from this list a person could know the following about me:  likes games, has a cat, has issues with dry skin, has asthma, been to Jamaica, has been to or lives near Tacoma, does crochet, watches movies, wears jewelry, eats pizza, has a computer.

Anything else you learn about me from the contents of my favorite junk drawer?

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