Thursday, January 5, 2012

What's In Your Washer?

I abhor laundry, I really do.  Except for the putting stuff in the washer and then switching it to the dryer and the smells of laundry soap, those parts I enjoy.  But the folding and putting away?  Fughettaboutit.  But lately, as in for about the past 8 years lately, the laundry is like a scavenger hunt or a box of chocolates, you just never know what you're gonna get.

I've found some very interesting things when I switch a load over from the washer to the dryer.  Take for example, THE ONCE-LIVE FROG I found one summer's day or the apple slices or the BANANA PEEL.  These kids?  Apparently, they have magician's pockets.

But tonight, I hit the motherlode.  Tonight I found the following, that's right ALL of this:  a fishing lure (ummm we haven't exactly been fishing lately so either this lure has been snagged in a pants pocket since summer and survived many washes or someone was trying a little ice fishing sans the ice),   an M&M's candy wrapper (at least it wasn't a full one...THIS time), a nickel (my payment, i'm totally underpaid), a plastic frog (I was almost happy to see a PLASTIC one instead of the real thing), a DS game (surprisingly, it still works), a bullet casing (GI Joe got a new gun and was doing some target practice but he claims it was Ryder collecting the casings not him..uh huh sure), and finally...a SPOON.  Because who doesn't walk around with a spoon in their pocket?  You know, just in case you find yourself in an emergency yogurt situation. 

Yeah, I probably should check pants pockets before putting them in the wash but who has time for that?!?!? 

Your turn, what's the weirdest thing you've found in your washer or dryer?  Speaking of odd things in dryers, have I ever told you about the time I *accidentally* dried GI Joe's (ancient) cat that he'd had since before long before I was in the picture?  Oops, still haven't lived that one down.  In my defense, she jumped in there herself when I went to answer the phone AND was only in there for half a cycle until I realized that the thumping I kept hearing was not the straps on my shortalls (do you remember the days of the shortalls? those were dark fashion times) and opened the door to discover a very dazed cat who was now missing a few teeth staring back at me. She survived but oddly enough, was never the same.  And GI Joe?  It's a long road to forgiveness he's had to travel on but he's getting there.  But he still reserves the right to bring it up randomly in conversation, "Hey, remember that one time YOU DRIED MY CAT?!?"

Time to move on dude, and while you're at it TAKE THE BULLET CASINGS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS!!!


  1. I will repeat myself...doesn't anyone check pockets anymore?! You are crazy not to, especially with YOUR kids & their magician pockets ;)

  2. Never pulled out a once-live frog (eww), but I have found the odd DS game (still worked as you said) and yesterday I found a brand new Mt. Dew-flavored lip balm that, thankfully, did not come open in the washer or dryer.