Malice or Bust

Way too early Thursday morning, I leave for the Malice Domestic Convention. I’m sure I will have butterflies fluttering in my stomach the whole trip as the Agatha banquet will be on the forefront of my mind.

Since I will be driving a couple of people to the convention with me, I thought I had better clean out my car to prepare and make their trip a little more comfortable. Anyone who has ridden with me knows I rarely clean out my car. I’m not a messy person, but for some reason, I do not treat my vehicle as well as my home or office. This may be due to the fact that I have a two hour round-trip commute to my job and back each day. I think the last place I want to be when I don’t have to is inside my car.

Here are some things I found while cleaning:

7 umbrellas, including one broken and one golf

3 emergency ponchos, including one heavy duty (I’m ready for monsoon season!)

Waterproof matches (Not sure how I got these. I’m NOT a camper.)

A rattle- my niece’s

A stuffed animal-also my niece’s

4 ice scrappers (Where were they in February?!)

An emergency snow shovel (I live in the secondary snow belt.)

An emergency fire blanket (Apparently, it can protect me if the car bursts into flames. I just have to find it again, open it, and unfold it before I catch on fire.)

A five foot piece of rope (I took canoeing in college for my gym credit and was given this to practice my knots.)

A bottle of Aspirin that expired in 2005

Two pairs of binoculars (I’m a birder.)

A folding chair

5 tablets of paper

Countless pens

9 gloves- only one pair out of the bunch

5 empty water bottles

3 cell phone car chargers-2 of those were for phones I no longer have

4 bungee cords (I used to own a canoe and these would hold it on the roof of the car.)

A souvenir-sized Louisville Slugger (Protection.)

My car’s so neat and tidy now I might just keep it that way from now on. Aww, who am I kidding.

Off to Malice I go. I hope to see many of you there! Please stop me and say “hello!”

My gift for those who sit at my table at the Agatha Awards banquet.

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