Works for Me Wednesday: The Car Edition

April 4, 2007 @ 7:41 am | Filed under:

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Ha! Joke’s on me. I knew this week’s edition of WFMW was going to be devoted to car tips, and I was all smug in the knowledge that I had a really good one to share. Then I popped over to Rocks in My Dryer for the permalink, and would you look at that. Shannon beat me to it! She writes:

Anytime I print out a Google map for a soccer camp or birthday party or
dentist, etc., I slip it in a folder in my glove compartment for future
reference.  I affectionately call this my "Poor Man’s OnStar". 

That is exactly what I was going to say, except substitute "field trip" for "soccer camp." (And I didn’t have the funny OnStar line.)  Shannon is a great mind and I am thrilled we think alike!

So, okay, I’m not so original today. But I do have another car tip, and this one was tested over 2500 miles *alone* with five children under twelve. The day the kids and I left Virginia, Cally-fornya bound, I stuck a tall plastic drinking cup in my van’s cupholder, thinking I might find it useful for filling up at water fountains or something like that. Instead, I hadn’t gone five miles before I discovered it was a most useful and convenient receptacle for any item I needed easy access to. Over the course of the trip, this included:

• my sunglasses
• my cell phone
• Mentos  (What? They help me concentrate.)
• a pen for writing down our mileage
• and also for writing down hotel addresses when I’d call Scott and ask him to find us a room
• Starburst (Oh, hush.)

That cup is still there, coming in handy pretty much every time I get in the car!


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  1. Jennifer says:

    Lissa, I would love to take a few car trips with the children but I am nervous about going without my husband. Did you take any precautions – or did you think that the sight of 5 young children and a woman tough enough to handle them all would be enough to frighten away any would be bad guys?

  2. Jennifer says:

    Oh Lissa, share the junkyard dogs story again!!!!
    Jennifer

  3. Rae says:

    GREAT idea! This is one of my favorite tips today..thanks for sharing! =)

  4. Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry says:

    Oh, I love this tip!

    I have so much crap in my cupholders that I have no room for cups. Mustard packets, hair clips, pens, sunglasses. I’m taking a cup out to the car TODAY, and everything will now be in one place.

    Yay!

  5. Melanie says:

    Those big cups also make a great emergency basin for a car sick child…. :)Hey, beats scrubbing out the backseat.