Favorite Things Friday – The X Man Comes Home

I have a couple of rules (“Hi, my name is Annie and I am a recovering rule-aholic.”) that have served me well over the years.

Rule #1:  Don’t bring things home from the dump.  Stop.  Just don’t do it.  If someone brought it there, it is trash and you do not want it.  Put it down.

Rule #2:  If you see something that really tickles your fancy, bring it home.  Usually, this involves paying money at a store (as opposed to stealing stuff from friend’s homes) and does not involve kidnapping or men in any way.

The other day I found myself breaking Rule #1 to honor Rule #2.

I brought “X Man” home from the dump!

It was sort of surreal actually.  I wondered if I was on Candid Camera, because there he was – just standing at attention on top of the paper recycling dumpster…tempting me.  I looked around and I was alone.  I mean, it was weird – no one was there!  A deserted dump.  Just my luck!!!  No one to see me commit this shameful deed.  I quickly grabbed “X Man” and put him in the back of my car.  He is mine now.  I love him.

As a way of thanking the universe for my beloved “X Man,” I came home and quickly pulled together a bag of unfavorite stuff.  Tie-dyed sheets, a dopey straw hat, one of my children’s many Red Sox caps, old Christmas linens, placemats, ornaments, a brand new Lands End messenger bag we have not used even once in about 10 years, an outgrown jacket, extra dishtowels, etc.  I can’t remember what else was in that bag, but I felt really good dropping it off at Goodwill.  I had the real prize in the back of my car.

I know whoever left “X Man” at the dump must have loved him at one time and was probably hoping he would be kidnapped by a nice family.  It seems the stuff in the world generally sorts itself out into the right places.  My unfavorite stuff was ready to find a home where it would be appreciated and “X Man” now has a home where he is loved.  Yes, I brought home something from the dump, but everytime I look at “X Man,” I smile and feel happy.  I am often glad when I break my rules.  Which helps me realize that I can live without them.  It is truly plenty perfect.





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  1. Heidi says:

    My favorite part: “I quickly grabbed “X Man” and put him in the back of my car. He is mine now. I love him.”
    Ha! You made my day. He’s SO cool.

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks Heidi! It makes me smile to know that tickled you! He is soooo cool. Every single day!

  2. Deb Gregory White says:

    What a great find, Gaaaaaaal! Would love to have seen you lookin’ all around in case someone was watching you, too! :)

    1. annie kip says:

      Ha, ha! I think I drove away a little too fast!

  3. Oh! I love your new man! Very good find. I also love that you purged your unwanted/unused items. Often times, when bringing new treasures home, we forget to get rid of things. The next thing you know, you’ve got a house full of stuff. Well done, Annie!!

    1. annie kip says:

      I know you can appreciate a good find, Sara!!! You have such a talent for seeing the diamond in the rough!

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