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The Thursday 13: 13 Things You’ll Always Find in My Car

It’s time for the Thursday 13 again! Each week, I publish a new, themed list of 13 things. This week, we’re talking about things in my car. There are some things that you can always count on me to have.

1. Sunglasses.
I never go anywhere without them. There’s always some in the car and in my purse, and there’s a pile of them at home to replace those when they inevitably get lost or sat upon.

2. A towel.
Never go anywhere without a towel. Ford Prefect says so.

3. Music.
I can’t read in the car, so music is a must for really any length of driving. I have a stash of CDs in the car, but mostly I use the satellite radio.

4. Napkins.
You’ll pretty much always find a napkin stash in the glove-box of the car.

5. Child seat.
I suppose at some point this is one that will go, but Little Jedi is still pretty small, so his seat stays in the back of my car.

6. Jumper cables/spare tire/jack/tire gauge.
It’s just smart to have that stuff. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it, not just for me, but for friends and neighbors who’ve needed help.

7. Blanket.
Makes car naps easier, and if you stop somewhere for an impromptu picnic, it comes in really handy.

8. A sweater or two.
I have to wear long sleeves at work to cover my tattoos (and also because it’s cold in there!) But it’s NOLA, and it’s hot outside. I keep a few sweaters in the car as go-tos for the office.

9. A book.
I stash books pretty much everywhere, including in the car. I can’t really read in there, because I get carsick if I read while riding, but it’s always good to have a book nearby if you have to wait for something/someone.

10. A flashlight.
I also keep one of these pretty much everywhere. And they’ve come in really handy for power outages and changing tires at night.

11. Tom Tom.
I actually use the GPS on my phone more often—-but it’s nice to have a back-up. I should probably also get some real maps in there, just to be safe.

12. Umbrella.
I keep one of these in my purse, too. It rains a lot here, especially in the summertime, and sitting around in wet clothes is unhappy-making.

13. Copies of Title/Insurance/All That Legal Stuff.
Yep. It’s important.

So what about you? Anything in particular that you always make sure to have in your car?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015

Each week, The Broke and The Bookish holds Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly booking meme. This week, we’re talking about our favorite books that we’ve read thus far in 2015.

I’ve been reading pretty voraciously recently. In the wake of leaving grad school and finally being able to read for pleasure again, I’ve often had several books going at one time. Here are some of the books I’ve loved so far: