Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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10 Things We Have in Common

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   18 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

With craziness going on politically and myriad things wriggling their way between us lately, I took some time to ruminate on all the simple ways we are alike rather than different. In an effort to provide proof that we have more in common than not, I’m going out on a limb to name ten things I’m betting most folks can lay claim to. Here they are, in no particular order:

1 – Junk drawer, that mainstay of kitchens everywhere. You rummage around in there at your own peril, fearful of losing a limb.

2 – Plastic grocery bags inside other plastic grocery bags. I believe this is the American equivalent of Russian nesting dolls.


I’m ashamed to say this one is mine.

3 – Refrigerator magnets and their accompanying stuff—photos, lists, and expired coupons. Yes, that’s right. Expired. Coupons.

busy fridge - so many tickets, so many magnets

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4 – Flashlights with dead batteries . . . kept within easy reach so we can curse during a power outage and then hunt for candles and matches.

5 – Multiple remote controls, at least one of which belongs to a piece of equipment you no longer own.


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6 – Old movies in VCR/beta format or old cassette tapes, all of which you keep stored in a safe place, even though you know they’ll never be used again.

Also picked up this box of Betamax tapes. #umwconsole

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7 – Overstocked spice cabinet, usually a mess . . . unless you’re my hubster. He alphabetizes that stuff!

Messy cabinet

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8 – Socks without mates. One is the loneliest number, buttercup. 🙁  So sad. This is why I write romance, people. Even socks need hope.

9 – Out-of-date dictionaries and/or encyclopedias that do not include words like megabyte or nanotechnology. We keep them. Because they smell good.

05 Jan 2012 - Webster's Improved Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language

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10 – Fat pants, for when we’re a little too big for our britches. Don’t even pretend you don’t own a pair.

Please leave a comment and add to the list!

Have a great week. See you next Wednesday –

🙂 Lisa

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18 Responses to "10 Things We Have in Common"

  1. Comment by Pat
    November 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm  

    I also have a few outfits I keep because as soon as I lose 10 pounds they’ll fit me again. Ha!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:54 am  

      Yes, I’m guilty of that. I’ve reached the point where I have more clothes that DON’T fit than clothes that do.

  2. Comment by Casey Hagen
    November 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm  

    Love this!!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:53 am  


  3. Comment by Rob
    November 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm  

    Ha. Guilty on all counts.
    How bout Tupperwear lids that you can’t find the container for? And coffee mugs that you can’t find the lids for?

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:53 am  

      Yes! To both of those. The Tupperware is a challenge. It seems I either have the lid and no container, or a container but no lid. What monster eats those things??

  4. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    November 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm  

    How about recipes (food porn) that you print off the internet, intending on making, but never do?

    I’m glad you noted the source for the photo of the refrigerator magnet collection. That is one scary fridge, and I thought, ‘That doesn’t look like the kind of fridge I envision Lisa having,’ but what do I know? 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:52 am  

      No, not my fridge. But mine could use a little cleanup. And yes, the recipes—guilty!

  5. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    November 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm  

    Something in the fridge–who knows what it is ’cause it’s way too scary to open. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:51 am  

      Yep. My mom used to keep leftovers until they turned green. If they had icky stuff growing on them she didn’t feel so guilty throwing them away. I’ve inherited that gene. lol

  6. Comment by Sioux
    December 1, 2016 at 6:45 am  

    In regards to Cathy’s comment–all we know is it’s furry. And it must be alive, ’cause it’s getting bigger.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:50 am  

      Our own petri dishes. Ick!

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    December 1, 2016 at 5:09 pm  

    Ha ha,this is great! And I am guilty of all ten

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:50 am  

      You should have seen the ones I DIDN’T use. lol

  8. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    December 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm  

    Have you been peeking in my house? I seem to have everyone one of those, but my hubby doesn’t alphabetize the spices. I would add to the list drawers of pens and pencils and a corner in the closet with tote bags. I just can’t seem to throw them away.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:49 am  

      Haha! Yes! And books—books everywhere!—in my closet, stacked on the bookshelf, beside the bookshelf, on the dresser…

  9. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    December 4, 2016 at 1:35 am  

    I agree on all you’ve listed! 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 7, 2016 at 7:45 am  


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