Monday, July 27, 2015

Fun Obsessions: My Purse


At some time during my life, I should come to terms with the fact that I cannot, possibly should not, carry everything with me at all times. There; I said it. 

Who am I kidding? Those are my husband's words. In spite of his opinion, I will continue to make somewhat successful attempts at always having everything anyone might need in a bag on my shoulder. The task requires the perfect bag and the right contents. There was a time when I thought that the purse I wanted probably came with a wagon handle, was waist high and on wheels. Back up lights would have been useful. 

Finding a perfect purse and assembling the contents are just a few of my fun obsessions. Every department store in a hundred mile radius has seen me access their handbag department. I drag Hubzam along; it's not like he doesn't benefit.

Years ago, Hubzam and I walked our legs off in Nassau on a hot Caribbean afternoon and finally plopped down at the Queen's Staircase, a landmark that is just what it sounds like: stairs. No Queen could be found, however.

"My feet are burning up," he commented.

That's the kind of comment I live for; I started digging in my vacation purse. "Vacation purse" is just another name for "big and odd colored."  You can get away with that in the Caribbean. When it's super hot, I put a washcloth in a bag with ice cubes to cool off. By the time  you need it, it's like heaven and it works like a charm. Hubzam looked at me like I was insane when I pulled it out until I used it to cool off his burning dogs. Then, he was amazed. But I wasn't done, I had another trick. Avon used to sell perfumed liquid deodorant; it was great for feet. Now Hubzam's face went back to the "you're crazy" look when I suggested he use some of my lilac scented wonder water. With a little prodding, I talked him into trying it. Last, but not least, I had some powder.

His first comment was "this is amazing; I can't believe how good my feet feel" and his second was "what the [bleep] do you have in that purse?"

Like he didn't know the answer...EVERYTHING. And because I have all this stuff, he gains. Potentially, all of humanity benefits (insert mad scientist laugh).

I'm getting a little better, though. Purse specifications have been narrowed down significantly on the Flipside. I just want enough room for the essentials and a few well placed pockets. The pockets have to be deep and on the outside. One for my phone and one for my keys; I don't want to dig for that stuff. 

Inside, I have to have a purse divided into sections. I don't want to get lipstick on my checkbook or have a penny flying out of my inhaler on that rare occasion that I use it (thank you, asthma, for forcing me to carry a reminder of my human frailty every stinkin' day). Wallet and checkbook in one section, miscellaneous essentials in the other section.

We just returned from Atlanta. Just for fun, I examined the stuff in my purse. This was my pared down contents:

  • Wallet
  • Two checkbooks
  • Cell phone
  • 6 pens
  • a highlighter
  • glasses lens cleaner
  • laundry "pen"
  • extra glasses
  • charger
  • Sketch book
  • watercolor pencils
  • misc. business cards that have been pressed in my hand
  • a half pound of change
  • mints
  • Tylenol
  • mini disposable toothbrush
  • tissues
  • math dice (okay, it's weird, but I purchased them for a class)
I'm about twelve steps away from managing this obsession, I guess.



36 comments:

  1. >>... I'm about twelve steps away from managing this obsession, I guess.

    Ha!-Ha! That sounds about right. You definitely go up to more than "eleven".

    My Ma was the same way. We'd all always say, "Why are you bringing all that crap on vacation?" But somewhere near Bishop, on U.S.-395 [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbwujqhE2sI] (or somewhere else), someone would say, "I need a flu-flubber, a tar-tinker, a hoo-hoover, a gar-dinker, a trum-tooker, a sloo-slunker, a blum-blooker, a hoo-whunker, and a great big Electro-Who-Cardio-Floox!"

    Then my Ma would pull two of each of those things from her purse like magic.

    Yep! Moms do Ma-gic!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. You have to have the magic top hat (purse) to hold the magic or it doesn't work.

      How's the new job going?

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    2. Who are you REALLY? And what have you done with DOC CHERDO?!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  2. What if hubzam needs a q-tip? Or a tape measure. You never know when you might have to measure something.

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    1. Actually, I have a tape measure and if we were on vacation, I'd probably have a Q-tip. It's my wife-job.

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  3. I recently downsized my purse to discourge myself from putting receipts in it. It didn't work but now my purse fills up much faster. In my purse:
    Wallet
    Keys
    Name tag for work
    Feminine products
    2 chapsticks
    3 lipsticks
    Pressed powder makeup
    A shitton of useless receipts and other collected paper trash

    What I'm missing:
    Something sugar related in emergencies that my hypoglycemia acts up

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    1. If I'm out of town, I carry a bigger purse. My hysterectomy reduced the number of items (ha ha). If I get tired of lugging around stuff, I have a default backup purse that is much smaller.

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  4. You're welcome to borrow one of my purses--they're exactly what you want!!

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    1. Taunting me, Fran? Or do you just have great taste? LOL.

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  5. That was a delightful read. Have a great week!

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  6. Washcloth and ice cubes. Yeah, I would think you were nuts as well.
    That said, my wife went to a bridal shower this weekend and won the game where you got points for things in your purse. Although she credited taking her iPad for that win.

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    1. Three ice cubes, fold washcloth around them, place in freezer bag. It's like Nirvana in plastic. Take it on a hike and everyone you know will say, "dang, I'm doing that!" or "why don't we do that?"

      I've done the leg work on this one.

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  7. Well at least you are prepared for just about anything, even if you'll probably never use some of it haha

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    1. Yeah, the only one who complains is my shoulder.

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  8. You remind me of my best friend because her purse weighs the same as a small army tank. I have my wallet, my old lady's change purse(I had over $25. that I placed in my jar at home), 2 pens, a small notebook, cell phone, a card holder purse, pill box, kleenex, eye glass cleaner, mints.

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    1. Why didn't I ask everyone to tell me what is in their purse? That would have been brilliant. Duh...day late and a dollar short once more.

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  9. Love this post.
    I think our purses get bigger and heaver because we have children. All the stuff you carry because of the little cuties.
    Love looking and buying purses but rarely use them.
    I usually have a small cross over small bags that I can use when walking with my canes or walker.
    Just the basics inside plus lots of pain pills !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Amen to that, sister. My lower back bothers me a lot and I've had shoulder surgery that will sometimes ache and ache. Welcome to the Flipside...

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  10. Looks pretty good. I find the larger purse I carry the more unnecessary stuff that's in it. So I carry a small Bandolini purse that has just enough room for everything I really need to have with me, carry it cross-body, and empty it out to throw it in the washer. Makes my life very simple, indeed.

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    1. There's a couple of purses I've been drooling over lately that are crossovers. I might have to change my port-a-hoarder ways.

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  11. It's funny but when we went on vacation, I switched to my small crossbody purse because I knew we'd be walking a LOT!!! I carry a bigger purse for everyday. I love Nicole Lee purses...SO cool! But if you carry a lot, something like Vera Bradley is good because the purse itself doesn't add extra weight to everything you're carrying.

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    1. I love Vera Bradley for just that reason...but I'm off to look at Nicole Lee now!

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  12. Hmm I posted this morning but my comment isn't here. I have purses that are heavy to begin with empty and when I put my whole house in it, it weighs a ton. I need to switch to smaller purses and stick with them.

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    1. That's weird. I read it on my phone, so I know it was here. You mentioned your back (which I immediately related to - same problem here). Janie says her comments disappear some times, but I've always thought she was kidding.

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  13. Purses are odd; no matter how large they are, it's usually not enough for everything you need to carry.

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    1. ...hence, the picture above. Add the wheels.

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  14. Laurie has a little pocket thing, just enough for CU card and ID. Purse has hung on the wall for a year and a half easy.

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    1. There was a time when I put cash, lip gloss and an ID in my pocket, put keys in hand, and off I went.

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  15. I use a messenger bag instead of a purse. It's a Vera Bradley, so it's cute. Willy Dunne Wooters thinks I have everything except the kitchen sink in my bag.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Messenger bags are perfect, especially when you want to work on things while you are out. WDW is wrong. A sink would not fit in there and he knows it. He may be trying to lead you astray. You've been warned. Love ya.

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  16. You must be quite strong to carry all that stuff in a bag on your shoulder. I'm impressed.

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  17. I think that women put way too much in their purse, but that is my personal opinion.

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    1. It's like an obsession! I agree! I'm always worried I won't have something someone needs...like that is my responsibility alone? Ha ha.

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Love, Cherdo