Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What's in my bag?

It's time again for: "What's In My Bag?" Always a good fall-back topic. I occasionally try to limit the number of things that I carry, and I can do that for awhile, but then when I'm having a stressful time I start worrying about things, and find that it's comforting to know that I have the things that I may need in my bag, even though I may not need them every day.

I was thinking about that this morning. I had washed my hair on Sunday, but didn't dry it, just let it air-dry, didn't do anything but comb it out, and hadn't put any product in it, so on Monday it was kind of fly-away, especially after I took off my microfiber fleece jacket. If I had been at home, I would have put something in it, but didn't have anything at work, of course.

So this morning I stuck a little travel-size tube of Redken "Outshine" ("anti-frizz polishing milk") in the bag. And then, if I do that, I think, well, I should also have moisturizer for my face, especially in the winter, and I've been feeling a little paranoid about people being sick, so I should put in a little bottle of anti-bac.

I guess it's a function of my mild OCD or my suggestibilty -- it's like needing to go put on a cross when I'm reading a vampire novel, making sure the batteries are fresh in my flashlight when I read a book where the protagonist gets stuck somewhere dark, or needing to clean the house after watching "Hoarders" (which I did Monday night). So here's the current list.

  • Purell Hand Sanitizer
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
  • Generic ibuprofen
  • Clinique Stop Signs Hand Repair handcream
  • Glasses
  • Vera Bradley eyeglass case
  • Emergency reading glasses (tiny fold-up pair)
  • Botanial Nutrients wooden hairbrush
  • iPhone in leather slip case
  • Little Phillips zip case with earbuds and my "Square" credit card reader
  • Vinyl folder for coupons, receipts, stamps, return address labels
  • Leather 3x5 card holder with Levenger personalized cards (I bought them years ago, enough to last me the rest of my life!)
  • Small notebook
  • Tiny Japanese zipper pouch with spare earrings
  • Thumb drive
  • Plastic nail file
  • Orly nail oil
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Tissue purse pack
  • Bandaids
  • Business cards
  • Pens - A Pilot Precise V5 recycled rollerball and a bank giveaway ballpoint
  • Clinique lip gloss in "Whisper"
  • Softlips lip balm ("Sparkle Mint")
  • Hair bands
  • Clinique gift-with-purchase lipstick mirror
  • Keyring with loyalty cards
  • Keys on the "jean ring" heart-shaped keyring I've had since high school
  • iPad stylus
  • Wallet with credit cards, cash, insurance cards
  • Pocket flashlight
  • Swiss Army knife (tiny one with scissors)
  • Baby nail clippers

Lot of stuff in this little backpack purse (Tignanello Multi Pocket Backpack in black leather)!


Joanna said...

You're right...that is a lot of stuff in a bag that looks so small.

Thanks for the tip about the Redken "Outshine"...just ordered some. I'm always looking for something to tame the frizzies. :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Your poor lil shoulder.
I have most of those things in my car, but I only have 5 items in my purse. A wallet w/checkbook, Purell
hand sanitizer, keys, comb w/mirror in handle and cell phone. Lots of times I just carry a change purse (in an inside coat pocket) with my drivers license & a cell phone so I don't have to lug around a purse.
When I used to work my desk was like a discount store, people always knew where to go for bandaids, hairspray, lotions, etc.

Mike Duffy said...


Willa said...

Uh huh. ;) That's what Bob says.

Willa said...

It's not that heavy. And it's a backpack! :)