“I’m thinking balls are to men, what purses are to women. It’s just a little bag, but we’d feel naked in public without it.” -Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw (“Sex and the City”)
I’m a working mom with Kids Who Have Activities, plus I frequently travel on weekends, and on the weekends I don’t travel, it’s a slew of errands, and then there’s also the gym, the occasional nights out, the writing workshops, the sometimes travel for work, the appointments where I know I’ll be sitting for a period of time and will need to occupy myself (or nap), the games, and on and on and ON. I am not the kind of woman who can easily change out purses or bags easily, so I have a couple of go-to bags that everything I think I need gets shoved into. I have a hand-held purse with a strap that can hold my basic credit cards, drivers license, cash, coverup, lipstick that I never use and coupons and sometimes my phone if I really stuff it in there. And then I have a bigger bag. One I bought at Target for $30 over a year ago—and have gotten many compliments on!
The bag is still holding up great, and I decided to treat it to a little TLC last weekend, in the form of emptying it out. And what I found blew my mind. It is a big bag, but really, I had no idea what was stuffed into all of the pockets and nooks.
Aside from what I knew I had in the bag, such as my Notebook For Personal Shit, my iPad and a book I’m reading, this is what I found:
- Four crayons, one yellow, one blue and two green. All intact.
- Six pens, all swiped from banks or hotels.
- Three throat lozenge wrappers.
- My AAA card that expired in 2013.
- My office key fob that I thought I lost 6 months ago.
- One bright orange post-it note with a password jotted on it, for what account or website, I have no idea.
- Three paperclips attached to nothing, a few bobbypins and a small binder clip.
- An empty throat lozenge bag.
- One quarter and seven pennies.
- Oyster cracker crumbs. A lot.
- One used tissue (I remember this one, it was from my youngest).
- A scribbled on kids’ menu from a local restaurant.
- Three mini bottles of hand lotion.
- A small flashlight.
- A small, nearly empty bottle of hair product. It might help with a true frizzy hair emergency, though.
- A book of matches – for those unexpected bathroom emergencies.
- A band-aid.
- Another post-it note with the work address of my friend who lives in Alaska.
- A small notebook, which is completely empty.
- Except for a grocery list from December.
So I challenge you now; empty your go-to bag and let me know what you find in it in the comments below!