Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fun Monday - My Life in a Bag

Today's Fun Monday is hosted by the Church Lady. She is one nosy woman because she wants to see our purses and what's inside. If I didn't know she lived in Pennsylvania, I might thing she was checking us out to see which one of us to rob. Don't let that "Church Lady" title fool you. I hear John Dillinger used that alias too.

Being an adventurer who likes to live on the wild side, I did decide to participate - and hope that Dillinger/Church Lady wasn't setting me up:

Post a photo of your purse and if you care to share, describe what's inside your purse. Do you carry everything but the kitchen sink? Or, do you prefer to go light and carry only the necessities, such as your money and cell phone.
I have to be honest here. I am not a fashion maven. Especially when it comes to handbags. If I see one and like it, I will buy it and use it until it falls apart. Literally. And I find my bags in unusual places. Like this one.

This is actually a pool/beach tote. Just big enough to fit a swimsuit, bottle of sunscreen and a really thread-bare towel into. But I really liked the design embroidered onto it and the colors jumped out at me, screaming SUMMER!!! So I bought it. For $5.00. At Walgreens.

See? It's just a big, gaping hole with a zipper across the top.
I used to have bags with lots of compartments and thought that would keep me organized. Well, let me tell you, it apparently takes a whole lot more than handbag compartments to do that! I would kind of toss things into whichever compartment my fingers first landed on and then when I needed to find something, it would take me 5 minutes of delicate searching through each one or five seconds of to-hell-with-it dumping everything out. Still, I had my reservations when I go this bag. I mean, aren't I just ASKING for trouble carrying around a zippered black hole?

Actually, the answer to that is no. Because it was a purple hole (not black as previously mentioned), I pared down the stuff that I usually carry around with me. There's a wallet with all the financial necessities in it. Two calculators (to help me keep track of my financial necessities). A little notebook for whatever notes I need to make. Four pens that actually work. A $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble (from my son), two pairs of glasses and sometimes three plus my sunglasses, which are downstairs at the moment. My MP3 player that I keep telling myself I'll learn how to use, my cell phone, pen-shaped hand sanitizer, loose change, a pull-tab (I collect them for my son's school) and various receipts - Lowe's and Publix and Barnes and Noble at the moment.
I have a tendency to toss things in there, but I've gotten pretty good at cleaning it out because I can't find anything if I don't do that on a regular basis. The other thing I love about this bag? It's big enough to carry a paperback and/or my camera in as well.
If this assignment has been a couple of weeks earlier, there would have been a red golf ball to show as well. I have no idea where it came from or how it wound up in my purse, but there it was.
Now go visit the Church Lady and see what everyone else carries around in their bags!




16 comments:

Sandcastle Momma said...

I love that purse! It does scream summer and immediately makes me think of the beach. You really don't have a lot of junk though. Mine is always full of all kinds of junk but my mother is worse. Once I had a small light bulb in my purse and I told her that I finally had something in mine that she didn't have in hers. She smiled and pulled a full sized outdoor flood light out of hers! No wonder the woman has back trouble LOL

karisma said...

Oh I love your purse too! Very nice! I have a few similar ones for the beach. Laughing at your stack of pens and calculators. Would one of each not be enough?

I am planning on playing this week but I'm a little behind. Probably do it tonight as I have visitors coming shortly.

Have a great week! Hugs xxxx

Faye said...

At first I thought you had one of those Laurel Burch critter purses, but no on closer examination. Now I just have to ask--two calculators? If you're that good at tracking finances, what's your hourly rate? :-) Agree with you about the black or purple holes. They're just fine--very annoying to have to zip and unzip compartments until you find keys.

Pamela said...

pretty much like mine -- except I cleaned out the receipts when I got home from my trip (whew -- glad I did that)

My note pad is inside my day timer, along with all my addresses and credit cards etc.

I like your colorful wallet!

margaret said...

Your purse is gorgeous too! Gee whiz, you and Church Lady (or should that be Mr. Dillinger?) both have gorgeous purses. Hahaha, I know what you mean about the to-hell-with-it purse dumping!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing, and happy FM to you!

Heather said...

Cute purse! and I'm impressed with your sparse contents. The bigger the purse, the more I accumulate! I love the bright colors - really cute!

Janis said...

So I see you caught onto the Church Lady..LOL, BTW..she curses too!(don't tell) I can see you love bright colors and that is fitting living in Fl. I have compartments in my purse and still have to search for stuff. I bet Zboy dropped the red golf ball in your purse. Happy FM

Tracy said...

When I saw your purse, I immediately thought no way could I carry that because of the deep dark hole your contents fall into but, after readying your post, I think I could carry a similar style. Your bag is very unique. I like it.

The Church Lady said...

Gee... you have me pegged! I really am a nosy person, but like I said, a purse can say alot about one's personality and by the looks of your really cute, bright summer bag, it tells me that you are a fun, loving kind of gal! Thanks for sharing!

p.s. Don't you just love that spray antibacterial pen? I use mine every Sunday after we greet everyone with a hand shake in Church!!

Gattina said...

I too am not a fan of sophisticated handbags. It just has to be practical and not too big !

Hootin' Anni said...

It looks very comfortable to have around your shoulder!! Love the colors.

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

I'll bet the golf ball came from Z-boy. Kids do that, don't they?

I SO love the bright colors on your bag!!!!

Sandy said...

Your purse made me smile! I love the colors and the style. Great choice.

gracie said...

I love your purse Sayre, I think it's very cute!

Ari_1965 said...

I think you're superstitious. You use one of the calculators on odd days, and the other one on even days.

Thank you (you know why).

ChrisB said...

I know just what you mean about bags with lots of compartments-the number of times I've lost keys or the phone just because I forgot which pocket I put them in.