Recently, I realized the sheer number of things that I carry around with me on a daily basis. And so, here is my no-holds-barred analysis of the world inside my purse....

Wallet: contains my credit card, debit card, license, library card, and a myriad of discount cards for various stores. Usually contains some amount of cash, as well as the odd scrap of paper that I scrawled in a hurry and then forgot about. Does anyone remember the connection between cotton balls and Gwar?!?

Breath Mints: usually some type of IceBreakers. Reveals my paranoia about having bad breath. This was manifested in the seventh grade when I watched some guy get dumped because he had bad breath when he kissed his girlfriend. The sheer humiliation of this poor fellow was enough to scar me for life, and guarantee my ability to become minty fresh on cue.

Blackberry: some call it obsession. I call it love. I love this little phone, as it connects me to whatever I need it to. In addition, it is in an adorable zebra case. The Blackberry seems to represent me in a basic, electronical way: small, smart, stylish, and constantly making Tarzan noises.

Zune: again, some would call my attachment to this awesome MP3 player an unhealthy one. I can't be without music, especially when I'm bored. This little device holds all of my beloved tunes, and the SkullCandy headphones attached to it fit my ears perfectly. This device could also arguably be a security blanket for me....I'm quite shy around strangers, and sometimes my Zune takes the pressure off.

Keys: carried out of necessity and also out of a need to know where home is at all times. Since home is a bit of a sanctuary, losing the keys is a HUGELY traumatic experience, as it means losing ground and being stranded.

Chapstick: I am scared to death of having scabby, sunburned lips. Bleccchhhhhhhhh.

Band-Aids: I am a total klutz, and it pays off to keep Band-Aids on my person at all times. My current style is the Healing Fairies. The jury's still out on whether the fairies actually help to heal.

Hand Sanitizer: it's an icky world out there, folks. Protect yourself.

Rubber Band: fits into my neuroses about my thick, curly, hair, which I have a TON of. may arguably be two thousand pounds of hair. On my bad days I look like the white Diana Ross.

Now, here's my question for you....
What do you lug around day after day?!

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Comment by Adelita on July 8, 2008 at 9:17pm
Wallet, assorted beads and jewelry bits and pieces, various chapsticks, lipsticks, and lip glosses, keys, iPod, 2 flash drives, and dental floss. My dad was a dentist...
Comment by chantal on July 8, 2008 at 9:42pm
Nothing much exciting: Centro, wallet, camera, pen, chico bag, eye drops.
Comment by Zoe on July 8, 2008 at 9:47pm
In my purse... Franklin organizer, wallet with wayyy too many "preferred customer" cards, three lipsticks, tweezers, magnifying mirror, numerous pairs of dollar store reading glasses (getting older is a bitch), business cards, breath mints, lots of receipts I can throw at the IRS in case of audit and my precious I-Phone. In my car... lots of hair thingies in case I want to put the top down, sunglasses, floss, I-Pod plugged into stereo, change, cd's. However, because of my very eclectic lifestyle, you could have found organic potting soil and ant killer in the back seat. In the trunk... numerous leashes in case I have to catch a stray (I rescue), blankets, and JUNK. Can you say "Insecure Pack Rat?"
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 8, 2008 at 9:49pm
Wallet; small composition notebook; a zillion pens in many colors (I'm always afraid I'll be without); neckloop and hearing aid batteries; chapstick; sunglasses and regular glasses; keys with healthclub, grocery, dry cleaner, AAA tags; lipstick; 2 flashdrives; Blackberry; airline ticket stubs/baggage claim checks; chewing gum (to deal with pressurized cabin change); passport (unless I will be home for a long time - like NOW for six weeks straight!); Biopark membership card; Natural History membership card; Smithsonian membership card; 4 library cards (one for each place I work, plus RGL system); MetroPass for DC; 3 university ID cards; comb and travelling toothbrush and toothpaste in a cute little case; a few 8.5 x 11" pages of whatever I'm writing/editing for the week; various receipts from my latest trip stuffed in an envelope; bandaids, tylenol (I'm a mom)...

That's a lotta stuff! No wonder my shoulder is always sore!
Comment by Shady Lady on July 8, 2008 at 11:37pm
I'm cluttered as well... with an over stuffed wallet, Blackberry, lipstick, two pairs of sunglasses, gloves, SPF 85 lotion, collapsable wide brim hat, iPod, aleve, plaquenil, Corkscrew from July 4th picnic, ponytail holder, fan, Casa de Pinatas receipt - both daughters have birthdays this week. Where are my keys?
Comment by mombat on July 9, 2008 at 3:12pm
Wallet, gum, cough drops, tissue, hair brush,keys, sunscreen, make up bag, desck of cards, two sharpies, grocery lists (old and current),small rocks and bits of Playmobil and Legos dumped there by the kids, hair ties and clips, first aid kit, small sewing kit, pocket knife, Thrifttown coupon, Isotopes schedule, extra lip stuff in case makeup bag is left somewhere, and reciepts and odd bits of paper with important(?) information on it.
Hey this just helped me clean out my bag! Thanks.
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 9, 2008 at 9:48pm
Mombat - the small rocks made me laugh! Both my kids went through a rock collecting/stuff the interesting rocks in mom's purse phase. I remember one time looking for something in my purse and emptying everything out on my desk (including lots of rocks) much to my male officemate's amazement...
Comment by Alex on July 10, 2008 at 7:29pm
update: have just found a rogue roly-poly in purse.
Comment by mombat on July 11, 2008 at 9:33am
My bag is a source of amusemnet for my office mates.


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