What's in your purse?
I carry a Jeanne Lottie Canvas Day bag. For some reason, the pictures show it with the top corners folded in (which I think makes it look dumb), but it's not a triangular shape, it's a rectangular tote shaped bag. It retails for $150. I got it at an end-of-season sale with an extra discount-on-discount with my Bay credit card. I paid a total of $60 for it. I needed something bigger for a binder full of documentation and paper for Work. That, and I just have too much crap to tote around.
I also wanted something bigger because I was reading Across The River And Into The Trees (Hemingway). It was a pain to have to carry the book in my hands and balance my coffee and get doors open and everything else, but by the time I decided on the bag, I had finished the book. =P Which is fine. I'm now trying to find Suite Française (Irène Némirovsky) in paperback... I found it in hardcover, but I'm not keen on hauling another brick around.
Incidentally, my Dell Inspiron 630M fits perfectly into it if I felt like carrying that with me. =D
- spring clip portfolio folder with documentation and a big wad of paper with calculations, reference sheets, random miscellaneous notes and scribbles
- 8½x11 scrap paper pad
- assorted sticky notes with and without memoranda on them
- my old pencil case filled with mostly original EQ from my school years
- Zebra Jimnie 0.5 HB mechanical pencil
- a few other extra mechanical pencils with assorted cute non-Sanrio animals on them... non-Sanrio animals are just as cute, but MUCH CHEAPER.
- Berol retractable eraser stick with a Staedtler refill core. Staedtler makes the BEST erasers.
- Pentel fine point metal tip correction pen
- another no-name fine point metal tip correction pen with a random cute cartoon bear on it
- 4 colour retractable fine point pen (black, red, green, blue)
- GT RoundEdge fine point pens (red, blue, black)
- ballpoint pen of unknown origin with pink ink... my note-taking convention has always been to use this pink ink pen for examples shown in class =)
- assorted highlighters (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue)
- mini 12cm ruler, pink Marron Cream
- miniature roll of clear tape... this came in handy once and I've always carried clear tape with me since
- some Staedtler eraser refills, because you never know when a Math exam will be scheduled in a freaking Baba Yaga hut in the middle of Nowhere Forest on the very outskirts of campus and you run out of eraser.
- 256M USB Flash memory stick... EVERY girl needs one
- glasses (Gucci GG 1504) - they're +2/+1 Nerd
- sunglasses (Bollé Meltdown)
- CASIO fx-260SOLAR scientific calculator
- cell phone (Nokia 8390... yeah, yeah, shut up)
- a stick of Bonne Bell VitaGloss
- a pack of Excel gum (Chlorophyll)
- parking security pass and main gate fob
- house/car keys
- black ladies' wallet
- my jacket (sometimes)
We're now in a season for weird weather. It can be cold in the morning, so I need my jacket. But by afternoon, it's sunny and warm and too hot for a jacket. I love that this bag is big enough to tuck my jacket in. =)
[Update - Saturday, February 24, 2007]
As of today, I'm no longer carrying my Nokia 8390. I'm keeping it around as a backup.
I have a Sony Ericsson W810i now. I got a Nokia 5300 for my Dad. He hates flip phones, but he also wants something small. That narrows down the choices considerably. The Nokia 5300 is a bit of a compromise — a slider. It's still a good size brick, but we'll see what he says. If he likes the Sony Ericsson better, I'll give him that and I'll take the Nokia. I like the sliding thing better, but the Sony Ericsson has better features.