Thursday, May 1, 2014

Analyze This, Part 6B-1: One purse on a strap, the other on 4 wheels

                                 

Note: Surely you're not new to this blog...you know I'm breaking down my consumer purchase habits. Right? No? Well, welcome to my world. Enjoy...

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Now that we've established that people often let a lot of stuff accumulate in their purses and other bags, let's see what's accumulated in mine.

I've had the purse a long time. No brand name, or even a recollection of where it came from. It's medium small, a "slouch" style, in green faux leather, and it's usually roomy enough.

The wallet was acquired via Ebay; it's a Rolf's. A huge brown leather clutch with a checkbook, calculator, a pen loop, card slots and pockets galore. It's the kind of wallet your mom carried, and I love it.

I flirted with the Getting Things Done system for awhile, but found it too cumbersome. The only concept I adopted from it was something called a Ubiquitous Capture Tool. You're supposed to write down every thought or idea or to-do in your life and have them all in one place before you go on to the next phase of sorting them out to eventually act upon. I do use one small pocket weekly calendar for all my appointments and things to remember. It was a freebie from my company, made by Myron Manufacturing, which specializes in promotional items like this one. It has a notepad, a bookmark, maps and plenty of room for scribbles. It's just the right size and it will be great if I can get one every year.

I have a wide-tooth comb that I occasionally remember to use -- this will come as a shock to many who know me, and have become used to me looking like somebody shot me out of a cannon. I've had it for nearly eight years; it came from Avon and has a matching round brush that I still have ... somewhere.

Another freebie from my company, via the National Pen Company, is a clip-on strap. I attach it to one of the rings at the base of the purse strap, and to that is fastened both my door badge for work and a 1GB retractable flash drive from SanDisk. It comes in handy every so often.

My cellphone is about 4 years old. It's an LG Rumor 2 -- serviceable, though I'm really beginning to crave a smartphone -- and my carrier is Sprint.

Two makeup items: A tube of Cover Girl Wet Slicks gloss, not much color, but it tastes like peppermint, which comes in handy when I run out of breath mints. Feels tingly.  A tube of Maybelline Great Lash mascara. It's okay, but so far I have not been able to find a brand of mascara that doesn't end up smearing and making me look like the Raccoon from Hell by the end of the day. There's a small bottle of Walgreen's Lubricating Eye Drops, which I should use 2-3 times a day but it's more like 2-3 times a month. I wear eyeglasses but the frames are not designer. The case says Vision Source on it, and there's a TM after that, so I guess that's a brand name.

Pens! Ah, now we're getting to a subject I care about. There are two in my purse at the moment. Both retractable. One is a Foray, and the other is a Papermate Ink Joy. I really like the Ink Joy. It's the right length and writes very smoothly without skipping. I recommend it.

And that's all that's in my purse for now. I got rid of the receipts already.

I don't have any particular place where my purse always stays. Sometimes the kitchen counter, sometimes on a chair near a table near a window (usually with a jacket thrown over it in case a burglar is looking in the window, and they apparently do that a lot); sometimes on the couch.

[The living room! Forgot that part of the house. We have a Sharp CRT TV from 2002 and a Coby DVD player, and a coffee table we got from Rooms to Go from when we first got married. Oh, and a rocking chair from Lane and a Bissell bagless vacuum cleaner. That's it for brand names. Everything else is beat-up stuff from yard sales and relatives.]

OK, purse zipped,keys in hand, time to head out to the car.

Next time! Stay tuned.




2 comments:

The Urban Blabbermouth said...

4-wheel purse, that is so great.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your living room sounds surprisingly (or perhaps not so surprisingly) like mine.