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I should be working on Accounting homework, but I don’t have the mental capacity to deal with more Accounting after spending every evening after work studying. I should also finish writing my posts about our Dominican Republic vacation, but that’s too much energy for right now and honestly, those posts are so time-consuming. As mentioned before, I’m a bit short on time (read: Accounting homework.) So, I decided to join Kait from CommuniKait’s September blogging challenge. Nevermind the fact that I’m a bit late to the challenge 🙂 Today’s prompt, “What’s In My Bag,” doubles as a good reason to clean out my purse.
What’s In My Purse
For starters, I have no idea where I got this purse. I think it’s from Target or Kohl’s a few years back (and by “a few” I mean anywhere from 3-8 years ago.) It’s a crossbody bag, which I love because it is easier to take to work plus my lunchbox (and possibly an umbrella, depending on the weather.) Other than my wallet, the most important items in my bag actually aren’t in my bag at all! My car keys were sitting on the counter next to my bag, my sunglasses were perched on top of my head because I wear them like a headband, and my cell phone was in my hand for these photos 😉
Inside my purse, things are relatively tame. I can’t stand messy purses– my Mamaw is notorious for a purse consisting of everything but the kitchen sink– which is why I try to use a smaller bag and clean it regularly. From left to right, we have a 2 year mini-calendar, a spiral notebook that I use sporadically, my wallet/clutch, a package of tissues, lotion, a bubble wand from my friend’s wedding, a keychain light, an appointment reminder card for the chiropractor, a bracelet that was a wedding gift, my set of work keys on the Army keychain, and the little chain from Andy’s dogtags.
The story of why I have the dogtags chain in my purse: I needed a chain for my necklace that I had to wear on this particular day– it was a red, white, and blue heart made out of stained glass and it was the 11th of September when I took photos of my purse. In true Bailey fashion, I didn’t think about a necklace chain until I was already running late for work. In a pinch, I grabbed his old set of dogtags, stole the chain and put my pendant on them. I didn’t realize until halfway through the day that the chain that typically goes around his boot lace during deployment was still on the long chain, making my pendant fall in an awkward spot on my chest. Thankfully, the pendant was actually visible once I shortened the chain 😉
Inside of my wristlet, I keep the “essential essentials.” On the weekends, I tend to leave my purse at home and take the clutch by itself because I’m lazy. It’s a Simply Southern brand clutch that I bought from Louisiana store called Nichols when I was there for my brother-in-law’s wedding last June. I don’t usually have strong attachments to things like clutches, but this one is perfect! The price point was right ($13.99!) and it fit my iPhone 6 + bulky LifeProof case. I just recently upgraded to an iPhone 8 (which means my phone no longer fits), and man, I’m having a rough time finding a wristlet that I love as much as this one!
Besides holding my credit cards and IDs, my wrislet houses an assortment of receipts, a single dollar bill (because who carries cash anymore?!), business cards for both my blog and my husband (#RecruitingProblems), a few packages of moist towelettes, a travel packet of Advil, Young Living hand sanitizer, two tiny Band-Aids for paper cuts, a travel-size bottle of Poo-Pouri (which I raved about in my April “What I’m Loving Lately” post,) Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus, strawberry ChapStick, and Burt’s Bees with sunblock. Apparently, I hate chapped lips?
Also, I occasionally keep my Kindle in my purse to read whenever I have to wait for something. This was more of a habit when we lived at Fort Knox, because the on-post medical clinic and pharmacy had a habit of taking for-ev-er (imagine that!) and I hate just sitting there bored. Even though I prefer paperbacks to e-books, I love my Kindle because it’s so easy to take with me!
Well, that’s my purse! 🙂