By Misty Knisely
Interim [friday] editor/ needs baggage claim
I’m headed off to Florida for a long weekend with some friends. Whenever I go on trips, I switch out purses. I have an over-the-shoulder bag I always carry on vacation because it’s easier to lug around than my “luggage,” my term of endearment for my everyday purse.
That purse is huge. I like it that way so I have room to carry whatever I need.
The problem with that, however, is I carry more than I need.
Switching purses out for vacation is my time to purge the unnecessary junk I’m carrying around. This trip was no different.
Like most women, I have the “normal” stuff you’d find in a purse: a wallet, lipstick, compact mirror, gum, etc. It’s the other stuff I found this week that caused me some concern. Here’s a peek into the weirdness I found lurking in my giant purse:
• Three pieces of Tupperware.
I tend to be carrying a lot of stuff home from work so I presumably put these in my purse because my hands were full. Not sure why, though, I did this on three occasions and didn’t take them out when I got home. Funny story: I own four lunch bags.
• A dirty spoon
I’m assuming this has something to do with the dirty Tupperware.
• A clean spoon
• 13 ponytail holders
This started out as one and slowly turned into a collection as I dug deeper. I had quite the pile by the time I was done.
• A seashell
I’m assuming I brought this home from South Carolina a few weeks ago and put it in my purse to bring to the office. Seems that didn’t actually happen. (I have since corrected this oversight.)
• A plastic bag
The kind you get in the meat or produce department at the grocery store. Explain that me and we’ll both know.
• A direct deposit stub
You’re probably thinking that’s not weird, but what if I told you it was from 2011? I have been on several trips this year and have purged each time, so where on Earth did that come from?
• One glove
I got nothing.
• A sunglasses lens
So that’s where that went! Too bad I pitched the broken glasses two weeks ago.
• A box of bacon-and-cheddar flavored grasshoppers
I swear to you I’m not making this up. As a joke, I bought them for my dad on my last trip.
I once weighed my purse at the doctor’s office. It came in at over 12 pounds.
And I wonder why I have so many neck and shoulder problems. Hmm.
interim [friday] editor/ needs baggage claim