Monday, April 08, 2013


I am on the prowl for a new work bag.  Let me rephrase:  For my entire working career, I have been on the prowl for a new work bag.  The perfect work bag. 

There are many things that must be considered when approving said bag, and there is a long checklist of qualities that must be present:

1. Must have long handles, to allow me to fling it over my shoulder, but not be so long that it hits the ground when I hold it to my side.

2. Must have several interior pockets and dividers.

3. Must have a special place for cell phone.

4. Must be cute. Birds optional, but desired.

5. Must accommodate an umbrella and a water bottle.

Now, one would think that this would be an easy task.  An easy find.  Alas.

There have been many that seem to fit the bill, but I have yet to find perfection.

The bag on the left is my current go-to, but it's too bulky.  The bag on the right is adorable, but has no compartments and isn't wide enough to fit a folder.

Additionally, I carry so much crap around with me that it's just stupid.  I blame this on my years living in DC, where I took tons of stuff with me when I left the house each morning because I rarely knew how soon I would return.  That's also where the umbrella requirement comes from - when I walked everywhere and took public transportation, being stuck without an umbrella was pretty much the worst thing that could happen.

Things I carry around on a daily basis:

keys, wallet, phone, chapstick
tea bags, gum, snacks, candy, almonds

pens, umbrella, personal care pouch-y thing
planner, book, water bottle, coffee cup sleeves

This doesn't look like much, but there are a good number of things missing, including the umbrella.  Way too many things, really.  So having a bunch of compartments is important to me - having to deal with a tote bag with its undisciplined cacophony of things would drive me to drink. 

And I really wish that this thing didn't intrigue me, because it is so ugly and tacky, but it does:

Oh, and in case you were wondering - yes, that is a potato chip candy bar in the photo above.  And yes, it is as incredible as it sounds.


lem said...

What I would like to know is how do you know about Chuao?

Heather said...

lem - Because I KNOW ALL THE THINGS.

Believe it or not, I got a bar as one of the samples in my Birchbox one month. And when I found it at Target, I about lost my mind. And I don't even care that it is four bucks, because I take my sweet time eating it (like over the course of a week. Basically, I'm Charlie Bucket).