In The Bag

August 9, 2007

Edited to include more! bags! (Tell me what’s in your bag and I’ll add it, too.)

This is my bag:

Notice that I do not call it a purse. That is because, like my dear friend Katie, I do not like the word purse.

(I also do not like the word moist, which is why you will never see any discussion of Duncan Hines products in this space.)

Anyway, back to my bag: it contains my life, or at least a good portion of it. And seeing what’s inside might tell you a little somehing about that life. So…

My life, as summarized by the contents of my bag:

1: Canadian passport, expired. (I am Canadian, and I have limited life skills.)

2 & 21: Blog propaganda. (Am a blogger, and a shameless propagandist.)

3: Blog propaganda upon which I exploit the image of my child. (Am a blogger, a shameless propagandist and a bad mother.)

4: PunditMom’s magnet. (I like PunditMom, and magnets.)

5: Child’s pink foil party hat. (My child likes to party.)

6: Bliss toiletries, appropriated from W Hotel Chicago. (Have good taste in toiletries and was recently in Chicago. And, have no moral qualms about petty thievery.)

7: Chamomile tea. (I get hangovers.)

8: Moneys. (Have moneys. Not a lot.)

9: iPod Nano, battery dead, earphones missing. (I like music, but not enough to keep iPod battery charged. Also, I lose things. See above re: limited life skills.)

10: Hand sanitizer. (Have post-partum germophobia.)

11: Key to the Doors Of Perception. (Your call.)

12 & 13: Moleskine notebook and pocket Gertrude Stein. (Am snooty intellectual.)

14 & 15: Grooming products. (Am snooty intellectual who nonetheless values grooming, and lipgloss.)

16: Wooden ring of unknown use and origin; not what you think, dirty people. (Have wooden ring; collect random junk; have dirty mind.)

17: Chocolate coin. (Hope to one day travel to Chocolatlandia, where I intend to purchase goods and services.)

18: House key, not my own. (Have lost my keys. But have completely useless back-up key, so no worries! I’ll just climb in and out of windows!)

19: Half-eaten digestive biscuit. (Have child who is ambivalent about digestive biscuits. Also, am averse to wastage, but not averse to eating old biscuits.)

20: Sub-bag, pink, for carrying moneys and credit cards. Not wallet. Sub-bag. (Have issues about naming accessories. Also, have credit cards. Am grown-up, sort of.)

22: Half-eaten Crayons. (Child eats crayons. I feed child crayons. See above re: bad mother.)

23 & 24: WonderBaby’s bag du jour, featuring cowboy image, containing rocks. (Child likes bags, and cowboys and rocks. Also, child makes this mother carry bag of rocks. This mother is child’s bitch.)

What’s in your bag? (If you do a picture, leave a comment or link to me so that I can find it.) (I like snooping in other peoples’ bags. Like Katie’s: check hers out here.)

More bags! Check out Kgirl’s bag here, Heather/Cool Zebra’s bag here, Alley Cat’s bag here, aaaand some Blog Blah Blah bag right here.

More! MORE BAGS! Check les sacs du…



Laural Dawn


Perpetual Exhaustion

Girl’s Gone Child





Maman Des Filles

Just Scribbling

Blithely Babbling





I Can Fly, Just Not Up

No Mother Earth

Amy-Jo/Cheese Party

Ewe Are Here

Notes Of A Full-Time Mom


The Maya’s Mom List

Unfit Mother

Mommy’s Dirty Secret

Have I missed anybody? Got a link to add? Let me know!

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    Laural Dawn August 10, 2007 at 10:06 am

    I loved this.
    I love seeing what’s in other people’s bags. LOVE it (though I personally have both bags and purses). I have always loved going through other people’s bags to see what they have – try their lipglosses, etc.
    I’m so going to do this when I get home and have energy.

    PS I LOVE the cowboy wallet. I’d totally use it myself.

    Tere August 10, 2007 at 12:37 pm
    gingajoy August 10, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    i should totally do this, but i won’t. you are getting seriously good usage out of that special computer pen thingy, aren’t you? WANT ONE.

    so YOU were the bitchtroll who swiped all the soaps.

    ali August 10, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    the word moist gives me the heebie jeebies. (i guess…now that i think about it…so does the word heebie jeebies…)

    ByJane August 10, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    This reminds me of an essay assignment I gave when I was teaching comp one year. The text was The Things They Carried and I had the class do an analysis of what they carried in their bookbags. Some of them were actually interesting…

    Kyla August 10, 2007 at 4:16 pm
    Janet August 10, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Y’know I was reading this and thinking, “People don’t like the word ‘moist’ because it can apply to both items and anatomy.” And then…there is was in a comment. Moist. Crotch. I laughed, and laughed, and laughed some more.

    I have three bags on the go right now. I move my wallet around from one to the other. All have some sort of lip gloss. All have a size 5 diaper. But none have any wipes.

    It doesn’t make a lick of sense.

    Damselfly August 10, 2007 at 5:51 pm
    painted maypole August 10, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    am trying to catch up on blog reading since my return to north america. Love your comments about blogher (and those pictures! oh my!) And may I just say that our husbands are the exact same size. Well, height, anyways. No one could accuse mine of being too skinny.

    velocibadgergirl August 10, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Oooh, I love these “what’s in the bag” posts!

    I did one a while back, if you’re interested:

    b*babbler August 10, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    This was so much fun! I’m glad I could participate in this…

    I’ve exposed myself here:

    Gabriella August 11, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Fun thing to do, sadly my bag is BORING, but I did it anyway!

    Amy August 11, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Here’s mine.

    Good luck with your laptop!

    Maman August 11, 2007 at 10:14 am

    I have mine up here… you can definitely tell my kids are older

    Alley Cat August 11, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Wow! Thanks to the link you added, I have had more traffic than I’ve ever seen! Mind you, everyone is looking at my tampons, coupons, and drink voucher, but I guess I’ll take what I can get ;)

    ewe are here August 11, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Ok. I couldn’t resist the challenge and posted the contents of my bag. :-)

    Candygirlflies August 12, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Okay, you showed me yours, so I’ll show you mine:

    flutter August 12, 2007 at 2:58 pm
    Sue at nobaddays August 12, 2007 at 8:04 pm
    nomotherearth August 12, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Did post about the (, practical) contents of my bag recently.

    whoorl August 13, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Here’s my bag from earlier this year.

    I don’t even know where my bag is right now. I just throw a couple diapers and wipes and my wallet into the stroller these days. LAZY.

    GIRL'S GONE CHILD August 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm
    Scarlett August 14, 2007 at 1:51 am

    I did mine but it wasn’t very interesting at all. Or perhaps it was interesting but nothing useful. I’m not quite sure.

    mamatulip August 14, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Okay, this was too fun to pass up. My post’s up.

    geenalyn August 14, 2007 at 10:50 am
    Stephanie T. August 14, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    The contents of my purse have been revealed, too!

    Jordan August 15, 2007 at 9:40 am

    This is hilarious. I too hate the words “purse” and “moist”. Ugh!! That “m” word is the worst. If a phrase like “teen activity” also makes you want to retch, you can be my new best friend.

    Amy Jo August 15, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Fun fun fun! And something to kill the time while I’m stuck inside waiting for this baby to come. It’s 103 degrees, so the doctor recommends I stay inside. At 39 1/2 weeks, I’m losing my flipping mind! Here’s my mess!

    Karen August 15, 2007 at 5:25 pm
    Unfit Mother August 15, 2007 at 7:16 pm
    Selfmademom August 15, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    I loved this post and idea so much I totally copied it, but for people’s offices- I shared what I’m hiding in my office and I would love to see what others have in theirs! My purse really isn’t all that interesting, or I would have participated in this.

    Selfmademom August 15, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Oops- I did comment- I have total mom brain- I’m too tired I forgot. But I do remember reading and liking it. Oy. I think I just comment-paux’d my way off this blog! :)

    crazedparent August 15, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    we did a photo challenge at maya’s mom about a month ago on “what’s in your bag”…here’s a link to all the posts:

    Jezer August 16, 2007 at 10:34 am

    I FINALLY did this! Thanks to you and Katie for the inspiration.

    ali August 16, 2007 at 10:45 am

    ok i can’t manage to get a link to just the post-i think i forgot how-but i emptied my bag and here is my blog address!

    ewe are here August 16, 2007 at 3:23 pm
    Isabel August 16, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Always fun…showed mine a while ago!

    Here’s the link!

    Alpha DogMa August 16, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Late to the party – but I just showed you mine!

    meno August 18, 2007 at 11:25 am

    What fun, i’ll do mine soon.

    I hate the word flabbergasted. It sounds like a room full of stale farts.

    Moist is kind of icky.

    carmen August 19, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    I’m way late to the party, but putting mine up tonight. My purse is not nearly as exciting as yours, though….

    Katie August 22, 2007 at 1:06 am

    I did this, it’s fun! Although, mine doesn’t have chocolate in it. *sigh*

    WkSocMom August 22, 2007 at 3:41 pm
    Sue at nobaddays August 25, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    My mom takes the prize … she did hers after I did mine. Check it out:

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    Anonymous November 24, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Nice handbags, but I think that Gucci handbags are the best of all!

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