Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thursday Thirteen #180

In Love, Loss and What I Wore, the wonderful Nora Ephron wrote that a handbag is a reflection of the woman who carries it. I wonder what she would have made of me.

1) Wallet. It's a big wallet with a weary zipper and merits its own TT someday.

2) Franklin Planner. I keep track of my life old school. No smartphone yet. It has a nice print fabric cover and lots of pockets filled with photos and receipts and … stuff.

3) Cell. A SANYO SCP-2700. It's not high tech, but it is kinda cute and works well enough for calls, texts and email.

4) Kindle Fire. I can't get over the fact that I now regularly carry a dozen magazines in my purse. Ah, technology! Where WI-FI is available, it's great for email.

5) My make up bag. Just the essentials to keep me from frightening small children.

6) Hairbrush.

7) Another hairbrush. That's not intentional. I just now noticed I have two in there. 

8) SPF 50. I burn easily.

9) Glasses. I'm very near-sighted and am terrified of losing a contact lens and then being left unable to see.

10) My reading glasses. OK, so I'm an old gal. 
11) Contact lens carry case and solution.

12) Prescription strength Naproxen. In case a migraine strikes.

13) Pepto Bismol caplets. Let's not discuss it.

BTW, I always carry my housekeys in my pocket, just in case something happens to my purse.

What about you? What are you forever hauling around?

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I need a nap!

We moved offices overnight and today it took me literally three hours to unpack and slip into the corner of the former conference room I'm now sharing with three other creatives. I believe I'm going to hate this set up, but there's nothing I can do about it. At least not now. But I'm sooooo freaking tired!

The Queen's Meme

The Employment Enjoyment Meme

1. What kind of work do you do? I'm an advertising writer.

2. During the course of your lifetime, which job or career has been your favorite or most fulfilling? This is really all I've ever done. I was an administrative assistant for 4 years, but that was a long, long time ago.

3. Do you think it's necessary in your life to have a day-to-day "career" that is meaningful and service-oriented or do you function better in "just a job" with a steady paycheck? It's very important to me that I feel connected emotionally to what I'm doing.

4. Was there ever a time in your life when you wanted to stay home with your children instead of working, even if it meant less money in the household? Nope.

5. Tell us your worst boss story. I once had a boss who was a complete nut job. She actually told me that the reason why we clashed so much is that we were adversaries in a past life, and that if we didn't work it through now, we would keep meeting for all eternity.

6. Have your ever been the boss? Do you like this this role?Yes. I hated it. And I learned that lay-offs suck, no matter which side of the desk you're sitting at.

7.  What is your dream occupation? I think I'd be a good pet sitter. I have a way with critters.


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? Sisters in Crime edited by Marilyn Wallace. A collection of short mysteries by "today's women writers." I should mention that "today" is a relative term, since this paperback came out in 1989. Still, I see Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky and Linda Barnes, so I have high hopes. Plus, I picked it up for 25¢ at a library book sale in another town. I happened to wander by en route to getting my hair cut. I love finding treasures like this. It originally belonged to Mary Ellen Gast, who wrote her name on the title page in blue felt tip.
• What did you recently finish reading? The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March. “A novel of love, family and movie night.” I thought this was a missed opportunity. The author created four very original, very individual women characters (no mean feat!) and gave each a compelling backstory (even better!) and then put them in incredibly predictable situations where really handsome men with crinkling, twinkling eyes and cute buns just happen to fall into their lives. There was only one plot twist that I didn't see coming. I don't expect chick-lit to be as intricately plotted as a mystery. But in this book, as soon as a male character was introduced I knew how the plot would be resolved. Disappointing, considering how much I liked the women characters.

• What will you read next? Anne Frank's Family by Mirjam Pressler. It's been 70 years since Anne breathed free. I think she deserves to be remembered, and this scholarly book fits the bill.