So here you are. A look inside my handbag today...
Clockwise from top left:
1. "Energy" hand lotion from Woolworths. Woolies is a kind of South African department store which also has a fantastic grocery section that I frequent. I love the scent of this lotion though. It's truly energizing!
2. "From Paris with Love" hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works. I never leave home without hand sanitizer. You never know when you're gonna happen upon a soap-less, toilet paper-less bathroom. Hand sanitizer and tissues are staples.
3. Mary Kay lipgloss.
4. Listerine breath strips in cinnamon flavor. These are my replacements for gum since my current diet doesn't allow gum or mint anymore. Sadness.
5. Hard drive from the school. Why the heck am I lugging this thing around? What can I say? My bag doubles as a second office for the English Language School.
6. Sunglasses, wallet, cosmetic bag, random papers/receipts/prescriptions, keys. BTW, see how retro our keys are here? Love it.
7. Green grocery bag. One year my cousin gave all the ladies of the family these bags for Christmas. It was the best gift ever! Carrying a gazilion plastic bags full of groceries half a mile home from the mall is not fun. This holds a lot, is strong (can hold up to 44 lbs) and can fit over my shoulder. Plus it's good for the environment. Get one!
8. Three projector remotes. Seriously, my second office.
9. Phone, in my cute new Coach wallet I got for Christmas. Coach is an American brand that nobody outside of America really knows about. So it kinda makes me feel like a secret patriotic snob when I'm carrying it...and sometimes I like that.
10. Laptop charger.
11. Medicine case with just about every kind of a medicine you could ever need. EVER. Sick student on the bus? I've got medicine for that. Flu? Allergies? Fever? Headache? Indigestion? Broken arm? I've got something for that. OK, maybe not the broken arm. My secret solution for suspiciously "sick" students though are the "very strong green pills" from America (aka Advil gel caps - I cannot live without these).
12. Heat pack. A gift from Switzerland. Got this today and I can't wait to try it out! It's like a tiny reusable heating pack. Winter has come quite suddenly to Worcester. This morning I put on my space heater for a little bit. Freezing temps and no indoor heating means lots and lots of layers all the time. But somehow my bum is always cold. You can only put so many layers on your rear. I'm wondering if I can stuff this thing in the seat of my pants to keep my bum warm all day? Hmmmmm...