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the great purse hunt

I've been feeding my purse/bag addiction again. I wanted something that would carry my technology as well as my keys, wallet, etc, and also medical items (glasses, hearing aids, portable nebulizer, and a small stash of emergency meds). I also wanted it to be relatively small--I bought the Acer Aspire One for extreme portability. I don't need to be beating people over the head when I pass by them. More importantly, carrying all that stuff really can get bulky. I'd like to compact it as much as possible. And I wanted to still maintain the feminine purse appearance. I really doubted it was possible. I have found purses, and I have found computer bags. I've never found anything that will double.

My one disappointment with what I bought is that the compartment where I stash the Acer is not padded. But it will suffice. It is adequate for the Acer and the Brailliant 24 braille display. There is a little zipper pocket inside where I can stash some things. The front of the purse zips around and lifts up to reveal an organizer section underneath.

There is another small zipper pocket, two cell phone/electronics pockets, a large open pocket, and two slots on the outside of the open pocket as well as pen slots.

There is also an external pouch that clips onto the front... It is a totally convenient size for the nebulizer! Much better than trying to stuff the Omron carrying case in--it is a hard shell case and rather bulky.

Mom was surprised at how much stuff I carry around with me. I truly wish that I could get down to a cute little purse. It will never happen. Even when I wasn't using a computer, I was trying to carry around a miniature notebook so that I could write notes in braille. Then I started adding meds; and now I have the nebulizer. Even without technology, I will never fit into a little purse.

There are minor disappointments, but I am pleased overall. We'll see how it goes tomorrow at church. This certainly will make distance travel better! I'll be able to carry my purse as is on the plane and pack some little toiletries in the CPAP bag as I used to. I am happpy.


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Jan. 4th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Does it always?
I had to give you greif on that, smile. I'm glad you love purses. Me, i just don't see the need for them. I have an LL Bean backpack and love it, along with my laptop case, I usually get what i need shoved into that. And beyond that, when I have doggy stuff, that gets in my backpack so that god forbid, I lose the human stuff,not pooch stuff. hope you enjoy your new purse.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: Does it always?
LOL! Are you sitting on your friends page? I just posted that moments ago!

Truthfully, I am the girliest girl you could ever know. If I could get away with it, I would wear skirts/dresses all the time. (I do know that there are times when pants are better.) I'm not really into primping in the mornings, etc. But I do like to do something to respect my femininity. And at this point in life, I can't carry anything on my back, so backpacks are out. That is a sad thing because a backpack could be extremely useful in some situations.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Hehe, you sound like me. People think I'm insane for carrying around the stuff that I do, and most don't believe that I actually *need* to carry all that stuff around. In my currently enormous purse that hurts my back (I really need a new one) I've got my keys, wallet, other random things like pens and chapstick and teabags, headphones, my BraillePlus, my cell phone, blood sugar testing kit, diabetes emergency kit (which is in a nice pencil case), my cane if I'm not using it, sunglasses, monocular, a lighted 10x magnifier, and emergency candy and a granola bar. I think that's it. *grin* When I bring my laptop I bring my laptop bag which has the laptop and power cables and my portable CCTV and hard drive and their cables. It can get really heavy!
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
I think I would croak carrying around that much stuff... This is one time when I think it is just as well that I don't have enough vision to read, especially on Hebrew days when I am carrying extra books.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Candle, you sound like you need a backpack! Ll Bean has a great one, well worth the price, and padded straps. Only there's no protection for your laptop but you can always get a sleeve for it. Sara, yes, I haunt the friends page, it's what I live and breathe for! Lol. Anyway I don't think i'll ever try a purse. For me, I need both shoulders covered, if you're going to put a strap over one of them if that makes any sense. Candle you seem pretty neat, if you want to check out my stuff, feel free to add me.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: wow!
I actually do have a backpack with a laptop compartment that I use when I need to carry both, except I don't use it at work because it seems less professional to me. Usually at work I don't have to walk long distances and I try not to bring the laptop unless I absolutely need it, which helps.
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Re: wow!
The professional image thing is very important to me as well. I've seen one of our women profs with a rolling bag, and that is probably what I will use if I carry too much stuff when I'm finally working.
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Re: wow!
I have a rolling case to use if I ever have to bring something like an assessment kit or other materials that take up a lot of space. The one place it's difficult to use is going up and down stairs, which unfortunately schools have a lot of.
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
Let's see. I carry my Braille Note, VR stream, various memory cards and jump drives, my phone, and hopefully soon a bluetooth keyboard and headset although I need to find what I want. Also, keys, wallet, hair brush, and oddly usually a change of clothes since now when it gets cold I change clothes between work and class.
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I got the Braille Plus precisely because before I was also bringing my BrailleNote everywhere in addition to all my other stuff, and it was waaaaaay too heavy. I do miss having the braille display, though. Hopefully I'll get a wireless one once the BP supports braille.
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
yay for another person who "gets" it. i carry around a backpack lately because messenger bags and shoulder purses have been making my neck sore, but i carry about as much stuff as you since I don't have a car, take buses everywhere, and never know what I'm going to need next. Congrats on your find! I hope it works for you. :)
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
I have a small purse problem. I love a cute toat for class, but other than that I usually use slightly flashy but not gawdy purses. If I'm just going out to a jazz club or something I carry a small purse with just keys, ID, and lipstick. If I'm going anywhere else, by slightly large purse always is stocked with makeup, comb, keys, wallet, slate and stylus, small notebook, bags for the puppy, and the halty...what can I say. Wrangler's a lab in a shepherd's body sometimes.
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