Security Blankets

For this week’s Fun Monday, Candid Karina says “Show me your security blankets!” She wants to know about the stuff we feel the need to haul around with us all the time, and would be lost without. 

I seem to have a couple layers of things  that I haul around with me.  My first layer, that I always, always have  with me consists of my phone, keys, debit card and…Costco card.


Why I carry my Costco card around, I have no idea.  (You’d think I’d carry around my driver’s license or something a little more important.)  All of this fits in my jean pocket or in my purse or jacket pocket.  Well…except for my keys…they are a bit on the bulky side.  I keep thinking I should prune them, but what would I do without? I’ll use all of those keys sometime.  I need my library cards and such.  The ugly red key fob from the dealer (a thousand years ago)  is perfect for me to hold in my teeth when I need an extra hand…

Usually, I bring the Baby along with me too, but it’s feeling poorly, so I haul the Beast around when I get the urge.


And then, there is my  Most Fabulous Cat Bag. 

 aaaphone3 I adore my Cat Bag and haven’t quite figured out why my children are so embarrassed by it.  What’s not to love? It is bright and vibrant.  It has trim that glitters. It has cats. It’s BIG.  Oh, and it’s a designer…Laurel Burch.  Her name is signed inside in gold glitter!  (I have to admit that I didn’t know who that was, but now I do!) I just don’t get it…

I keep all sorts of things inside my bag. This is an inside peek of it this morning.


Let’s see, I can spot some colored pens, my journal, a first aid kit, s pencil pouch, a CD, my brush…I’m sure there’s a book and a magazine or two in there.  It seems I’m always waiting for the kids so I have to have something to entertain myself. 

Most days, I will only take my bare essentials.  Then there are others that I feel the need to bring everything.  Take Saturday’s soccer game for instance.  I brought the essentials …tucked inside my purse, (or “pockee” as we call it for unknown reasons), my Cat Bag, the Beast, another bag containing the embroidery that I’m pretending to do, my jacket, my folding chair and of course my coffee. 

Shaun just looked at me and shook his head.  He knows better than to try and persuade me that I don’t need even a tiny fraction of that stuff to watch our baby win her game. (Even though it was true)  I guess this is a bit like a security blanket.  Sometimes, I just need my stuff…

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0 Responses to Security Blankets

  1. Pavel says:

    Good choices! I’d be so lost without my cell phone with all my contact info, calender, appt’s, etc…, I’d probably break down and cry if I lost my phone.

  2. Lynne says:

    wow, you drag a lot of stuff around with you! Do you spend a lot of time at Costco??

    What’s wrong with the baby? Oh no, it’s too young for trouble!

    P.S. Look for my email …

  3. Susan says:

    Pavel~Wanna shed a tear for me? I just realized that I washed my phone last night. I’m just hoping it will do OK when it dries out…

    Lynne~Only sometimes! I might go to Costco once a week. It’s just one of those things. Baby has something wrong with her LCD. She’s in the hospital right now…

  4. robinellablog says:

    Is that a wooden painted bead on the handle. If so, it makes the bag. Cute.

  5. Jay says:

    Boy women sure do carry a lot of stuff around with them. For me it’s keys (without the bulky key chain), my wallet (fits in back pocket) and camera (fits in front pocket if I need to) and that’s it. 😉

  6. giveitatry says:

    “Embroidery that you pretend to do”…that is the best line I have heard in a while!

    Have a great Monday!

  7. Karina says:

    Thus the “security blanket” of it all…we NEED this stuff, even if we don’t really need this stuff! 😉

    I love the cat bag!

  8. photowannabe says:

    Very IMPORTANT stuff in your security blanket. You never know when you are going to need some of it. I find I carry too much “just in case” things.
    Have a great week.
    Good for your daughter winning her game too.

  9. I laughed at your inclusion of the Costco card & exclusion of the license. I can see the, “But officer…,” story now.

  10. Sandy says:

    That’s perfect! You don’t leave your house, you just take it with you! Great post.

  11. chrisb says:

    I love your cat bag and it looks like you can get so much in there even better!

  12. Betty says:

    I can’t go anywhere without my purse. There’s not even that much in it, but I feel positively lost without it. Just like Queen Elizabeth. I have heard people ask, what does she need a purse for? Well, I can tell them, it’s her security blanket.

  13. Joy T. says:

    Executive Member at Costco? Who do you have to know to get one of ‘those’ cards? I just have the plain jane peasant card :o) And is that a cat ‘bead’ on the handle of the bag? Love it if it is.

  14. Kell says:

    I think that bag says a lot about you–fun, vibrant, and full of life! It’s awesome.

    I always carry a couple of bags with me, too. The purse with the essentials and a bag with a book, a magazine, a journal and a knitting project. Al just rolls his eyes at me.

  15. Tink says:

    I try to stay away from carrying a large purse because I know I’ll fill it. At least, that was the idea. Then I started carrying stuff around anyway… In grocery bags. Well, you can imagine how weird that looked.

  16. Tiggerlane says:

    Me want CAT BAG! I think you are very brave to show the INSIDE of your bag. I deliberately took the photo of mine from an angle so no one could see the trove of deathly contents.

  17. mjd says:

    I love your cat purse. The things in the purse seem quite sensible to me. I remembered that my mother used to called a purse, “pockee purse.” I am not sure why. You just reminded me of the phrase.

  18. I like the cat bag – I want one. My guys love cats, so probably wouldn’t have a problem with it. Of course, I would start carrying so much more stuff around that would be forever digging in the bottom to find anything.

    Happy fun monday

    Robin of mytwoblessings

  19. Pam says:

    I’m currently in a strained relationship with my purse and am leaving it home most days so I can shop for a new one without feeling like the discontented two-timer that I guess I am.

    I love the cat bag!

  20. julie says:

    I have just recently traded in my blue key fob (you are correct,, prefect for teeth grippage) got a yellow/gold Corona bottle opener, hey a girls gotta have her priorities….lol

  21. Cheryl says:

    I sometime hand my clients their purses, and I’m usually amazed at the weight. Mine is light. Wallet, gift cards, money, phone, keys, and always, camera. I’d say I use my camera every day. It’s my entertainment.

  22. Sirdar says:

    A Costco card isn’t a bad thing to carry around. You never know when you will need it!!

    As for your cat bag…is there a kitchen sink in there too? 😆

  23. Pamela says:

    I saw the first picture and thought, “Oh, she travels light!”
    then I scrolled down, and your load got heavier and heavier. ha ha ha.

    You are the PREPARED one for sure.

  24. bermudabluez says:

    WOW! I actually have a couple of Laurel Burch bags too!! I have a dog one and a sun one and a couple others. LOVE them! And, I so understand your need to have your stuff. I’m the exact same way.

  25. Stephanie says:

    Oh come on…the kids don’t think the big cats are cool? How dare they!!

    Add some knitting inthere and you’ll be set :o) I’m just sayin’. I’ll teach ya!

  26. kate says:

    This was fun to read … you travel pretty lightly. Your cat bag is cool – Laurel Burch recently died and it seems like a fitting tribute to use our Laurel Burch cat accessories often.

  27. mrsgatt says:

    I’m fond of that pink phone.

  28. embarrassed by the cat bag??? don’t they see how vibrant & gorgeous it is…plus who could possibly lose something so big & colorful (a real plus in my book – i’m always forgetting the small brown purse i sometimes carry because it blends in too well with its surroundings!)

  29. Pavel says:

    Ouch, so what’s the verdict on your phone?

  30. Gracey says:

    What I’m wondering is what great costume did you make your girls this year for Halloween? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one that carries around tons of stuff that most of the time we don’t need! 🙂

  31. Newt says:

    I love this post. I carry so much crap in my bag but it’s that “What if I need it” thing. And I always carry a book around. Right now I’m reading Count of Monte Cristo. The unabridged version. 1000 pages plus. It’s a load to carry around but I just can’t leave home without a book. Like you said, we always seem to have to wait for something.

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