I'm one of those rare women who've never got in the habit of carrying a purse. A tote bag, yes, but only when I have to go to class or something, and then only the bare essentials. My car sort of acts like a purse. I leave all the odds and ends in there that I just don't want to carry with me.
I've had two occasions recently that makes me think I need to start carrying a purse. The first happened a few weeks ago. We had some last minute scheduling changes and Javier was trying to get a hold of me. My cell phone was at home I think, or in the car. I was out and about doing errands and out of range or something like that. The end result was that he incurred 2(!) speeding ticket trying to ferry Lizzie across town to an event, because he couldn't contact me. I feel bad. I mean I didn't make him speed, but had I had my cell phone with me, it definitely could have been avoided. You know what a great method would be to ensure I always have my phone...yes, a purse.
The second event took place today. I have this nasty habit of carrying my wallet in my hand instead of being comfortably ensconced in a purse. When I grocery shop, I normally tuck the wallet in with my shopping bags so I have my hands free to push the cart. I had all my groceries put in the back of my car before I realized my wallet was missing. Backtracking my steps and going through all the bags didn't reveal my lost wallet. No one turned it into customer service. Frustrated and angry at myself, I immediately cancelled my credit & debit cards. Less than an hour later, a lady called my house stating she found my wallet in the parking lot of the grocery store. I still have no credit cards, but my intact wallet will be returned shortly. I think it might have fallen out of the cart or someone snatched when I looked away for a moment.
Lesson learned - use a purse. Many times, I've been out and set down my keys or needed a pen or a kleenex. I've decided it's time to be a grown up and carry a purse. I've made many bags before and purchased some too. None have ever been quite right, so now I'm on the search for a new one.
I made these little tote bags as Christmas presents for my sisters-in-law, which I gave along with some books. Maybe I should make a new one for myself...and quit complaining.