Thursday, March 18, 2010

Too Wired?

No, this isn't about coffee. So, remember my bag problem? This is part of the reason why I need so much storage capacity. Other than my home computer, everything travels with me on a daily basis. Let's count the silliness:

Laptop. Cellphone. iTouch (thanks Susan). Point and shoot camera. External hard drive and for the gym, my iPod shuffle. And on occasion (though you can't see it in the photo since I'm using it to take the picture), my DSLR camera. No, the mini Millennium Falcon stays at home. Isn't it adorable though?

Do I need to be this wired? I mean, I did manage to go to high school and even University without email or a cellphone. Cellphones were the size of grey bricks and I think the main means of "internet" communication was via bulletin boards. Also, we didn't call it the "internet" back then; it was the Information Superhighway... before Al Gore invented it properly and made it all cool and hip.

It's hard staying current and relevant... without looking like a jackass wannabe. Even as I switch over to Windows 7 (and discover more and more things that aren't compatible with my new O/S), I find myself mumbling crap about "change" and missing "Windows 3.0"

Sunday, March 14, 2010

How Many Bags Is Too Many?

I'm not sure when things spun out of control. It started out innocuously with just one laptop bag. But even that wasn’t without problems. My new 15 inch laptop didn’t fit in my Lodis briefcase so, yes, a new bag.

Shortly thereafter, I realized I needed a handbag to hold my phone, wallet, cosmetics etc. All the things that didn’t fit in my briefcase.

Then I started the whole eating healthy kick which became an entire production. Bringing lunch to work involves salad containers, sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, and a 32 oz bottle of water. None of which fill fit in my briefcase or my handbag. Yikes.

And finally, we started working out again in January which necessitated running shoes, towels and an entire change of clothes.

So, this is what I’ve been carrying to work every day for the past few months...

Yup. Ridiculous, I know. I can’t even get through the doors with all these bags on me. The boy just laughs and asks, "really?" I couldn't take it anymore this week and I went on a search to find the ONE BAG.

I needed something durable with a built-in padded laptop sleeve, room for paperwork and room for water bottles, food and other girlie girl things. All compartmentalized and water-resistant and hopefully, not too ugly. Not too demanding, right?! Enter REI.

Brace yourself. It's not black.

The gym bag has to stay but at least I can leave it in the trunk. Everything else fit neatly into my new Keen bag. I might still break out my handbags once in a while but for now this is the new streamlined me.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Zumba, Zumba, Zumba

The other day, I met the boy at the gym. He had just finished a new cardio class so I asked him how the workout went.


"Oh, really? What class was it?"

"It was a Zumba class".

Say no more. Not familar with Zumba, like James? Watch this clip.

If you know James, you know he has zero rhythm and zero flexibility. I can only guess at his misery once the music started but to his credit, he stuck it out for the hour.

The worst part? When the class swiveled around and suddenly the back of the class (where he was hiding) became the front. My poor, poor boy.