I saw this amusing little tidbit this morning, on Elle’s blog:
“…According to John Tesh and the People Who Do Studies On Inanities Like Womenâ€™s Purse Sizes, a womanâ€™s purse should not weigh more than five pounds. Or she risks back injury.â€
Well, let’s see…
This is my everyday â€œsummerâ€ purse:
It is simple, washable, and pretty much goes with everything (I don’tÂ go anywhereÂ too fancy).Â But, I also have an identical one in black…so I can coordinate with my shoes, or whatever.
Although I do have some cute purses, somewhere,Â I have found that since becoming a mom (and ditching the diaper bag),Â purses are not so much a fun, or stylishÂ accessory, asÂ they are more of aÂ utilitarian necessity.Â The cute ones are just not large enough to contain all of the â€œstuffâ€ required for a successful outing.
This is the contents of my purse, this morning:
From left to right…
- 2 of theÂ books that I am currently readingÂ (Womanly Dominion and Growing Up Christian)
- â€œPocketâ€ ESV
- Green Zippered Bag (which contains a cleaning cloth for my glasses, an assortment of lipgloss, chapstick, a few band-aids, and a â€œtrial sizeâ€ packet of Excedrin Migraineâ€¦just in case)
- SunglassesÂ and case
- Cell Phone
- a Fruit Bar
- iPod Shuffle
- Hand Sanitizer
- 2 Highlighters, 4 pens, 2 pencils
- camera (it isn’t in the picture, because it is taking the picture!)
I donâ€™t always carryÂ two books…but I usually do have at least one with me.Â If we are out as a family, my husband will occasionally throw his cell phone and keys into the mix as well.Â And, this doesnâ€™t include any of Hannah’s toys, or theÂ â€œtreasuresâ€ that she picks up along the way (twisty ties from the grocery store, rocksÂ from a trip to the park) that inevitably make their way into my bag.Â But, this is still a pretty accurate depiction of what I haul around on a typical day.Â I may not have been a boy scout, but I do believe in being prepared!
I don’t actually own a scale, but if I had to venture a guess, I would say that John Tesh probably would not approve of my purse either, Elle. ;)Â Â But, I think we may have discovered the source of my back problems! 🙂
What about your purse?Â Do you come inÂ under or overÂ the 5-pound “limit”?
I neglected to put in my post that my current purse is probably about five pounds before putting anything in it! Startling. Thanks for playing the purse game.
My purse is probably over 5 lbs, too, but mine’s a backpack, so that might help my back a bit. My keys alone weight about 2 lbs! 🙂 I think I may have to put this on my blog as well with a photo tomorrow when I’m more awake. 🙂
I love it! Truth in blogging: emptying the contents of your “pocketbook,” as my grandmother would call it!
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