Most ladies I know would have a small bag to carry their paraphernalia out to lunch and the bag will look like this one.
Most of these ladies will have their wallet, a packet of tissue, an umbrella and maybe some mints. I used to be one of those ladies, until quite recently when I started bring out more things than just the wallet and the umbrella.
Lunch is usually the only time in a work day when I can escape from my little desk and try to forget about work for an hour. Other than nourishing myself with whatever that I was craving that day, I would window shop. But one can only window shop for so long when there’s a limited number of shops to see and so I started to indulge in a little creativity during that lunch hour.
Along with my umbrella and my big, orange wallet, I started bringing out my notebook to plan for NaNoWriMo, to write flash fiction and the such. Then I added my small sketch book for me to practice doodling and sketching. Of course, I’d need to take my pencil case with me now that I need my writing/drawing materials. Lunch time is usually the only I have to squeeze in some writing/drawing.
With all these items I’m carrying out, the small bag wasn’t going to fit them and so I started carrying a tote bag instead.
Even though I may not use any of the items at all, it’s something that I like to have on me when the mood strikes. The tote bag also comes in handy when I need to do some minor shopping.
Sure, these are the things that make my bag so heavy but frankly, these are also the little things that keep sane on a normal work day. I’d take the weight and sanity over a light bag and the need to do bodily harm to those I work with.