Friday, January 28, 2011

Can't Leave Home Without Them . . .

I got tagged last week (by Une Femme) to show the Five Accessories I won't leave home without. You'd think that would be easy enough to do, but I had to think a bit, and then I had to debate a bit, and then finally I got my camera out and here we are. . . I cheated a bit, though, and I'm counting on you to, well, not to count . . .

Une Femme is so honest that she included individual items that really could be covered in the all-inclusive bag. Like her, I always have lipstick on my person, either in my M0851 bag, pictured above and always with me, or tucked in a pocket. My bag almost always has an umbrella as well, and I'm not counting either lipstick or umbrella.

I debated the glasses. Pseu (Une Femme)'s included hers in her count, but for me the glasses are NOT an accessory NOR do I always bring them along. My correction is a serious one, and I never leave the house -- let's be serious, I never get out of bed -- without lenses, but I wear my contacts more than my glasses, so I'm not counting either, again . . . (ditto for hearing aids, also a matter of brief debate).
But I always, always, always wear a watch. I feel uncomfortable if I get jogged out of my routine and leave home without, even if Paul and I are just going to the movie, as happened the other evening. While I've got several more fashion-y watches, I've been wearing them less and less, relying on this versatile, reliable, clean-faced Coach for the last four years . . .
but now getting used to my Christmas gift from Pater, the watch I decided on last January but couldn't justify buying myself . . . love it!
The meme rules didn't specify WHEN those Five Accessories were being worn. From October through April around here, you'll rarely see me out without a hat, and most times that hat will be a beret . . .
Similarly, I invariably have a scarf at my neck. Despite a huge (too much) variety to choose from, I've been gravitating pretty consistently to this red alpaca handknit, a nice antidote to the grey skies. . .
and with head and neck well-comforted, I like my hands warm as well. The short gloves get the most wear, red or caramel or leopard brown/black, but sometimes I wear the long zippered black for a bit of drama.
So let's see: 1) Bag, 2) Watch, 3) Hat, 4) Scarf, and 5) Gloves. Legally, I'm done, but let's open up #1 again and see one last, concealed but important "accessory" I never like to leave home without. I really couldn't care less about my cellphone and rarely use it, but I'm NEVER without a book. You never know when you'll have a pocket of reading time and I've made productive and enjoyable use of many a line-up or ferry wait this way.
There you have it, then. About what you'd expect from me? Or have I disappointed or surprised?

ADDED TOO LATE: Having a bit of a "Well, duh" moment, as I read comments and realize I didn't ask anyone else to pick up this Meme. Probably not a complete accident as I always feel uncomfortable passing along unnecessary obligations when we all have enough of those. This one, though, was quite fun and also very easy. And I've already had two readers volunteer their responses (as you'll see in the comments below). If any of you (including Susan and Terri) care to post your answers on your own blog, I'll happily link to you. . . just let me know.