The Adventures of Purse Shopping

I am not like a typical woman. I don’t have 10 or 20 purses that I alternate with depending on what I’m wearing or where I’m going. I buy one and I use it well for years. I typically get a dark brown or black – or once I felt really wild and got a green. I knew I needed a new handbag when leather started flaking off the straps. So I began searching. Do you know how hard it is to find a handbag that you’re going to need to “love” for years? Especially when you can’t spend hours store hopping?

I actually began my search for the “next” purse the summer of 2013 when I realized the zipper pull was coming apart at the seams.  I went to Target, Kohl’s & Walmart.  I found absolutely NOTHING that would work.  You may ask how can a woman not find a purse she loves in THREE stores.  Well it’s easy when you’re as picky as I am about my purse selection.

  • A Semi Short Strap. It is not my desire to have my purse hanging out around my knees.  The bottom of the purse needs to sit right about my waist, no lower and no higher.

  • That brings me to my next point.  ONE STRAP.  I don’t want a strap that needs to be “adjusted.”  And while two handle bags are adorable, I don’t like the way the 2nd handle falls down off my shoulder when I walk.  In addition, the strap (the semi short single solitary strap) needs to be centered on the purse and not on one side or the other. They’re cute, but not for me.
  • Next up:  I don’t want a handbag so large that you could fit a small child into it. I like the “hobo” style, but I don’t want it so big I could fit an actual hobo inside. I also don’t want a handbag so small that it would only fit a set of keys and a lipstick. So no matter what the men try to tell you ladies, SIZE MATTERS at least in my purse options.
  • Zipper is a must because if it falls over I don’t want all my stuff to wind up on the table or the floor.

After all of this, I feel a bit like Goldilocks.  That one is too big, that one is too small and that one is just right.  That strap is too long, that strap is too short, that strap is just right.  And to get them all in ONE handbag.  It takes a lot of looking folks. And I believe that is why I keep one handbag for 3 or 4 years before searching for a new one.  I shopped briefly last night at Target.  By briefly I mean that it took me all of 4 minutes to realize they didn’t have what I wanted.  They had hardly any “hobo” styles and the colors were dreadful!  I decided to shop online.  I found a handful of handbags at Kohl’s that I thought might work, but realize that what’s “cute & petite” online tends to be massive in person.

So I knew  in my heart of hearts that they would ALL be too big to order sight unseen. I went to Kohl’s today and as I entered the handbag department (it’s massive, surely there is SOMETHING there, but remember I couldn’t find anything in the summer) I put my handbag on this beauty of a bag.  I picked it up and thought, “hmmm this is almost perfect.”  I put it back down.   I should have just picked it up and walked to the register, but I had hopes that if I found ONE that I liked that I might find one more that I liked better.   I think I looked around for a good 15 minutes, but in the end I went back to that almost perfect bag.  I called it “almost perfect” because there was one online that I was dying to put my hands on, but I couldn’t locate it in the store.

However on the way out the store, I saw it hanging in the “teens” department (strike 1).  Strike 2 was IT WAS MASSIVE!  I could have put a dog in that bag! I was so pleased that my “almost perfect” bag turned into the perfect bag and checked out.  What made this bag perfect?

1. Great Handle Length & Position.
2. Only ONE handle
3. Not too small and not too large.
4. ZIPPER! (the reason it’s *almost* perfect is that I’m also particular about the way zippers are inserted into purses and this one isn’t done quite right to me, but it will do)
5. IT’S TURQUOISE – what’s not to love?
6. The Price.  It was originally GASP $70.00 but it was on sale for 1/2 price and then I had a 20% coupon. My goal is to spend less than $30.00 on a bag –

I just hope I can love it for 3 or 4 years!




T-shirt fundraiser


$19.00 per shirt



We are hosting a t-shirt campaign to raise awareness in North Carolina.  We have simple goals.  Our main goal is to sell a total of 50 shirts.  This should raise about $550.00 for Lyme Disease Awareness in North Carolina.   The t-shirts are only $19 per shirt and shipping costs $5.00.  The shirts will be shipped directly to you upon conclusion of the fundraiser if we meet our minimum requirement of 20 t-shirts.  Our fundraiser will run  until April 17th and everyone should receive their shirts by May 1st in time for Lyme Disease Awareness Month (assuming we meet our 20 shirt requirement).

Sixteen shirts have already been ordered so we only need 4 more shirts to meet our unofficial first goal.  Being able to meet and exceed our goal relies on having the support of our entire Lyme community. Please help us raise awareness by spreading the word about this campaign!

You can copy this link…

… and paste it into an email and post it on Facebook or Twitter!

In addition to helping us to fund our own campaigns, we will directly donate at least 5% of the proceeds to a Lyme Non-Profit if we meet out goal of lofty goal of 50 shirts! If we double our goal and sell 100 t-shirts, we will directly donate at least 10% of the proceeds to a Lyme Non-Profit.  Help us meet and exceed our goals so that someone else can benefit from our fundraiser!

Winter Weather 2014

The winter weather in 2014 has been cuh-ray-zee.  I saw the forecast and the writing was on the wall.  My nice & cushy 12:30 appointment was going to be pushed earlier.  So I went ahead and made the “call” to ask if I needed to come in earlier due to the weather. I’m sure I made the lady that changes my dressing day – since I volunteered instead of being asked – or having to have someone else do it.  The worst part is that this the week I dub “Chete Killing Week” because I’m on Cipro.  Cipro the chete killer is a children’s story book that needs to be written.  Who knows -maybe I’ll do it one day.

So I sent a message early – and then I hooked up to my IV – and wouldn’t you know it was the slowest drip in the history of drips?  Typically I can get the Cipro to run in an hour -maybe an hour and 15 minutes.  Today – it was from 7:05 to 8:45 – I don’t’ know what took it so long.  The drip was “right” at one drop  per 2 to 3 seconds.   So odd when it happens like that. Of course it did, I was hoping to be able to get in and out of the doctor’s office before the precipitation hit.  Of course that probably won’t happen now so I’m praying that the temp doesn’t drop below freezing before I get home once the precipitation does start falling. Theoretically, it should hold off.  However, it always makes me nervous.  However, I’ll be home in time to start my 2nd IV on time. That’s always a good thing.

Itching & Rash Update:

My wrist looks a bit better although you can still see the area – it’s not raised and angry like it was.  The blisters on my toes have calmed down a bit too, but during my sleep on Friday – I woke up to the bottoms of my feet itching.  I had a rash on the bottom of my left foot and my right foot was also itching although there wasn’t a noticeable rash there.  I think I finally know what’s causing the problem so I’m doing a test on another part of my body to see if a rash pops up in a week or so. We’ll see.  If it is what I think it is, I’ll do a post about it.  Nothing bad, but a delayed allergic reaction to something I had been using.