No, this isn’t a version of LawDog’s “Angry Thing in a Sack” story (as a pilot, I do NOT want to discover that one of my passengers has brought along an Angry Thing in a Sack.) This is a version of what Brigit at Home on the Range (Mausers and Muffins) did the other day. What is in your day-to-day bag, if you carry one? Besides pet fur and that paper napkin that really ought to go in the trash because it’s gotten torn and shredded. Ditto the plastic grocery bag used to keep the rain off of the laptop (from before I got the zipper on the satchel repaired.)
When I’m at Day Job: Four black pens, two red pens, a mechanical pencil. Classroom key. St. Michael’s medallion. Car and other keys (unless they are in my jacket pocket.) Cutting bean (for opening envelopes and cutting packing tape). Notepad for taking notes, making quizzes, and so on. iLeash (phone so the nurse can ping me and vice versa). Cough drops. Antacid. Protein bar (In case I get one of those, “Miss Red, can you cover a few extra classes?) Girl stuff. Wallet and change purse, because I do drive to work. Ever changing assortment of reading material, teaching material, papers to grade, papers to return, paperwork, water, pop, e-reader on occasion. Laptop very rarely, if I know I will be making tests, or doing other non-internet things. Leather work gloves, because you never know, and it means I’ve got a spare if the ones in the car have a problem (get soaked if I have to change a tire in the rain or the like.)
Pocket litter – lint, keys, lip balm.
I know several of you are going, “Wait, what about [thing]? How can you leave the house without [sharp pointy thing]?” There’s at least one in the vehicle.