“You better put some shoes on, it’s cold outside.” I warned my daughter while she sat on the couch, her dangling legs swinging back and forth.
“No. It’s ok. I’m wearing flip-flops today.”
“It’s F-E-B-R-U-A-R-Y in New York.” I cautioned.
“I wanna wear them.”
So I let her wear them. I don’t know if I’m the kind of parent who understands a girl simply has to make her own fashion choices, or if I know that sometimes a ten year-old only learns to wear shoes after getting frostbite on her toes, or if I just didn’t feel like arguing over flip-flops on my birthday. I suspect it’s the latter. At any rate, FringeKid wore flip-flops on Saturday. It was snowing by two o’clock in the afternoon, and it did not stop snowing until the wee hours of Monday morning.
As a surprise for my birthday, FringeMan took me to a great big wonderful mall in Syracuse and got us a hotel room for the night. Now before your mind goes and gets all romantic, we took the children, the flip-flop wearing children. It was a little like being on vacation, only we were still in our dreary home state.
I generally don’t vacation in places with snow, at least not while it’s on the ground, but I’m glad this weekend was an exception. I needed nothing more than a shopping trip and a night away from the laundry and dishes.
Despite my swollen foot and the ugly paint-spattered sneakers I was forced to wear, FringeKid and I must have walked five miles. My mission was to find a great bag.
I wanted a good bag. I wanted leather, but I soon found out that I could only afford a tissue size purse in leather. My internal radar zoned in on every single purse bound to the display racks with a chain. Needless to say I didn’t walk away with one of those bags; however, I did find a lovely purse in my price range. It’s not leather, but as a consolation, it came with a free umbrella.
So without further ado, I present to you The Yellow Bag.
Yes, I like big bags. I carry a lot of junk.
I noticed the color in these photos is very different. The true color is a mustard yellow.
To make my birthday complete, I found my shoes on Amazon for $20 dollars cheaper than I originally planned. I love a bargain.
So tell me, do you like to carry a large bag filled with everything but the kitchen sink, or a small, tidy purse with only the essentials?
Happy belated birthday, friend!
the domestic fringe says
Thank you much!
Definitely the very large bag with everything in it–except, alas, I am confined to these: http://www.ameribag.com/chbb-leather.html. But at least I do have a leather one.
My back rebelled on me when my youngest was a toddler, and carrying any other bag on my shoulder puts my sacro-iliac joint out of commission.
He he he I bet I know what brand that is, it has a fun fabric liner and lots of pockets right? I can’t think of the name right now but its like Fracco Seriano or something and I have a few, they are great!
the domestic fringe says
Amber, the bag is by Tyler Rodan. Means nothing to me, but I still like the bag.
Happy belated birthday!
I used to carry around a huge bag that had everything I’d ever need in an emergency when I’m outside – a bottle of water, Tylenol, band-aids, paper towels etc etc.
I still carry around a huge bag but it is a diaper bag and I only have a small coin purse that I cram everything that I need – credit cards, cash and ID. Everything else in the bag is for my baby!
Angie Vik says
My kids went through a number of winters wearing flip flops. Two of them have sweaty feet so flip flops made sense on some adolescent level. I just couldn’t understand wearing them in snow or rain as their feet got wet, but I finally stopped complaining. Just made sure they had boots int he car in case they got stranded somewhere and had to walk.
Bridgesburning Chris King says
It sounds like a good trip..flip flops and all. Purses? I start small..very small then gradually transit to larger larger and larger. Then I scold myself for carrying so many unnecessary things, dump it all and start very very small again…for awhile. Not quite the circle of life…but a circle nevertheless
That purse sure looks like it’s leather. I love it. I need a big bag too these days. Even if I use a smaller one I still can’t find anything in it. Why is that?
Happy birthday! And I think kids do have to suffer the consequences of their wardrobe choices a time or to before it really sinks in.
Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says
Essentials only for this girl. And I don’t change purses until it wears out!! The one I have now is leather and I can put my hands on whatever I need in a jiffy.