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Mixed bag

January 5, 2009 - Erin O'Neill
What's in your purse?
I got the ultimate mom purse as a Christmas gift and emptying the contents from my previous purse to the new one prompted me to wonder, "what do other women carry in their purses?" In my new ginormous faux leather handbag, I haul around the following on a regular basis: 3 tubes of lipstick, 2 tubes of chapstick, 4 tubes of lipgloss (OK, so I have a problem), sunglasses, eyeglass case, eyeglass repair kit, one pair of gloves, one tiny pair of purple mittens, huge lady wallet with nothing in it save for some change and many, many expired membership cards and business cards and old pictures, iPod, cell phone, whatever book I'm currently reading, partial pack of gum, keychain from hell (or the keychain of doom, if you prefer), checkbook, MACE (just in case you were thinking about stealing my checkbook), tiny tape recorder, hair clips, Advil, Tylenol, lady stuff, tooth whitener, hand cream, Head On (think what you will...I think it works) and various writing implements in varying degrees of usefulness. Sometimes I will throw a reporter notebook in for good measure and so I look

To pierce or not to pierce
This weekend I was at one of the larger shopping establishments in the area with my kid and my mom. We were walking around and heard a tiny baby shrieking for its life. I looked over towards one of the stores and saw kind of a crowd around the kiosk where the baby - maybe 4 or 5 months old - was being restrained by, who I assume were, its mother and father and two ladies who worked there. They were trying to pierce the child's ears and she was screaming bloody murder. It actually brought tears to my eyes that someone could stand to inflict that much intentional pain upon their own child. We rushed by quickly but I couldn't keep from mumbling something about children services and child abuse...

Speaking of which...
Tomorrow I have to take my child to the hospital for a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy and tubes in the ears. Talk about anxiety! I would rather go through labor or gall bladder surgery again 100 times than have to submit her to this but I understand it is for the best. She has had difficulty swallowing, breathing at night and has had about 9 ear infections. I've tried my best to explain the situation to her and I think she understands that she might not feel good after she wakes up but the doctor is going to make her ears and throat better. After some ice cream and a few good kiddie flicks, I think she'll be just fine. Mommy, on the other hand, might need a sedative or two.


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