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Jane’s School Bag Meme

Jane invited me and some of her other buddies to play Show and Tell, or perhaps a better name would be Spill It. On her blog, she shared a lovely photograph of the miscellaneous in her school bag (her stuff is so photogenic) and catalogued the items. There’s her stuff for all the world to see, textually and visually.

So here’s what’s in my bag. It’s a roomy courier bag. You might be sorry Jane asked.

In the front pockets:

  • Approximately 20 of my business cards
  • Pens (3 ballpoints, 2 rollerballs, 1 fountain)
  • Pencil (1 eversharp)
  • Markers (2 Sharpies, 1 yellow highligher)
  • A reimbursement check for $11.72 that I need to deposit
  • A mailer from Verizon Wireless about new wireless phones*

In the compartment right in front of the main compartment:

  • My glasses case
  • My checkbook
  • My Moleskine
  • Earbuds
  • My digital camera
  • Temporary filling material, which I had to use when my crown came loose*
  • Post-its (the slim size, for bookmarking)
  • A 0% offer from a credit card company with a phone number scrawled on the back

In the main compartment:

  • A copy of the Panzee Press
  • A folder with drafts I shared with my writers’ group
  • A copy of the newsletter from Lycoming County Office of Veterans’ Affairs
  • 2 notices from the HR office*
  • Notes from the last meeting of a local board of directors I’m a member of*
  • Results of an ADHD test I took 10 years ago*

In the back compartment:

  • A pack of generic nasal decongestant (with only one red-hot-sized dose remaining)*

In the zippered compartment in the front flap

  • A boarding pass from a trip I took in June*
  • A business card from LensCrafters*
  • Install discs for my iBook
  • A flash drive
  • A price tag from something I bought at the Gap that was discounted from $39.50 to $29.99*

* Denotes items I have removed to either file or trash.

If you get memetic, link to this post, and post a comment with the link to your blog.

UPDATE: Jane wordled the lists.

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