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July 10, 2007

Tuesday morning musings and the perfect bag redux…

Filed under: Book Bags, Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:43 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was another Hot Humid Hazy and did I say HOT? day here in Va. Beach. Yesterday I also found out someone stole my business check card info and tried to buy some stuff in my name on the QVC site Saturday evening. Kudos go to QVC for figuring out there something was wrong and closing the account and canceling the order. Which means neither myself or the bank is out any money. I did close out the card and am getting a new one. I don’t use that card much so I’m assuming someone at one of the places I used it last week snatched my info.

So you say you want to get organized? What better way to do it than with a handmade organizer. There are several sites that are very helpful in leading you down the path to self organization.

A great site for information and downloads for creating your own PDA is D*I*Y Planner. There is lots of information and downloadable planner pages on this site. From the site…We are a community of people who see the value of paper as a medium for planning, productivity, creative expression, and exploring ideas. We encourage visitors to share advice and inspiration, and we love to see submissions for templates, kit images and story articles. We are also the official home of the free D*I*Y Planner kits.

If you want to go smaller than a traditional PDA, check out the Pocket Mod site. From the site…The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner.

Now that you’ve got your planner made, you’ll need to brush up on your skills for staying organized. Here a website to help you in your quest. 43 Folders is a website about personal productivity, “life hacks,â€? and simple ways to make your life a little better.

Mind rattle alert… ;)

Remember this post? You know…the one where I was lamenting over not being able to find the perfect bag to carry my book paraphenalia in? Well, I got a Brady bag lookalike on Ebay and it just isn’t what I was hoping it would be. The strap is too wide and is not removeable unless I cut it off. It just doesn’t feel right when I carry it.  (Anyone want to buy a Brady bag lookalike for cheap?) While on my quest I recently fell in love with a new bag. It’s called the Combover and it’s sold by the Simple Shoe folks. I wish I could justify $85 for a new bag. But I just can’t and my birthday has come and gone. I am thinking about making something similar. I have some canvas. I’m creative and can sew. If I made my own it would be just what I want right? It just seems that each bag I fall for is missing something.

I recently came across a bag stored away in my closet that came so close to being perfect but fell short in compartment size. It has two main compartments that I wish were just one big one. It would be the perfect camera bag then. It has carry handles, a shoulder strap and a waist belt. Lots of exterior pockets for pens, notebooks, travel books and various other junk. What is this bag you ask? It’s an LL Bean lumbar pack. They don’t make my model anymore. I even think at the time I bought it it was a discontinued item. I got it the same year I got my first D100 and carried both on several trips. I’m wondering if I should forget about trying to use that bag again. With a few modifications it could be perfect. So this begs the questions…can you really go back to an old love? :?

I hope everyone has a great day.

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