What’s in My Bag?

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Yes, that’s my bag. Bet you wonder what’s in it, don’t you.

I’m a big-time magazine junkie. I’m guessing I get around 25 magazines in the mail each month. You can just imagine how much my postman loves me. There have been days when he has bypassed my mailbox and just left a big pile of stuff on the bench that sits outside my front door. I don’t blame him.

I’m not very discriminating about what I read, magazine-wise. My favorites are House Beautiful, Vanity Fair and Bazaar, but I also get others ranging from Entertainment Weekly to the New Yorker – which is the one magazine that seems to sit there, mocking me, week after week – “put down that In Style and get some intellectual stimulation,” it screams at me.

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My stack to be read. Note the multiple New Yorkers. I swear they are laughing at me.

I also get People and Us Weekly each week. They come together, every Thursday, like a pair of giggly teenage girls, filled with gossipy, fizzy nonsense that I like to refer to as junk food for my brain. Especially entertaining are the sections in Us Weekly that present pictures of celebrities that are supposed to reassure us that they are JUST LIKE US!!! You know, things like paying the parking meter, filling up the gas tank, getting cash at the ATM, and buying groceries – always at Whole Foods – with their adorable little kids sitting in the cart. And of course there’s always a picture or two of Heidi Klum or someone romping with their tykes at the park, everyone happy and laughing.

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Have you seen the show “The New Normal“? It’s pretty entertaining. Ellen Barkin had a terrifically snarky line in a scene where she was sitting in a doctor’s office, reading one gossip magazine or another. I paraphrase here:

“Ok Jennifer Garner, we get it, you’re a great mom.”

Of all the weekly “CELEBRITIES ARE SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN YOU” columns in Us Weekly (and these are far different from the JUST LIKE US sections), my favorite has to be the “what’s in my bag?” section. If you don’t read Us Weekly because you have much, much better things to do with your spare time than I do, let me explain this in brief: there’s a photo of a celebrity’s (ridiculously expensive but much desired) handbag and all of it’s contents, and the celebrity explains why she has some of the items in her bag. I find it hugely entertaining. More often than not they all have in their bags many of the same things I have in mine – perhaps not in the same quantity (like 16 lipsticks) or quality (like a Chanel wallet), but still, we carry around the very same stuff. So though their belongings may be a little more awesome than mine, they’re still schlepping it around with them everywhere they go just like I do.

So what’s in my bag? I’m not telling. Not because I don’t want you to know, but because it’s just so boring. After all, I’m not a celebrity. Yet.

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14 Responses to What’s in My Bag?
  1. RTime
    October 25, 2012 | 9:44 am

    You do make me laugh!!! LOL….
    First I love your blue bag. Second, since I have been working like a mad woman, No, I haven’t had time to check out US. Us Weekly, is that the same as US? Sounds like arrested development on my part since my kids moved out of the house – I am nopt even sure of the current slew of Mags.
    I am going to the doctors today so I may have the opportunity to catch up with the rest of the world.

  2. sue
    October 25, 2012 | 10:18 am

    I can so relate to all the magazines, but with me I go to the store and want to buy them all and tell myself to just subscribe, but I don’t get around to it. We used to get the US Weekly and me and daughter would always crack up and make jokes about the Just Like Us department. I miss that. Thanks for such a fun post.
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  3. Marcella Cook
    October 25, 2012 | 10:25 am

    I love your bag! I’m a big purse junkie since I can’t wear fancy shoes! I think the “what’s in your bag” is a good thing to show that we’re all almost alike!! I’m not a big magazine person but I do love to read!

  4. Sheila
    October 25, 2012 | 10:34 am

    I love magazine, and subscribe to way to many. No time to read them all and they are in baskets all over my house.
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  5. Amber Edwards
    October 25, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Ha! How fun! I don’t read magazines, but that article of what’s in my bag definitely sounds fun. I’m scared of what’s in my bag right now. I have 3 kids I still carry stuff for to keep them entertained. My bag is such a mess right now, I really need to clean it out. :)
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      October 25, 2012 | 8:55 pm

      When my kids were little I always had a ton of stuff for them buried in my bag – I think I stopped carrying bags of Goldfish about 3 years ago, and my youngest is a junior in college :)

  6. Lindsey G
    October 25, 2012 | 10:38 am

    omg! That’s a lot of magazines. I can’t wait until I can get some down time to read them again!
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  7. Ellen Christian
    October 25, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Honestly, I don’t really read magazines LOL. Now books… that’s another story!
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  8. Carolyn Rurka
    October 25, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    I would bet there are multiple pens & at least one note pad in that bag. Keep up the good work, Sharon!

  9. Helene Bludman
    October 25, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    Sharon, the New Yorkers in my house make fun of me, too, as does the stack of books on my nightstand.

    • Sharon Greenthal
      October 25, 2012 | 8:54 pm

      Right, I’ve got those same stacks of books. Blogging and social media seem to nudge aside reading more and more…

  10. grownandflown
    October 27, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Sharon, any stuff in your bag left over from BlogHer? I have a little mirror that is pretty nice, very practical. Otherwise, what’s in my bag is pretty boring, too.
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  11. Carpool Goddess
    January 11, 2013 | 3:53 pm

    I love reading “What’s In My Bag!” I was thinking of doing a post too, but my purse is a mess ;)
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