The bright red gash stretching across half my arm stings. Red is my favorite color, but I could have done without this parting shot from the broken clasp of my short-lived backpack. The backpack's mean gesture is understandable; it's jealous of the nice new tote I just bought.
And boy, did I look _everywhere_ for that tote. I coasted along Yonge Street, which conveniently sloped downhill in the direction I was going. I stopped at every major store I saw. Hudson Bay. Winners. Eaton Centre. I checked out every shop that looked like it might have a tote that was just the right size and style.
One of my shopping difficulties is that I have very specific ideas of what I want. My ideal bag had to be:
- large enough to hold a binder
- small enough to not look overwhelming
- divided into at least two compartments, with plus points for secure outer pockets
- well under CAD 50.00
I found it for CAD 24.99. The orange trim feels a bit more casual than I'd like, but I could pass it off as style and it works with my wardrobe colors anyway.
My 2" binder fits a little too snugly (I'd like to have a bit of space), so I need to shift to a 1" binder.
Everything else is just great. There's even a small pocket for the iPod...
Yay. I have a nice bag now. =)
I also picked up a bunch of organizing tools: stackable shelves, food savers, laundry nets, shoe bags...