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Accoutrements.  Say eet weeth a verry French accent.  Come on you language-immersion generation … accoutrements!  As in accessories, armaments, equipage, trappings, coverings, complexion, Cover Girl clean make up by Noxema.

To mark the passage of time and transition to a new life;  I present the old and new life equipages:

My calendars for the last 10 years

What can I say?  If you find something that works; stay with it!.   I can’t tell you how many colleagues I converted over the years to the Mead At-a-Glance #76-05 with monthly, weekly and daily achievement spaces for you to fill with the to do list that never ends.   No matter how many times you cross something off, all you get to look at is the shit you HAVEN’T DONE.   Note, it’s not called a Day Planner or a Calendar, it’s entitled a “Self Management System.”  If you still can’t get it together with this tool, then you’re obviously a loser.

My calendar for 2012

Hello 2012!  A new outlook on life and body armor.  Smaller, lighter, brighter.  More fun, less stuff.   This ones says “Act Responsibly” on the back cover.  I thought it was a charge to me for 2012, but it’s just Mead’s enviro slogan from their website.  Whew!

Meet the purses!

Standard purse prototype from the last 10 years

You’ve seen them in every meeting you’ve been to.  Black, professional,  shoulder bag with multiple outside pockets to access phone, keys or a pen sans hunting.  I’ve had various over the years and wear them until they die, so no old ones to line up on this rare occasion that the coffee table in the front room (“rum”) isn’t littered with crap.

2012 "Across the Body" purse from Etsy shop: Fabulosophy

For 2012, I’m giving up conservative and professional for:  I need comfort;  my shoulders won’t hold straps; I need 2 hands to corral the wild things; and I need something completely fun and slim.  It’s actually slightly challenging to find an across the body purse that’s not a “messenger bag.”  Note: check measurements before you buy!

And don’t worry, those who know me, no viewing of the real body armor, the 2012 wardrobe.  A colleague in my former life asked me to help counsel a woman we hired who had just come off of welfare and needed to look more professional.  She thought my casual style would be the next step up.  That’s my fashion style – post welfare.  So you can imagine what it is now that I’m working part-time, some from home, and some from a place where I don’t have meetings so much as conversations over breakfast!

Bienvenu 2012 – je t’aime!