Random ramblings from a girl who loves IT and gadgets
Friday, 26 March 2010
A few highs
This week (well the past couple of weeks really) has been quite difficult, at present I still have to work everything through in my head before I can start to think about how to blog about it.
But there have also been some great highs, much more fun to share :)
The great bag search of the last 12 months is finally over. Since I brought a little netbook for working on the train (and subsequently switched for a ultra portable laptop so I could also code as well as read / write documents) I've had to carry a laptop bag with me. Initially I just used a rucksack with the netbook in it's neoprene sleve, but that didn't work too well trying to find it in all the junk that also got threw in the bag whilst on a train.
About a year ago I gave up looking for something stylish, gender neutral, and that I was happy to carry around with me and went for this:
It did the job, but I never really liked it. I did find one that I loved last year (a Kipling) but didn't have the spare cash at the time, and have never found the same bag since...
This week Mrs Stace finally got her laptop from work so that she can work from home when she has to do strange hours (half of her team is in Houston so meetings can be arrange at stange hours for us Europeans). She didn't want to use the bag that came with it as it screams laptop - something she didn't want as a single woman travelling 30 miles by train to work. So we decided that we would both restart the great bag hunt and see what we could find.
After trying several shops I had almost given up again - if you want pink or a something that I would not get away with in bloke mode then you can get a laptop bag that doesn't look like a laptop bag easily. If not you're are going to struggle.
Then I read Nicky's entry on handbags and it got me in the mood to try again... It also suddenly dawned on me. I'm a web developer / project manager working for the largest internet insurance broker in the Netherlands. Why was I trapsing around in the hope of seeing something I liked, rather than searching online for something and going for specific searches in the shops. 'Doh' moment :)
Got the Kipling site and found the bag I wanted immediately:
It's a Kipling Becky, and almost imposible to find outside of the Kipling shop :(
But a few calls to the shops in Hilversum and I managed to get one. They had two in the shop - grey (as above) and black. Looking at it with the shop assistant I decided the black would be the better idea, as I commented to her I thought people may comment on the grey if I turned up to the office with it. As she was starting to sort it I decided to call Mrs Stace - she checked the images online and thought I could get away with the grey... So I changed my mind and got the one I went for in the first place - the shop assistant thought I was crazy but... Happy happy, joy joy :)
The bag istelf is about the size of a 15" laptop, plenty of space for everything I take to work with me everyday. I'm really pleased with it. Looks like an oversized handbag, but is oversized enough that I have not yet had any comments on it...
The other high this week came from whilst at Schiphol airport searching for laptop bags. There was a cosmestics stand in the middle of the floor who were stopping to acost people as they passed. I let myself be stopped (something I don't normally do) and they demonstrated nail care products. It was quite nice to have it done, the dounside being I was left with one shiny nail... I was impressed though with how shiny it well it worked without having any varnish though. Didn't buyt it (I thought that buying two laptop bags this week was expenditure enough) - a good idea in the end as the shiny one is now as dull as the others again... One thing that surprised me was that they were stopping more men than women...
Oh and one last one... I discovered that I had a hole in my short pockets last Sunday. I discovered this when I trie to open the front door to find I had no keys...
After spending the day buying new barrels for the locks, and fitting them, we were all secure again - but it meant I needed a new keyring. I found this one at Schiphol: