And umbrellas. The thing is that I don't carry them around all the time because they're heavy (unlike travel toothpaste), so when I most need one, I find myself wishing I'd listened to the weather forecast in the morning and taken one of the dozen or so I have lying around my apartment. Oh, maybe that's why I was in Duane Reade. Buying an umbrella. And it's usually on the heels of getting completely soaked, so sometimes I also buy a disposable poncho. Even if it's the kid sized one because it's really just a trash bag and trash bags, even in kids sizes, are pretty big.
And there's a third thing I'm passionate about and it's paper products like tissues and paper towels and toilet paper. Don't worry. I'm not going to say, "who am I kidding? It's soap operas." Because I don't watch soap operas. Well, I did for a time because there was a woman on One Life to Live who was the mom of one of my brother's friends. And that drew us in, but the plot kept us going. Religiously. But that was a long time ago. I don't get home early enough for soap operas now and I don't have one of those things that tapes TV shows and I guess I could use hulu.com but right now, it really is paper products I'm talking about. Because having them makes me feel safe. Or maybe not having them makes me anxious. Maybe those two are the same.