Wednesday, September 24, 2008

WFMW

I am a gum chewer because I feel insecure about my breath all day long. I know that smacking irritates some people, so I tried to switch to Altoids, but opening the can in a meeting or in church is noisy. You have the "clink" of the can and the rustling of the paper. And one day in a meeting at church, I dropped one down my blouse which temporarily derailed the meeting due to laughter. Did I mention we were seated at a round table so half the group saw it happen? As you can imagine, occasionally the "wayward Altoid" joke resurfaces with this group. And I'm not embarrassed at all.

So I went back to gum (preference: Extra, Polar Ice) but found myself frustrated by the packaging of gum, the worst being the new and improved packaging of Stride, which sort of unfolds like a book.

Whenever I open a package, they all fall out almost immediately. I feel as frustrated as Ralph Kramden.



So I got myself a cute little red change purse designated solely for gum pieces. It's quiet, clean and cutey-cute. Mine happens to be a red Chinese pattern. Red is good because it's easy to see in the deepest of bags and has nothing whatsoever to do with any political statement, although China was indeed once called "Red China" by Westerners. I'm not sure how I was able to refer to Communist China and storing chewing gum within the same post, but there you have it. And believe it or not, for as small and dumb as this idea is, it has made life ... more halcyon, more peaceful, more balanced, less Kramdenish. So that is my tip.

Thanks to Shannon for the Mother of all Memes: Works for Me Wednesday.

27 comments:

Merrie said...

OOOOOOOOHHHHHH! I'm so excited! What a great idea!!! I'm going to do it because I have gotten in so much trouble for rattling gum wrappers and mints - tic tacs are the worse! - during church while my husband is making THE point. Thanks! I think this works for me, too!

Smilingsal said...

I used to always chew gum. Hmmm, that was when I was a good bit thinner, and I was always dieting!

I wonder if there's a correlation between gum chewing and dieting?

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

I feel the same way about those Stride packs.

The bottom of my purse looks like a gum graveyard right now ... filled with empty gum wrappers.

jennifer@love,laughter,and lyrics said...

Nice idea!

Organizing Gum. Very impressive!

Sherry said...

Great idea! I know I chew gum and trying to open wrappers in church is not very quiet at all. Thanks for the idea!

have a great day!
Sherry

Brenda said...

That is very cute! As a bonus, if you get robbed, and someone says "Give me all your change!" You can give them your coin purse, and all they'll get is gum. Ha!

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Cute idea, as a 'Grammy', I always have gum in my purse. I will try to find a little bag to put gum in, it sure will eliminate dumping out the entire contents of my purse looking for gum. thanks:)

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

Those are beee-uuuu-teeee-ful! thanks for the idea!
Chel

Rachel said...

Anything to make life less Kramdenish! Those are cute little bags!

Debbie said...

What a good idea! I love your new musical button too.

Jodi said...

Someone recently told me that they got reflux from using Altoids too much. Just thought I'd share. I think though he had a real problem. They would go and buy the HUGE ones from Sam's Club/BJ's/Costco...one of those places.

I actually love the Stride packaging. I love it because as opposed to the Orbit packaging, the pieces stay in place and don't fall in the package once you take a few out. May I recommend the Berry flavor. Yummy!

Totallyscrappy said...

Great tip!

Dena @ Green Acres said...

You have no idea how timely this idea is. Just this morning I was telling my husband how I wish there was a better way to store gum, because every time I want to switch purses, I am having to spend time picking up random pieces of gum all over the bottom of my purse that have refused to stay in their packaging. Next time I go on a shopping trip...that little problem will be solved. Thanks Linda!

Rebekah said...

That is HILARIOUS! Good tip. I ALWAYS have gum spilled all over the bottom of my purse!

Teri~Facedown said...

I think it is Stride gum that you can just chew the wrapper too. Not even kidding. I use Dentyne Ice Peppermint...the pieces stay put but popping those suckers out while trying to be quiet takes mad skilz.

Veggiemomof2 said...

I use a little plastic container that OB tampons are suppose to be stored in. I don't use that kind, so I put my gum in it. It's not labeled, so no one knows the difference. :)

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love this idea. I'm even partial to your change purse... gosh, I wonder why?

(And yes - I'm quite proud of myself because I can actually read some of those characters, although don't ask me to properly pronounce them.)

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THE ROOST said...

I so need that little purse for my gum! I can't believe that gum falling everywhere frustrates other people besides me ! Thanks, girl!

Marina said...

what a great idea!! oh and i like watermelon flavor gum I now what your thinking that is too kiddish but it taste so sweet and smells good ")) marina

Marina said...

what a great idea!! oh and i like watermelon flavor gum I now what your thinking that is too kiddish but it taste so sweet and smells good ")) marina

Tammy said...

Leave it to fashionable you to think of this, Linda! You who gets emails from the star of "What not to wear"...;)

And congrats on 100,000 comments!

Grace said...

Don't you love it when you're driving to church and your special someone says, "Do you have any mints?" "Sure ~ here." "No, Do YOU have any mints..."

Diane said...

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! I carry gum and Lifesaver mints constantly. In the pit of my purse, WAAAYYYY down there, are papers, a stray mint, or a partially unwrapped piece of gum. I can see a cute purse in my future.

Hugs,
Diane

Ballerina Girl said...

I still enjoy blowing bubbles...do you think as I walk through school blowing my bubbles that they consider me a good, respectable stand up Mom? haha
BG

MoziEsmé said...

Cute idea! I'll have to look for something like that.

PJ said...

Lets see: Filling Red China with Extra Polar Ice calms the excitement caused by alien Altoids which isn't embarrassing but is reminiscent of the Honeymooners. Hmmm. I love the connections!!