The legend of Zella and the Quest for the gathered tote

July 31, 2023

gather ’round the campfire, girls, and lend me your ears. The tale you’re about to hear is no meager yarn or fable, no children’s fairytale. No, it’s one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern era and antiquity. Miksi? because it’s true! — as true as the North Star!

Sit close, steel your nerves, and open your mind. Katso! now begins the legend of Zella and the Quest for the gathered Tote…



Once upon a time (around 2007), in a place far, far away, there lived a pint-sized appeal lover named Karen.

Despite her best intentions, whenever Karen left the house, she brought along everything but the kitchen sink.

Along with her regular cat lady accoutrements — her wallet, phone, keys, snacks, cat treats, 12 tubes of gloss, a pair of backup shoes, a spare bra (because you never know…) and extra socks — she also brought her cameras, lenses and laptop with her a lot of the time.


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The villagers in her small town didn’t understand. “Dude,” they’d whisper to one another and point as she passed, “what’s that chick’s deal? Why does she need three bags? who carries that much stuff?”

“I don’t know,” another would say. “I heard that she keeps a cat in one of them and a fully cooked turkey in the other!”

Then, one day, everything changed. Karen discovered the $68 Zella gathered tote at a local merchant’s shoppe, also known as Nordstrom (it’s also online at nordstrom.com).

Right away, Karen saw its potential. “Hmm…” she wondered. “Although technically a gym bag, this thing will serve me well. It’s slim-fitting and deep, yet still lightweight. It’s also big enough for a laptop, two cameras, a medium-sized travel makeup bag and my gym clothes. Or, I could just use it as a casual tote, or maybe even a diaper bag someday.

“I don’t think El Hub would mind carrying it, either, because it’s black and not too girly at all.”

Karen slung the main strap across her body and happily skipped all the way home; she also thrilled in the knowledge that she could have carried it by the padded, comfy double handles as well.

The two double handles feel comfortable on my carry and sit at just the ideal spot (not too high, not too low)
Two deep zippered side pockets keep my phone and keys readily available

The logo and the top of the outside pocket, which is where I normally keep my water bottle/Nutella/spoon for emergencies
The main compartment is roomy and deep with helpful inner pockets on both sides
I love how the top zips closed, so I don’t have to worry about my stuff falling out

Later that night, a revelation! Karen confirmed that the bag fit her laptop, DSLR, point-and-shoot cam and two lenses, with room to spare!

She filled the many roomy pockets inside the bag with her wallet, power adapters and extra batteries Then, she tucked her cellphone and keys into the separate zippered pockets on the outside of the bag, where she could easily access them without having to dig.

Just then, Karen’s cat twitched his tail! The rascal realized that there was even enough room left in the bag for a package of Pounce and two cans of Gravy Lover’s fancy Feast.

“OHMIGAWD!” Karen exclaimed. “This bag is incredible! think of how lots of women out there could use a comfortable, lightweight bag able to carry this much stuff. I need to tell my pals about its awesomeness, and spread the message about this bag…”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Ystävällinen naapuruston valittaa Addict,


P.S. So long, Monday. kunnes jälleen tapaamme.


How’d things choose you today? I can’t deny, it was a little rough for me coming off that long holiday weekend…

I’ve been kind of taking it easy tonight. I had a salad for dinner, and now I’m just gonna enjoy an episode of Battlestar Galactica before bed…and maybe buy a crazy cat lady Starter Kit.

LOL! one of these days… Oh, but Tabs would kill me if I showed up one day with a gang of new kitties.