Sunday Summary: 2.10.22I’m shopping for luggage.

We’re not going anywhere exciting, but after two-plus years of never leaving our time zone, I do believe we might just go somewhere soon-ish.

Our luggage situation is bleak, and I’m determined to buy something that is durable, stylish, eco-friendly, easy-to-use, and affordable. I’d like the carry-ons to meet every airline’s regulations, and I’d love it to be a set that we can add to over time. Plus, I want to know it’s mine when it comes out at baggage claim, so all-black will not do.

Pretty sure this unicorn combination does not really exist.

Which got me thinking about names, because, of course, compromise is inevitable.

But then it really got me thinking about names, because I’m sort of in love with Delsey luggage at the moment. (Conveniently, there’s even a company name story on their site.)

Weirdly, though, I find myself thinking that Delsey would be a great name for a daughter. Kelsey-with-a-D, Delaney-meets-Elsie.

Distinctive and different, but still perfectly right for this generation.

Now if only I could feel so confident about a carry-on …


Let’s discuss Gossamer. Does it work as a name? I spotted it in some vocabulary, non-name-related place. But it struck me as quite name-like. Was it a Hunger Games character? Nope. But I think it could be … means delicate. Or insubstantial. I’d shorten it to Goss, which is not great. And would I want to be so ethereal? Hmmm … Like the sound though and maybe the vibe.

My favorite Olympic sport is name-spotting. The Beauty of Names rounded up some amazing choices.

There’s the most popular name, but then there’s the most TYPICAL one. It’s not the same thing at all. This analysis is fascinating, and it points to good news and bad news. The bad news? Your unusual name might not be that different at all. The good news? If you’re thoughtful, it’s possible to choose a name that’s just different enough to stand out and fit in at the same time.

More great name quotes from Nancy. This round-up includes one of my favorite name stories: Dovima.

Just for fun: Minnesota names their new snowplows. Betty Whiteout is my favorite from the Class of 2022.

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  1. Have you seen Solgaard carry on closet? I love it, and it does come in a similar aqua color to the Delsey. Tho it definitely lacks the distinctive look of the Delsey. The Solgaard is made from recycled bottles, and the standard size fits all international airlines, while the plus fits all US airlines. The oraganizer works as a compresser. For a two day trip I can pack for myself and two kids, for a four day trip I can pack both kids. That’s with three outfits per child per day (just in case). The kids are under five, I’m sure as they’re older this won’t work.