Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Let me count the ways

Ohhhh, office supplies...I love thee so.
This morning I went to Staples to order some business cards for Ken's management group. The lady behind the counter was incredibly nice and just a wonderful help! When I got home, I realized that Thursday morning would be too late, and I really need to be able to pick them up tomorrow afternoon, so I called and talked to her. She said, "No problem!" Isn't it great when someone is that helpful?
After taking care of the business cards, I went over to look at stationery. I was SO tempted by a couple of designs of computer stationery, but I've got plenty here to use before I should get more. (I use it for computer letters as well as my rare handwritten ones.) Then I walked around the store, checked out MP3 player accessories (I want to get a car adapter), looked at voice recorders (I think I'll get a reasonably-priced one so that I can start recording my Dad's stories prior to transcribing them), and looked at some of the school supplies, etc.
I walked out of there without buying anything.
I'll take my applause now...thank you. Thank you very much.
I LOVE office supplies and office supply stores! I think my favorite things are all the styles of papers, and all the varieties of pens. A few years ago Ken and I bought our second timeshare (every other year); when we signed the papers, Lori handed us these pens that I just loved. I even made a note of what kind they were so I could order some when we got home. Thus began my love affair with the Zebra Jimnie Gel Rollerball (medium point, blue). For those of you who have received a letter from me, it was written with my Jimnie Gel. I only wish they were refillable, but other than that, it's my dream pen. <sigh> I luvs you, Jimnie!
I had always thought I was alone in my love for office supplies, but one day, I was talking with my Dad. I can't recall how the subject came up, but it was something about pens, I think, and how many you can accumulate. Dad said, "I always thought that if I hadn't made a career out the National Guard, I would have liked to run an office supply store. I just love 'em!" I was floored. Not only was I not alone, it must be a genetic trait! As I thought about it further, I realized it must be true. My sister Diana has always loved papers, doing embossing and making cards (although she doesn't have a lot of time for that now), and my sister Susie does scrapbooking, as well as making gorgeous greeting cards. You know those red Sears tool chests? Susie has a couple of them in which she keeps all of her office and scrapbooking supplies. So I come by it honestly.
How about you guys? Do YOU have the Office Supply Gene (coded as OS-alpha'-B-ic-9x11 by researchers)? What is your pen of choice?



sybilsybil45 said...

Your not alone Beth...I too just love stationary shops...It is hard to come out with just whatever I have gone in for. !!  Love  Sybil xx


chat2missie said...

I love office supply stores too.  I can always find something in there that I could use.  You did good walking out without buying something.  I don't know if I could have been so good! LOL

jackofallthumbs said...

I'm a Sanford Uni-Ball pen guy myself. Fine of course.

gen0507 said...

Oooo, I love that kinda stuff too.  The more the better!!!!  Congrats...on not buying anything...I just don't know if I could have been that strong...  LOL


mereel2005 said...

Guilty as charged.
Since I love to write, I love a good writing pen.

frankandmary said...

I like the Precise V5 extra fine rolling ball~black, by Pilot. When I ran med practices I flew through those with all the writing. I still keep one in about every room of my house now. I've had a few people tell me there are "better ones" out there now. Hmm. Oh, the tension between tradition & progress. I still like my V5. ~Mary

marainey1 said...

I love the gel pens, but also like fine point ball point ones. Office supplies are one of my jobs and often when I tire of looking through the catalog I just go to the store and look.  It's fun to find something new that can be used for an old job.
'On Ya' - ma

krmprm said...

the best one I've had lately is a Sanford
uni-ball gel grip.  I have a habit I hate,
putting a pen that doesn't write back in the
pot instead of trashing it.  I like supplies
but usually get my sons.  

dazzledor said...

Hello Beth,
    I also love supplies and toys that organize!  My favorite pen depends on what I am writing and what I am writing on, but of course!  I am crazy with notes, journals, stationary, etc.  My favorite is my pen holder which is a yellow plastic oval shape with two inch plastic spikes that must be 40 yrs old and was just passed down and around until I claimed in from my daughters.  
    I'm glad for all your happiness and 'keep on writin'  Love, Doreen

easteeleco said...

Office supplies and home repair.  I could spend hours in either type of stores. Estela

buckoclown said...

I am old school, Cross, even though I seem to have lost the one that used to belong to my Dad. :o(

amy122389 said...

I love pens and papers, too!  I don't have a specific brand that I know of that I like....as long as it flows well, I'm happy.  The problem is.....I have to hide MY pens from everybody else.  LOL
and paper?  even notebook paper...  :)


solace223 said...

I rarely find the time to scrapebook but I have a TON of supplies for it because I just can't leave Hobby Lobby without some of the cute stuff they have.  I always think well when I do get around to it, I can use THIS.  ;)  I have over 20 different kinds of scissors.  SCISSORS, Beth.  I think I need an intervention of some sort.  ;)

queeniemart said...

I like to steal pens...does that count? I like pens that have sayings on them. I love those cheapies that say "this pen was stolen from: " and you add the business. lol
i have a male coworker who has a very expensive pen that he carries in his shirt pocket 24 hrs a day. I have no idea what kind of pen it is though. XO

wwfbison said...

Yeah, I like office supply stores especially when I am not paying for the items but buying for our company.  Now that IS fun!!  I am more of a Home Depot or Tractor Supply type of gal at heart though.  I love buying animal stuff and supplies to make the critters lives better.  Neither office supplies nor building supplies are genetic for me though.  ;)

ziggy2315 said...

Oh  my, there is nothing quite as delicious as browsing around an office supply store. The feel of nice paper, leather bound note books, all of those pens. I must admit that you have caught me as I have on my list of things to do a visit to the office supply store. I was lusting and drooling over some pens I saw in the catalogue and I just have to go and try some out. My favourite is a Scheaffer medium blue ball point. Oh you did so well to walk out and not buy a thing. I don't think I could be that strong.

markonit said...

... it is funny how much stuff I used to accumulate that were office supplies ... at my old job, they gave me a box of post-it note for a birthday gift ..!  I always imagine turning one room in my place into a full fledged office, and treating it as such ...

... sometimes, I am such a geek ..!

lurkynat said...

gel! they have so many cool ones now