I am a pen junkie. Actually, it’s much bigger than that. I’m a stationery/office supply/anything to do with paper/writing junkie. In high school I aspired to become an administrative assistant because they got to file, organize, fill out forms, type, staple, 3-hole punch…well, you get the picture. And when I was even younger, my cousin and I would play office all summer long. Some people played doctor…I played office. Unlike other kids, I loved the “Back to School” season because it meant new notebooks, pens, pencils and pencil cases. While other girls were coveting the newest fashions and proclaiming nothing came between them and their Calvin’s, I was busy checking out the latest models of Parkers, Bics and Paper Mates.
Today I have more pens than I can possibly use in this lifetime. The number of journals I have is staggering – most of which are empty vessels waiting for their turn to hold some great secret or “The Next Best Novel”. If you were to look in my desk drawer you’d find countless clips, push pins, post-it notes and thingamafloggies all neatly organized. I don’t use half the stuff, but I like to look at them and organize them. Sometimes it’s by color and sometimes it’s by type. Sick, I know. Places like Office Depot, Staples, and Office Max are some of my favorite places to shop. I can easily waste away an hour just browsing the isles. My newest favorite find is the on-line store JetPens. I’ve spent so much money there in the past 3 months that I should own stock! Seriously.
Now that you have the back story on my obsession with all things stationery , I thought I’d review some of my favorite things over the next few blog entries. I’ll start of with pens. Why pens? Because without them the rest are rather useless. What would be the point of stapling together blank pages, or sticking blank post-its all over the place?? Hang on, there’s actually a valid use for blank post-its.
But I digress.
Right now, one of my favorite pens is the Uni-Ball Signo Bit 0.18 (in blue). This pen touts itself as the world’s thinnest gel pen. So thin, in fact, that you can write legibly on a grain of rice. I’m not sure why anyone would need to write on a grain of rice, but lets face it – that’s just crazy cool. It’s why I love this pen so much. It’s got that bad-ass factor. When I first started writing with the pen I felt like I was going to tear through the paper. The tip is that fine/sharp. But after adjusting the pen angle just a bit, I found it was easier to write. The only drawback I’ve found is that it’s a bit “scratchy” when I write, which makes for a noisy pen. But I don’t really care, people. The pen can write on a piece of rice! I mean, come on! What’s cooler than that??
Written on greenroom eco recycled paper.