Tuesday, July 8, 2008

You had me at felt tip pen...

What is it about buying office supplies and paper products that makes me weak in the knees? I'm giddy just thinking about peeling the cardboard backing off a shiny new set of pens, neatly stacking crisp thank you cards in a drawer, or fanning my fingers over pages and pages of paper filled only with the promise of what's to come.

The thing is though, the magic has a short shelf life. No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot get excited about the office supplies I already have, even my good ones (like pink spiral shaped paperclips).

It's a problem. Yesterday, while making copies for work at Office Depot, I saw a display for new Sharpie pens. "Won't bleed through paper!" Good enough for me. The pens could have been twenty five dollars, it wouldn't have mattered, I would not have been able to leave the store without them.

I can't stop. I have more journals than I could fill in five lifetimes. I have enough thank you notes to send one to everyone who has ever blessed me after a sneeze or passed me the salt. Yet I still want more. More. More. MORE!

Today, while shopping with Alisa for wedding decorations, we found ourselves trapped inside Wal-Mart due to a monsoon style downpour. Of course, we soon found ourselves strolling the school supply aisle.

I controlled myself, I really really did. But there were a few must have items I could not be expected to pass up.

1. adorable neon mini post-its

2. mechanical pencils decorated with skulls.

3. comically colassal push pins

4. a sparkly red hologram folder

There's no end in sight really. I'd say I'll try to quit, but I know that won't happen. So I won't bother, I'll just put these things away next to their counterparts, multi-colored paperclips, unused mini index cards and gel pens that made my heart race mere days ago.


SolDesigns.net said...

I've started the "Sharpies Addicts Posse", SAP for short. Wanna join? I even have the little tiny ones you hang around your neck! I just can't help it, they are so cute and powerful! Office Supply collectors unite!

SolDesigns.net said...

What's worse is that I just came back from CVS from buying George a fan b/c it is so hot in this hospital room, and I bought these great pens for a crossword puzzle magazine that I bought him. He may never see the pens, actually he'll see one. The others are mine! It's a disease!