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.