Have I ever mentioned that I like stationary and office supplies? No, I mean really LIKE, as in geek out all over? No? Ooops.
HI, I'm Sherri and I'm an office supply junkie.
Yeah, I'm one of those weirdos who can spend 10 minutes comparing pens, looking for the perfect fine point gel roller ball in BLUE, with the comfort grip. The smell of paper just makes me drool. Staples and paperclips are more than just methods of binding pages together...they are a means of self-expression. Notebooks, printer cartridges, date books, manila file folders -- I love it all.
I've been this way since I was a small girl and got my first tablet of ruled line newsprint -- you remember, the one with the broken line in the center of the solid lines so you could tell the lower case from the uppercase? You wrote on it with the extra big pencils. I graduated to wide ruled paper in second grade, and a number 2 pencil with the erasors you put over the pencil's erasor, just because you could. Much later, I got my first actual dip pen and a bottle of india ink. I still have such things, only now I have many more colors and the lovely thick paper and pens made of glass as well as metal. I've gone through scented marker phases and paper brad phases and construction paper phases. I've made sculpture from binder clips.
I loved school because it meant I could go with my dad (who would buy me most anything) down the stationary aisle at the local store to get supplies. Pens, notebooks, erasors, folders -- I wanted it all. When they first introduced the colored lined papers when I was in third grade, everything I turned in was on blue or purple paper. I had a four color pen in 7th grade and did all my English homework in green. I had Bic Bananas, those multicolored markers -- white with the colored caps that they called "ink crayons". I had more folders than any 12 year old really needed. Spiral bound notebooks (college ruled -- I got over the wide ruled paper early on) with sections. I collected memopads and three ring binders, from the plain blue cloth kind to the ones with the zip-lock pockets on the outside.
When, at a former job, I was in charge of the supply cabinet, I was in heaven. That's when I learned about transparancies and computer disks and nifty things for chairs and desktop organizers. I get chills remembering.
So, The Husband just made me very happy on a trip to Office Depot where he bought me not just a Post-it Pop up notes dispenser, but the fancy DESIGNER one. And I got myself a pack of the highlighters. I'm excited. I remember when these things first hit the office world. It was love at first sight. I covered everything with little sticky notes. I love those damn flags, and I have just about every color of Post-It there is. And they keep making more different ones all the time. I can't really say I have "enough" of them. I got some multicolored index cards and a new three hole punch, too, but they aren't as exciting as Post-Its. Very little is as exciting as Post-Its.