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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Am Not Alone

Today we're going to delve into the deep, dark world of...you guessed it...office supplies. You know what I'm talking about. You take that first step into your local office supply store and suddenly you're obsessed. You walk at a snail's pace to devour each and every aisle. Your head swirls like a spring tornado - colored paper, notebooks of every color and thickness, sticky notes (OMG they look like index cards!) and enough pens and pencils you wish you could write with your toes.

Before you start thinking, "this woman is a nut case," let me tell you about a conversation I had with my writing friends a while back.

We were sitting at a popular restaurant one Saturday morning having coffee and talking "shop." Not having enough caffeine yet, my mouth started working before my brain had a chance to catch up. I shared the adventures of my shopping trip the day before to a well known office supply chain where I had purchased colored markers, sticky labels, scratch pads, and enough index cards to build an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower. In neon.

The excitement was apparent in my tone. I described each aisle and what incredible treasures I had found. By the time I was done, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. As I took a break and gulped my Diet Pepsi (no yucky coffee for me, remember), I was anticipating that the women at my table would jump up and run screaming for the door. 

Instead, eight pairs of eyes looked at me with jealousy and awe as if I'd just been describing the most chocolaty chocolate dessert known to mankind. Huh, I thought, maybe I wasn't a whack job after all. Without any coaxing, we spent the next half hour regaling each other with our love of everything office.

I've gotta go. There's a package of sheet protectors I need to play with use for writing.

Come on. Bare your soul. I dare you.

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9 comments:

Ayda Recknagel said...

Oh, baby! Office supplies are better than shoes for me. :) Post-its and Sharpies... that's all I have to say.

Jenna Rutland said...

LOL, Ayda. I hear ya. I can't remember the last time I went to the mall, but I've got a weekly thing going with Office Max.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chicki said...

Jenna, you definately are not alone, but I found someplace even better. It's a local discount store that buys at auction from Staples.. Everything they sell is 1/3 of the regular price. I go in there and lose my mind!

I must confess that I have a thing for pens with bright pink ink. They are what I used for doing revisions and critiques, and I will buy them by the dozen. It's so much prettier than red. LOL!

Chicki said...

*definitely. Sorry for the typo. I'm still getting used to the keyboard on my new laptop. :)

Jenna Rutland said...

Chicki: Oh, I'd love to have a store like that around. Although it wouldn't be good for the wallet! I'm going to have to shop for pens with bright pink ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Constance Phillips said...

Jenna, I think I remember that conversation. ;-) When I went back to work last year, my thing was purple pens. I must confess I have a drawer full.

The office supply store takes big chucks of money from my wallett.

Jenna Rutland said...

Constance: Yes, you were there for that conversation. Maybe we could all go a field trip together!

Dorothy said...

NO NO NO I can do with a few! BUT wine, that is another story! Get me in a wine store and I'm ready to buy one of each! Office supply's must be a writer's stuff. Give we a good book and a glass of red please!

Jenna Rutland said...

Oh, I know you tip more toward the wine than the pens. What did I tell you before? You're a cork dork! (Said with affection.) I forgive you for not having an affair with office supplies. Actually, I can go both ways...Love you, Dorothy!