My list is now complete.
But I think I'll just check the pen aisle. I like those fancy pens with a highlighter on one end and a ballpoint on the other. On my way I see the coloured stickies. Wow, I LOVE those turquoise ones. Some of them are even lined, which would make great phone message pads. I imagine how cute our phone messages would be to each other "Call your Mom" in beautiful calligraphy-like cursive writing. Then I remembered that even if we did write notes to each other they would likely get swooped up into recycling, get covered in mac n cheese or just end up under a really big pile of paper. I imagine Husband discovering a note and asking me "am I supposed to call my Mom?" And I'd say "I think that was last Easter. Or maybe the one before that". I also remember the J Boy's penchant for making signs and could see turquoise squares labelling everything not nailed down. Scratch the stickies.
Then I saw some adorable paper clips. They were multi-coloured in bright rainbow or camo or pastels. Then I saw cute ones with flowers or shapes of old-fashioned type writer symbols that were very tempting. But I didn't think I would get to use them at home and I knew if I used them at work they'd get buried in my files and never see the light of day.
I eventually made it to the pen/highlighter section. The combo pen I lusted for was not to be found, but I did remember that we needed new dry erase markers for our grocery list/ meal planning board. Just imagine how much better our food will taste using this markers to make our lists and meal plans!
I looked longingly at the Sharpies, but I have plenty of Sharpies at home (but those little ones are very cute AND they make Sharpie highlighters now!).
I meandered to the pen aisle and remembered our distinct lack of pens at home. Husband and I are forever scribbling notes of unimportant things like internet banking passwords in Crayola markers.
I decided we really do need pens. When it comes to pens, I require two things:
1. Fine point. My writing is 80% neater when I'm writing with a fine point (something to do with being left-handed?).
2. A retractable point. I cannot stand the pen caps that litter my home and office landscape and then the pens dry out without my making sufficient number of TO DO lists.
It was here that I realized the gross prejudice against users of fine point pens. 90% of the pens are medium point. I want a 0.5 mm fine point. The few that I find, have caps. Up and down I cruise seeing some very stylish pens.
Just before I found the mini-pen three pack that was destined for my basket, I saw what has to be a new low in marketing of office products the "anti-bacterial pen". I know, just in case anyone needs an emergency tracheotomy, the anti-bacterial pen could really come in handy.