They call to me. In all their leather-bound, crisp papered, date-stamped, promise-of-a-fresh-start glory, they call to me from the stationery shelves. It’s time to buy a new desk diary (at least that’s what we call them here in Australia – I believe my North American friends refer to them as calendars). Which one will it be this year? What colour will I choose? Will the year be embossed on the front cover? How will the pages be set out? Will this be the year I find the perfect diary to suit my needs?
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I have been somewhat of a stationery junkie in the past. While other girls were swooning over the latest fashions and hairstyles, I would be ogling fresh stacks of notebooks, the perfectly sharpened points of coloured pencils, boxes of pens lined up in their blue, black and red regimentals ready for duty. Folders, erasers, staplers, paperclips, address books, fountain pens, sharpeners, manuscript paper – you name it – I loved them all.
I say in the past, because these days my stationery habit has been seriously curtailed. I have so little need for stationery now. Most of my folders are the virtual type on my hard drive. Notes are kept in an app on my phone. I might still gaze longingly at the ranks of office supplies in all their enticing, colour-coded array, but I can’t justify buying very much of it. A few nice pens and a couple of notebooks are all I really need. Oh, and the desk diary! That’s the one last indulgence from my junkie days.
I wonder if you’re anything like me? Has the digital age put an end to your stationery buying or are you still just as addicted to the notebooks and office supplies as ever?
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