The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you probably know that I love office supplies. Like a dog loves walkies. Like a hummingbird loves that red sticky stuff in the feeders. Yeah.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Better than Christmas. The time when the department stores put their office supplies on sale. They think it’s for kids going back to school. Actually it’s for me.


Since perhaps I went a little overboard last year, this year’s haul of office supplies was a bit more modest. I’m especially excited about having a new planner. My current one ends this weekend, and I feel what’s probably an undue amount of panic at the idea of not having any white squares in which to write my life schedule. I’m also quite excited about a new pack of Flair pens. Besides being great for book signing, they carry a weight of nostalgia for me. My grandmother loved these pens. I remember reading a birthday card written in that thick, bold Flair script every year as I was growing up. Oh! And a 750-sheet pack of printer paper. Because, you know, printouts of my new novel…

But I dare you to figure out how a hole punch and a pack of binder rings helps me teach vocabulary.



This sign was my unexpected happy find. Now it’s hanging on my wall. It was probably intended for teachers setting up their classrooms. But I think it’s just a good guide to using words in general. And I like words.

What’s your favorite school/office supply? 

7 thoughts on “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  1. Didn’t know that about you. But I’m there. A couple of years ago I found the best pens I have ever had. They are at Office Max, and they are called Tul. There are a bunch of them, but the best ones are gel retractable medium point black. Whenever I loan one out, even for a minute, I break out in a cold sweat. Why are they so good? Because they are the perfect blend of dark, thick, and non-smear. Perfect.


  2. I also got called by the siren song of office supplies. I bought pencils because Connor and I owned approximately one pencil between the two of us.


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