Hopefully, you’ve realized such because, by the time this post is published, the work day will be ending 🙂
It’s none other than you know who – Candace – here for your weekly dose of So You Know. Never participated? Never fear, the guidelines are posted each week. Ready? Ok, good… Here we go…
Every Monday I will ask 1-5 questions.
You can answer all or just a few
Topics range from surface, general topics all the way to in-depth personal topics.
To participate you can either answer in the comment section below or create a post on your site and link back to the week’s S.Y.K. post. Don’t know how to link back? Chat with me and I’ll explain how.
Last but certainly not least – be honest!
The purpose of S.Y.K. is to give your readers insight to the person behind the blog ❤
As for my answers… you will find my answers below the week’s questions from the previous week’s questions.
Easy enough, right?!
Do you see a therapist? If so, how does doing so influence your life?
What is your favorite part of adulthood? Your least favorite (besides bills)?
Are the government officials of your country trustworthy?
How important, scale of 1-10, are leprechauns in the evolution of humans? 1-of least importance 10-required
That’s all of this weeks version of So You Know and below are my answers from last weeks questions. * read with caution – trigger warning – talk of suicide
How was your weekend? Honestly.I am writing this the same day last weeks so you know goes live and my weekend has been hell. I came close to committing suicide, I….realized the truth in the saying “we are not our thoughts” and it has impacted me.
Describe the clothes you are wearing now. Is this your normal Monday attire? My normal Monday attire is the most comfortable, stay at home and relax type of outfit imaginable.
Do you work a 9-5 job? No, I do not. I work the weekends, holidays, and early in the morning. On average I have two/three days off a week. My job is physically demanding and is reaching the point that I prepare to change careers.
Who do you look like, your Ma or your dad? My dad. Blah.
But we aren’t taught how to cope when our daughter becomes a ho
Or our son an abusive asshole
Or a drug addict,
But, HEY! At least you get ONE day!
So to all the mothers out there…
Don’t think you are alone in a world of perfect moms because none of us have it figured out. All you can do is be the best version of yourself and if anyone wants to judge you for that, fuck them, wink back.
If I had my own brick and mortar store I would celebrate the day surrounded by beautiful stationery…
I do that already!!
Thoughts of the Future
The infamous Stationery Show in London gives me #goals. I hope to (one day) walk around and feel the different textures of paper, see the new product lines of my favorite stationery designers, and most of all to stock up on more notebooks!! (Of course, after I achieve what I have set out over the next five years).
My love for stationery overflows into desk accessories and I’ve never worked at a desk in my life😂. But if I did…you can bet it would be the prettiest, cleanest white and gold desk you’ve ever seen. I vision it now:
A gold stapler
A 24karat gold block as my paperweight.
All white pens, pencils, and notebook covers. I would throw in a few gold pens.
Gold paper clips. Jumbo to a mini in size.
My charging port area would be set up with a huge comfy gold, leather, oversized chair adorned with a white sequence pillow and a fluffy white, long pillow.
The chargers and cords would be gold and my laptop alternating gold and white stripes.
My office chair would be a metallic gold while my desk, a crisp white.
Pictures hanging throughout the space that is simple and singular in design.
Everywhere gold and white intricate frames, some small and some big. No pics occupy the frames. Instead, beautiful papers that deserve to be framed.
I would have an adjacent desk that is black with gold drawer pulls and white front faced drawers. There would be something white and abstract that displays an art form on my desk.
No, I’ve never thought about what my office would look like 😂😂😂
Do You have a desk job? Is your desk a mess or nice and organized? If you have an office, share with me how it is decorated. I would love to hear about it!!
I started a post about yesterdays # put I didn’t finish it because… who the hell knows why but I didn’t. This post is being published a bit later than my normal but what the hell? It’s all good in tha hood.
I will share with you my favorite brand of pen and that is Sigma Micron micro pigmented artists pens. These pricey archival ink pens are worth every cent. The words you string together will be forever when using them. Each time I write something I want to last, in terms of actual documenting, I use these to ensure the life of my words live on.
Do you have a favorite brand of pen or do you use a particular ink tip?
I hope today brought smiles and laughter in your lives and for tomorrow,
“Paperchase is the UK’s number 1 shopping spot for exciting and innovative design-led stationery. For over 50 years we’ve inspired with stylish stationery, unique greeting cards, distinctive gifts as well as quality art and craft materials.”
From a top ten of the UK’s favourite crisps to your simple task list on a Monday morning, Paperchase loves writing lists – especially with the store’s selection of creative, colourful, crafty and premium notebooks.
They say that your notebook is an extension of yourself and, with so many notebooks available, you can display your personality through the pad in which you take your every day notes.
Partnered with a perfect pen, your lists can be beautiful, bulletted or bold.
Paperchase will be creating lists of their favourite lists – including stationery – during National Stationery Week and will be encouraging stationery addicts to do exactly the same!
My Five Favorite Notebooks
Choosing five of your favorite notebooks may seem a simple tasks to you but when you are a #stationeryaddict like me, it is next to impossible to do.
I decided to choose ones based on a variety of reasons. One was chosen for its aesthetics and surprisingly great paper, another is my most expensive notebook to date. But enough of the spoiler!! Let’s have show and tell!
The first notebook has been in my collection for about two years now and of all of my notebooks, 20+, this one is my favorite all around. The subtle grey lines that rule the paper are perfect for a clean look. The durable cover is what sold me on this spiral beauty. Speaking of spiral, the coil is gold and I love me some gold!!!
Character and trend art are not really my thing but I couldn’t resist this magical unicorn. The charm and gold and the quality sold me instantly. The icing on top of this deal was the price tag. I paid under $10 for it! Gotta love T.J. Maxx. I’ve not seen another but if I do, I will scoop it up! The company who made my #1 notebook is Mara-Mi and the line is Zoomerang. I’ve not found any others in this line but would enjoy seeing what other mystical creatures make up the zoo.
The next one I chose I did so for the geometric design. Another notebook made with a durable cover and there is something different about the type of paper used. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I want to say it is smooth to the touch. The only thing that I do not care about is the weight of the paper. It is on the thin side which allows for the ink to be seen on the back of the page. I refuse to use the backside of paper if there is bleed through.
Pictured above are two notepads and I decided two of those would equal a notebook and it adds variety. The teal spiral pad with a C on it was purchased around Christmas time from Stage for $10. It was on sale for 50% off (originally $20) and I would buy it a million times over. I wish every notebook I owned had the kind of paper this notepad does. It has a grit to it. Like grain feel and it is thick without allowing ink to bleed through.
The other small notepad pictured is designed to look like that of a waitress pad. It is a to-do list with thick sheets of tear off paper.
The flimsy looking notebook on the left is my Clairefontaine Seyes-ruled notebook ordered from France, literally. When i decided to step up my stationery game, this is the first notebook I purchased.
I am not a fan of the cover so much. It doesn’t seem as durable as I prefer but I have never put it to the test. The paper is amazing!! Seyes-ruled pages is this company’s legacy. The faint shade of purple grid-like lines has been used in schools across France for many years. I have previously written a review of these two notebooks which I published on NYAC.
The notebook on the right is manufactured in the United States by a school bookbinding company named Write. This notebook has a sturdy kraft cover that comes from the series of New York Burroughs.
The red band that acts as its closure is an actual rubberband that is completely removable. I like the originality behind that and find it to be a great way of branding. This notebook is the most and only masculine notebook that I own. I prefer the more frilly and full out girl designs.
Other notebook talk
There is a thing about the ruling of paper that I am picky particular about and that is the ruling. Dot and grid paper seem to be all the rage today and I must admit, college ruling is where it’s at. I have discovered I like the lighter shades of grey or blue for the color of the lines but sometimes that isn’t an option. The ideal ruling color would be the light purple Clairefontaine offers but we haven’t got there yet in the stationery world. Plus this may not be the preferred color of many but it is mine and that’s who we are talking about today!! Lol
Before we go, I want to touch on the thickness and texture of the paper I choose. I use marker pens and if they bled through I am left with half of the pages. I refuse to write on the back of a page where you can see other writing. I equate thin to cheap and that isn’t the case when considering Japanese paper products but that is a whole ‘nother level of stationery. The texture I like is a smooth surface unless I am using a pencil and the I choose a rougher texture of paper.
That about sums it up for my favorite notebook talk. I hope to participate in this week of stationery hashtags but sometimes, a lot of times, life is busy. I didn’t plan as well as I should have to say that I will but I can say that I will try!
How about you? Do you have any particulars about notebooks or paper that you must have or things that you refuse to use? Do you love stationery like I do? Am I crazy? Don’t answer that one!! Have a great day everyone!!