Recently, I wrote about my love for the movie Serendipity, but I am also quite a fan of You've Got Mail. In some of their early correspondence, NY152 tells Shopgirl that the fall makes him want to buy school supplies, and he would "send her a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils" if he knew her name and address. I'm with NY152 on this one, as I love buying school and office supplies. A robust stash of pencils, pens, highlighters, sharpies, sticky notes, sticky flags, legal pads, manila folders, paper clips, correction fluid, erasers, and more provides me with the sense--albeit a false sense at times--that I have my life together and can conquer whatever I might face that day.
To help me behave more sustainably and more pretentiously all at once, Richard bought me a fountain pen and a jar of purple ink for Valentine's Day. I am surprised by how much I am enjoying it so far, though I guess I should have anticipated that I would be excited about a new variety of office supplies. Richard is a little pretentious and a lot old school, so fountain pens are among the things that excite him, too. He has recently taken to ordering new inks based on their colors; Aurora Borealis was one recent purchase, though Oxblood should be arriving in our mailbox any day now. Meanwhile, I am moving through my bottle of Imperial Purple and learned to refill the nib today! I can't wait to explore this new frontier of writing utensil.