Be Happy Anyway

Be Happy Anyway
From Brave Girls Club

Thursday, January 22, 2009

PENS

There are so many different kinds of pens out there. Most people find themselves on the never ending hunt for the perfect pen.


Take this pen for example.







It came with this notebook.








Therefore, I feel some sort of moral obligation to make sure it stays attached to this book. It has a kraft paper covering, and it certainly is stout enough to hold onto, but I find the length a little too short, giving it an odd center of gravity. A pen's center of gravity determines how small or large I write. I am not a fan of small writing, but handwriting that is too large tends to make its author appear a little bit juvenile - in my humble opinion.


Other things to consider when choosing the perfect pen are color, fineness of point, smoothness of ink flow and roller vs. felt-tip. (We shall leave fountain pens out of this discussion as those who prefer them seem a bit too sophisticated for this discussion. ☺)

When I pick up most pens, I generally assume they have black ink espcially since I teach school, and all records must be completed in black ink. This is why it is always a shock, as it was with this pen, to find a color other than black. Most colored pens warn you with a similarly colored lid, "Hey, I'm red, or blue or even green!" Not this pen. It was running around completely incognito with its black plastic ends and brown kraft paper wrapping, waiting for some unsuspecting victim to pick it up to complete an official "NO WHITE OUT" document only to find out IT'S NOT BLACK - IT'S BLUE!!!

So beware fellow scribes. That pen you are about to pick up may be a wolf in sheep's clothing, bleating away, "I'm BLA-A-A-ACK, I'm BLA-A-A-ACK,' only to have you pick it up and hear it howl, "I'm BLU-U-U-UE."

12 comments:

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

LOL I love it! Great post, and I too am on the search for the perfect pen.

letti said...

i hadn't really thought about it before, but when i was in school in malaysia, the "default" pen color to use was BLUE! Red was reserved for teachers to correct your work with, and I guess i didn't start using black till later ( and which I usually prefer now ), but it just seems like we were using blue in school for the longest time. How strange.

Octamom said...

Wow. You can find a pen in your house.

I'm still working on that housekeeping skill--I can't tell you the number of important information that I have written down with a chunky Spiderman crayon....

Blessings!

McMGrad89 said...

Oh this is on my recently cleaned desk. At home we write with crayons, colored pencils, sharpies, lay it out in uncooked spaghetti noodles, punch it out in braille with a stick! Whatever is within arms reach as we are running out the front door.

avtcoach said...

My husband is a pen fanatic. He loves them and buys them on a whim. I love good pens too, good as in flows well, not as in expensive. I however, have a hard time keeping up with them. I do only use black, seems I have used black in my profession for so long. I have got to branch out!!!

miruspeg said...

I hate it when my favourite pen "drys up". I get rather attached to pens.
I use all colours...black, blue, red and green....love variety. And I love highlighters as well.

Your last paragraphy cracked me up as well!

Love
Peggy

MJ said...

Gel ink and Avery pens with thick bottoms to address my tendency to clutch the pen is my perfect pen! Add blue ink because, in my profession, blue ink is the preferred colour to show it is the original document (especially since photocopying is expected!).

Rachel said...

I have a pen fetish too!!! And I do agree, if the pen and paper or tablet match - they are married for all eternity ;)

Nat said...

LOL - I love pens too and I'm very picky and the have indeed to be black :-)

Fly Girl said...

I love a good writing pen, and I loved your post! I have had favorites before. Then I forget what I was using and search for a while until I rediscover it. At school, I keep one of those orange-barrelled multi-colored pens in my pocket. I can grade with red or green and enter the grades into my gradebook using the black ink. However, I also like to grade with scrapbook/stamping pens. I particularly enjoy writing comments with my Stampin' Up pens. Somehow, my suggestions seem a little kinder when written in fuschia, lavender, or pink....

merryheart2 said...

oh, i love pens too. when i find the one i really like i hold on to it for dear life, buy multiple even. i know that black is the official ink color for documents, but i do really like blue ink. white ink is currently my favorite.
Sandra

Kimberly said...

I'm lovin' this pen discussion! Seriously, where is the perfect pen? And pens can be so important on a day to day basis!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! And yes. I think yellow shoes could totally be tax deductible and school related expenses! :)

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