Celebrating My Birthday in the Pen Aisle

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If you have Meijer stores in your area, you might have seen a commercial recently that depicts two children reacting with sheer joy when their mother brings home school supplies. The voiceover points out that the children are only reacting that way because they are paid actors. Then the narrator says something that makes me so furious that I clench my hands into fists every time I hear it: "Your kids will never get this excited about school supplies. So why pay more than you have to?"

Do you know what I did for my birthday this year? I went back-to-school shopping, even though I am dropping out of school. DIE IN A FIRE, MEIJER.

For as long as I can remember, back-to-school shopping has been my favorite excursion of the year. Unlike the kids in that commercial, I never let my mom do the shopping without me. I was always leading the way, stopping in every aisle twice, just to make sure I didn't overlook the perfect pencil or the most prestigious day planner or the best spiral-bound notebook. My mother would try to limit the items I would purchase, and I would cleverly avoid her limits by asking for the extra items as birthday presents. (I felt so lucky to have a birthday in early September.)

Some of you might remember that I even worked as a cashier for a year at Office Depot. I was so animated when talking about pens and stationery in my interview for the position that I startled (read: disturbed) the store manager and the front-end manager.

People, I love school supplies.

Even if I'm now at a place in life where I must refer to them as office supplies, I love staplers and clipboards and reams of paper and half-inch binders and two-inch binders and good heavens, my fingers are tripping over each other trying to keep up with my excitement.

Phew.

Anyway, if you ask me what I did for my birthday yesterday, I probably won't mention the trip to Staples because 1) I cheated on Office Depot and 2) I can't talk about it without hyperventilating. And definitely don't get me started on the fact that I watched Return of the King with my parents or that I had Giordano's pizza and my mom's goo bars for dinner tonight.

P.S. Link to the Meijer video, for any curious monkeys in the audience.

chris

chris

Please elaborate on the goo bars.

Also, office supplies ftw.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

I think most people call goo bars "seven-layer bars," although I don't know that we stick to the standard recipe for those either. Basically, coconut and chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and some other stuff all layered together and baked into the most delicious dessert of all time. They are the sole reason that God invented coconuts. And chocolate. Even people who swear to hate coconut have eaten these things and cannot deny their heavenly goodness. Amazing.

Jwewmiah

Jwewmiah

GLUE! I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT ME GLUE!

Angela

Angela

I am turning 27 next month, and I have a Master's Degree.

But right now, there is a bag sitting on my bed filled with newly acquired school supplies. A bunch of pens, some binder clips, a notebook, some sticky notes, decorative tape... and a pirate pencil sharpener that walks after being wound up in the pencil sharpening process.

Throughout high school and college, every year I went back to school shopping with my best friend Megan. We did a day-long walking excursion(yes, we carried all our stuff in backpacks from store to store). We always started at Target (which seemed to have both great deals and the most appealing merchandise... I once got a 24-pack of Crayolas for 22 cents there). Then we headed to Staples, Office Max, Best Buy, Meijer, stopped at a deli for lunch, and the finished the day at the mall. It was pretty much the best day of the whole year.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Kindred spirit. <3

Erini

Erini

the amount of pens and sharpies and notebooks and other office supplies I have sometimes gets out of control. And I still want more. I fully support your addiction to office/school supplies. :)

gRegor

gRegor

Have you heard of / used the Pilot Hi-Tec-C pens? They're apparently pretty great. I discovered them because of this Kickstarter for a minimal, stainless steel pen for the cartridges. I bought one, so I'll let you know how it is once I get it. I have high hopes for it, though.