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No Soup for You!

Oh, Starbucks. You don’t miss me. Be honest. You merely miss my money. Sorry, Starbucks! You can send me a ton of push notifications and e-mails saying that you’re opening back up or that your summer drinks are here but I’m not coming back yet. I don’t go for your beverages or food; I go for the atmosphere. Given that your lobbies are still closed, there’s no reason for me to return yet. And even if you magically reopened them tomorrow, it’s not safe to return yet. According to my app, my stars don’t expire until September. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll see me around that time but not before.

I’ve ben thinking about getting a traveler’s notebook, a kind of leather cover that holds several notebooks at one time. I’ve been looking at the big names in the traveler’s notebook business but there’s not a lot of people doing that size. The ones that are really aren’t producing true traveler’s notebooks in that size but more padfolio style covers that only hold one notebook. That’s not what I’m looking for. I want one that can hold at least four notebooks, about what it would take to hold a whole handwritten novel at one time.

I tried ChicSparrow, which as far as I can tell is THE place for traveler’s notebooks, but they no longer make traveler’s notebooks for that size. They used to! Sadly, they don’t do custom orders. I reached out to them to see if they were going to be making that size again anytime soon, but they aren’t. They were lovely folks though and even answered my e-mail with a personal response video, which I thought was brilliant.

I did see where Galen Leather offered a version that held two notebooks at one time but that wasn’t quite what I wanted either. From what I could tell, they don’t do custom orders. Innovative Journaling offers a two-notebook version as well. I took a chance and contacted Innovative Journaling, since I liked their style better, and asked if they could make a version that held four notebooks.

They wrote me back rather quickly saying they could do that and wanted to confirm a few details before giving me a quote. I replied with the details and got excited. But here I am two weeks later and there’s been no quote or further communication. I’m disappointed. It’s possible they got busy, but I find it more likely they decided they didn’t want to do a custom job after all. I’m not going to chase them down to have what I want made. They either want the business, or they don’t.

Yesterday, my wife had hand surgery for what we thought was a tumor. Turns out it was just inflamed tissue and some bone growth. It had been hurting her for months so I’m sure she’s glad to have it gone. The downside to all this is that I’ll have to do everything around the house for the next month. I don’t like the idea of less me time, but you got to do what got to do. Life is a joy that way!

I took this morning off work so that I can take my son to his school one last time. He’s supposed to get his actual diploma today and a refund for some of his senior dues. It’s hard to believe his high school career is over. He’s starting a new phase of his life and I guess by proxy, me and my wife will be starting one soon too. We’re not empty nesters yet but we know it’s coming in the next few years. That’s just a weird thought!

Mood: A sad green star. Disappointed

Music: Professor Elemental – “Everything Stops for Tea”

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A Matter of Money

I don’t typically care for ads but I recently saw one on Facebook for the Inkredible Box that caught my eye. It’s basically a subscription box where you get a new fountain pen and some ink each month. It’s tempting! I’m not sure I can justify the cost though. I bet it would be great for folks who journal by hand a lot. I’ve seen a bunch of subscription boxes pop up lately, mostly around food or shaving, but none of them made me really consider getting one. This subscription box on the other hand at least made me consider the idea. Kudos to them!

Since I’m talking about ads, I figured I should mention another one that I’ve recently seen. It’s for the reMarkable 2. It’s a digital tablet that’s designed for longhand writing. It resembles a large kindle that supposedly gives you feeling of writing on paper rather than a screen. I like the idea that I can write my story in longhand, convert it to text and then do my handwritten edits on the same device. There’s just one problem. It’s $450 dollars! Uhm, that’s a hell no from me.

I might not be buying those particular items, but I did break down and purchase my first pair of wireless earbuds yesterday. They’re a pair of SoundMates from Tzumi. They have a similar design to the Apple AirPods, which I like, but don’t have the $159 price tag. My son picked up a pair a while back and has loved them. I’ve been needing a new pair of earphones for a bit and I figured now was as good as any to finally go wireless. Hopefully, they’ll enable me to listen to my audiobooks more and not be as encumbered when I’m out and about writing.

Speaking of money, have you seen how much the new Scoob! movie is? It costs $19.99 to rent the movie, at my OWN house! That’s the same amount it would cost two adults to go see a movie in a real theater. I already think movie tickets are way too expensive these days but at least there you’re getting some sort of experience. I’m not getting any kind of experience from my living room TV. Why on earth is it so expensive? I would love to see it but I’m going to pass at that price. They’re out of their minds.  

Ahem. I really didn’t intend for this post to be just about buying or not buying stuff. It just seemed to be the ongoing theme. Whoops.

Mood: A singing green star. Chipper

Music: Repo! The Genetic Opera – “Zydrate Anatomy”

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