Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Generic Rollerball Pen from Dollar General

On this last day of the old year 2011, I have decided that my project for the New Year will be to write a daily review of some writing instrument from my collection -- at least for the 31 days of January, that is.  That's a tall order for me, and if I make it through January, I'll see about continuing the series, at least weekly from then on.  If I don't make it, at least it will give my struggling blog a good kickstart for 2012!

So without further ado, I present: the Generic Rollerball Pen from Dollar General!
The packaging was so painfully generic that it caught my eye immediately.
In spite of the almost comical "Rollerball Pen" printed on the side of the shaft, it is a fairly attractive pen.  And it has a number of details that remind one of more expensive pens.

But how does it write?  Here's the official written review:
Now I'm off to make my list of 31 writing instruments for review.  Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Rad and Hungry STMT X Spain Kit

If you have not heard of Rad and Hungry, it is WAY past time you visited the website and took a look at their interesting finds from all over the world.  I had been looking at their offerings for some time when I decided to take the plunge and order not just one kit (the Spain one) but a 3-month subscription.  I have been extraordinarily pleased with the shipments so far -- I have Spain and Turkey now.  I'll show you the Spain goodies and bring out the Turkey items for a later post.

By far the most exquisite part of the Spain package for me was the green pen.  I have what amounts to a very unhealthy obsession with green pens of any type.  I like to grade papers and tests with them, in the (probably mistaken) belief that the green marks all over the page are not nearly as traumatizing as red marks.  We always say, "That teacher bled all over my paper," and it's just not a very pretty image.  I suppose with green marks, you could say, "That teacher smeared my paper through the grass," or something similar, and it's just more gentle, somehow.

Anyway, I digress!  Green pen.  LOVE IT.
The packaging overall was wonderful as well -- very old-fashioned but hip at the same time.
And this playing/Tarot-style card was woven into the twine on the package -- very inventive!
The inclusion of a green eraser was a nice touch.  I don't actually use erasers like this very much, but I like them nonetheless -- they are comforting to me for some reason.
And the green (of course) notebook.  I haven't used it yet, but it's a good, inexpensive notebook that I can envision using for all kinds of impromptu projects and notes.
Thanks, Rad and Hungry!  You make buying office supplies a pleasure!