Monday, September 17, 2012

Teacher Addictions

The 1st step to overcoming an addiction is admitting you have a problem, right?  So I confess . . . I am addicted to office supplies.  Pens in particular.  If I calculated the odds based on my teacher friends, I'm pretty sure you have an inclination towards them too.  In fact you probably have an inclination to a specific kind of writing utensil.  Flairs?  Sharpies perhaps?

I consider myself an equal opportunist when it comes to writing utensils, switching from one brand or style to another depending on my mood and the quality of my handwriting on a particular day.  (Am I the only one who has good handwriting and bad handwriting days?)

As a writing utensil junkie, you can imagine my joy when I found this in my mailbox:

(Please excuse the photos.  I can't seem to get them to upload right side up!!!)

Zebra sent a really sweet pen portfolio filled with a sampling of their pens and mechanical pencils.  Totally. Made. My. Day!  (It also made some of my coworkers a little envious!)  The portfolio had 8 different kinds of pens, 2 mechanical pencils, and 1 highlighter. 

I have to admit that the sampling made me a little nostalgic.  The Zebra 301 retractable professional pen series totally took me back to my grade school days because believe it or not, I used to use these all the time!  I had them in blue and purple and remember feeling so grown and mature with these "fancy" pens.  Now when I visit my parents I always see an economy pack of these in my dad's desk.  While they're not exactly my style these days, I did notice that they now come in the smooth-flowing gel options too.  These pens are still favorites of my sister and my dad; they are a nurse and a doctor (respectively) and need really fine point pens to write in charts. 

I'm partial towards a fatter tipped ball point pen now, so I really enjoyed the Z-Grips.  They've got a fatter build and a nice rubberized grip, too.  The ZMulsion, however, was a nice surprise.  I tend to lean towards ball points because of the "smear factor" of gel pens, but gel pens tend to write so much more smoothly.  The ZMulsion is great because although it's a ball point pen it glides over the paper as smoothly as many gel pens do!  (If you want to try one of these for free, Shoplet is having a free giveaway with a chance to win a gift card!  Click here for more details.)

Another item that took me back to my childhood was the Z-HL highlighter.  This wasn't the one I used when I was in school, but the smooth highlighting reminded me of the old school Zazzles.  It's crazy how everyone wanted to borrow a highlighter as soon as I pulled out that rainbow pack of liquid highlighters.  You know, when I see my kids get into mini arguments and spats over their "special pencils" or pens, part of me totally gets it. 

No matter how old I get, I don't think I'm ever going to outgrow the little pleasures and excitement that bubbles up when I get my hands on cute office supplies!  (BTW - the cutesy Cadoozles mechanical pencil that looks like a novelty lead pencil is totally adorable. . . and not just to my students!)

While Zebra pens and pencils aren't always the cheapest option on one of my favorite aisles at the store, you'll always know they give you quality.

*Confess your love/addiction to office supplies in a comment below and you could win your choice of Zebra pen/pencil.  I'll randomly choose a winner on Saturday, September 22 and send it to you in the mail!


  1. I can't help you with this addiction...I'm right there with you. I don't enjoy shopping (shocker!) ...but for some reason I get can spend hours in an office supply store. :-)

  2. I am a serious pen fanatic and I can honestly say that the pens in your post are the best ever! I would know because I have them! They are sitting right next to me and I won't use anything else. True story!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. There is something to be said about the smell of a new box of crayons, or when I tear the wrapper off a fresh pack of post it notes! My family knows when I have been gone to long, I am probably at Staples just browsing the aisles. I must buy a brand new pack of Sharpies every few months just because... so I am right there with you!!

  4. Oh how I love pens. Particularly mechanical pencils...I use them all the time for running records and am on a search for the PERFECT pencil. Maybe one of these will be the one?


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