The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-10-13

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Eeenie, meanie, miney, malden, the thunk of longing, and one night stands...

In the last month or so I've moved from one binder to another, wanting to be married but making do with serial monogamy and the occasional one-night stand.

 The first break up came when I moved from the Ordning&Reda A5 Flip to my Portland Grand Filofax because the 2014 refills aren't available to the US.   I wrote O&R about getting some and to paraphrase their response... Sorry, we don't love you. It felt like I was dumped via email.

I  mustered what small self-esteem I had left, picked myself up.... Shook myself off.... and put the O&R into a drawer so I wouldn't be reminded of my shame.  I moved on with my life and into a binder that wanted me;  the Portland Grand Filofax.

 But downsizing into smaller pages with bigger rings netted me a leather covered ball and chain. Despite the smaller footprint it was decidedly un-sleek. Next I thought.... Malden

In a frenzied one-night stand I ran crying to my staid, comfortable Malden. But these kinds of dalliances never look as good in the cold light of day and five  bleary-eyed hours later all I was left with was regret, shame and a galumphing leather covered cinder block.  The Flip's smaller rings made me more judicious but once back Mr. Malden's whopping thirty mm welcoming arms I went into a hole-punching frenzy.

So it was back to my Grand because compared to a cinder block, a ball and chain is an improvement.

Rebound relationships never work.  I should have known...

 I told this tale of woe to my beloved personal Portland who patted me on the back and offered me a home. Without a doubt it's the binder that tugs at my heart  most and I really enjoyed our (few) days together; it's lovely leathery arms around me.... but I  still had a thunk of longing for the O&R.

And that's where I am now.   Funny thing is I knew this would happen; it's why I put it away in a drawer...  Why I didn't even want to see it. Be reminded of our happiness...

Can I get the 2014 inserts?  I think so...  several kind people took pity on the trials of my long-distance relationship and have offered to be my international go-betweens.  

Will it work?  I don't know but as with all things in life and planners, the heart wants what the heart wants.




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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Just because I can doesn't mean I should...

The more I declutter my home and simplify my stuff...

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... the bigger my Portland Grand gets.  


Clearly I have no self control on the paper front.

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And my Filofax no longer snaps.

On a personal size binder with 30 mm rings, that's saying something. I can't be alone in this dilemma; there seems to be an ever growing interest in older Franklin Quest binders with rings the size of tires. 

Over the last few days I've looked for binders with rings just shy of two inches but I'm afraid I'll just end up with the same situation ... ten pounds of lunacy in a five pound bag. 

For me a new binder is rarely the answer because the problem is usually me. Bigger rings would not help because  I'd just be lugging around more lunacy. Just because I can, doesn't mean I should and it's time to reign in this paper monster.  

Wish me luck, I'm going in.


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