Thursday, January 3, 2013

Okay, I confess

New Journal, I need you not,
but oh, the possibilities!
I took my daughter to storytime at Barnes and Noble yesterday, and while we were there, I bought a new writing journal.

I don't need a new journal—I already own more of them than I can count; in fact, another recent purchase is sitting on top of the printer right now—but I was drawn to it somehow, I suppose in the same way that moths are drawn to flames, lights, and my pita sandwich (long story).

Anyway, this journal is small and serious and "writerly," and I knew when I saw it that I had to have it. It joins a family of several others, many of which I haven't written in yet for fear of "messing them up." Instead I do most of my writing on the computer or in cheap, spiral-bound notebooks, the kind the big-box stores sell for nineteen cents apiece when school begins each fall. For some reason, though, I keep buying journals.

Clearly, I need help.

Tell me I'm not alone. What's something you just have to have, even though you don't really need it?

59 comments:

  1. it depends. i needed slippers and i bought perry the platypus, totally impractical & unmomlike, but i had to have them! and i bought real ones for when perry wears out. but i love looking for my slippers and wen i find them, i say, there you are perry!

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    1. Awesome—and they make you happy! :)

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  2. I'm a couponer, and saving for a house, so there's not a lot of buys that I don't need. But I do fancy a new journal from time to time.

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    1. Books and journals—those are the things I can never seem to resist. :)

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    2. Hubby just ordered me a baking book from the UK, and I can't wait to get it. But I don't feel books are a waste or not-needed.

      Books are GREAT :-)

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  3. I've got several journals that I haven't written in yet, for the same reason - I don't want to mess them up!

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  4. ah man i loved this---something about this touched me---i guess it is a writer's thing--now i want a journal too <3

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    1. Aw, thanks. You should definitely go out and get one. :)

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  5. I have only one unused very nice journal. I normally scratch in a Spiral and make notes in a Steno book. Just look at it as a gift to yourself! :)

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  6. Like you, I use the cheap 19 cent spiral notebooks... only after the boys have chosen their colors that the teacher requested they have from that LONG list of required items. :0
    But your journal looks so pretty, I think I want one. hehe

    For me, it's hoodies. If it's a good deal, and I like it, I will buy it. I have a hoodie addiction.

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    1. My five-year-old wore a hoodie to school today, and I thought, "Hey, maybe I should get some of those." :)

      I love my journals, but those notebooks are pretty useful—and so much cheaper!

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  7. I pick up a lot of bakeware and pie plates. My husband thinks its unnecessary, but I explain to him I neeeeed it.

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    1. I think my husband would feel the same way if he knew how many journals I actually have. Men just don't understand... ;)

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  8. Oh- you make me laugh- I love it! And I, too, love journals...mine are more of the notebook kind, small with pockets and new pretty designs. I also love folders- the plastic ones with (again) new pretty designs. I love your serious looking journal though! (might need me one of them!):)

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    1. Aw, thanks. :)

      I have journals similar to the ones you described. The one on the printer has a really pretty cover, and I'm afraid to write in it! I'm hoping the serious one is easier to work with.

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  9. You are not alone. I have a couple of journals I have not used yet. AND I still have half a box of thsoe spiral notebooks you mentioned. I also purchased a bunch at back to school time.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I have two writing journals. But I still write in spiral notebooks! I must need help, too!

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    1. We should start a support group. ;)

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  11. Candles have become that item for me--I think I have a half dozen pine-scented alone. I can't help myself!
    But I fully support having a lot of writing journals. Sometimes you just need a fresh or different page!

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    1. I love the pine-scented candles!

      You're right: sometimes a change of writing tool is just the right thing. Now if only I could bring myself to write in them... :)

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  12. I have a small stack of journals too. Lots of notepads and bookmarks. Just these little things that catch my eye and are so easy to pick up! Dangerous in that way.

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    1. Dangerous is a good word to describe them. :)

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  13. Don't get journals but I will buy things I think I will need at some time, generally tools because they look useful.

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    1. It's good to know I'm not the only one. :)

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  14. My writing journal is a notebook I bought for my daughter last year. She didn't want it because it looked too "girly." So I took it. I don't mind using a pink princess notebook with tiaras on it.
    Heck, what man wouldn't?

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    1. looks too girly - that say many girls at 12-16 years old

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  15. I would not buy that b/c I never hand write anything anymore. But I think it's great that you do! We all have things we can't stop buying even though we don't need them. I have a weakness for books - I always have WAY more than I can read. Sometimes I say I'm not buying anymore until I read all the ones I have but then I buy more...

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    1. I hear you. I used to buy a lot of books too, even though I hadn't read most of the ones I already owned. I broke that habit by deciding just to get books from the library. My problem now is that I only read library books. My own books are still languishing in boxes, unread. :)

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  16. I have discovered that my life is better when i use the nice things. There is always another, and your quality of life is enhanced by these things. Owning and not using just adds to the anxiety. It's a bit like those meals when you want to eat the bad things first and save that bit of gravy for last. but you're full by the time you get to it, and you don't enjoy it as much. Go for it. Use your wonderful journals. You don't want to leave a legacy of empty books, no matter how pretty they are. Be in the moment, and stop saving everything for later or for something special. It doesn't come, and today is special.

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    1. This is beautifully said. Thank you. :)

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  17. they got some nice journals there. I remember the first one I ever had.

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  18. I am a sucker for new journals and planners as well

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    1. Glad to see another person with the same "addiction!"

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  19. I don't buy journals but I do buy books! I COULD go to the library but when I want a book I want it NOW and don't want to wait for it to arrive. Funny thing is, it often sits for weeks or, perish the thought, even months before I actually DO read it!
    The other thing I buy that I don't need is acrylic paint! How many tubes of blue and its variations do I NEED? Apparently, quite a few.....

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    1. I'm the same way with books. Right now I'm staring guiltily at two unread writing books I bought months ago...

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  20. Huh. I never realized it was possible to have too many writing journals. ;)

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  21. I have a few writing journals that I don't use much as well, Dana. There's something so beautiful and romantic about a new journal, whether one needs it or not. :-) I'm also an impulsive buyer of workout clothes/running shoes, and... books. Surprise, surprise!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only impulsive buyer out there, although I suspected I wouldn't be. ;)

      Beautiful and romantic are great ways to describe new journals.

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  22. Would you believe post it flags. I have packages in my purse, in the large bag I bring to work, in the kitchen junk drawer, in the mail/bill center, in my nightstand, and 5 unopened packs of 4-5 colors (depending on the brand) in my desk drawer. There are also 3 to 5 individual ones attached to bookmarks since I reuse them until all the stickiness is gone!

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    1. I think this is awesome! I love anything paper and could easily see myself collecting these things. :)

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  23. Oh, Dana! We were separated at birth! I have so many journals I'm keeping for good. B&N drives me crazy...they always have that section with the spiral journals with cool covers and they're usually $4.98. I have so many. I probably should start using them for "writing" rather than journaling. Finally actually got into starting this past October. I'm doing fairly well, usually a couple times a week though I wish I could be an every day-er. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi, Sis. ;)

      Those folks at Barnes and Noble are wily, that's for sure!

      Happy weekend!

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  24. I have more writing journals and pretty notebooks than I know what to do with and I too always end up writing in spiral bound notebooks from Target. I actually fill up at back to school time so I get them cheap.

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    1. I do the same thing! My kids, who are five and three, love notebooks, too. They go through them as fast as I do!

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  25. hahaha. i'm guilty of this, too. i found out today that i have far too many unused stickers, tapes, papers, pens, journals and notebooks. i think i can open my own store now.

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    1. Maybe we could open one together. I'm quite certain we'd have enough stock! :)

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  26. Cute header! I like it.

    I don't do journals, but I buy notebooks for writing purposes. I'll usually dedicate a spiral bound notebook to a story. Getting ideas and such. And I've got plenty of notebooks to last me a while. But I decided I wanted to buy fun ones with cute covers. (But not so cute that they cost $4+. I've passed up a few that are great, but I'm like, $6 for a notebook. Ouch. When a plain boring solid color one is $1. Ouch.)

    I also have bought several small notebooks that I'll keep in my purse for those ideas when I'm not home. I don't have as many of them, but I've got a few.

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    1. Thanks! I love my new header, too. :)

      I buy a lot of those notebooks—and I use them when I write my poetry and stories—but I just can't resist the lure of those journals!

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  27. I sort of have the journal thing, but being a lefty a lot of them are kind of hard for me to write in because they're small. We bought some amazing journals (they're even eco-friendly) in September when we were on vacation. It took me a while, but I finally started writing in mine this week.

    You really should try writing in them. It's just fun and makes your writing process more enjoyable.

    I buy hot beverages like we're heading into an ice-age and I will single handedly have to provide the world with hot tea, cocoa, cider, coffee, chai, etc. I don't know what my problem is! We always have a cabinet full of the stuff, and I swear I won't buy more. Then we have a really cold day and I wander down the aisle and see one I just have to have.

    I also buy cheese at an alarming rate. I usually go to one of the big warehouse stores when I plan to make lasagna and leave with enough cheese to make lasagna for about 397 people.

    I really shouldn't be allowed in those parts of the store without adult supervision!

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    1. Too funny! I'm almost the same way about tea. I wandered down that aisle yesterday but made myself walk away before anything "fell" into my cart. :)

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