paper parade

April 15, 2010

i think that even as i was writing yesterday’s post, i knew my plans for the day were going to get derailed. i suppose i was just preparing myself! somehow, my 10 hour shift turned into 11.5, and by the time i picked up josh (his car is now fixed, $800 later!) i was headachy and profoundly exhausted. i think i’m still dealing with the aftermath of my haywire sleep cycles.

any hopes of running, cooking, cleaning, or basically doing anything requiring my eyes to be open and brain to be functioning was out. i think i fell asleep at 7:50!! 9 mostly-uninterrupted hours of sleep later (i did have a nightmare about some killer who sliced and diced his victims!?!?), and i’m a new woman.

amazing: the power of sleep! like money or health, it’s one of those things you don’t appreciate until it’s missing (yep, yet another tenet gleaned from the HP).

luddite corner
(alternate subtitle title: even if i ever do succumb to iPhone fever, i will not relinquish my precious PAPER!)

i thought that in lieu of whining about ER drama (or bragging about small victories — 1 IV left to graduate! YEAH! sorry, had to sneak that in there), i would share something that makes me happy on a regular basis: a few of my favorite stationery finds. now, an anthro dress certainly gets me all in a froth and makes me pretty happy. but on a daily basis (especially when stuck in scrubs!) little things like the notebook i’m using to scribble things on or a nicely-writing pen can go a long way to make work tasks (and, really the day as a whole!) more enjoyable.

here are just a few favorites. enjoy!


pilot easy-touch fine point pens are supercheap and write very smoothly and with a fine line — a resident’s dream come true! they are excellent for lefties like me because they don’t smear at all. a true staple — i always keep a bunch of these on hand.

muji gel pens, preferably in 0.38mm. love all the colors for underlining, highlighting, and writing things in my planner that i want to stand out. also fairly inexpensive, but harder to come by.

muji is a japanese retailer that specializes in “simplicity achieved by a complexity of thought and design.” (that sounds so japanese to me!). i learned about muji back in college from my wonderful roommate azusa, the talented graphic designer and artist who designed the header to this blog! there are only 4 US locations, all in NYC (unfair!). however, you can order their products online.

i don’t have a notebook for EVERYTHING, but . . . practically. and i always have a cache of backups on hand! here are just a couple of my favorite blank writing receptables.

exacompta habana notebooks, with a supersmooth writing surface and sturdy leather-like cover. i love these for notes of all kinds.

well, come on — you didn’t think i’d leave orla kiely out of this post, did you?? cute composition books with tear-out pages decorated with stem print — great for lists on the go, or a sub for letter-writing stationery.

supercheap muji notebooks for ‘disposable’ type uses such as taking notes on patients in the ER.

fun organizational tools
i don’t use these personally, but i could imagine they could come in hand for others.

if i had a desk job, i would be all over this 8 days a week planer pad. maybe when i’m in the lab . . .

this blank monthly notebook from muji would make a great workout journal or planner. plus, for only $3.95 it would be worth the experiment!

have a lovely thursday! any favorite paper tools you’d care to share? you know i’d love to hear about them!


  • Reply Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Pilot easy-touch pens are my FAVORITE!!!! I can&#39t believe you just blogged about them! I can always count on you to make my love for stationary/school supplies seem normal. I also love a certain pilot pen that I haven&#39t seen in a store for years 🙁

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    My 2010 planner is from a company called Leuchtturm ( It was on the pricey side, but the quality of the paper is so lovely it makes each day&#39s list-making a treat!

    Love your blog btw, I found you via the Happiness Project.

  • Reply Meg @ Be Fit Be Full March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Ok, I found this post VERY helpful. I am someone who has no clue about notebooks, paper or pens, so the day that I finally decide to get organized I will be bringing this list with me to Office Depot 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    ooh, and anon: the leuchtturm1917 looks beautiful! SO up my alley.

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