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Birthday Present

When I was young, one of my favourite times of year was back to school. Yes, I know. FREAK. But the start of school meant virgin notebooks. I loved those pristine, lined pages and unscuffed notebook covers. Those first few days of school, my note-taking would be meticulously neat with the pen selection being paramount – the ink had to run smoothly without smudging or transferring through the paper to the other side. Hm. If Hamish turns out to be a weird kid… you know who to blame.

Now for my past birthday, Duncan bought me a Moleskine. Moleskine are not cheap notebooks. And as such they cannot be used for such mundane tasks as beside-the-phone-scribble-paper. And therein lies the problem. What to use it for? Whatever I decide, the purpose needs to be worthy. It needs to be something I can do in an artistic and attractive manner. (Think Jamie Oliver’s notebook in his series “Jamie at Home”.) And once the topic has been decided, then comes the decision of the pen or pens to be used to achieve the desired effect, while not running and leaving blotches everywhere. (In case that is actually the effect I’m after.)

Well my birthday was over 3 weeks ago now and I’m still no closer to deciding…

4 Responses to “Birthday Present”

  1. jess
    July 17th, 2010 09:27

    I disagree. Moleskins can be used for everyday life.

    When we lived in England I used the Moleskin to record all the details of our trips. Not the fun story type stuff but the flight and accommodation details. It’s another record of our travels.

  2. Sarah
    July 17th, 2010 16:31

    I see that as worthy usage. It may not be fun story-type stuff, but it’s not quite the everyday either.

  3. Mom
    August 2nd, 2010 05:20

    As I’m not sure I know what this is, I can’t really relate to your dilemma. However, I have a suede notebook given to me by my favourite daughter years ago and, although I don’t use it as often as I used to, it has many a journal entry and is sometimes a pleasure and occasionally a pain to read! Journals on the computer are much easier, faster to do as well but oh so “blank”. Just another suggestion kiddo. I’m sure you will come up with a use and a favourite pen as well.

  4. Sue
    August 4th, 2010 12:11

    What about a thought a day for a year? or a random thing about Hamish for period of time for a gift later for him?

    Best meals/recipes you’ve had all year

    Sometimes, its the mundane records which later become the most interesting

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