I went to Staples on my lunch break yesterday.

I needed it.

I needed it bad.

I only planned to get a large wall calendar to put up in the kitchen so I can keep track of the kids’ (well, Alex’s) school deadlines and events, and Bill’s gigs, and my own whatever I have.

But I stepped into the store, got a whiff of paper products and ink, and I was gone.

I don’t know what it is about office supplies, but I would rather browse around an office supply store than any other, with the exceptions of bookstore and grocery store.  It all depends on what I need.  And I don’t mean – need eggs because we are almost out of them.  No, it’s something different.  I think it’s a sort of creative need, maybe.  And right now, in September, at my favorite time of the year, I am all about the need for organizing.  I wish this would hit me in August, BEFORE the school year starts, so I am not scrabbling around two weeks into it wishing I’d started things sooner.  But the weather’s wrong in August.  And that’s all there is to it.

So yesterday – I needed things.  I needed a big calendar.  Printer paper.  I definitely needed Sharpies.  In lots of colors.  And I needed post-it notes.  Because, you know…they’re colorful.  I stood there and stared at all the colors and sizes of post-it notes for who knows how long, trying to decide.  I’m pathetic.

I also needed pens.  Many pens.  And glue sticks.  You know, for the kids.  I forgot construction paper and regular drawing paper.  Hmmm…maybe I should go back today.

I got all the stuff I needed – along with some things I only "needed" but at the time I needed them, so they still count.  In my anything’s-justifiable world.  haha.

And I got to the checkout line and the girl behind the counter asked "Would you like to donate a dollar for sick children?"  And I stared at her for minute and asked "Which ones?" And we both burst out laughing.  It was for a hospital in Massachusetts.  I donated.  I was feeling generous and happy by then. 

I’d got my fix.

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