Christmas Currently Inked
While I'm usually a bit more willy-nilly about my Christmas pens, this year I thought I would see about a more unified front. While the Safari is more of a polarizing pen as compared with the Metro - it's a very distinctive aesthetic - these are the pens for me, so why not celebrate the season with them. Someone asked me the other day about Caleb's first fountain pens for school, and whether or not he would be using a Metro, and I had to say he would be using a Safari. Not even the ABC? Nope. Straight to the good stuff.
This year's picks: Apple Green Safari with Pelikan Edelstein Olivine
All-Black Safari with Sailor Kiwa-Guro
Red Safari with Diamine Carnival
Neon Lime Safari (2015's special edition, now discontinued) with J. Herbin Stormy Grey
Vista with Sailor Jentle Epinard
***In other news, we're marching on into the holiday festivities. You would think that each year we would get more organized, have figured out all the timing, gotten better at balancing family obligations with keeping the shop from careening off into the ether, know where to hang up the string lighting - and that this busy time of year would get easier and easier. However, this year, shockingly enough, it seems as hectic and rushed as always. We currently don't even know where our string lights are, much less where we're going to hang them: Jon has ordered new ones, which have been delayed in shipping. The old ones had been packed away somewhere in the moves, and no one is eager to go digging around in the murky basement boxes. I'm hoping the old ones will turn up and we'll have string lights everywhere. That being said, with each passing year, with Caleb getting older, I'm trying harder to slow down and enjoy it all. I always worry that my kids are going to grow up without those classic traditions - I definitely do not have it together to bake Christmas cookies, and our Christmas tree goes into the shop - so I can only hope they'll grow up with fond memories of some of our more unconventional traditions. Seven days a week at the shop, Christmas candy at the registers, sealing up stacks of envelopes of Christmas cards, heading to our vendors and friends. So this week, we're off to get our Christmas tree - two in fact, one for each shop. Double the fun.