- Wallet - made by Superior Labor
- Coffee mug* (either with coffee or water, and I can pick up something on the road)
- Cloth napkin - this one is from Classiky
- Mini Rhodia pad, in my front pocket
- Spare preppies for fellow travelers I meet on the TTC (or wherever)
- Rollerball/gel pen (for when I need to pull out a writing instrument, and it doesn't seem like a good opportunity to whip out something crazy)
- A5 Portfolio with all of my paper and pen things
- Olive Traveler's Notebook (or whatever other notebook I need)
- appointment papers, etc. for the day
- index cards or note cards
- TWSBI 580 Turquoise
- Lamy 4-color/colour ballpoint
- in this case, a few letters I want to send out - although mostly I put my own personal letters in with the lettermail packages that are being sent from the shop
- a few letters to respond to, and some extra stationery
***Our first one is a cafe in Riverdale, Hailed Coffee, which has been around for a year or two - so it's sort of new, but sort of quietly well-established in the neighbourhood as well. It's on Gerrard, just east of Old Chinatown, and actually very close to the place we originally wanted to open the Wonder Pens shop - if you know the area it's the corner shop across from the Beer Store on Logan and Gerrard, which was abandoned at the time we started the business. We liked the location both because it was close to old Chinatown, which was and is a rapidly changing strip of Gerrard (and one we'd fit right in to! sort of...), and Riverdale itself is a really great neighbourhood. With hindsight, our place on the west end, 906 Dundas West was just the perfect place for us, in some ways our first home, but it's always fun to imagine how things would've turned out for us here. Maybe we'd be getting coffee from Hailed everyday instead of Ella's! We've been in the east end now for almost two years, but it seems like with Caleb's short legs we stick pretty close to home, and with the shop, we don't get out much anyways. I discovered this place on the way to Caleb's weekly gymnastics class. Occasionally on the long walk home, particularly on cold winter days and after an exhausting class for both tot and parent, we stop by for a pick-me-up. There are two really great things about this place: one is that they're very friendly, also very kid-friendly, which I've discovered is (understandably) two separate things when it comes to cafes, and two their chocolate hazelnut croissants. They heat the croissants for you, and they're really, really good. Caleb has been getting better and better at sitting still and waiting, particularly when there's a croissant and a cup of milk and a view of the streetcar zooming past - and I've been getting better and better at taking in sips of writing time in between life zooming past.
- A new Camel Midori Traveler's Notebook, regular size for my agenda + planning.
- Stalogy A5 Notebook for my personal journal, inside an A5 Midori MD Leather Notebook.
- Life Noble Note B5 work notebook for notes and keeping track of projects.
- Hobonichi Techo for daily gratitude writing, inside an A6 Midori MD Leather Cover.
- Stalogy B6 as a pocket book, for daily notes and random scribbles.
- A B6 Life Vermilion to keep track of my correspondence. I think I may fill it up this year!
- A4 Midori MD notebook, which I'm still using to document Caleb's funny moments, although I haven't been as faithful as I wish I could be.
- A notebook with a dog on it I've had for the last decade, in which I keep track of the books I've read.
- Another B6 Stalogy notebook for ink swabs and keeping track of what's in my pens. I just started this notebook in November 2016, so it's only got a few pages filled, but I'm loving how crinkly it's getting already. I tell it apart from my pocket notebook because it has a burn mark on its front cover from when I was doing wax seals and things got a little out of hand.
***As we wrap up the year and the holiday season comes to an end, I have a whole host of blog posts in mind for that quiet time between Christmas and the first day of 2017: maybe more updated photos on how the Midori MD leather cover wears in and warms up over time, reflections on another year in business, my pen artillery for 2016 and which ones I tended to use the most, a very vague and faint hope of a few photos of a completed travel journal from our train trip this summer. With only a few days left until the new year, time is ticking, but I think it feels more like that as these final hectic shopping days clamber on in the shop. 9I always really look forward to the time right after Christmas, when there's time to take a breath and clean up the boxes, and maybe to enjoy a few new Christmas toys with some hot chocolate.
***We've been busy here, with fall and new products and orders coming in and Scriptus coming up soon, or maybe the fall weather has also stirred up something in all of us to get going on all of our projects and freshening up everything in the shop. We'll have another blog post in the next week with some of the fun we have planned for the show, but of course you can always come by our table. We've got a few treats and surprises planned, and one pretty exciting one in particular that I'm sure is going to basically fly off the table. Stay tuned! I'm loving these fall days, especially with Caleb getting bundled up. He loves stepping out into the cool air, and often starts running just to have the thrill of a cold wind against his face. These days are probably coming, too soon, to a close, where Caleb, already a bit of a self-conscious kid, can just be gleeful at...the air. Even Super has a bit more friskiness, despite all the grey coming in around his snout and paws - in the heat of the summer, with all of his fur, he moves a bit slower, but as the air cools down, it's like he's a puppy again. These are some of my favourite days. ©
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We've been embracing the fall weather by updating Caleb's wardrobe. He's been in his spring + summer clothes for what seems like forever, especially since some of his pant legs now ride up to his knees as he's crawling up the jungle gym.
Caleb always seems warmer than everyone else - I can feel a cloud of warmth radiating from him in his crib at night - but I think we're starting to reach the days where everyone needs a jacket or a vest.
This is his second and maybe his last summer of going anywhere with just a diaper on - it's this season of change and fresh starts and cool breezes and it's giving me the heebie jeebies to see Caleb growing up into a little boy.