Yesterday I broke down and bought a Hobonichi Weeks Mega, after contemplating it for several weeks now. It should arrive on Thursday and I can’t wait. I am a planner junkie. In my current financial situation, I considered the $29 planner a splurge, but in comparison to some of the other planners I’ve purchased, it’s budget friendly. If anything, the pencil board I bought to go with it is the real rip-off. Of course, to go with the Weeks, I had to buy sticker printables on Etsy. I found a shop that had some pretty generic functional stickers like date covers and half and full box stickers, and bought a few kits too. Then I started thinking about how much thicker the planner is going to get if I put date covers on every page in the same place. Like my notebooks with washi tape on the edges, they do tend to bulk up. I watched some YouTubers flip thru some notebooks and they do get pretty thick. Eventually I will need a rubber band to hold it closed. I didn’t buy a cover for it yet because the ones that Jetpens sells don’t fit the Sneaker edition of the Mega, but eventually I plan to get a cover. I have to research the places that sell the size I need for the Mega Weeks, which is thicker already than the regular Weeks. I bought the Mega so that I could keep my bullet journal collections in the back instead of using a separate bullet journal. I can also brain dump and journal back there, since there are over 200 pages of note paper. I’m not sure yet what pen I’m going to use on the Tomoe River paper. It’s fountain pen friendly, but not good for gel pens because it takes a while for the ink to dry. One woman I watched said that she used Frixion pens in her planner. Since I’ve left notes written with Frixion in the car and had them disappear from the heat, I know better than to use those pens on anything I intend to keep long term. I’ve stopped buying ball point pens because I like Gel pens so much better, so this is a difficult choice for me. I do have my Bic and Papermate 4-in-1’s that I can use if I need to use ball point pens. Part of me liked the suggestion that Sam had that she liked the grey fountain pen ink on that paper, so it’s not quite so bold. I don’t have grey ink, so I would have to order some. But then I would be committing to using a fountain pen. And I’m not sure that works best on stickers - I think that tends to bleed.
So, I took a break and went out for the day, since I was having an anxiety attack and I needed to Do Something! I got breakfast, threw up my breakfast, went to Staples, went to Michaels, went to Target and bought some Acroball black fine point ballpoint pens, and then went to see my aunt at the hospital. I came home and cleaned up my wax warmer in preparation of waxing my niece and nephew’s eyebrows tonight. I threw some roast beef in the crockpot for our french dip dinner. All in all, I feel like today was a wasted day, not that I didn’t accomplish anything, but that I didn’t relax at all. My anxiety is high and I’m exhausted emotionally, if not physically. I haven’t gotten close to my word count for the day since day 1. Maybe using a different pen will make a difference there. I have 2 hours before I have to be at my brother’s house for waxing, so I will probably get some writing done while listening to forensic files in the background.