Thursday, January 25, 2007

Catalogues

Lately I have been working all day from 8-5 (what a big girl I am). This is great because, since I am part time, it means that I don't have to go into work tomorrow. This is great because for some reason the kids don't have school tomorrow so I won't feel all bitter when I have to go to school and they don't. That doesn't really make sense since I don't even live at home any more so I wouldn't know that they weren't going to school, and I don't even go to school because I'm just working.

Anyway, work has been quite the "exciting" place the last few days. I've been trying to get the 2007 order in, but it is so trying for me because it is so boring. You see, I order boxes and boxes of...boxes.

That is probably the least exciting thing one could order. Seriously.

I don't mind looking through catalogues at all. When I was younger, we used to look through all the flyers that come in the mail over breakfast, deciding what clothes we like, what toys we want, and what we wish we could purchase at the grocery store.

I can still do that. When I look at a clothing catalogue, I can easily decide whether or not I would wear something and whether or not I would want to spend x-amount of money on said article of clothing. Now that my own family is growing, I can make those same decisions about my husband and children, and it's kind of fun.

I still like to look at toy catalogues, even though I don't play with toys very often. It's just interesting to see what is out there.

Looking at furniture can be fun, too. I can pretend that I have a lot of money and am in the process of redecorating my entire house, both of which are not true...but I can choose what furniture I would choose if I happened to currently be in those circumstances.

And I really do look through the flyers from grocery stores and decide what to buy, and then buy it.

But boxes? I mean, there really isn't anything thrilling about finding the best deal on a...box. They do try to make it sound exciting though, here is a tag line for a pamphlet box:

Hinged lid construction protects items from dust, dirt, UV light and air borne pollution. Upright storage design and hinged lid provide easy access and identification of pamphlets, odd sized magazines, periodicals, brochures, etc.

Have you ever read anything more exciting ever? I think not. I mean, this box protects from dust, dirt, UV light and, get this, air borne pollution. It's a great catch, but I think I'll have to go with the exclusive offer: same box, but lined with reinforcing linen tape! Wahoo!

This particular box is "an elegant alternative to standard blue/grey or tan document cases...." Unfortunately we want our collection to match so we're sticking with the blue/grey boxes that are so plain and boring that they aren't really even sure what color they are.

The best thing about this whole process is that when our shipment finally gets here, the boxes will be packed in boxes and we will get to unpack and count them. Taking boxes out of boxes just sounds like something from Dr. Seuss, so maybe it really will be exciting.

3 comments:

  1. oddly enough, boxes are starting to sound exciting! Hey, did Andrew get back? How was his experience?

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  2. The sad thing is, I order our office supplies, and we get excited every time an order comes in! Simple pleasures, I guess... :)

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  3. Only you, Nancy, could write an entire monologue on boxes. Give the drama student something new and fresh - Maybe you should write monologues for a living - because, hey I read the whole box blog and I might have to reconsider my storage options now!
    Glad to see you added to your blog though even if the most exciting thing in your life are boxes!

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