you know you want this
who doesn't love a fresh, clean notebook just bursting with potential? especially if it's one of superior quality, with smooth, thick white pages and a hefty feel? while i'm way too old to be going "back to school", august and september always bring back memories of shopping for the perfect cadre of supplies to pack into my new l.l.bean book pack. i've since moved onto to cuter bags, but the allure of fresh paper remains.
many of the blogs i frequent host giveaways, particularly of the edible nature. i certainly post my share of FOOD PORN on this site, but culinary ventures are just one facet of ghost world. i think that if this blog has any sort of central tenet or theme, it's about balance and enjoying life and keepin' it together under a fairly high load of stress.
and as you may have seen, one of my main strategies is to implement careful planning and organization. i've shown a glimpse of my planner. i am not ashamed to admit that i also have multiple auxiliary notebooks in circulation at any one time. one for taking notes on academic things i read. another on patient info. one that i tear off pages of for shopping lists. and finally, a hodge-podge notebook with various lists of all kinds.
if you write it down, it can happen!
so why am i going on and on about this? because i decided that if i was going to host a giveaway, it needed to fit this blog nicely rather than just waving around a big box of granola bars (although i'm not saying i'll never do that in the future).
i wrote to exaclair, the company that makes several of my favorite brands of paper: clairefontaine, exacompta (the maker of my current planner), and rhodia. the vice president of marketing was gracious enough to send me a fantastic package of their wares -- let me tell you, it was like christmas in our house when this arrived. i also was excited and surprised to see ghost world featured on the official rhodia blog.
i luuuuuuv the assortment that she sent, and could probably have found a purpose for all of it. however, my stores of writing materials are starting to reach critical mass, and i can only hoard up to a point. so i am going to pass some of this lovely stationery onto you, the readers. i am sure you all can come up with many great ways to use these notebooks, from mapping out a running plan to USMLE-cramming.
clairefontaine loot: 2 clairefontaine "basic" notebooks, one green clothbound with 96 sheet, and a thinner 48-sheet staple bound version with soft tan cover. they are nice and simple looking with aesthetically pleasing round corners, but the best part is the supersmooth very white paper, which is milled in france. i hate see-through pages, and this will not be an issue with these.
rhodia collection: 2 lined rhodia notebooks with classic staple binding. the sheets tear off nicely and so are perfect for lists. the tiny one is extremely cute; i actually already have one and use it for writing out directions to places to bring with me in the car when i don't feel like using GPS.
and because i just think it's appropriate, i will throw in just a taste of orla:
blank orla kiely flip book served with a muji gel pen on the side
entering the giveaway
all you have to do to win this fabulous selection is to:
leave a comment on this post telling me what you would use these notebooks for
if you have a blog, please link to this giveaway!
i will randomly choose a winner on tuesday morning, august 8.
GOOD LUCK, and happy writing!
workout: 5 miles, including 5 x 1000m intervals. i can't give accurate splits because i stupidly left the auto-lap feature on and it messed up my data. let's just say the intervals were between 7:40/mi and 8:00/mi pace for the most part.
doin' time: the leftovers were plentiful from last night, so i couldn't justify making a whole other meal and letting them go to waste. so no cooking! but i do have another delicious lunch shot to share:
reading: about chest pain. i didn't get to do a teaching session, as i was in clinic in the AM and things just got busy in the afternoon. but i'll try to sneak it in today.