Do you ever feel like you’ve changed so much in such a short period of time that you must be a completely new person now, and you look back on events from your past with a mix of shame and disbelief?
Like that time when my parents embarrassed me in front of my best friend by telling her that I had a crush on Donnie from New Kids on the Block… Thanks mom. That was the year before! (Now I dare you not to waste the next 30 minutes looking at old NKOTB photos on Google.)
That’s kind of how I feel about my old Top 10 Quirks (and my old old Top 10 Quirks). Time for a new and improved list!
Now it’s your turn! Either send in a quirky penpal ad, or comment with something from your past that is slightly embarrassing! Or just tell me who your favorite New Kid on the Block was. (I swear I only wasted less than 10 minutes Googling them.)
It’s no secret that I love food a lot. When I’m not eating it, I’m talking about it, or dreaming about it.
It’s the same thing with stationery. When I’m not designing it or writing letters on it, I fantasize about it. Come on, admit it, you fantasize about stationery too. No? Just me then.
So food and stationery are 2 of my biggest loves. But what do they have to do with each other? A lot more than you think.
You see, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always enjoyed going to buffets. Not because of the food quality (some buffets are better than others though), but because of the variety. Options! I like having a lot of options.
It’s similar with restaurants that offer appetizer samplers. That has got to be the smartest idea ever! I love when restaurants do that. What if I want to have wings AND onion rings AND cheese sticks AND nachos all at the same time and don’t want to just pick one?
Because I like having a few bites of many different things, I often put a strange assortment of things on my plate at home. For example, one day I had some bread, chips, cheese, vegetables, shrimp, tzatziki sauce and cashews for dinner.
Denise also likes those types of meals, but she tends to smother everything in blue cheese dressing (she loves the one from Trader Joe’s, I prefer the one at Buffalo Wild Wings).
This is also my favorite kind of meal when we’re having small family gatherings. We make a few salads and dips, we add some vegetables and crackers, smoked salmon and prosciutto, we put a baguette in the oven… This is my version of heaven on earth!
When my son was little, I would often put random things on his plate to make sure that he’d get a little something from each of the 5 food groups in his meals, and he always loved it. He would ask “Mom, what’s for lunch?” and I would answer “Oh, you know, some chicken, peanuts, strawberries, blueberries, crackers, carrots, all of that.” The funny thing is I would always answer different things, but would always end my sentence with “all of that”, so he started calling those meals “all of that”. Well, he speaks French, so he would actually say “tout ça”. So when we want to eat a bunch of random stuff, we just say that we’re eating tout ça now! He’s 11 years old, but the habit just stuck.
However, let’s be real for a moment. Sometimes our “tout ça” meals don’t look amazing. The photo below would never end up in a magazine. But trust me: dumplings, seaweed salad and pretzels are fun to eat with a clementine, banana and avocado.
That brings me to stationery. Yes, I like to have a lot of variety on my plate, but I also like to have a variety of stationery for my letter writing. If you’ve received a letter from me in the past year or so, there’s a good chance it looked like a rainbow: alternating ink colors on different sheets of paper.
That’s why I launched the Stationery Subscription Service (SSS) a little over a year ago. Every month I create 6 new stationery designs, and I’ve been having a blast using all those fun, colorful sheets of paper to write to my penpals!
We get feedback from our subscribers all the time, and apparently the SSS just keeps getting better and better. Well this week we sweetened the deal for all our friends who like variety like me and enjoy having a few bites of everything… You can now get a monthly subscription for just $6! It still includes our 6 new monthly designs, but instead of the entrée (24 sheets) or full course meal (48 sheets), you can now only order the appetizer version (12 sheets). Take a look at our different subscription plans here.
My meals are often like the SSS – they both include 6 very different things (go ahead, make fun of me with my dumplings, seaweed salad, pretzels, banana, clementine and avocado!) and there’s something for all tastes. In February, the SSS had 6 distinct themes: galaxy, fox/owl, unicorns, matryoshkas, penguins and ancien Egypt. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, come over for dinner, or get a stationery subscription from La Papierre!
My apologies if you’re drooling because of this post… I’m craving some very weird food combos now! I can’t wait until my next tout ça meal. Yum!