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Well, really this post is more “Paper or Plastic/Metal-combo” but that’s not a catchy title. A more descriptive title would be “Stationary and pretty pens or fancy space technology”.

I don’t think it’s a completely new problem, especially among the young adult set who are quick to adopt and use technology for increasingly large chunks of their lives. But as more accessible and fun technology is developed and introduced into my life (iPAD!) I find it an increasingly annoying conundrum.

I have always been obsessed with stationary, patterned notebooks, sparkly pens, bright colored pencils…it bordered on obsessive, especially during school supply time. Seriously, the only way I should be allowed in a Target or Michaels from July-October is if I’m handcuffed and being led around by someone else. It’s part my writerly/sketch-loving nature, part my love of brightly colored things, and part well, I’m not really sure. But I could have 15 unused notebooks at home, and I will walk into a store and see some leather bound thing with a monkey stamped on it and I will convince myself that its a creative necessity. Yea…

On the other hand, I really love all the cool things technology has brought to my life (iPAD!) Facebook was the coolest thing at our high school graduation parties because it was new and shiny and you couldn’t sign up without a college email address and OMG I could find my best friend from elementary school on there by searching for their Pittsburgh high school. Now everyone can use it, but it’s how I keep tabs on a lot of my good friends who don’t live so close to me anymore.

That makes me sound surprisingly old…that’s the cool thing about all the stuff flooding the markets these days though – it comes out so FAST. It’s not just fun things on the internets (s intentional) either. It’s the sleek shiny gadgets that you can carry all the fun internet, video and music content around on (iPAD!)

I love Twitter and Facebook, and watching Netflix on my new iPad (I will stop mentioning it now, promise). The sketchbook pro app is pretty freaking sweet too. BUT I also love mailing out cards for birthdays and the Christmas season.  And if the Animation Academy at California Adventure/Disney’s Hollywood Studios stopped using pencils and ginormous (seriously, why?) paper for their drawing classes I would maybe shrivel up and die.

Paper? Plastic? Paper? Plastic? …Such a dilemma. Luckily it’s not like I have to choose one over the other.

Though if I seem a little brain-melty, these are the kinds of things I battle out in my head. In case you were wondering.

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