I do not like to shop in stores as I'm easily distracted and prone to making spur of the moment purchases I later regret.
Recently in an office supply store there was a small flurry of excited activity in a check out line. Always curious I soon discovered they were selling boxes of 144 pencils for $1.57. Wow, what a bargain.
I personally like using a #2 wood pencil and assumed the rest of the world did as well. I could share this great bargain with friends and family I thought.
Back at home reality began to set in, what on earth was an old woman going to do with 144 unsharpened pencils? I soon discovered friends and family were not excited about #2 pencils. They were even less excited about unsharpened pencils.
I've been contemplating a way to get rid of these pencils. I thought about handing out a few of them to the homeless I see asking for help at different intersections. I decided they would have no appreciation for such a donation, especially if they were unsharpened. I have no desire to sharpen 144 pencils. Besides, they prefer cash to pencils.
Next I considered whittling them into toothpicks. That seems drastic and as boring as shelling pecans. At least you have a little reward for your effort when you shell pecans. There's no reward to whittling pencils. Besides, who wants a toothpick with yellow paint on it?
So far I've found no one interested in a game of pick-up-sticks using #2 pencils.
I think I'm stuck with this bargain. Come summer I'll look for a store collecting school supplies and see if perhaps I can drop this box of pencils into their collection container. Do schools even use #2 pencils anymore?
Shopping online is much better for me.
Finished knitting a pair of socks using Opal sock yarn.