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This review is long overdue.

Pelikan Pelikano Junior

Tom at Goldspot Pens generously sent me a marvelous right-handed Pelikan Pelikano Junior in blue. I adore blue and this pen sure is a eye-catching vibrant true blue.

There have been a number of reviews of this pen done already. (Take peak at some of the others: Office Supply Geek, The Shade’s Mind, Good Pens, Another Word For Nerd, Unposted) Due the abundance of reviews, I will keep this short and sweet.

The pen is marketed as a starter fountain pen for the young pen lovers in our lives. But honestly, we are all big kids at heart, right? The pen has grips that make using the pen a cinch. I find my hand slides into the correct position so writing is not only comfortable, but natural and effortless. The length and balance is appropriate for any aged writer. I have small hands and find it to be a joy to use.

The medium nib is smooth and writing is a joy. I have yet to experience any hesitation in ink flow or skipping while writing. It is a lovely consistent fountain pen. The pen is loaded with the ink cartridge that came with the pen. The blue ink is nice and bright. Unfortunately, I find that the medium nib lays down enough ink to be troublesome on some paper. 20 lb printer paper, which seems to be the standard around these parts, suffers from occasional feathering and notable bleed-through.

My journal is Markings brand. The cream colored paper doesn’t feather much but bleed-through might be a problem for some. I suppose the ink might be the cause of these issues rather than the nib or pen itself. Once I get this cartridge emptied, I will try some Private Reserve ink. If the bleed-through/feathering issue resolves itself, I will be sure to post.

I didn’t receive a box or any labels to adorn my pen like the other reviewers but I love it all the same. I adore bringing this pen out and having people take a second look at it. “Yeah, you know you want one…” This is definitely a keeper!

Many thanks to Goldspot Pens for making this review possible.

Take care and be well.

Today's adventure

Matt took me to the Racine Zoo today. I haven’t been there in ages. It used to be free admission but is still reasonable at $5 per adult. My favorite part had to be the Aviary. Matt and I were in the exhibit with approximately 300 budgies aka parakeets. It was so much fun. I loved interacting with those lil birds. The Meerkat Manor was another big highlight. I took around 160 pictures today and I think my favorites are of the meerkats.

I really was hoping to start this earlier but my brain thought napping was more of a priority and I got behind on my list of things to do. This will have to suffice for tonight’s blog entry. I hope you enjoy the four-into-one Polaroid-esque photo. I will try to get my behind in gear and get so more pictures posted of our grand day out.

Take care and be well.

I mentioned my favorite pants in a previous post. I only had a close up of the embroidery pattern in that post and thought I’d share a full shot. (yes, i am a big dork hehe)

THE pants

I can’t get over how comfortable these pants are. I wish I could have more pairs in different colors and wear them every day. Maybe Goodwill will have another pair when I drop in with my 10% off birthday coupon.

Saturday was a great day. My father, two nephews, Matt and I all ventured down to the Chicago Comic Con 2009.

Space Trooper!

Matt and I spent most of our time in the “Artist Alley”. Probably my favorite was meeting Jeffrey Brown. He did a great drawing in Matt’s Moleskine cahier and answered my gazillion questions. I hope to get a post up showing that awesome drawing and sharing some of the work that caught my eye.

After our day of comic goodness, I grabbed a pencil, eraser and pen out of my bag and came up with this creature.


I’m not sure if he is part duck and part “creature from the black lagoon” or “fish guy” like Matt called the scan file. Whatever he is, I like him. The stippling was inspired by Rich’s “Trinity Dots of Doom”. I haven’t stippled anything in the longest time. He’s inhabiting my 3×5 inch sketchbook.

mega bunny

Last is Mega Bunny. I drew him during our last trip to the laundry but just finished inking him last night. I like the line variation. Must be my new “thang”. He’s living in my 8.5×11 inch sketchbook.

I hope to push out another blog post sooner rather than later so keep your peepers peeled. Take care and be well. ♥

I’ve been asked what I carry around in my daily bag or “purse” if you prefer that term.

what's in my bag

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I carry WAY too many pens and markers. I’ve started using a make-up style pouch to hold them so I don’t have to unpack and refill my bag every time I search for THE one. The other pouch holds my Carmex lip balm, lip gloss, oil absorbent papers, nail file, contact drops, advil and other meds. My Circa/Rolla compact size planner is always with me. I’m getting myself back into the habit of writing everything down. Too many things nearly missed or late for my tastes. My journal is usually with me too. I like to doodle on the way to work. I’ve declared one glue stick for travel only so I never leave home without it. I try to keep clutter and receipts under control but you can see, there is usually some bits and pieces that manage to remain. The last thing I try to keep close at hand is my camera. Some days you will find a pack of colored pencils or a set of markers in my bag as well. Afterall, a girl always needs to be prepared.

Take care and be well.

I was asked how my Rotring Core XS nib compared to another fountain pen’s nib. Unfortunately I don’t have the other fountain pen to offer a comparison.

I offered to do a comparison of a different sort and thought others may be interested in seeing the results.

My Rotring Core is armed with Private Reserve Supershow Blue ink and an extra fine (XS) nib. I grabbed my Pilot G2 0.7mm, 0.5mm, and 0.38mm. They are in that order in the following pictures. (I apologize for the lighting – I did my best to salvage with Photoshop).

I would say the Rotring Core XS with Private Reserve Supershow Blue is between a Pilot G2 0.5mm and 0.7mm on 20lb every day multipurpose paper.

Hope this helps or at least is interesting to someone out there. Take care and be well.

I know I recently had a hair adventure and shared the “highlights” (hehe). Last night after work and walking Iggy Pup, Matt took me to get my just-shy-of-chin-length locks chopped off. Yep, my short hair got shorter!

new hair cut!

Nothing says summer like short hair – well, for me at least. I used to look forward to summer – I’d get my hair chopped off and swim the days away. Now I work all the time and on my days off I try to catch up on chores and errands. Okay, that was a bit pessimistic.

Double Balloon Flower

My gardens are doing well. My mother gave me blue balloon flowers. Last year I recall having a couple double blooms. This year it appears that the doubles have taken over. Believe me – I am *NOT* complaining.

doodle on place mat


Been trying to doodle when I have the opportunity. I don’t often get the opportunity to doodle on place mats these days so when I got the chance, I really enjoyed it. I may work on an evil panda drawing one of these days.

car's milestone

We took Iggy Pup to the dog park on Sunday. My car hit the big 20,000 on the way home. It’s a 2004 – can you believe it? I guess I don’t drive enough.

After the dog park

Iggy was less than impressed with the great vehicular milestone. At least he got to have fun running around and playing with the other dogs at the park. Poor pup has a rough life.

crap ton pt II

If the last overflowing truck was a manifestation of the word “crap load’ then Matt and I encountered a truck carrying what can only be described as a “crap ton” of stuff. Look at those mattresses! Is that even safe? The best part was the lack of license plate and horrible cloud of rancid exhaust that followed it down the road.


Ripley and I enjoy cuddle sessions. He will sit still as long as I rub his cheeks. I love how he tilts his head in for better cheek rubs. Can anyone resist his smooshy lil fuzzy face? For being so tiny, he sure has a large place in my heart.

If you haven’t stopped over at at the DIYSara Zazzle shop, you may be interested. I’ve put up some new items… Hope you like them!

That pretty summarizes where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to lately. Take care and be well.