It’s official – I may have a planner supply addiction!

When it's all stored away, my addiction doesn't look so bad...
...Yeah, even I was surprised once it was all out!
…Yeah, even I was surprised once it was all out!

Instagram, I blame YOU!

A year ago I didn’t have this problem but now it’s a completely different story and I think it’s official – I may have a planner supply addiction without realizing it! For those who follow my rambling blog you will know I ditched Facebook a while ago and I haven’t looked back; however I think Instagram has replaced that and I place 98% blame on my enjoyment of the app for starting my journey into the world of washi tape and planner mania! The more I searched for stuff, the more wonderful photos I found of stores and self-proclaimed ‘Planner Geeks’ that showcased beautifully laid out diary pages and filofax collections.

My very modest collection of Filofaxes and my striped Websters Pages Planner alongside my amassed 'collection' of stationery!
My very modest collection of Filofaxes and my striped Websters Pages Planner alongside my amassed ‘collection’ of stationery!

I am not, thanks goodness, a ‘Planner Addict’; by that I mean I don’t feel the need to purchase over 15 Filofaxes! My addiction is the stationery side of things – the paper, stickers, tape, pens…you name it, I love it! Walking into a paper store or art store has always excited me so that aspect isn’t new, but the kawaii/japanese washi tape side of things is new and that’s my downfall. The colors, the patterns, those darn cute little bits and pieces just ignite my passion for creating something that I’ll enjoy looking at everyday. I like looking at my diary/Filofax/planner pages and seeing my week planned out with important dates highlighted by a silly little smiling cat or a weekend expedition made more eye catching by a beautiful washi tape border. This month, being October, sees my organizer pages dotted with little Halloween stickers and I love it!

October Pages, complete with Halloween stcikers!
October Pages, complete with Halloween stcikers!

I know many people choose to turn their passions into a business venture but I honestly don’t think I could do that – all that wonderful ‘stuff’ would probably see me, and my daughter, hoarding everything and driving my husband bonkers with all the little bits everywhere (Potting Shed!) For now though I will enjoy my new found hobby and try very hard not to go overboard whenever I visit The Paper Place or Etsy.

Ever since I was a child, stickers have been a weakness....and growing up has done NOTHING to stop that!
Ever since I was a child, stickers have been a weakness….and growing up has done NOTHING to stop that!

The Witcher 3 and Gretchen Rubin

Triss, Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer - The Witcher 3; Wild Hunt

‘Excuse me?’ I hear you say and I don’t blame you. Let me explain:

Witcher 3 – A video game based on the very successful book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The game is the third and final video game in the series and the first played by my husband. He had been looking for a new game to help divert his mind from the trials and tribulations of starting up a business and he found it in ‘The witcher 3; Wild Hunt.’ I have never really paid much attention to video games but I have to say this one is fantastic! The storylines are rich, the graphics are stunning and the detail is mind boggling. When a new game is released at a cost of well over $50 I can not justify the price for what you get, however with this game you really feel you get what you pay for in a positive sense. I can’t imagine the hours of designing and coding that must have gone on to make this game; there are side quest galore along with various different paths you can choose as you play the lead witcher, Geralt of Rivia. I can’t say I have any idea of the storyline but from what I’ve seen so far I am so hooked I ordered three translated paperback books from Amazon today just so I could get a sense of the original story. Apparently not all the stories have been translated yet but I’m hoping that will change.

While my husband spends his evening hours, and I mean HOURS, questing through various regions trying to piece together an intricately woven story, I watch from the sideline (“the witcher-watcher”) while reading my newest book by Gretchen Rubin: ‘Better Than Before’. Having just started it I can’t tell you much but having read her Happiness Project 1 & 2 I imagine I will enjoy this latest book. Previous to that I was reading ‘The Custodian of Paradise’ by Wayne Johnston which was a beautiful story set in St. Johns, Canada, during the last years of World War II. Worth a look if you’re needing something new to read.

You may be reading this and thinking, ‘what on earth is she writing this for?!’ My point: this is how my marriage works! I have never, and would never, begrudge my husband for his video gaming. We have it all worked out; he is occupied for a while giving me plenty of downtime to blog, craft or bake however he prefers it if I sit near him and read while he ‘quests’. We understand each others hobbies and respect that and it means there is no upset between us. Now I will say my hubby isn’t the sort to be lost every non-working hour of the day – he has his limits and he is responsible enough to know the difference between work and downtime! I am not the type of wife who will get pissed off if he’s not paying attention to me or not helping out with the kids (who are currently trying to ‘help’ him in the game by telling him who’s head to cut off at which point he saves and shuts the game off!) What we have, works. I know some couples who wouldn’t survive with this arrangement; wives not wanting anything to do with any hobby and then slagging the poor guy off for not paying them any attention. (BTW, slagging off means talking crap behind someone’s back!) I’ve met a quite a few people, especially during my days as a server, who when in the company of friends started berating their other halves for their hobbies, both husbands and wives, and to me it’s a little sad. Having your own ‘thing’ is important and it’s even more important to respect and accept your spouse’s hobbies…unless, of course, it’s an all consuming hobby that financially cripples you…in which case, seek help!