French Quarter Pens

I finally found a pen I love and will not loose… well almost never loose. I was given a peweter dragon pen from French Quarter Pens a couple years ago and for the longest time I never lost it, misplaced it yes, but always found it. One day, on my way to the bus my purse went upside down in the car and partially out into the snow! I thought I’d lost my beloved pen forever and couldn’t find it anywhere. So for Christmas I was given a replacement. A couple weeks later I was looking in the car for something else and found my original pen! I was delighted as I now have 2 of these beautiful pens!

They are heavy enough that they glide over the paper but don’t make your hand hurt like most heavier pens. Having it in my purse adds a little weight and so I know it’s always there! They are a delight to write with and frequently I bring out my pen specifically for meetings at work which causes discussions n good writing tools.

I ride the Valley Mover, a local bus system in Alaska and whenever someone needs a pen I’m quick to bring out my beautiful pen for loan. More than a few times the hour drive is spent talking about how wonderful the pen is and how well it writes along with where it was purchased!

We’ve also purchased several more pens and the accompanying letter openers and magnifying glass to give as gifts.

Dragon Pewter Pen

Dragon Pewter Pen from www.FrenchQuarterPens.com

No, I get nothing but the satisfaction that I have helped several people find a lovely pen and a small business in Louisiana, all the way from Alaska!

Look SQUIRREL!

I’ve learned that being the Division Squirrel is a VERY good thing! I mildly over order on some supplies and recycle the heck out of others and am proud to say that it comes in very handy quite a bit of the time! The page dividers that have been recycled out of my packets are currently being re-purposed by our admin group! The gobs of binder clips and paper clips are constantly cycled through people’s offices and used over and over again! If I know I have something I won’t order new just to make life easy… I’ll hunt through my stash for it! Oh yeah and I even have some squirrels in my office to keep me company! (stuffed of course… can’t have them chewing up the files!)

Wow! That is fast!

My usual is to write posts on the big screen using the main pc but I decided to try out the reinstalled version of WordPress for my Android tablet. On the pc its sloow loading WordPress but the tablet is very snappy! The downsides to the tablet is the touchscreen keyboard and the fact that I am looking down far more than I should! An interesting experiment and since I’m in the system I figured I’d write about it!

Unstuffing Overstuffed File Drawers

I have approximately 1000 files to get things into or add to the collection of files. Several of them take up a whole drawer by themselves and are several years old but because they are active files I can’t just send them to storage or archiving and so we have 10+ years of “stuff” from each agency. One such provider file is a whole drawer by itself. Recently there have been discussions on how to cram more into the cabinets we have since there’s no more space for more cabinets! The brilliant brainstorm I came up with is to take that old historic data and put it into 3 ring binders on top of the cabinets and only keep the most current in the drawer. For several of the largest files that will free 2/3 to 3/4 of a drawer leaving space for more providers and future expansion. I can think of at least 3 files that are that large!

It will be a lot of work but in the long run we will have the space so desperately needed for more files!

Update: 

This original idea didn’t happen because the division decided that it was OK to box up the old stuff and send it to off site storage! For the last 6 months we’ve been converting files to a new Blue Folder system that has a current, complete application in it and the older stuff is starting to be boxed for moving out! One way or another the older paperwork that is not needed for daily work will leave the cabinets. Most exciting is to finally get ALL the files in alphabetical order as the movers in 2009 could not alphabetize to save their lives!