hi-tec-c love

I have a thing for pens. I have a thing for coloured pens. I have a thing for almost all things Japanese. I have been in love with the Pilot Hi-Tec-C since I first adopted one from a stationary store in Praha during the Summer of 2001. At the time I didn’t know where to find them here in the States. I forgot about Kinokuniya for a spell. Whenever E took a business trip abroad I would beg for a Hi-Tec-C if he could.

Today, I don’t have to worry at all. Not only is my favourite bookstore steps from my subway stop, the ever so awesome JetPens will deliver them to my door(man).

Pilot Hi-Tec-C collection Click the image to go to flickr to see it biggered. This is my shrinking Hi-Tec-C collection. Why is it shrinking if I love these pens so much? I’m trying to clean up my pen stash and I would love to buy a set to restart my collection. I have that pile of Signo Bits that Melanie sent me a while back as well as my own collection I need to use up as well. My pen drawer is full.

Why do I like the Hi-Tec-C? They write a very smooth line from the 0.5mm tip down to the 0.25mm. The pen feels good in my hand and my temperamental wrists do not quickly feel fatigue or cramping. I have been in love with the blue-black from the beginning; there is something about the colours that appeal to me. The ink doesn’t run out super fast, but runs out a little after I expect it to. I have three Coleto 2-up bodies which I like as well but don’t use as much because the body isn’t the same and causes me some frustration after holding and writing with it for a few hours and they seem to run out a bit faster than I find useful.

Kata emailed me the other day that JetPens was offering a free Hello Kitty Limited Edition Hi-Tec-C Pen if you were willing to write a review of the pen. I’m sad that I don’t have a better photo of my pen, the randomly selected Hello Kitty that perches atop my clear blue pen is purple which is just absolutely perfect for me and she and the pen make me very happy. I took about a trillion photos of it this morning and I just can’t figure out how to get the right angle of the pen cap, my camera, and some lighting. I’ll upload a photo of her when I can. So, is this a sponsored post? Did they influence me to write only good things about their company and the pen? NO. I love and respect the offerings JetPens has, and that they held a Penefit which I sadly couldn’t get my arse in gear for makes me all the happier to promote a great business that provides me with the pens I love without taking a very long flight or breaking the bank. That said, if Tokyu Hands started an online shop with English that shipped here, I’d not be able to save any money.

from our nest …

We are enjoying a nice quiet Tuesday together and hope that all of you are enjoying your day and time with family, friends, health, and happiness.

pg with chaverim

Home again

I am home from a wonderful (too short) 6 days in Tokyo. E is the most wonderful husband in the world! First, I could tag along (and use his frequent flyer miles), second he took off Monday so we could have a full Sunday together. Then, as he arrived home a good 6 hours before I did (I had a “wonderful” layover in LAX trying to fly standby on any earlier flight, which sadly didn’t happen) he unpacked the suitcases, put them back into storage, did all of the laundry and put most of it away. He would have finished that task, but my flight landed early (yay!) so he didn’t have time before leaving to pick me up.