My friend, Brooke, (I seem to start a lot of my posts with that) was telling me about her journal-ing project. She made a note card for every day of the year, but no actual year. Does that make sense? So the first note card says “January 1″ at the top. The first line of the note card reads 2013 and then a short 3 word phrase. You do this everyday and then continue every year. Not incredibly exciting the first year, but as you progress, I can see how it would be fun to look back on previous years. So next year on January 1, 2014, she’ll go to the next line and add another 3 word phrase.
Sounded like fun! But I wanted a travel version of this setup. A box of notecards didn’t sound portable and sounded like a cataloging nightmare anytime the box fell over. My solution? A journal!
There are a few out there for this explicit purpose. But most are for short periods of time 3-5 years. Obviously I’ve committed myself for 5+ years (hello? I’ve had a blog for over 5 years now). Off I went in search of a notebook suitable for my journal-ing needs.
I found an adorable, purple, leather bound notebook. It was even made from recycled materials. It wasn’t a major selling point, but who knows, in 5+ years I could be way more hippie and I wouldn’t want to regret my choice of leather. The notebook had 256 pages, and since I was already prepared to use the front and the back. I was set.
And that’s where things went horribly wrong (horribly is a slight exaggeration, but it makes for a much more dramatic story).
The notebook arrived 2 days later (Thank You, Amazon Prime!) and I began flipping through the pages. Hmmm, this doesn’t seem like it’s going to have enough pages. Sure enough. There were only 128 pieces of paper in the notebook. Sheets, if you will. This meant there were only 256 writing surfaces for me to use. Not enough for my journal-ing project.
I get it. If you have a 300 page book, the front of a page counts as page 1, the back of page 1 is page 2. There are only 150 sheets of paper in a 300 page book.
I felt better when an English teacher friend of mine sympathized with my predicament. And then noted that notepads tell you how many SHEETS are in it, while books go by PAGES. If you’re lucky, the notebook will tell you sheets and pages, just to be clear. But most don’t.
So I now have a perfectly lovely, purple, leather notebook that will be used for something. In the meantime, I’m off to find a 365+ page (183+ sheet) notebook.
If you have any good leads on a notebook that fits the bill, leave me a note! I’d be super grateful!