Today is devoted to two celebrations: a belated Galentine’s Day, plus Valentine’s Day.
And all involving pen stuff.
Not because I’m a total loser. Not just because I’m a total loser. But also because it’s a blog about pen things.
What is Galentine’s Day? Only the most awesome holiday ever. Galentine’s Day started on a television show, Parks and Recreation, when Amy Poehler’s character decided the day before Valentine’s Day should be a day to celebrate female friendship, over brunch. Thus Galentine’s Day.
This should totally be a thing. So I’m going to be the change I want to see in the world: Happy Galentine’s Day.
Except, we need to add a few wrinkles. First, we’re a day late, because it’s me. Second, we’re on the internet, and I’m not a morning person, so that brunch thing isn’t happening. Just pour yourself a cup of coffee, or open a package of cookies or a bottle of wine. I toast you, virtually.
The biggest change is that our Galentine’s Day is open to all, whether a real gal or an honorary gal. If you’re a guy — and you are still reading — then hopefully you’re happy to be one of the gals. Make yourself at home. It’s my internet-only, fake-brunch, day-late, Galentine’s Day, and all are welcome.
I’m not going to shy away from gal-palling here. But I’m also going to assume that honorary gals will be interested, too, if only to see the other side.
Here are some pretty pens that seem fitting for this Galentine’s Day.
These are the Pelikan M600 Pink and the Pelikan M605 White Transparent, and they are the nicest Galentine’s pens ever.
But you know, gals do not just like pink things. In fact, some gals don’t like pink at all. And that is okay. Galentine’s Day is for all. Here’s a green pen I like.
And here are some pens that aren’t very colorful.
Those pens are sober enough even for those guys who don’t qualify as honorary gals.
But you know what? I hate to say it, but, they aren’t really fun enough for our celebration. For today, let’s forget those. They can come back on, say, tax day. A guy day if ever there was one.
Instead, I will grab some fountain pens that are more fun and Galentine’s-appropriate.
One of those is even black, and that one is also owned by a guy I know.
See! Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating your friends, and mine are pretty great.
Now, some might say that my friends have great taste. But that’s not for me to say. Because if I say that, it would be sort of complimenting myself, because of the implication that they also have great taste in friends (me). So I can’t really say that, and still be modest. Apparently. So I’ll just leave it to you gals and guys to say that. Right there, in the comments. Below. At the bottom there.
Okay, have we all left fawning compliments? Good work. So here are some other writing instruments that would work for this special day.
These are the Lamy Safari Pink ballpoint and mechanical pencil. These live on the top of my desk, where my husband can use them. Because they are pink, if he walks away with them, I will track them down, and he’ll have to sheepishly return them to my desk.
This makes a happy contrast with, say, my phone charger.
And speaking of people who are your family but use that to walk off with your things, here’s a small sample of things found today in my daughters’ rooms.
Those are Galentine’s Day-appropriate Field Notes. You’ve been reading me long enough to know that they once were mine. No more. I now buy at least two packs of anything gal-like, for this reason.
I guess that makes every day a Galentine’s Day, and that’s a nice thing. But looking at that photo, I want to suggest, bitterly, that Jailentine’s Day might be more appropriate. That one on the right is fly.
Ah well. I will console myself.
Those are some Safaris I have. I am pretty sure that Fred Astaire was thinking of these in Swing Time when he sang, “Some day, when I’m awfully low / When the world is cold / I will feel a glow just thinking of you / And the way you look tonight.”
And there’s a second verse. So here is a drawer of Al-Stars, too.
This year’s Vibrant Pink will slot in there, too. Some day, when my pen arrives ….
Ah what a pretty picture. I am so glad we could share this Galentine’s Day in pens together.