09 June 2008

what are the chances?

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have a fetish for fountain pens. I love them, write with them, collect them; I have rubber stamps with fountain pens; my hands are stained with ink.

Well, yesterday, at the Ravelry knitting group, we were talking about how fast everything seems. I mentioned that I don't write on the computer because the results turn out too glib. I use fountain pens.

Turns out I'm not the only one. It might as well have been a convention of pen nuts. (Not peanuts. I'm allergic.) Three of us pulled pens out of our bags. Two others had forgotten theirs, or changed bags. One woman uses and collects them, and has the vintage pens refurbished. If I'm counting correctly, 3/4 of this group (or this incarnation of the group) shares my fetish.

Really, what are the chances?

I may be an old-fashioned girl in some ways, but in others - I'm a disaster. Homemaking, for example, every bit of it. I don't/can't/don't want to cook unless the food can be boiled our microwaved. (Pity my poor husband, who can not understand how I can consider Rice Chex in plain yogurt with Craisins "dinner.") (Spare some of your pity: I don't make him eat it.) Cleaning? Bleah. Etc.

If I'm a disaster now, imagine how bad I'd have been in, say, 1930?


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!

Ah well.
I never claimed to be domesticated.


kataish said...

screw domestication!

Will cooks, and does the laundry (I fold it usually), and I'm the one that works (for now, mainly because he doesn't have his papers yet).

(He's a good cook, actually, and I'm terrible).

Bridget said...

If it makes you feel any better, I got a low score too. I think most of it was because none of the questions related to caring for children applied. Well, that, and that I drink and gamble ...

Unknown said...

I tried taking the quiz, just to learn my general level of domestication, but not being married stopped that (unless I lied, of course)! I always write on paper first with my cheapie novelty/advertising pens, either all or most of whatever it is, before I head to the computer.

Unknown said...

Or should that be domesticity?

Nana Sadie said...

OMG. I'm a 2. VERY Poor. lol
Maybe THAT explains it? It's the red nail polish that Knailed me, I'm sure of it!

Alisha said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day.

I have to take that test. I love baking but cooking.....yuck. I have come to hate it and I think it is after three kids and almost 16 yeras of dinners for them and making lunches I have had it so I hear ya on the whole cereal thing. Definatly something I would do!!

I have never used a fountain pen I don't think. I prefer the computer because then it is neat and there is spell check!!

teabird said...

If I had made dinners for three kids for 16 years, I'd be too exhausted to take the test at all!

Thanks for visiting -

Maven said...

I rated a 31: Poor.

I wonder how I'd rate on a contemporary test.

60GoingOn16 said...

Apart from cooking (and sewing and knitting) I am so domestically challenged that I'd be too scared to take the test. And these days I only have to cook for myself, which makes like so much easier. There are not many things in this world that I hate but housework is one of them.

I do love fountain pens though; mine's a black Pelikan with a gold italic nib and it sits in the beak of a blue ceramic pelican (purpose- made by Pelikan and which came all the way from a specialist collector in the USA). For pen fanatics, post (with photo) on the Pelikan's pelican here:

Unionpearl said...

Fountain pens are like little deities. My wedding gift to my husband was a fancy fountain pen. He loves it. Also love dip pens, and they're even messier. I have ruined several tablecloths.

Now: can I impose on you to play the 5-questions (actually 6) blog game? The rules of the game are that each player answers the five questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags five or six other people. The player should then notify those people that they have in turn been tagged. Also, once you have posted your answers, please let the person who tagged you know.

My answers are on my blog in a sidebar, but I think most people just post. Here are the questions :
1. What was I doing ten years ago?
2. What are five things on my to do list?
3. Snacks I enjoy.
4. Things I would do if I were a billioniare?
5. Places I have lived?
6. Peeps I want to know more about:

That's all! I don't want it to be an imposition, so if it's just too much, just ignore.

--Susette (unionpearl on Ravelry, http://unionpurl.blogspot.com on Blogger)

Carrie K said...

I'm much more interested in the domestic arts now that I'm NOT a wife.

All of those fountain pen fetishers! My sil is among you. (I'm too klutzy. Had several bad experiences with ink and had to give it up.)

Paula said...

My feeling is this about domesticity:
"If God wanted me to have a clean house than he would not have put me in this century with sooooo many yarn and book stores!
I can have a mind and a peaceful hobby or a clean house but not both."

P.S. That is so wonderful that you found more fountain pen kindred spirits!
I always carry my favorite pen with me. Except in the UK I took my 3rd favorite.