Keep Your Friends Close and Your Stapler Closer

Katrina Carefoot, Mabel BlogHer correspondent, from Fickle Feline, is guest blogging while Julie recovers from the birth of her 6th baby – welcome Finian Aloysius!  Julie will be back next week (talk about a whirlwind maternity leave!).

I probably shouldn’t admit this in such a public forum, but I have a thing for office supplies.  Meaning, I fancy really nice, top notch pens, rulers, paper, notepads, mechanical pencils, paper clips, scissors and staplers.  If my work doesn’t happen to supply my preferred brand of a specific office product, I will bring my own from home.  Yes, I’m that particular, specifically about my stapler.  But my stapler – it isn’t just any stapler.  It has a special history.  It is a burgundy, Swingline stapler.  And how do I say this nicely?  No, you CANNOT borrow my stapler.  Uhh…I mean, of course you can borrow my stapler, just please be sure to bring it back to me when you are finished.  And be gentle with it, it was a gift.  A Valentine’s Day gift.  Specifically, my first Valentine’s gift from my husband after we got married.  But, you know, no pressure.  However, be aware that if you scratch it, dent it, or ding it, I will never speak to you again.  Otherwise, we’re cool.  There is also the fact that it matches my Blackberry Curve perfectly.  I know…that’s just crazy talk, I mean, who accessorizes their office equipment?  Probably the same type of person who labels it…

Don't you touch my stapler!

Don't you touch my stapler!

The labelling thing, it started out as a way for me to keep the kids organized, to make sure their stuff came home from daycare at the end of the day.  Then, I realized, after leaving my notebook in a meeting room for the 3rd time in a week (I guess my brain is still in mommy mode), that I could use some labels too.  Hey, if it works for the kids, why wouldn’t I label my stuff too?  That way when I leave my stuff behind in meeting rooms, the local coffee shop, or my boss’s office, everyone will know who it belongs to and everything will find its way back to me.  Mommy brain problem solved, right?

You can take the girl out of the Mabel, but you can't take the Mabel out of the girl.

You can take the girl out of the Mabel, but you can't take the Mabel out of the girl.

So far my strategy has proven to be successful.  But I might have overdone it, just a bit.  You see, in an effort to ensure my highly prized office supplies (like my much loved Swingline) are always returned to me, I labelled every square inch of my desk.  I have a feeling my coworkers are now afraid to borrow anything from me, because I seem a bit “attached” to my stuff.  But maybe that’s not such a bad thing?  Maybe my label strategy is actually two pronged – it helps people return things to me when I have forgotten them, and encourages them to not borrow things in the first place, as they will inevitably look like a thief when my visibly labelled stapler sits, waiting to be returned to me, on their desk, my name label a beacon, calling out to me in the night “Katrina, Katrina, Come Save Me!!”.

Wow.  My stapler is talking to me.  And I thought Izzie was nuts.  I need to get more sleep.

Mabel’s Labels As Featured On People.com

Ali Landry Photo: Retna Photography

Ali Landry Photo: Retna Photography

Mabel’s Labels was featured on People.com this past weekend for our participation in The Silver Spoon Dog & Baby Buffet in Los Angeles! It was the hot spot for celebrity Moms and Dads including Ali Landry, Samantha Harris and Mayim Bialik.

Jason and Naomi Priestley  Photo: Retna Photography

Jason and Naomi Priestley Photo: Retna Photography

Former 90210 star Jason Priestley and his wife Naomi stopped by Mabel’s Labels booth to order some labels for their daughter Ava. They are currently expecting baby number two! Congratulations to the happy couple! Read the full story over at People.com

Brittny & Lisa Gastineau Photo: Retna Photography

Brittny & Lisa Gastineau Photo: Retna Photography

 

Evan Handler  Photo: Retna Photography

Evan Handler Photo: Retna Photography

Ten Things I Learned My First Week Back At Work

Katrina Carefoot, Mabel BlogHer correspondent, from Fickle Feline, is guest blogging for the next two weeks while Julie recovers from the birth of her 6th baby – welcome Finian Aloysius!

Me at the beginning of my 1st week back at work.

Me at the beginning of my 1st week back at work.

I survived my first week back at work.  I’m not going to lie, the mornings came early, the days were long, and most nights I fell into bed not long after my kids.  But I made it, and I learned some important lessons along the way.

Ten Things I Learned My First Week Back At Work:

1. Coffee tastes better when you don’t have someone pulling on your pantleg.  So does lunch.

2. A 5:30am wakeup call always feels like the middle of the night, no matter how early you go to bed.

3. My kids will be okay if someone else takes them to doctor appointments and therapy sessions,  but it still kills me that I can’t be there for everything.

4. My baby sleeps better when she spends the day at daycare – in fact, she sleeps through the night!

5. I like getting dressed up every morning (with a regular bra rather than a nursing bra) and putting on makeup.

6. It’s not such a bad thing to get a chance to miss your kids, it makes you appreciate your time with them.

7. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to just go to bed and not lay out clothes, prepare lunches, and set up coffee for the morning…but what takes five minutes at night seems to take a half hour in the morning. 

8.  Morning traffic isn’t so bad, except when you have a 9am meeting.  Who schedules 9am meetings?? People without kids!  

9.  Most mornings, somebody’s going to poop right when you’re trying to get out the door. Note: It’s never me, and it may not be one of my children.

10. Blackberrys are highly addictive.  I am not sure why I waited so long to get one.

Me at the end of my 1st week back at work.

Me at the end of my 1st week back at work.

As I prepare to head into week two of going back to work, I will admit that a) I’m already looking forward to my first statutory holiday and b) I’ve already scheduled some vacation time.  I do like my job, I really like my boss, and I think I’m going to be okay.  But check back in with me in a few weeks and make sure I’m still standing!

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