Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Persnickety P's ~ Life Lessons from Sticky Notes ~ A to Z Blog Challenge

When I began thinking about the A to Z challenge, I thought for a long time about what I wanted to write. I tried to think of ways to find neat things about the English language with each letter. And then I thought, what if that letter didn’t exist? So I am doing an abbreviated version of my Life Lessons series that I normally do on Fridays, but without using the letter of the day. What would life be like without that letter? Let’s find out...

I thought about writing on efforts to toilet-train my daughter, but that is really difficult without the letter of the day... haha. :)

They're colored, lined, AND sticky.
What more could you want?
So, instead I want to look at sticky notes. (And, yes, that is what they really are, unless you are using the brand name ones.) I. Love. Sticky notes. It’s bordering on obsession. I use them everywhere. In college, I studied software engineering, which meant I designed a lot of... things to run on those electronic brains you are likely using to read this. Some of them got rather elaborate.

Sticky notes made life so much easier. I would lay the whole design out on the wall using colored sticky notes. For those who know about writing electronic brain directions, I worked with object-oriented languages, so it leant itself well to division by sticky note. Sometimes I covered entire walls.

I didn't make this, but it's a mosaic made with sticky notes.
How cool is that?!?
I don’t write directions anymore, but sticky notes still factor into my designs. In my “office” corner I have large sheets of writing material on the walls. These hold images I’ve used to enliven characters and scenes in my novels. They hold story lines. As I work, I add things using stick notes. Then I occasionally take them down and transfer the notes to the sheets with marker to make things a little neater.

So what can we learn from sticky notes? I’m not really sure. I just really like them and wanted to write about them. Which I guess is the lesson. Take delight in the little things in life. Sticky notes make me smile. I enjoy using them so I get things done when I make sticky notes involved.

What little things do you enjoy?  What makes you smile?

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  1. i like sticky notes too--also love cool stationery and note cards-----also love to find a bargain--that can really make me smile--i know too shallow--enjoyed your post

  2. It's so funny to learn what little things really tickle people. I love the color in sticky notes. I'm very picky about which colors I'll buy. Pink is a no-no. Yellow and blue are faves. I like colored pens. I like to correct my student papers with a purple pen! I'm over from A to Z so pop on by if you like. Cheers. (Catherine Stine's Idea City)

  3. Bargains rock. I got a can of tomatoes for ten cents the other day and you would've thought I'd won the lottery I was so excited. When I find a bargain on sticky notes... oh yeah.

  4. Colored pens are very cool as well, though I'm partial to the colored sharpie-type markers. I'm not a fan of the pale pink, but the hot pink is pretty cool.

  5. Oh I love you chose Persnickety. My children had a 3rd grade teacher who taught them that word and it's one of our family's favorite ones (but not one you hear often).
    Rhia from Five Minute Piece for Inspiration (about # 776 on A to Z list)

  6. Persnickety is suck a fun word. I don't think it's possible to say it without smiling.