So blah blah rain / stupid creek project / flooded basement and my son went downstairs to clear out junk to prepare for another yet ill-conceived solution from the creek project “engineer”. This one involves involves cutting the concrete basement floor. But this is not another kvetch – this is a moment of great excitement.

Great breathless excitement.

I’m not one to talk about the internet search terms that bring people to my blog but I’ll tell you now that from the moment I started blogging about them in early 2010, “Dixon- Ticonderoga Executive Mechanical Pencil” is the #1 search term. I’ve gotten visits every single day because of it.

I can’t tell you how many mechanical pencils I’ve tried since discovering this one. None suit! I did recently buy a 2-pack of 0.9 mm Office Depot pencils and while they are unlovely, I am appreciating the 0.9 lead size. So back to the basement clean-up – put on your cartoon eyes so that you can bulge them in and out while saying gnong gnong gnong as you gaze upon this:

Can you even breathe? I can’t ! I cannot even breathe.

I don’t even know what I want to say next about this. Are you seeing that from the sky basement dropped not just one but two Dixon-Ticonderoga Executive Mechanical Pencils? And that one of them has a 0.9mm lead? I didn’t even know they made that.

I am going to make a concerted effort to locate my 2013 Daily Planner -which I abandoned in March, as is my usual behavior – and use one of these to write in it. Every day. I swear this time.