Allow me to vent...

Not a real blog post today...

Just a wee bit o' complaining.

Because I can do that, right? Isn't that what blogs are for?

A student emailed me over the weekend with some fantastic news

The kind of news that should have me dancing in the streets.

Instead, I wanted to find the nearest brick wall and bang my head against it.

Repeatedly.

My beloved colored Copic Multiliners have been undiscontinued

Yep. They discontinued these pens last year (2016) and I went into mourning because I use them, like every single freekin' day.

My student got an early copy of the 2017 catalog and they're back.

I checked the Imagination International website and they're back there too.

I've been busy, so maybe I missed the newsletter announcement, or maybe it's an announcement timed for CHA (the large Craft Hobby Assoc) show this month.

Anyway, the point is that I should be ridiculously happy and yet...

Why do I feel like grabbing a pitchfork?

Well, here's what happens when someone who uses a product daily gets word that said product has been discontinued:

3 Red replacement cartridges = $10 or so

2 Orange replacement cartridges = $6 or thereabouts

2 Yellow replacement cartridges = $6 about

2 Green replacement cartridges = $6

3 Turquoise replacement cartridges = $10

3 Sky Blue replacement cartridges = $10

2 Cobalt replacement cartridges = $6

3 Purple replacement cartridges = $10

2 Pink replacement cartridges = $6

1 Wind replacement cartridge = $3

5 Sepia replacement cartridges = $15

5 Gray replacement cartridges = $15

But that's not all. Because I teach classes with these things, so I had to scramble for a replacement product that my home-store could carry. So days of research and this:

1 set of Stabillo = $15

1 set of Staedtler = $20

1 set of Le Pen = $18

1 set of Zig Mellennium = $17

So this little adventure in undiscontinuedland cost me about $173

And that's why I'm grumpy.