Notebook conclusions

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I promise this will be my last post about notebooks.

So I bought a Moleskine address book, because I wanted to have an
address book that will last me decades, and because I wanted to compare
the Moleskine construction to the Cavallini that I recommended earlier.

There’s definitely a difference — the Moleskine is pretty much a
hardcover book, the pocket at the back is cloth instead of paper-sided,
the binding is very well-done, and the paper is a little higher-quality.
For something with the permanance of an address-book, it’s perfect.
If you need your lined notebooks and journals to be that permanent, it’d
also be perfect, but it’s overkill for me. I can easily flex the
Cavallini, but not the Moleskine.

On the other hand, I needed a pocket-sized week-at-a-glance
, and
it being February and all, there’s pretty slim pickings left. So I
bought one whose format I liked best, even though it was pretty cheaply
made, and while it’ll do for what I need, it reminds me that the
Cavallini notebook is not overkill for me. So thus concludes
my notebook reviews.

But now that I have a notebook I like, an address book that is
bombproof, and a weekly planner that will suffice, I can retire
my Palm Pilot
, which I haven’t really used in about a year.
I’m not sure why — I really liked it when it was new — but it
was just sufficiently impersonal and complex to make me avoid it,
leaving me losing track of stuff left and right. I shall report
back in a few weeks to let you know how the move to paper has gone.

6 responses to “Notebook conclusions”

  1. I bought the Cavallini notebook at Chapters here, which is our equivalent of Barnes and Noble. The other two came from a trendy sort of papierie here, but the planner could’ve come from a random stationery store (or even a big-box store like Staples). Moleskines are harder to find, although Barnes and Noble is rumored to carry the basic ones.

    Cavallini looks to be available all over the place, including Barnes and Noble and Borders.

  2. I’m going to hang onto it, just not carry it with me daily. It’s still my emergency password repository for a bunch of things I log into about once a year, and so on — I’ve just stopped carrying it with me daily.