I oozed my way over to the stationary shelves nearby where I found this:
There was only one - all its brothers and sisters had been sold. Diary? Notebook? I opened it up and quite a number of my wishes came true at that moment.
A Filofax! But slim and light and eminently portable! With a comprehensive diary! In leather! Pink leather!
With all the saints' days included! In French! And a notebook too! And a jotting pad!
And room for business cards and things you tear out of magazines in the doctor's waiting room! (I don't do that.)
This is one of the most important purchases I have ever made. I haul kilograms of stuff around with me and for the sake of my shoulders have had to pare down the weight of my work bag. It was with great regret that I tucked my faithful red Filofax into my desk drawer and started relying on my phone to store phone numbers and grocery lists. This grieved me because I am a note taker, a pen user, someone who likes to keep written records of things. Such archives are easier to maintain in a notebook than on a phone. For me, anyway.
And this sliver of an agenda is perfect - light and comprehensive. To give you an idea, here it is in context with other purse inhabitants, including my terrifying intelligent phone that sighs with boredom every time it sees me.
I love my Filofax Flex. They're not available in Australia but you can buy them, and the refils, on the Filofax website (if I don't clear them out before you get there).
The French appreciate fine stationary. At ever pen counter in every store - even the most jam packed, modern, prosaic supermarket - you will fountain pens alongside the biros. I know this because I am obsessed with pens and own hundreds, many of which I've bought in France. I have been known to befriend people simply to get closer to their pens. I bought quite a few on my recent trip - some cheapies in lovely colours..
And I bet you didn't know that all the best hair clips are made in France. This is why, when you are next in a French department store or supermarket buying fabulous pens, you should then make your way to the beauty aisle and fill your basket with handfuls of hair delight, like I did.
There is no keener pleasure than needing a dusty pink bobby pin and being able to find the perfect shade, right there on your bathroom counter.
Incidentally, the suitcase is orange, very light, and has four wheels.