Kara Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Obsess much?

Note: This post was written before I realized I was trans and/or before I came out online. As such, I might refer to myself as a man or use my deadname. Please read my name policy to understand how you should refer to me.

Tomorrow is my first day of my first year of university. I'm both excited and nervous. Today I went shopping for school supplies. Notebooks, pens, that sort of thing.

I have two math classes, so I'll be doing a lot of pencil work. I love wooden pencils and have eschewed their mechanical counterparts up until now. However, since the spacial organization of lecture-style seating makes pencil sharpening more of an Olympic sport than useful utility, I've decided to make the leap to mechanical pencils. But, being who I am, I couldn't just stop there. Oh no. It's never that simple. :D

Wal-Mart presented me with a good, but not dazzling, selection of pencils from which to choose. Being a last minute vulture meant I only had the leftovers, but they still presented me with a poser. Firstly, mechanical pencils come in different diameters of lead! So naturally I had to buy one type of pencil that uses 0.7 mm lead and one that uses 0.5 mm lead in order to compare the two. :shifty: Secondly, if I'm going to be using the same pencil for hours a day, I want one that's comfortable; I ignored the cheaper mechanical pencils and went for two brands that came with grips. The 0.7 one is thinner; the 0.5 one is thicker and has a more durable grip.

So to summarize: yes, I bought two different types of mechanical pencils in order to analyse how I like them and decide which one I prefer based on lead diameter and grip comfort. Go me.