Promotional items can be practical

One of the things I enjoy about going to trade shows is getting a lot of free promotional items that are actually practical. For example, promotional canvas tote bags are one of my favorite items – I keep several in the car to use when we go shopping for groceries. I don’t like getting those flimsy plastic bags from the grocery store – you can’t even put more than two jars of spaghetti sauce in one before it rips open! The grocery stores around here don’t offer paper bags as an option anymore, so we are stuck with plastic unless we bring our own bags.

Another favorite item that I like to get from trade shows is a Promotional Mini Notepad and Pen Set. At first I didn’t think that I’d ever use them, but they are the perfect size to fit inside the glove box of my truck without taking up a lot of space. My wife keeps one in her purse – she uses it for making notes and lists when she is out running around and suddenly thinks of something that she needs to remember.

I like shiny things

I really like shiny things. I like a lot of chrome on my truck, and I like stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. My wife tells me that she’d prefer different colors in the kitchen, but since I let her pick out the bells and whistles on the appliances to make her happy, she let me pick out the colors to make ME happy. Seemed like a good compromise to me!

Now I’m trying to sneak in some stainless steel accents in other places around the house, like the bathrooms and the living room. I’ve found a good website that specialized in stainless steel accessories. Not surprisingly it is called The Stainless Steel Store!

I’ve found a great Stainless Steel tape measure that I’m going to put on my “gift wish list.” Also a great Stainless Steel Magnetic Bulletin Board that I want to put in the kitchen beside the door. I could spend a lot of time and money at that website!

Trumpets are cool

Although I never learned to play a wind instrument, I have always been fascinated by them. Especially trumpets! My father was a big fan of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, and I can recall watching them perform on television many years ago with my father. I was always amazed at how big Dizzy Gillespie’s cheeks got when he was playing! My father had a trumpet, and sometimes he would play it for us. Usually he only played “taps on it,” and that made me sad. I really like seeing people playing the trumpet when it is a fast and upbeat song though!

Father’s Day gifts

I keep dropping hints around the house that I want gift cards from Lowe’s or Home Depot for Father’s Day. I plan to be spending a lot of time this summer working on various household projects and I’ve been window shopping for the various hand tools that I’m going to want to be using. My cordless power drills have just about lived their life expectancy, and I’d like to buy a new one.

My wife has been suggesting that should consider buying a pneumatic nail gun, too. I’ve never used one before, but I have to admit that I’d get the work done a lot faster if I had one! I’m also going to be taking a look at the new saws on the market. I have to admit that I’m a total tool junkie!