10 Ticket Giveaway and One Pen Woe

Good day, my brilliant and beautiful Siestas! I am in a SIESTA MOOD! I wish we could go back and forth on here all day long. To God’s great glory and sustaining grace, I am slowly climbing out of a HUGE pile of work and can see some sun shining through a very dense forest. This sanguine is looking for a P-A-R-T-Y but it’s a tad premature and I better not jump the gun. The good news is, I only have one more chapter to write for the book on women and insecurity and, Girlfriend, to tell you my soul has profited from the process is a vast understatement. GOD HAS BEEN IN MY BUSINESS. The only two things that have ever gotten this far under my own skin were Breaking Free and When Godly People Do Ungodly Things.

Anyway, that’s another post for another time. Let me try to get back on theme here. I am writing today to ask you two questions:

1. Does anybody need a Siesta scholarship ticket to the Fargo, North Dakota Living Proof Live this weekend? We have ten tickets we’re dying to give away so, if you want to go but don’t have the money for a ticket, call LPM toll free at 1-888-700-1999 and ask for Susan or Kimberly. They’ll get you fixed up right away! By the way, North Dakota girls, I cannot WAIT to get my hands on you. We could not be happier to come your way.

2. I am going through the five stages of grief over the discontinuance of my world’s FAVORITE INK PEN. I only learned the bad news yesterday so I’m early in the process. I have cherished my slender Fine Point Blue Ink Forays for years and have gone through no less than several hundred of them. I have persevered through numerous plastic quills leaking under the air pressure on planes and have proudly worn their ink all over my hands, forearms, and face. I even glanced at the rear view mirror in my car last week on my way home from work and had a big blue spot of ink on the end of my nose. I jotted Michelle a text (yes, at a stop light and with my seat belt on) and asked her if she just happened to notice the huge navy splotch on the tip of my generous nose and she responded, “No, Ma’am, I have been too busy watching your teeth.” (That is because Kay Arthur told all of us at Deeper Still that, as you get older, your teeth collapse forward – she used that very word “collapse” – and you can get all manner of stuff caught in them. I was so disturbed that I put Michelle on watch like a bird dog on point and still could hardly sleep that night.)

Anyway, how did I get off on all that??? I’m simply trying to tell you that my favorite ink pen – the very pen I’ve been obsessed with for my entire recent ministry life – is vanishing from the face of God’s green earth. Why, I ask you? WHY???? (That’s not really the question though.)

SO, I am on the lookout for a new kind. I want it to write WELL. Slide on the page. Dance on every line. Don’t tease with me here, Siestas. I’m raw. I need to hear from you. Anybody out there in Siestaville discovered your own ultimate ink pen? Start talking.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Michelle just walked into my office with the TOP SIX SIESTA PENS for me to test drive. She researched your responses and went straight to Office Max. I will let you know my selection soon! I’m so nervous. This is big.



203 Responses to “10 Ticket Giveaway and One Pen Woe”

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  1. 51
    Sandee says:

    Hey, I just bought foray pens at Office Depot..and they had lots of blue…I can send some….

  2. 52
    Lynn says:

    This post, dear Beth, is exactly why we love you so….

    So excited to hear you will be in St. Louis next year…. your sisters Siestas from the convent will be there – God willing!

    love to you!

    Sister Lynn

  3. 53
    Maria says:

    Beth, I guess I really need this upcoming book…I am still in schock that I am the only blog siesta who commented about the teeth remark…good grief..forget the pens..we have a major TEETH issue here…COLLAPSABLE TEETH!!!!! and someones toilet :)…I thought I was gonna die reading her blog. Too funny. This is Hilarious!!

  4. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Oh Beth, I know what you mean! Here's my favorite: Pentel RSVP pens come fine or medium point and in black, blue, red, green, hot pink, and my favorite…purple ink. They never leak and I refuse to buy any other brand. They're that good.

    Littlestown, PA

  5. 55
    Jessica says:

    Isn't it just like the enemy to take the pen of an author? How dare he!

    I'm in LOVE with the Pilot Precise V7 retractable Roller Ball pen!!! I can't keep them in my desk. I work with a band of heathens who run off with them every chance they get. I'm only kind of kidding about the heathen thing…

    Keep writing, girlfriend! You'll find your pen!

  6. 56
    Buffy says:

    God in Heaven know how much I love you!

    "I am testing pens"!!!!

    Totally made my day.

  7. 57
    Anonymous says:

    I am stuck, I can't stand up and I have absolutely no vision. And I'm tired…

    Reading this post the only thing I really saw was:

    I'm testing you
    I'm testing you
    I'm testing you
    I'm testing you
    I'm testing you
    I'm testing you

    I think God is trying to tell me something. Please pray for me…

  8. 58
    Anonymous says:

    "For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God…" I Thess 3:9

    This blog brightens my day on a regular basis!

    I like Pilot G2 07 (it is a little thick)

    So sorry to hear they're discontinuing "your" pen ๐Ÿ™‚

    God bless!

  9. 59
    Barbara says:

    I've been using the Pilot V5 pen for quite a while…

    So excited you will be in Fargo… a few of us are driving from Canada, and just can't wait!!!!

  10. 60
    Marlys says:

    Beth, I too had a favorite Pilot Pen that they don't make anymore. But I have discoverd the Pilot EasyTouch. I like it Fine and in Black ink. I bought a box of them and keep them in my closet. I use the autoclick style so I don't lose any caps. It has a nice little rubber grip at the finger tip. I'm glad someone else out there is very particular about their pens! My husband cannot figure out how I can stand in front of a wall of pens and not find one I like. (Now for work I use a very techy SmartPen that records what I write and what I hear and downloads onto my PC)!

    A new Siesta,

  11. 61
    DQ Nana says:

    NORTH DAKOTA CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE YOU IN OUR STATE!!! The dome is beautiful and it should be "Texas" hot for you on Friday!! This will be my third year in a row – '07 in Sioux Falls, SD, '08 in Minneapolis, MN and '09 in Fargo, ND! I am truly blessed! Love, DQ NANA

  12. 62
    Another Beth says:

    Next the heavenly Banqueting Table, I hope there will be desks with every pen, paper or pencil we've ever loved. Right next to the make-up table with all the discontinued lipsticks.

  13. 63
    Moose Mama says:

    Wish I could help. I have never found a pen I REALLY love. Consequently I have 22 pens in the cup on my desk (I counted them!) And I don't like any of them. So, honestly, whatever you pick, I'm going to go buy one too.

    That's how much I trust you AND the Siestas!

    Melana in Wyoming who still has a ticket to Fargo she's not using and would gladly give to a siesta in need!!!!

  14. 64
    Anonymous says:

    i do love me a good pen. right now i have two "pilot precise V5 RT's" it is very nice and doesn't leak and Rolls very well and clicks too, which i like. PLus it has padding for your fingers which is a always a plus!! it is pretty spiffy looking!! Happy pen hunting!! oh yeah and it has a clip on it so you can clip it to whatever you are writing!! I love this pen!! You probably would too. Wow that is a lot of talk about a pen!! Catch ya lata sista!! LOve you!!

  15. 65
    gramalinda says:

    YES – the PILOT G2 it does come in several colors just like our sister mentioned, and I have the package of 8! Got 'em for my Bible Study and then have been using them to write my memory verses in all sorts of color combo's on my "assorted glow" spiral index cards – I tell you I am almost as passionate about office sppplies as I am about Gods Word! A very close 2nd place! …and I am always so very pleased about the presentation of my Bible Study pages, never mind that I am the only one that sees them… they rock! Give the G2 a try 07 (fine) or 05(extra fine) – I'm with you, Beth – blue ink – I have defied all medical protocol and use it at work! oh my – I need to just stop! You go girl – I kow there is the perfect pen for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Malinda / Grants Pass Oregon

  16. 66
    Lois says:

    My favorite is a Zebra fine point. I am a nurse, so I have to use black ink. Most of my co-workers are satisfied with free pens from the pharmaceutical reps, but not me. I like my Zebra's, and everyone knows to not even try to take one of them. One time I left one out, and one of my co-workers held it for ransom. She even posted a "pen"naping poster on the wall. I have been much more careful with my pens ever since.

  17. 67
    texatheart says:

    You crack me up! I do understand what you mnean. It has to glide just right and feel just right when you write. I am like that with mechanical pencils too. They don't do the glide thing but they have to fit my hand just right!

  18. 68
    Ginnylou says:

    Ok, I just cannot believe how many Siestas use PURPLE pens as their favorite! Seems that I must branch out in my color choices…

    Unfortunately, I'm not a lot of help in the pen debate though. I'm a pharmacist and it's very rare I write with anything that doesn't have a drug name on it. The Keppra and Spiriva drug reps have given me my current favorites. Since they're no longer allowed to give out pens, I'll be in the market for a new favorite soon! I'll be interested to hear which one you choose!

  19. 69
    bigdogmom says:

    You are an absolute riot! I look forward to pretty much every post on this blog but I really get jazzed when I see you post. You always seem to make me laugh. What a gift you have! As for pens, well I am still in search of my soul pen. I know that if I keep seeking diligently, I will find it!

  20. 70
    Enfant de Dieu says:

    I just have to share my current Facebook status with you, since it was inspired by this post:
    "Elizabeth Blakeley is pondering the fact that mistakes are corrected in red. Christ corrected our mistakes with red blood. Teachers correct mistakes with red pens. Thank you, Beth Moore, for making me think so hard about pens today."
    That's my random revelation of the day.

  21. 71
    Anonymous says:

    The uniball 207 micro has a finer point which might be what you're looking for. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 72
    Northern Lights says:

    I like the Pilot G-2, but you should really try the 05 and the 0.38. The latter is FINE with a sharp point. Feels very precise.

    For ink pens I really like:

    Pentel R.S.V.P. Fine point and

    Bic round stic Grip fine (good pen, but cheap so you can keep then in your purse and afford to lose them!)

  23. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, I have, have to have a slender pen, blue and fine point. It has to be retractable and so I love the Zebra F-301, you can get refills for it! At Staples they have the Xeno 1.0, the outside comes in different colors! I always like to stick with the blue ink! The best pen I had was from church, they bought them in bulk and they were perfect, but could not find the order #:(

  24. 74
    Jenl says:

    For me, it's all about how it fits in my hand…I have no real suggestions b/c I'm cheap and usually use freebies given to me.

    Besides, pen-comfort is a lot like undergarments: a highly individualized decision ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beth, I love your handwriting. Especially the loopy lowercase p's. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 75
    Kelly O says:

    I just have to say I am morally obligated to love someone who is as attached to one pen as I have become to the Signo (the one with the "helps prevent check fraud" printed on the packaging – not that I get them for the check fraud thing, I just love how they write.)

  26. 76
    Kristie says:

    In our world, we've just graduated from chunky crayons to washable markers….ink pens are hard to come by around here.

  27. 77
    Kathie Fracaro says:

    I so love Uniball Signa. It rocks! er I mean it dances across the page! Love ya!~ Kathie

  28. 78
    kathy pink bicycle arkansas says:

    Oh Beth, you're too funny.

    Bic works well for me, I like the smooth barrell of the pen and it's skinny, easy to grip.

    Pens just don't rank that high with me but I'm not a writer.

    Enjoy your hunt.

  29. 79
    Anonymous says:

    You should try the Pilot Explorer Extra Fine 0.5 mm. She comes in blue, black, or red and refills are readily available. If you prefer extra fine, this pen is the deal.

  30. 80
    Deirdre says:

    you are so crazy. in a sweet, good heavens I can't wait for heaven so I can meet this women! kind of way.

  31. 81
    Becky says:

    I love a gel pen. But I have to tell you, I am LOVING the new Sharpie Pen. it really doesn't bleed through and don't you know it comes in our beloved blue? give it a try. it has a fine tip and glides. it is love.

  32. 82
    Jennifer says:

    Beth you crack me up-thanks for showing the "test" paper. Good luck in your search and let us know the winner.

  33. 83
    Jeanine says:

    My recent favorite is the uni-ball BOLD 1.0 MM, Jet Stream RT (No Smearing). Love it, but I don't think I've seen it in blue. You gotta have a good pen….

  34. 84
    Kristy says:

    Beth, you are too funny and too darling. I wish I could help you – but let me know which one you choose, because if it's cheap – I will by it. I'm always on the lookout for a good pen. I'm usually a blue ink, bic or pilot girl myself.

  35. 85
    Angela H says:

    THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!-Sharpie's new permanent pen. Its a fine tip that writes with the cool finality of a permanent marker but looks crisp and elegant and doesn't bleed through-even on Bible paper! I keep buying them so I am sure to have one every where I need a pen. I'm sorry, but you will be spoiled for all other pens. If only I could blog in Sharpie…Angela H/WI

  36. 86
    Monica says:

    I prefer very fine point mechanical pencils 90% of the time, preferably the one by TUL. However, when I do need a pen, I have fallen in love wit the new Sharpie Pen in blue fine point. It doesn't leak through the page! I heart my Sharpie Pen.

  37. 87
    Angela H says:

    P.S. Sharpie fines come in blue too.

  38. 88
    Linnae says:

    I know I'm late.. BUT… i LOVE Sharpie Pens… Fine point. Find them. Love them! They won't let you down!

  39. 89
    Nightingale says:

    My favorite is the Pilot P-500


    I have done quite a few of your studies with these pens.

  40. 90
    Pat from NY says:

    My fav is the fine point Sharpie pen that does not bleed.

    A retractable pen with this feature is new on the market, just in time for back-to- schoolers and all-the-time writers.

    Let the blessings and the ink flow!

  41. 91
    Danielle says:

    I am a pen fanatic! I have three favorites:

    The Sharpie Pen (Blue ink)- very fine tip, it's everything i love about a sharpie but in a pen and it doesn't bleed through paper.

    Pilot V5 Precise Rolling Ball (Blue ink)- nice and smooth and comes in an array of fun colors.

    Bic Pro+ (blue ink)- this one has a nice grip to it and writes smoothly.

    Good luck, Beth!

  42. 92
    Maryellen says:

    I feel your pain girl! I write with a pencil. When I was writing a book of devotions (I got to write a book…how grown up is that! HE-HE!) I had to use a pencil and it had to be that number 2. Sorry I am of no help in the pen dept. right now!
    PRaying for smooth words on the page!

  43. 93
    Anonymous says:

    Now I get it!!! I, like you, wear a retainer at night – I'm 60 years old! I still want to be cute for crying out loud…. But I have been noticing the "NEED TO FLOSS" more and more- so now the mystery is solved, thanks to Kay- Was this a prophetic word or simply medical fact??????- sure wish you ladies would offer a few small group retreats, so we could catch up on all this and be prepared!- we need that Ps. 93:12-15 "Fresh and Green" verse more than every- I highly recommend it for all of us cuties over 50- Funds are short at my house right now- but I am off to BUY PENS- seems a wonderful indulgence in hard times- Lots of love and blessings

  44. 94
    Lindsey in Lusiana says:

    This post just made my morning. Hope I'm not too late to recommend my MOST favorite pen in the world. I've been using it for years and my mother, who has also been using it for years, was the first to recommend it to me. It is…

    Pilot's Precise V7 rolling ball fine

    You'll love it, I think.

  45. 95
    pinkdaisyjane says:

    V5 multipack- black for "important documents," green for correcting student papers, purple and pink for me!

    Glad to know I have so many siestas with pen issues;)

  46. 96
    Jon and Brittany says:

    You HAVE to try Jetstream by uniball. They are the best! We loved it so much we used it as our guestbook signing pen at our wedding! Good luck!

  47. 97
    angie says:

    Seriosuly — get the new Sharpie pens.
    You won't regret it.

    From a fellow pen lover and snob.

    CostCo has them in like 13 packs! And, who doesn't love a deal!

  48. 98
    Isaac's Mom says:

    What ever happened to a plain old blue BIC??? They are my favorite and write really well. And…I think they are only…like….$1 (I'm so cheap).

    Give em' a try.


  49. 99
    Alexia says:

    OH!!!! Beth

    I so feel your pain and grieve right there with you. I have a huge fettish for pens. They have to write smooth, no smudges and just plain perfect.

    I was on the penmanship club in school, years ago.

    As a nurse, I care how I write.

    Now for pens, some of the best pens I have had were the drug rep ones, oh my do they write PERFECT!!! But now the companies have done away with them, that was a huge sadness for me, but I have some stashed away.
    The Bic XXL is pretty smooth, glides, no smudges.
    Just trying to help my Siesta Mama out, cause I feel every bit of your pain and grief.

    Love ya Beth,

  50. 100
    Siesta OC says:

    You will find another pen, treasure the times you had with the pen. The memories, the notes…I had such a short live love for a pen once before. I got the opportunity to use while writing a check at the grocery store (this is where I would enter some great store name in the south like The Piggly Wiggly, but we just have Ralphs'). This pen was smooth and perfect point, not too little, not to big. But the clincher was it was the prettiest shade of metallic hot pink – not pink like plastic easter eggs are hot pink. The kind of sweet light pink that is the frosted shade of gloss Wet n' Wild makes. But it glowed somehow off the page, I am telling you it made my check look fantastic. Perfect for writing Bible study notes during church. I looked high and low and found out that it was a special edition for Staples only that helped the Susan G. Coman Foundation. And that they were sold out. I never got my beloved pen and how I would have written with it for some time. Can you imagine writing Ezekial in Metallic hot pink!

    So treasure the memories you have, you will find another.

    Blessings in Him,

    Siesta OC

    PS: Heart-wrenching: My mom after years of looking for the right lip stick color, found it only to find out it was discontinued and that was her friends tube.

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