Musings

  1. May The 4th Be With Him

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    In spite of it being the time of year of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, there is civil unrest arising at Pad and Quill world headquarters. While the conflict doesn’t nearly rise to the level of the First Order against The Resistance (we recently went to see Star Wars VII and it may have left a bit of an impression on us), it does resonate through all great conflicts of history. I believe it is called the “anything you can do, I can do better” paradox.

    There has been a declaration that Mrs. PQ is the best product tester when it comes to the durability of our book

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  2. The Ultimate iPad Gift Guide, the Best iPad Cases & Accessories

    ipad-gift-guide-2015Picking the perfect gift can seem daunting, but there is a simple and magical formula to picking the perfect gift for someone. Find out what kind of tech they use, iPhone, iPad, etc…, and casually discern their taste by looking at their style. Are they into bohemian styles? Or maybe they are more refined and prefer classic looks. With these two things you can usually pick a gift that is both thoughtful and spot on. If you've got a iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro user in the family, here are some great gift ideas from the Pad & Quill catalog and elsewhere that will bring a smile to their face and put a twinkle in their eyes.

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  3. Eat, Pray, Love in the Windy City

    Bean1In a world where your level of busyness is practically indicative of your self worth, it can be hard to make time for yourself. It’s easy to get overcommitted and not think about yourself. I know I’m guilty. I may not have left my fingerprints at the crime scene, but I’ve definitely left my fair share on late-night cups of coffee trying to get everything done.

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  4. Chicken-n-Waffles, a Religious Experience

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    In our various travels and culinary exploits, we've encountered food we call “nuclear.” It’s so good, it literally blows up any future happiness you might have dining on that food/beverage. I don’t normally like to compare things to drugs, but the best way to describe “nuclear” food is like cocaine. It gives you an indescribable high, only to crash, leaving every other food in that category utterly tasteless and blah.

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  5. A Book by Its Cover, an Ode to the eBook’s PR Problem

    A Book by Its Cover, an Ode to the eBook’s PR Problem

    The internet has been abuzz lately with news proclaiming the death of ebooks as an industry. Start with a little decline in sales, mix in a bit of predatory pricing, and garnish with the lack of evolution in the medium, and you have a recipe that seems to spell disaster for ebooks. Or does it?

    As with most matters on the internet, dissenting opinions abound. Indeed, the writing is on the wall, even while

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  6. Force Touch or Free Touch

    Force Touch or Free Touch

    Mr. PQ wants me to write my assessment of the pending iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. I imagine this has more to do with the fact that I keep referring to the new “free touch” feature and that he has been away on business for a week; Mrs. PQ talking free touch is sounding pretty sexy right about now. While dreams of “free touch” have floated through Mr. PQ’s head, I’ve occupied my evenings reading up on MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, The Loop, CNET, Wired etc to broker an understanding of what all the hub bub is about.

    Last night I learned that there is no such thing “free touch” in Apple iPhone parlance; rather the term is “force touch" which frankly doesn’t sound appealing at all. Especially as

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  7. Sharknado 3 and a Macbook Case

    Sharknado 3 and a Macbook Case

    Mr. PQ has tasked me with promoting our new Luxury Leather Valet and our Cartella Linen bookbindery MacBook case for the ultra sleek Macbook 12 with retina screen. However two problems exist. First, the keyboard on the Macbook has a quirky new keyboard that for all the world sounds like the the tapping of the aliens in the movie Signs. If you don’t think that is distracting then you really ought to revisit that cache of terror and suspense. From what I understand, Apple did this on purpose so folks can hear themselves typing, I just fashioned ear muffs to my tinfoil hat so I’m all good. The other dilemma being that tonight is the global premiere of 'Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No!'. Yes, I too want to be inducted into the “Royal Order of the Golden Chainsaw.” The youngest Quill and I are closet fans of the franchise and pretty much fall off the couch laughing while watching.

    Well, our artisans weren’t tasked with building a 60 mile tower of flames that can

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  8. Poop and the Apple Watch Bands

    Poop and the Apple Watch Bands

    “Mom, there’s an app that let’s you track your poop, you can even categorize it by type.  What stinks though is that they have nowhere to report the smell.”  An ironic pun there and one of the many things I’ve learned from my kids this summer. I’ve also learned, that, “dirt is a natural way to keep your hair clean; it absorbs the oils.”  Never mind the mud slick on your scalp.

    Our US Women’s National Team won the World Cup, taking home the gold and not much else, hopefully FIFA will address that whole pay inequity thing before my grand babies begin to play the Beautiful Game, I look forward to many more July’s with no voice.

    We have launched our new line of leather backpacks and leather briefcases.  Very timely as we set off to

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  9. Briefcase to Cafe Racer

    Briefcase to Cafe Racer

    Mr. PQ was busy becoming a major radio star the other evening but I had no idea what his topic was to be, I wasn’t allowed to be at the PQ World Headquarters while he was participating in 9to5Mac’s weekly podcast.  This has nothing to do with the fact that the FIFA Women’s World Cup is competing in Canada this month.  My exclusion from the taping also clearly has nothing to do with my propensity to scream insanely at the television when a goal is scored or mutter incoherently at the oops-I-fell-so-clearly-Christie Rampone-knocked me-over smathlete.   Who am I kidding?  When it comes to world-class soccer, I revert to my 18-year-old Colorado self; this would be the self, weaned on Bronco football, who lived in the mile high city where exuberant

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  10. 38mm is Me

    38mm is Me

    It’s dainty, like me.

    If you ever want to achieve an epic eye roll from your kid, throw out a thought that is so patently absurd they can’t help but drop the full frontal eye roll.  Mr. PQ, being the Apple geek that he is, waited in the wee hours of the morning, in the virtual line that was Apple Watch pre-order, to stake our claim on the time piece(s).  In spite of my not so subtle hints, “Boy, I love the 38mm Apple Watch with the Midnight Blue Modern Buckle” he ordered 42mm Apple Watches with a variety of bands.  Because the band and the stand are where it’s at for accessory companies like Pad and Quill.  Bless his heart, he thought Mrs. PQ wouldn’t be able to stretch her arm far enough to read the 38mm variety without her cheaters, clearly he underestimates the reach of a mother’s arms, in spite of watching The Incredibles with the Quills any number of times.  In an effort to convince him, we sojourned to our

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