We have been in the DC area for 7 weeks now and slightly over a month in our apartment. It has taken me the better part of this past month come to terms with losing my paper.
The day our container full of household supplies arrived we get a phone call telling us that our container was damaged in transit. We never received a clear explanation as to what really caused the damage, but there were some bad storms around the time it left Memphis. From the outside the damage looked minimal; but what you don't see if that the roof was ripped in a few places.
While we had a few major pieces of furniture soaked beyond repair the worst damage was to my scrapbook paper. Yes, it was right below the damaged roof! Let me add here that the paper was in plastic drawers and wrapped in plastic. There was just too much water damage to save most of it.
Prior to our move, I purged paper and supplies and only kept the most loved and favorites. Discovering all the damaged paper was heartbreaking, to say the least. After all, I had been saving the best for the "perfect photo", the greatest memories and stories.
Some of my most loved papers are no longer made or even sold. (Yes, I tried to replace the ones I could).
I soon realized there is a lesson here. I need to stop buying and saving paper for that "perfect moment". I need to use it or sadly lose it.