Articles by " Adam"
6 Apr
2015

Happy birthday, Paul Rudd! Appreciating a National treasure.

A good friend of mine once told me, "Paul Rudd is like ice cream."  And he was not wrong.

Look at that freakin' beard.  Come on, man.

Look at that freakin' beard. Come on, man.

On April 6, 1969, one of the funniest men of our times was born.  And his name is Paul Rudd.  You probably know him from his roles in movies like Anchorman and The 40 Year-Old Virgin.  My personal favorite of his is probably Role Models.  But here's an interesting thing about Paul Rudd: (And actually about the whole cohort to which he belongs) he's literally been in everything.  

Remember Clueless?  (Lol, of course you do.)  He was Josh!

Step-brother/bf?  The 90s were weird, you guys.

Step-brother/bf? The 90s were weird, you guys.

Leo DiCaprio may have had the starring role in Romeo + Juliet, but Paul Rudd was there too!  As Paris!

Yes.  The man who brought you I Love You, Man is a Shakespearean actor.

Yes. The man who brought you I Love You, Man is a Shakespearean actor.

Wet Hot American Summer?  Don't pretend you don't love it.  And Paul's character Andy kind of makes the film.

Oh man, jean jackets, you guys.

Oh man, jean jackets, you guys.

Oh hey, remember when he was Phoebe's husband Mike on Friends?  Yeah, that's real life.

That's a project, right there.  And her name is Phoebe Buffay.

That's a project, right there. And her name is Phoebe Buffay.

Basically what I'm saying is that if you like anything in television or film from the past, like, 20+ years, Paul Rudd (apparently) most likely had something to do with it because he rocks.  Did I mention he's also a writer/director/producer or that he's hosted SNL 3 times?  Well I was trying to avoid making people's heads explode.  Oh well.

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31 Mar
2015

Kards Unlimited Calendar of Events: April!

Just like this.

Just like this.

Oh man, April.  You are so cute!  April is like, the cutest month, you guys.  Because it's all, like, trying to be so spring-y and verdant and flowerful, but it's mostly just a ton of rain forever and ever.  Like, I just imagine April standing somewhere, dripping wet, like, "hey guys! What's up?"  So cute.  ANYway and as usual, there's a ton of fun happening at KU this month, so click READ MORE to find out what's on our agenda!

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24 Mar
2015

KU’s Great Gift Ideas! Why a pen is the perfect gift!

Ok, so granted, not everyone takes pleasure in the simple act of writing by hand.  And sure, plenty of people barely ever write anything anymore, preferring (and having the opportunity to) type all the information they need to record.  However!  A fountain pen, roller ball, or even a high quality ballpoint is a classic congratulatory gift or to mark any special occasion and that's where KU comes in!

We carry a variety of great pens from several companies and I'd love to tell you all about them!  Behold!

Roller balls from Acme!  Gorgeous, each one designed by a unique artist, and that space-y one is a commemorative edition in honor of Buzz Aldrin!

Roller balls from Acme! Gorgeous, each one designed by a unique artist, and that space-y one is a commemorative edition in honor of Buzz Aldrin!

But wait!  Also available: fountain pen conversion kit!  SO cool!

But wait! Also available: fountain pen conversion kit! SO cool!

From Sheaffer!  Roller balls and fountain pens from the Intensity line!

From Sheaffer! Roller balls and fountain pens from the Intensity line!

Roller balls and fountain pens from the Prelude line as well!  Look at that classic black lacquer!

Roller balls and fountain pens from the Prelude line as well! Look at that classic black lacquer!

Into the slightly more industrial look?  Try the brushed chrome!  Silver and gold trim available!

Into the slightly more industrial look? Try the brushed chrome! Silver and gold trim available!

Feeling fancy?  Go for the all gold.  Classy, classic, and a bunch of other words that start with class.

Feeling fancy? Go for the all gold. Classy, classic, and a bunch of other words that start with class.

Feeling even fancier?  Like, five star dinner, box seats at the opera, Rolls Royce fancy?  Take the step up to the Sheaffer Legacy.  Yes, it's under glass, so feel free to drool.

Feeling even fancier? Like, five star dinner, box seats at the opera, Rolls Royce fancy? Take the step up to the Sheaffer Legacy. Yes, it's under glass, so feel free to drool.  Look at that freakin' inlaid nib.  Seriously, look at it.  

On to the Auroras!  The Ipsilon, in ballpoint and fountain pen varieties!  Available in so many colors!  That orange is so hot!  Literally!

On to the Auroras! The Ipsilon, in ballpoint and fountain pen varieties! Available in so many colors! That orange is so hot! Literally!

Even more Ipsilon options!  Plus the giant Talentum!  We have those in pink and yellow too!  (And they're half off right now!  Score!)

Even more Ipsilon options! Plus the giant Talentum! We have those in pink and yellow too! (And they're half off right now! Score!)

Yep, even a fancy option for the Aurora lovers!  The silver is super fetch, you guys.

Yep, even a fancy option for the Aurora lovers! The silver is super fetch, you guys.

All these, plus ink in bottles and all kinds of cartridges, expert pen advice, and all the enthusiasm (and much more) that you can imagine a person having for pens!  Come down and take a look!

All these, plus ink in bottles and all kinds of cartridges, expert pen advice, and all the enthusiasm (and much more) that you can imagine a person having for pens! Come down and take a look!

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1 Mar
2015

Kards Unlimited Calendar of Events: March!

St. Patrick's Day Parade and hey!  I know those guys!

St. Patrick's Day Parade and hey! I know those guys!

It's March again, friends!  Winter will be over soon and we'll all be happy and cavorting around in the lovely warm weather!  Hurray!  Until then, there's still plenty of time to drink all the hot chocolate and sit in front of all the fires your little heart could desire.  Here's what's happening at KU this March!  (In addition to hot chocolate and snuggling, obviously.)

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5 Feb
2015

Unlimited Valentine’s Day cards at Kards Unlimited!

Look at lil' Hickory!  So frickin' cute!

Look at lil' Hickory! So frickin' cute!

February 14th fast approaches, friends!  You need a great card and I am here to tell/show you that it is right here waiting for you to come and buy it.  Allow me to show you our (ridiculously perfect and adorable) wares!  Seriously, these cards (and the many many more we have) are utterly adorable and will guarantee you a Valentine's Day you won't forget!* Click READ MORE to see more fabulous cards!

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1 Feb
2015

Go Seahawks! Or not. Whatever, really. IDGAF, to be honest.

Blah.  Just blah.

Blah. Just blah.

So here's the thing.  About this year's Superbowl.  And let me preface this by saying that the Steelers really played with my heart this year because they were like, really terrible but then they kind of got it together and then they did really well for like 3 weeks and I got really excited because I thought they were gonna like, ride that momentum all the way to the bank.  And it didn't happen.  So I'm kind of over football for this season.  Despite the fact that I really enjoy watching football, there's really no way to disguise the fact that I'm a fencing nerd and at the end of the day, if it's not my home team, I'm pretty much not interested.

Artists rendering of me when the Steelers lost.

Artist's rendering of me when the Steelers lost.

So anyway, about this year's Superbowl.  First of all, the Patriots are probably cheating cheaters who should just go home and think about what they have done.  Also, Bill Belichick = yuck.  So I'm half or quarter-heartedly rooting for the Seahawks.  (What even is a Seahawk?  An osprey?  Are you talking about an osprey?  Or a Stellar's Sea Eagle or something?  I don't know.)  Also, Chris Evans is a Patriots fan and has been having an adorable Twitter fight with Chris Pratt about the Superbowl, so that's fun.

He's the cutest.

He's the cutest.

But we all know what the actual draw of the Superbowl.  We do.  It's the commercials.  Superbowl commercials are totally awesome and are the best thing on tv on Superbowl Sunday.  Sorry, Steelers, even your Superbowls.

And yes, before you ask, it's fine if you get lost in the Youtube rabbit hole that is commercials.  Enjoy.

So anyway, in summary.  Boo to the Patriots, meh to the Seahawks, yay to Chrises Evans and Pratt, and double yay (or double yoi, if you prefer) to the Superbowl commercials.  Can't wait!

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31 Jan
2015

Kards Unlimited Calendar of Events: February!

Old timey Valentine's dates were the best.

Old timey Valentine's dates were the best.

Ah February!  The perfect month to cuddle up indoors and sip on a hot beverage in front of a roaring fire!  The perfect month to consult an over-sized rodent about the weather!  The perfect month to shop at KU!  For all the deets about our upcoming plans and dates to remember (including Valentine's Day (on 2/14 as always!)), click READ MORE!

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30 Jan
2015

It’s Fun At Work Day! An examination of how working at KU is better…

Here I am having Fun at Work with Filbert the Elephant. (I named him, but you can probably rename him if you buy him.  He probably won't mind.  Filbert is laid back like that.)

Here I am having Fun at Work with Filbert the Elephant. (I named him, but you can probably rename him if you buy him. He probably won't mind. Filbert is laid back like that.)

...than literally anything ever.

KU Book Club!  Most Fun at Work ever!

KU Book Club! Most Fun at Work ever!

So here at Kards Unlimited, we have the best job in the world.  Literally every day is Fun at Work Day for us.  Our boss gives us champagne, we play games and go to trivia together (that's after work, but it's still something that makes work awesome), and we also actively recognize and celebrate holidays like Fun at Work Day, so that should pretty much tell you everything you need to know.

In honor of Fun at Work Day (I was going to acronym that, but FaWD looks/sounds weird and wrong) I'm going to examine several ways/reasons working at KU is fun so that my dear readers can identify and encourage aspects of their own workplaces that are also fun!

Firstly, our boss is a person and treats us like people.  To me this seems like an obvious factor of workplace fun, but I feel like there's this stereotype of a corporate boss as some weird robot who also thinks everyone else is a robot.  And not the fun kind of robot that helps you with your homework, the lame kind that ruins your day and may or may not one day decide that you're extraneous to an efficient environment and destroy you.  With lasers.  So yeah.

Me and Blair playing with Sesame Street toys because we are adults with jobs.

Me and Blair playing with Sesame Street toys because we are adults with jobs.

Also, I don't know if you really know this about us, but we sell fun!  More than just the actual products we have, the whole environment of the store is fun.  We want people to have a good time shopping here, so we have to have a good time working here.  Again, seems obvious, but this one maybe doesn't translate directly to other people's workplaces.  I mean, you don't sell fun at a bank or at Home Depot or whatever, and I get that.  Here's the thing, though: it's all about your mindset.  You have to make the fun happen!  You think I come in here every day and there's just fun waiting for me?  Well, I mean, yes, there is.  But if there weren't, I could make some!

The Deerstalker might be the most flattering hat I've ever tried on.

The Deerstalker might be the most flattering hat I've ever tried on.

Finally, we have personality!  Now obviously, everyone has a personality.  But WE have Personality.  So go to work and be you!  Let your freak flag fly!  You do you!  And other pseudo-inspirational stuff!  That's how you have fun at work!

 

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