To me: We have just received an invoice from Staples charged to ..., 8/5/06. Could you please explain the purchases for me to code them: tower cd mesh small black, 50 pk slim jewel case 4, thesis paper white, 3tab folders, hanging folder, staples."
My reply: "Generally all of these things fall under "office supplies" purchased to help me organize the final stage of my dissertation writing and get it printed out.
Specifically. The "tower CD mesh small black" is a container for holding CDs. Currently it is holding about 25 CDs containing backups of data files and presentations. The 50 pk of slim jewel cases is for holding all those CDs that get made while backing up data, etc. The thesis paper is for printing my thesis for the library copies. 3tab folders and hanging folders are for organizing journal articles and paper files. I don't remember purchasing staples, I think that is the name of the store. :)"
I think this tops the time I had to explain to the same person that I bought topographic maps so that I wouldn't get lost when hiking in to remote field sites.