I got Along 4th Street on the easel yesterday and had some good sessions. I used walnut oil instead of linseed. I find myself reaching for the walnut oil instead of the linseed more often.
I picked up several drawing pads. I have a pile of good, loose paper but ran out of pads. Strathmore heavyweight is a good paper for a decent price. Fabriano bristol is also a good all-around paper at a good price.