DeeDee, I had to LOL out your post. I have had the exact same reaction from my husband.
I have tons of patterned paper and I just keep buying. I love to mix and match manufacturers. I almost never do a complete layout with all the same manufacturer.
Two of my last few layouts have been old paper that I wasn't sure I would ever use but now they are some of my favorites. Keep that ugly paper..you just never know when you will use it...and love it!