Picked your 2009 calendar yet? It’s one of my favorite shopping trips of the year. I shop the week between Christmas and New Year’s, when calendars are 50% off at most bookstores. This started when we were younger and poorer, but now it feels like the sporting way to do it.
Shopping as sport makes me more open to unusual choices: I might not choose a calendar of baby pigs if I’m paying full-price and choosing from the full line of options, but I might do so if I’m choosing from the picked-over shelves—and sometimes a calendar of baby pigs is the very thing I never knew I needed in my life.
This year I was in the mood for a bird calendar, and was hoping to find this one by David Allen Sibley. No luck. I did find this one that plays each bird’s call, and it nearly went home with me—but in the end it lost out to another.
And besides, perhaps I was more in the mood for half-naked men cleaning the house. I did seriously consider this one because I think it’s so funny, but I didn’t want to have to explain it to the kids.
I bought Cynthia Hart’s Victoriana calendar last year for my daughter’s room. It went nicely with her girly room, and it was fun for her to look at all the little pictures of cats and flowers and children.
But this year Elizabeth discovered Hello Kitty, so that’s the calendar I want for her room this year. I had a Hello Kitty calendar as my own calendar one year and thought it looked super-cute. Paul…disagreed.
Oh, Futurama! How we’ve missed you!
M. C. Escher makes my head hurt, but my older kids love him. If I see this calendar on a good deal (calendars often go down to about $3 in mid/late January), I’ll buy it and hang it up in one of their rooms where I won’t have to look at it.
Work It, Retro Mom!
Ooo, I had a Mucha calendar one year! If I remember, it was only a little bit naked, and the colors were gorgeous.
The Tiffany calendar made it into the Finalists Pile this year, but it wasn’t the winner.
The Linda Nelson Stocks folk art calendar was also a runner-up. I don’t think of myself as liking folk art, but the pictures have lots of detail and hold up well to a month’s viewing.
And here’s the one I chose: Vintage Covers of Better Homes & Gardens magazines. It was the birds that caught my eye. The calendar comes with a card you can fill out to get a free six-month subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine—-or, if you like that magazine only in waiting rooms, you can also write “refund” on the card and get $3 instead.
What did you choose this year?