One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn to spell the word calendar.
Yes. Yes, thank you, Amazon.com, I did mean calendars. I have two more days to learn it, so BACK OFF.
Choosing the New Calendar is fun enough for me that I start thinking of it with pleasant anticipation BEFORE Christmas, as in “Soon Christmas will be over and I can choose the new calendar!” I go to a big bookstore like Barnes & Noble, and I go through all the calendars and choose a likely armful, usually about ten. Then I find a quiet place to dither.
I try to choose the one that MOST APPEALS, which sounds duh but it’s hard not to get distracted by what I think I SHOULD or SHOULDNT like. It doesn’t make any sense for me to get a calendar of pigs or of high heeled shoes or of rabbits, as if I had some sort of special interest in those things, but if I like it best, it’s what I should get. Or, this year I found a bird calendar I really liked, and it was exactly what I’d had in mind so I felt like I should get it. But what appealed most was the Charley Hopper calendar (even though it was the last one and the corner was kind of bent) so that’s what I got.
Others I considered:
Linda Nelson Stocks Folk Art calendar. I am not even a folk art kind of girl, but the calendars appeal to me. I think it’s because there’s so much to look at in each picture. It seems like even at the end of a month I’d still be noticing new details. Also, folk art tends to be sweet and simple in a way I find calming.
Hello Kitty calendar. I get this one every year for Elizabeth’s room.
Foxes calendar. My surname in its original language means something about foxes, so I’m drawn to them. But when I was looking at the back of the calendar, I thought I probably wasn’t enough drawn to them in a “looking at twelve different fox calendar pages this year” kind of way.
A Walk in London calendar. Every year I consider one of these—London, Paris, French countryside, New York, Ireland, Rome, whatever. Every year I don’t buy it.
Nuns Having Fun calendar. This is another I consider each year but so far have never chosen.
Burpee Art From the Garden calendar. Like vintage seed packets. This was the runner-up this year; I think I decided against it mostly because it seemed too similar to the calendar I had this year.
Uglydoll calendar. I’m still wondering if I should have gotten this one, but it didn’t have little pictures on the back of sample months, so I couldn’t tell if I’d like it or not.
Cats in Hats calendar.
Domo calendar. My 3rd-grader wants this one so badly.
The Calendar Calendar. I didn’t actually consider it, but I do like the cover.
I find daily-page calendars stressful: I never seem to be able to keep UP with them, and they’re not helpful for the “remembering things for me” function I use a wall calendar for. I did buy a Sudoku page-a-day calendar last year when calendars were down to $1, but I use it as a Sudoku BOOK and not as a calendar at all.
HOWEVER. If this calendar were available for any kind of reasonable price, which it is not, I would buy it:
The Niggli Colour Calendar. It’s a different color per day. Just a color. Not a word to learn or a puzzle to do or an inspirational quote to internalize—just a color. I don’t know why I want this, I just DO.