After Christmas, when the gifts and ornaments and lights need to be put away but I’m not ready to tackle that sad task, I turn my attention to the fun of choosing the next year’s calendar. I need two of them: one for all the family appointments and so forth, and the other for next to my desk. And there’s such a WIDE RANGE of options! Did you know there’s a Kardashians calendar? an Apocalypse Survival Guide calendar? a Toilets of the World calendar? a THOMAS KINKADE DISNEY CALENDAR??
Here are the ones I’m considering:
Fractal Cosmos: The Art of Alice Kelley (photo from Amazon.com). Colorful, and cool, and the kids would think it was neat, and it looks good for standing in the kitchen staring at it while trying to figure out when I could fit in a dentist appointment and still be here for the bus.
Charley Harper (photo from Amazon.com) (go here to see the back). I had a Charley Harper calendar a couple of years ago, and it’s been one of my all-time favorites.
Food Landscapes (photo from Amazon.com) (go here to see the back). Landscapes! Made from food!
Yoga Cats (photo from Amazon.com). I generally avoid cat calendars, figuring that three cats is enough cat for our household. But oh, man, the kids would CRACK UP.
Masha D’yans Watercolors (photo from Amazon.com). If this one was still at a reasonable price and had Prime shipping, the choice would already be made and it would already be on its way to me. Since it doesn’t, I have to decide if I’m willing to track it down in a physical store.
Charles Wysocki Americana (photo from Amazon.com). I like the peaceful nostalgic look of this, and I also like pictures that have lots of things to look at while I’m on hold.
Hello Kitty (photo from Amazon.com). I get this one every year for Elizabeth. I suppose one year she’ll want something different. At which point I’ll probably get it for myself.
Hot Guys and Baby Animals (photo from Amazon.com) (go here to see the back). I am imagining Paul’s reaction to this suddenly appearing in the kitchen.
Mark Rothko (photo from Amazon.com). This is a top contender. I think the big chunks of color might be restful and cheery. Or maybe they would be dull. [Darn it, this one sold out while I was writing. This other Rothko calendar is still available.]
Exquisite Creatures (photo from Amazon.com) (go here to see the back). What lovely rainbowy…bugs. This one keeps catching my eye from a distance, but I don’t know if I’d like it so much up close. And in the kitchen, near where I’m cooking food.
Little Critters (photo from Amazon.com). This is the frontrunner, adorable and cheerful.
Rabbits (photo from Amazon.com). As with many calendars, this one has the problem of having about half really excellent pages, and about half kind of lame pages.
Healing Herbs (photo from Amazon.com). Perfect for the kitchen, and interesting things to read while on hold. But the interesting reading material means the calendar squares are smaller and have less room for writing.
Tattoo-a-Day Calendar (photo from Amazon.com). Perfect for someone considering a tattoo. Each day shows a different tattoo idea and there’s also a sheet of twelve temporary tattoos, one from each month.
Mackenzie Thorpe (photo from Amazon.com). Another frontrunner.
Audubon’s Birds of America (photo from Amazon.com) (go here to see the back). I had the Sibley bird calendar this past year, so I don’t think I want a second year in a row of birds. But I’m tempted anyway.
The Princess Bride (photo from Amazon.com). A Princess Bride CALENDAR? AWESOME. AND, this is one of the only movies Paul and I both like.
Spirit of the Far East (photo from Amazon.com). It was smart to lead with a bird picture on the cover. It’s not all bird pictures, but that caught my attention.
Foxes (photo from Amazon.com). I am fond of foxes.
Fold Your Own Robot (photo from Amazon.com). I bought this for Paul for Christmas. This morning he was in a tizz about whether to use it at work or at home: both his coworkers and his children would enjoy participating. So I just ordered him a second one.
The Elements (photo from Amazon.com). If I weren’t already buying this for William, I’d have it on my own contender list. Buying calendars for children’s rooms is an excellent way to (1) decorate the room with a fresh picture every month and (2) get more than one calendar when you can’t make up your mind. This one comes with a poster, too.
Pets Rock (photo from Amazon.com). A cat that resembles Lady Gaga? A dog that looks like Austin Powers? Sure!
Botanical Garden (photo from Amazon.com) (go here to see the back). This is so pretty and light!
Carnival of Dreams (photo from Amazon.com). Big areas of really nice colors; sweet tranquil pictures.
Vegetable Garden (photo from Amazon.com) (go here to see the back). I love this style of illustration so much, but there’s no room to write on the days.
Royal Wedding (photo from Amazon.com). The royal wedding was more affecting and interesting than I’d expected. The calendar tempts me, especially at half off.
Hershey (photo from Amazon.com). Yeah baby.
This is so exciting! What calendar are YOU getting this year?