I chose my kitchen wall calendar: it’s the Art of Valentina one I mentioned in this year’s calendar post. I put it up yesterday at midnight, after spending part of the evening doing my usual New Year’s Eve tradition of copying all the birthdays and anniversaries from the old calendar to the new. (I made a mistake right on the first page and had to scribble it out. Excellent.)
I also have a second calendar on its way to me: a Wallpaper calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I’m not sure about it, though; from the picture it looks like it might be iffy quality (the font does not inspire confidence, especially on the front cover), and there aren’t any reviews. I got it on a nice enough price that it was a gamble I was willing to take in case it’s awesome. In the meantime, I still have other choices in my Amazon cart, and as they drop to half price I might get a different one. It’s just for next to my computer, so I don’t need it first thing on January 1st as I do with the kitchen calendar.
Page-a-day calendars are the same way: I don’t mind catching up on the first couple of weeks all at once. Paul and Rob wanted puzzle ones this year, so I got two (photos above from Amazon.com) when they dropped to 50% off, and now Amazon keeps suggesting more page-a-days. I haven’t had one in recent years, but I might like to.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art page-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I like to think of myself as someone who Appreciates Art—despite the fact that I never go to art museums or do anything else to put myself in proximity to art. So this calendar catches my eye: I’d put it on my desk, and every day I would have a new piece of art to appreciate! I could even make it a New Year’s resolution: I will attempt to appreciate one small piece of art per day.
The New Yorker cartoon-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). When I was growing up, my parents had two giant volumes of New Yorker cartoons. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized the reason so many of them were hard to figure out is that they were illustrations for articles. I wonder if the calendar would have the same issue, or if they’d all be stand-alone jokes?
F in Exams page-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I’ve seen some of these before and have found them funny. I’m not sure I’d find 365 of them funny.
Crap at My Parents’ House page-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This, too, might continue to be funny, or might get a little tiresome.
Farmer’s Almanac page-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). This type of calendar might be better for variety. But might be a little folksy.
Dave Barry page-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I have liked Dave Barry books; I’ve used them medicinally, even, to help get through a sad or upset stage. But it’s been awhile, and I’m not sure if I would still like them now or if I would think, “Ah, yes, I remember what laughing was like in the ’90s.”
Sibley’s bird-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). I had the Sibley wall calendar once and liked it. I could see maybe maintaining interest in daily bird pictures.
Watercolor-a-day calendar (photo from Amazon.com). OH COOL. It comes with a little set of paints, and has you do a little painting each day! I’m adding this to my “interesting/unusual gift ideas” list for next year, in case they do a 2014 one too.