Yesterday marked 3 weeks until I depart for a little trip to Europe. I know I haven’t been talking about it ad nauseum or anything, so this might come as a surprise to you, but I am nearly jumping out of my own skin with excitement. I finally bought Thalys tickets from Brussels to Paris and back yesterday, and I’d say I’m all but prepared for the trip but in my neuroses I went through my outfits again and realized I’m an entire day short. Like, one whole day. I’ll either have to scramble to come up with something or be naked (or go for this little number). How is it possible to remember to buy outlet converters and pack a mending kit but forget an entire day’s worth of clothing? Oh, we still need one day/night’s worth of plans and accommodations between Gent and Brussels, and we can’t decide whether to stay in Gent for another night or take a quick trip to Antwerp. We originally had our hearts set on staying at a converted castle hotel in the Belgian countryside, but car rentals were exorbitantly expensive and the castles were either booked or required a multiple night stay on the weekends. Le sigh.
Anyway, I found this calendar last week and considered including it in the Friday Five but really thought it deserved its own special post. The more I looked at it, the more awesome it got. You might remember that I had a Stendig calendar last year, the pages of which I kept and saved for wrapping presents this Christmas. Seeing as each sheet was thick paper and 2′ x 3′, it seemed crazy to go to waste (although, maybe it was crazier to save a tube of old calendar pages for an entire year and one move). But then I didn’t get another one for this year, despite how much I loved its monochrome-ness and general sexiness. And I realize it’s too late in the year to commit to a calendar from which I’d have to discard a quarter. Enter, the On This Day calendar.
Like the Stendig, this thing spans about 3 feet, giving off an intentional wall-art feel once hung. Unlike its less-colorful counterpart, the On This Day has a daily fact hidden under a heat-sensitive black square above the geometric day spot (it fades back to black after a few seconds), and is fully wipeable, making it reusable year after year.
Perhaps its only negative is that because it’s meant to be reused, there are no set day designations above the numbers. January 18th could be a Wednesday or a Sunday, May 24th could be a Tuesday, and for someone as clueless and generally lost as I am, this is a big deal breaker. Plus, while I like the ability to write down appts or special events on a given day, I like even more the ability to go back and check out what I was doing on a specific Saturday 2 years ago. This seems only achievable with my Blackberry calendar, but that sadly doesn’t make for interesting wall art.
How do you guys keep track of everything? Wall calendars? Cell phones? Computer alerts? I’m curious.
Also, a very happy birthday to my Mommom, who turns 87 today! She’s still as spry and sassy as ever!