Organized or Obsessed? New year’s planning.

December 29, 2017


Speaking of the new year . . . here’s a photo of my neatly organized drawer of calendars from over the last few years. Okay — over the last 14 years to be exact. Snuggled in the drawer next to my hankies (see the Christmas hankie?), they sit, year after year, records of meetings, parties and birthdays. Some have sad entries like funerals and bad doctor’s appointments, But all the day-by-day goings on are listed in these books, and because they are records of our lives, I can’t stand to throw them away. That makes me organized, or . . . don’t say it.


My preferred calendar is the Gallery brand ( because it’s just the right size to tuck in my pocketbook. I always get very excited to select my new color every year, and this year, I’m happy to report, I went with periwinkle. Made in Bar Harbor, Maine, I find them at Barnes and Noble and get really excited to select a new color each January.


My first Gallery pocket weekly calendar was purchased in 2003. My husband is begging (nagging) me to ditch my paper calendars and move to the calendar on my phone and computer, but for some reason, I still prefer the paper book version. I’m visual and love flipping ahead to see upcoming weeks, which isn’t the same on a computer. Just today I tried to use the computer version and after entering all the info, it still just showed up on the calendar as “event” and not the specific thing I need to do. Irritating!! Also, when I hand-write the entry on a page in the book, I can draw little hearts and smiley faces — can’t do that on the soul-sucking generic computer.

Last year, you may remember I was in Italy for the new year, and found a beautiful stationery shop and decided to get an Italian calendar — reasoning it would help me learn the days of the week in Italiano.  But because the days were organized in a slightly different format,  I got all turned around, and instead of helping me with a foreign language, it made me miss a dentist appointment. The cover really took a beating as well, which is different from the Gallery books that always look great, even after 12 months of being shoved in my pocketbook next to snacks and  . . . oh, you know you put snacks in your purse too. A little bag of grapes or pretzels comes in handy when you are stuck on the Bayway.


In 2011 I went wild and snatched up the plaid calendar. I haven’t seen patterns since then, just solids.


Gallery Leather isn’t a sponsor of mine, I just thought I’d share something with you that I love, especially at this time of the year. Do you still use a paper calendar or have you moved on with technology? Are you organized and/or obsessed with a particular calendar? Do little things like a new calendar make you happy? Speaking of happy . . . Happy New Year to you!








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