New Refrigerator Calendar day.
I have been transcribing birthdays, anniversaries and early year appointments onto my new calendar and made an earth shattering conclusion.
My previous year calendar is the BEST JOURNAL I have ever kept.
While searching each month for important dates I need to keep, I discovered that I had:
8 non-work events with work people
14 scheduled events with friends
4 planned winery dates
3 separate boat events, not counting boat related vacations
7! television events (Madmen, Walking Dead and Sharknado related)
12 scheduled family events
and WAY too many dentist appointments
and these are just the ones that made it on the page.
I have attempted to keep a journal from the age of 10 when I received my first awesome, pink diary with that tiny metal key which really didn't keep anything private. I would write meaningful entries and lock them away for reading on a rainy day at which point I felt embarrassed at how dramatic I was and never wrote another word until I received a new awesome pink diary with tiny metal key.
In junior high I had a teacher who made us 'journal' once a week. These always wound up being uber-angsty treatises on life, politics, love. As per usual, I was severely embarrassed by these entries, even though a couple received critical acclaim from Mr. Pillman.
Loved the teacher. Hated the journaling.
Pretty ironic for someone who wanted to be a journalist.
I no longer attempt to keep a journal and now I understand that I do not need to. My refrigerator calendar takes care of it for me. Looking back through the months I am reminded of fun times, sad times, cancelled plans and impromptu dates. I was probably most surprised by the number of non-work-work events. But then, when I think about it, I spend an equal number of waking hours in the week with my work family and my real family.
My calendar for 2015 was a gift from my husband, who created it from our favorite pictures from our first Caribbean vacation. The pictures reminded me daily of how wonderful life can be. It's own little journal! It is really difficult to put a close to this calendar.
My 2016 calendar is a generic Island edition. Which, while not as personal, is just as inspiring,but for different reasons. Rather than looking back it will force me to look ahead to upcoming adventures.
Which from the looks of those blank pages will be limitless!
Happy Happy New Year to All from the Coast of Illinois
|Catamarans just waiting to throw me into the ocean.|
And of course, I am making no actual resolutions. I am making a COMMITMENT to get Tales of the Caribbean written and then posting each Wednesday until I run out of material at which point we will have to return to the Caribbean on more fact finding adventures. I promise!