Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Year to Expand

Today is December 31, 2011. I love this time of year, the week between Christmas and the new year. Christmas with all its busy-ness is done, and there’s a certain peace in reflecting on the old year and waiting for the new one to begin. It is in the spirit of this reflection that I’ve decided to start this new blog. As my profile description suggests, I’m currently off work on maternity leave with the birth of my first child, a little boy Z. I really feel like this is the first time, in a long time, that I’ve had time to pause. I hope to share here the thoughts and workings of my interests: my family, my career, and my crafting. And hopefully create a dialogue with my friends and anyone else who may come along and pay my little blog a visit. So, here goes!

I must admit, one of my favorite things to do this time of year is transferring over all the birthdays and special events from the old calendar to the new one. I take calendar selecting very seriously. This shouldn’t be surprising as I take great care in selecting many things: my morning tea cup (very important), my fork (don’t know why this matters to me), and of course, my outfit (including my undies… they’re important too!), just to name a few. A calendar is something I look to all year long, to tell me the day, where we are in the month, what appointments or fun events are coming up. I like the picture of the month to be peaceful yet inspiring. Let’s just say it’s a tall-order to find a calendar that I think is just right! This year I picked the Secret Garden Calendar published by Workman. And to top it all off, I received some lovely fine-tipped coloured pens from my MIL to fill in all the important dates. Heaven!

I know I have many a friend who enjoys good stationery (ahem Melissa! ahem). Maybe it’s the teacher in me that enjoys a really great pen and a plethora of sticky notes. I can seriously never have enough pens or sticky notes (especially teaching high school where there is always a student coming to class without a pen/pencil). But, I digress! Suffice to say I am very happy with my new calendar, and I think I’ll be equally happy with my new daytimer – also something I’m quite particular about. I usually go with a Moleskine, but this year I selected a Leuchtturm1917 weekly planner with a cornflower blue cover.

How do you like to get ready for the New Year?

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  1. What a lovely surprise on the first day of the new year. I share your love of stationery! Great watercolour borders for your blog.

  2. Thank you! I wanted to pick something fresh and vibrant for the background - I love the pinks and purples!

  3. YAY!! You did get your blog up and running!! Now I can follow you! ;) Can't wait to read what else you're cooking up!

    And um, can I just say I'm lusting after your set of pens! Drool!! I've never used a Moleskin daytimer before. I'm kinda picky about my planners cause I like the weekly planner that has the monthly calendar in there too, all with ample writing space. I should check out the Leauchtturm but I already bought my usual "week at a glance" Breast Cancer one. Oh well, next year!

  4. Thanks Melissa! Yeah, I'm pretty excited about those pens; I practically colour-coded the events on my calendar :P