Friday, October 9, 2009

It's a Date!

I have a thing for calendars. Unfortunately, I also have a thing about keeping old calendars. It seems to go hand in hand.

I mean, what if I'm going through a stack of photos and I need to find the date that we went on a certain trip? Or what if I need to recall the date of a medical treatment for a new doctor? I always have my dusty trusty old calendars.

However, the reality is that they are dust collectors and don't really provide the information that I want in an organized manner.

So today I took a few hours and created an Excel calendar that is sort of a perpetual calendar for our family events. I listed the months/days in the first column and then followed that by a general column with birthdays, anniversaries, and important dates that never change. Then I made columns for each year and recorded important information that I might want or need in the future, like vacations, important medical information, fun events that we participated in, and important job related information.

Now it's all nice and organized, and I can let go of the old calendars.

Unfortunately, what it really made me realize is how fun our life used to be and how routine it has become in the past few years. There was one year that we went on at least eight fun vacations or long weekend trips. That was followed by a year that had four trips and then just gradually decreased to almost nothing the past couple of years.

This year is coming to an end, but I'm going to have to see what we can do about that.

I'll just grab my calendar and pencil in some fun.


Cyndi said...

I love using my computer to keep track of my schedule, but there's something very satisfying about flipping through an old calendar. I just threw out several day planners from the last few years I worked before the kids, back in the mid 90s! Wow, there was a time when I accomplished things and felt like I was good at something. It was hard to let them go.

Carla said...

You know Cyndi - I think you nailed it. Those planners represent a time when I had my shit together and is "proof" if you will of how much I can get done. I made time for all that in my life and STILL had time for fun.