Calendar Obsessed

I am, as most moms, the family's social secretary. I have a regular wall calendar strategically placed in my laundry room, between my back door and my kitchen, so I have to pass it many times a day. I write down birthdays, appointments, vacations, etc. As an extra reminder I have a chalk board in my kitchen I update with the weekly events. Yet somehow I still forget some things, like the first day of Breanna's teacher appreciation week. If the child would quit hording things in her backpack that would help, but she's 9, and it's not my job. Not to mention, I'm fairly certain reaching inside there would require me to get special vaccinations of some kind!

I also have iCal on my computer, and when I remember to, I add things to it. I just don't find it user friendly, (*GASP* I just said something negative about an "i") however my hubby syncs his with mine, so I try to at least get family functions on there. Lately I've had that calendar open a lot. First I was trying to figure out dates for our summer vacation. Then I was checking the dates of my 2oth (dear Pete, I am old) class reunion. All this info is in emails or online and while I am here on my comfy couch, with my laptop MACkenzie that is the most accessible calendar. So as I was trying to figure out the best timing for haircuts between now and then, and how many weeks I had to drop those couple hundred pounds I've gained since high school. Oh come on, realistically I have as much chance of loosing what I'd ultimately like to in the next 8+weeks as I do a couple hundred pounds, and how much that may be is none of your 'bidness.

But back to the subject, I figured out why I still cling to my wall calendar. It's much easier to flip the pages and count the weeks than it is on my desktop computer. This is my obsession, (Okay, add it to the list of many. Moving on now.) figuring out how long it has been since or how long until some event, any event. So I then told my computer guru hubby that I want my iCal to figure it out for me. Because what is the point of having a guru for a hubby if he can't MAKE IT DO THAT?! I mean iCal can figure out a recurring event the 2nd Wednesday of the month for foreseeable future, Bunko, I'm looking at you. So is it too much to ask that if I input two dates, it spit back out the time between the two? I think my hubby thought I was a bit crazy, of course that's nothing new, but he apparently actually listened when I explained why this would make my desktop calendar the greatest thing EVAH. And would you believe the next day I got an email from him with a link to where someone came up with something similar using Google calendar to plan haircut appointments? Who knew I wasn't the only freak counting weeks on my calendar?

Of course once I pry that iPhone out of my hubby's hands this may become a mute point, because "the phone knows!" Okay, I'll still be saddled with the joy that is iCal, but at least it will fit in my purse!

So are you all computer savvy bloggers still using a paper calendars or do you use your computer as a huge day planner now? Oh, why am I asking you? You probably all have hugely complicated CrackBerrys and text people and such. Did I mention, OLD?

On a sort of related note: I think it took me 5 minutes to text "Congrats!" on my cell phone in response to a birth announcement from a good friend. Apparently you can not teach old dogs new tricks. I am leaving texting to the yutes!


Paper calendar. I have to write it down or I will forget about it. Once I write it, it's forever locked in my memory.

I text like a fiend though, I blame my friend June. She is crazy texting woman and I had to learn to keep up with her. She won't answer when you call her but text her and you'll immediately get a response.

May 21, 2008 at 3:41 PM  

My color coded dry-erase calendar is my friend!! If I don't have the new month up by the 3rd of the month I am cranky! I have a paper calendar as well that gets me through the long haul, I just can't do the computer thing!

May 21, 2008 at 5:18 PM  

I like paper calendars, paper magazines, and paper books. There is something so liberating about just holding a book in your hand rather than reading it on the screen.

May 21, 2008 at 11:00 PM  

And I text like you do.

May 21, 2008 at 11:00 PM  

I have an 8.5 x 11 Daily Planner filled to the brim with all of the dailies - including in no specific order, hair cuts, soccer practices, soccer games, karate, newspaper club, CCD, holidays, birthdays and so SO much more.And if anyone touches it - I'll cut them....

May 22, 2008 at 6:35 AM  

Both . . . I have a paper calendar hanging on my fridge. It's the Sandra Boynton Mom Calendar - I LOVE IT! It's the best thing ever!!! The kids look at it (they're 7 and 5) and Hubby looks at it and I look at it . . . we all write stuff on it. It works great!!!

I use my MotoQ (mini blackberry type phone gadget thingy) all the time as well. It syncs with my work computer, so I have all my appointments from work on there as well as my family appointments. HUGE help when I'm trying to schedule stuff cuz I can know when hubby is gone flying or kids have appts. etc.

May 23, 2008 at 11:55 AM  

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