Thursday, December 13, 2012

assorted arbness and some links to good stuff


i bought a 2013 calendar today. i haven't actually had a paper, real calendar in several years, but i found i wanted one. the electronic version i carry in my phone just isn't the same. maybe i was just feeling old school, but whatever it is, it feels right to start penciling (and i am using pencil) onto the smooth paper. what about you - do you have a real, paper calendar or just an electronic one?

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normally i think mindfulness is a load of fluffy crap, but some of the advice in this post spoke to me.
and i always make my bed.
in fact, i start making it even before i get out of it.

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literature makes you weird. and amen to that.
anything that makes us think outside of our accustomed modes of thought is most welcome.

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interesting piece on etsy on npr (and also on wired). i have my doubts as to how well they actually "investigate" those sellers selling chinese crap. and we know they don't do anything about copycats. and don't even get me started on what they allow as "vintage." and the former CEO's quote about "curating his entire life with handmade" made me throw up a little bit in my mouth. i basically have trouble reconciling the hipster idealism with the actual practice on the site - empty plastic child's paint sets sold as "vintage" and rustic furniture churned out in a factory in indonesia. i'm not convinced that etsy is the answer.


Lisa at lil fish studios said...

I love a big paper desk calendar. Not those little tear-off-a-day ones, but the giant ones that allow for lots of doodling on the coffee mug stains in the margins (and sometimes over the important stuff).

I never make my bed, though it's a habit I wish I were in. Perhaps I'll work on that.

Off to read the Etsy article.

Michelle said...

I love paper calendars - I'm using one that I learned about, in fact, from you!! It is the moleskine set of 12 little books... love the colours.. and I switched to a duvet without sheets so making the bed takes 8 seconds. better.

julochka said...

@lisa - making the bed is easier here in my land...just a duvet, no top sheet to straighten. and the duvet hides a lot.

@michelle - it crossed my mind to get one of those moleskine ones again, but i think i have so much guilt tied to the way i abandoned the last one, which i used as a daily art journal, that i didn't want to invest again. plus, i'd have to carry several months with me at a time, the way that danes like to plan meetings in advance (seriously, i already have meetings in my calendar for april).

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Julie

I have a 2013 Moleskine in a beautiful lavender color. This is my second year to use Moleskine--love them.

Have a great week-end!

Tracy :)

Veronica Roth said...

Nice Julie! Before I left for England I bought my 2013 Quo Vadis President. I've kept the same old school day timer for some 30 years and would be absolutely lost to pieces without it. Plus, it's a lovely record of names, dates, important happenings, business cards, trips, milestones... I can't imagine anything else that could take its place.
Also, love the two Aptmt trpy posts! Sent them to Chloe with a "must read" in the subject line. Nice post. I love your arbness. :)