Things that I thought I could ignore last year proved too much for me. I didn't like the semi-glossy paper. I didn't like the pictures. I didn't like that it hung over the bottom of my bulletin board making it hard to write on the last week of each month. I hated the handwritten changes I had to make so it was even usable for me. And I hate that I still feel angry with myself every single time I look at it, because I settled for something I didn't want just because time was short and I hate shopping. I did that with a car once...talk about buyer's regret!
The other day as I was adding an appointment to the old calendar, it came over me to suck it up and make one that suits me. I figured I could start right now and be happily using it next week! And a major plus...I wouldn't have to give calendar shopping any thought at all this year.
I wasn't starting from scratch. I used to make my own every year, so I had the basic layout saved in Microsoft Publisher. I just had to bring it current and make sure the holidays got added correctly. Really not as bad as I remembered, and I was done pretty quickly. The part I dreaded was the printing, as it had been a trial in the past. But my current printer proved much easier to print it out on since it handles cardstock better than its predecessor, and it does two-sided printing like a dream (no having to turn the sheets over and try to figure what end goes in first and which side is up!)
Is my new calendar plain vanilla? You betcha! I seem to need the wide open space and unadorned format to keep the focus on the events I write in rather than the page design.
All this and frugal too...I had everything on hand!