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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I lost my calendar today.

I use an old-fashioned calendar. You know the kind. Made from paper, has pages and numbers in it, all that? I went out to lunch with Colleen and Denise and never found it after that. 

I think I ate it. 

There were commitments written on that calendar. I think I've told you how my memory has been since the surgery.  Those of you who went to the ACFW conference when Karen Ball spoke, remember the goldfish thing? "Oh, look a castle!"  Yep, that's me.

My techie husband tried to get me to switch over to a Palm Pilot (which I have, but use for music and email only, and yes, I'm downright proud to be able to do that!), but I never got the hang of it. I figured I could write things down faster than I could figure out how to get it on a screen. Besides, when I tried it a few times, I forgot to check the date and missed a couple of appointments.

So is there anyone out there who is NOT up on the latest gadget, or do all of you in Internet land use clicks, taps and drag methods for your organizational needs?

I'm beginning to think I'm old and set in my ways. I just had a birthday, after all. Don't ask me which one, I can't remember.

My calendar had nice pictures on it, too, by the way. You don't get that on the Palm Pilot--well, maybe you do, but it would take me too long to figure out how to see it.

Now that I'm on this subject, I have to say I'm going crazy with all this techno stuff!!  I finally managed email and now there's the website, newsletter, blog, Mac programs, Leopard, Scrivener, and who knows what else!!! Whatever happened to the pen and paper?

Okay, I know all these things are good, but I'm just lamenting my calendar, so let me sulk. By the way, if I have an appointment with you tomorrow, I most likely won't make it.

Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:19 PM  
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At 10:53 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Old and set in your ways?
I don't think so!! :)

I like a paper calendar too. We have a great one at home with a column for each person to write their appointments and activities on. It certainly helps my Mum keep up with us all, and we can know what each person needs prayer for. (I still live at home, incase you are wondering - I'm 26 and single)

I guess you like receiving snail mail too. I sure do. There's something really special about opening a letter.

You have the right to mourn the loss of your calendar. I hope some lovely person finds and and returns it to you, and that you don't miss any appointments.

At 3:38 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Sorry about losing the calendar. Bummer!

I, too, prefer a paper calendar to an electronic one. Mine hangs on the side of the 'frig. When it goes missing (like when I take it down to write an appointment on it and then forget to hang it up again), I'm frantic. It also frustrates me that my daughter and husband don't write their appointments on the kitchen calendar, but still expect me to know what they're up to. (Wish I had a calendar like Beth's Mum!)

Hope you find the missing calendar soon.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

While my DH and I are both geeks (he moreso than I), and maybe because of the fact that we are geeks, I refuse to use electronics as my only means to store information. He has also tossed the PDA and gone back to Franklin Covey (I was a Daytimer fan). Nothing brought my (our) decision to light faster than when I dropped my cell phone and it broke into a bazillion pieces. I hadn't written the numbers down anywhere because I was lazy and lost all of my contacts. If I'd written them down somewhere, I'd be covered. Unless I lost it. :)


At 7:53 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

It's so great to know I'm not the ONLY one who uses the paper calendar!

Beth, I love your mom's calendar idea! And yes, snail mail is wonderful!

Pam, sounds like you've got a great calendar idea. Too bad hubby and daughter don't use it. :-)

Cheryl, that's my thoughts exactly! You feel my pain. Bless you!

I'm headed over to the restaurant this morning to see if I can find it. I tried to tell the manager where we were sitting, but he didn't care. He simply said, "If someone turns it in, I'll let you know."

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Cheryl, you should do what I do (and I told Di to do now) and make sure you sync your electronic calendar with your computer one. Then you have it in two places and have a backup. I know that if I lose my palm pilot or drop it and break it, I can buy a new one, sync it with my computer and voila! I'll have it in two places again.

Or if you MUST use a paper one, transfer everything over to your computer. I have stuff on my computer set up to remind me too so that's nice. Like for birthdays, I have it remind me a week before. Or for a phone appt, 15 minutes before. Love that!

Pray for Di to find it! I know she's stressed over it.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

My calendar on the wall by the pantry is the way to go! I get one that has pictures I like but has big squares. And I use colored sharpies - purple for my daughter, green for my son, blue for family, red for school holidays, etc. I can see it at a glance, as can everyone else! I keep them when the year is up and it's sorta like a journal of our year.

I hope it turns up!

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

I've tried to use an electronic organizer - but there is nothing like my dayplanner. I finally invested in a good one that will be hard to misplace and then bought a purse that it fits inside perfectly!

You are not old and set in your ways. There is just something better about a calendar!

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I have two paper calendars. One by the computer and one on a wall in the kitchen. That one is the most important one. The family knows to check that one before making any appointments.

I am really getting to where I need one in my person. (just what I need one more thing to carry) With the boys getting older and busier, I can't keep up! Maybe I should consider an electronic something for that reason!

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...


A "sync" is where I keep my dirty dishes.

Diann, you poor girl. I am a paper calendar girl, too. The wall kind. Every time I buy a book calendar to carry with me, I forget about it. Old-fashioned wall calendars are fantastic. Hubby keeps all his appointments on his computer. He hasn't written a word on my wall calendar, well, ever.

I will pray you find your paper!!!

Katy McKenna

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Di, Of course, it goes without saying that I don't have a PDA. I don't even have a cell phone. Hubby has one, and he can keep it. Just like my British father always told us girls that the princess phone was "for emergencies," I believe God made cell phones for desperate situations only.

I rarely meet a situation desperate enough to use one. :)


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I have good news for you Di!!! I just bought a new calendar yesterday. Most of them start in July now and run through the next December. I don't know why that's comforting to me. Mine has little purses and shoes on it. I'm an old fashioned girl too. I never deal with anything electronic well.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Christy said...

I've tried both and always go back to the old paper/pencil/pen/marker thing. I have google calendar on my computer, but it's just not the same!

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Chelf said...

I constantly have a calendar book by my side. And an old-fashioned notebook to scribble thoughts in. If I am ever without one of these two things, I am frantic. Or in the pool.

From the movie You've Got Mail... I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils if I knew your address.

I like to have a real wooden lead-filled pencil in my hand. Something about that smell captures me. Paper and pen are mighty tools, and we must remember how to use them, because gadgets will fail, get lost, or be stolen. There is always another gadget to better the last one, but who can truly improve on writing?

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Kay Day said...

I use a real calendar, too. I am a bit resistant to new technology.

I don't even use my computer calendar. Because, like you said, I never check it. I have a desktop calendar next to me and another calendar on the wall of the kitchen and one in my purse. I usually don't keep my purse one up-to-date, but it doesn't matter. I never look at it!

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I am so excited to see so many other pen and paper girls! YAY!! I always carry little cute lined pads of papers too. There's a certain size I prefer. And I buy Pentel EnerGel pens in blue. I'm quite freakish about them. I know if someone has my pen! KB

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

I keep all my appointments on my iCal AND a small paper calendar that I carry in my purse.

That way if I'm out and need to check a date I have all the info with me.

A prisoner of hope,

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I FOUND MY CALENDAR!!!!!! Whoohoooo!!!! Thank you so much for feeling my pain!!! You all were so encouraging--and I'm surprised to find that many of you take the paper route (no pun intended) too. :-)

You are awesome!!!

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I forgot to tell you I found my calendar at the restaurant and it was sandwiched (sorry) between the wall and the seat!!


At 2:54 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Di--YAY!!!!! Such great news, and on a Thursday, too! Who knew?

BTW, my hanging calendar is WAY too great to be replaced by iCal. It's got nostalgic pics and is called "Nuns Having Fun." Gotta love it!

I'm stuck on Moleskine journals for my purse. Kristin, I need to check out your pens. Mine are unacceptable, probably because I've been too cheap to get the good ones. I'm going to change!

Katy McKenna

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Oh man, am I with you, Di. I use a DayTimer. I have to. I left my mind back in 1977. If I don't have that calendar open beside my desk, I don't even know what day it is, let alone appointments! I can't even use those ones you can sign up for on Yahoo. I mean it even emails you the appointment, but i have to look beyond today somethimes. I mean, a girl's gotta know where she's going!

Yeah, I feel for ya, girlfriend.

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Yay!! Glad to see you found it!!!

I remember once when I tried to do what Colleen said about coordinating an electronic one with a paper one. Only problem was when I tried to erase one an entry on the electronic one, I erased its memory. :(

At 2:26 AM, Blogger Annie said...

Diann, you are NOT ALONE! I too still use the REAL kind of planner/calendar: PAPER! LOL. I work at a church and our pastor has everything on hsi palm pilot and his computer erased some of his appointments on monday and tuesday and it was hilarious because he didnt know what to do with himself! I kept reminding him that if he had just kept it on paper, it wouldn't have happened! ... and yet what do you know, i couldnt' find my red book today! My precious red book that goes with me everywhere i go, no matter what. i even bought a bigger purse specificially so i could take it with me and it would fit and not be bulky in there.

and you're not old or old fashioned .... i'm only 24!

At 8:22 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

YAY for you!!


At 10:07 AM, Blogger WK said...

Well I guess I'm old and set as well then. I love my gadgets, but I still have an old paper calendar I carry in my purse and an old address book(especially since my old phone died when mil was really sick and I lost all my # and some I'd mistakenly not written down since I had a cell now all # get written down then maybe added to the cell)....

anyway, I love to write the old fashioned way and use the "old" tools but love the new as well.LOL


At 3:12 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

All this talk of calendars has put me an organizational mood. Kind of scary, huh?

Anyway, I bought a daily to do list journal today. I used to write down my daily "to do" list all the time, but I've gotten away from it, and it shows. I'm struggling to get my tasks done. Maybe this will help.

Do you all write a list each day of what you hope to accomplish or do you wing it?

At 1:37 AM, Blogger Becki said...

I'm only 29...and absolutely love and only use my paper calendar. I'd be lost without it - full of appointments and to do lists. So I don't think it's an age thing.

Hope you find your calendar soon.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I'm coming in a little late here, but I prefer a paper calendar too. I carry a small one in my purse to make a note if I'm away from home, but I have a big Crossings daily calendar on the table in front of me all the time and write down every thing I need to remember. Works for me. I tried the Outlook calendar and it does remind but there's something about seeing it all laid out on paper in front of me that the computer can't do.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Diann, On "good" days I work from a "to do" list and get SO MUCH ACCOMPLISHED! On bad days (when my disorganization gets the best of me), I just "wing it."


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