Tuesday, January 27, 2015
And Tuesday morning it is!
I captured the pre-dawn horizon glow...
(was it Monday? Sunday?)...
...before all the automatic lights...
...retired for the day.
We had sun for a couple hours before the clouds rolled in...
...and took over the day.
This morning we have thick fog.
You can see its been above freezing. Again--not even a dusting of snow. Brown grass.
Yet I hear you are getting super dumped on again out east in the US. We haven't had one good snowstorm up here yet this winter. Strange.
Well, since I finally finished the tote, I wanted to finish with my planners, too. So I worked on the Franklin Covey...got all the addresses transferred and the Christmas card list, etc. Just need a set of alphabet tags to move all my passwords. My "Information Station" is coming along quite nicely. Then I do have a red filofax that I organized for art and craft stuff and as a kind of catch all for anything that doesn't go in the Franklin. Got that done. Whoohoo!
Since I have decided, after using it for almost a month now, how I think I want to set up my Bullet I thought I may as well set up February. Not until I was almost done did I realize that the days were all wrong! I had only used 1-31 for January on the big task list page and hadn't marked days of the week next to the numbers--but I decided I wanted to add the days from now on, right? And what the heck!? They were all wrong. ??
I brought over my laptop and checked the calendar online...and the monthly stickers I bought on Amazon and were using as my reference...were not right!? (And--yes--they came wrinkled like this, too.)
I finally see on the back...2012!!!
Who would buy 2012 stickers in 2015? Why were they even selling 2012 calendar stickers? It never occurred to me they wouldn't be current!!
What a mess!!
Silver lining...I had used my FriXion pens and highlighters so that I could erase. But...in addition...my thin .38 blue I've been using a lot...ran out of ink. So I had to repair with my 0.5 blue which is much fatter, as you can see. (This drives my OCD side up the wall--won't be rid of this sloppy view till March--sigh.)
Now I know that the slim .38s that have the thin line I so love...well, they have refills less than half the size of the 0.5s...so they will run out of ink a lot faster. But they do sell refills for all sizes at JetPens. So you know I will have to make an order in February. Oh, and they sell washi tape... ;)
Meanwhile...I searched online to find a free one-page calendar I could print--tada!
Cut apart the months and I can add them with skinny tapes.
Yes! Guess what? I forgot I had this set of tiny tapes (on the left hand side of the box) that I bought years ago!
They were all these plain colors in a variety of thicknesses for super cheap--who could resist? But they got shoved away and I actually forgot about them until I ordered washi tapes this month.
And then--yes!--see the two rows of plain-colored, even smaller tapes? They just arrived from Japan!
Super cheap...around two dollars each for ten rolls, I believe...with no shipped costs...from two different places in Japan (Amazon). They took almost a month to get here...but now I had to find a
box home for my budding collection of washi tapes and tiny tapes--tada! I think I need more of the pretty, decorated ones, dontcha think? LOL! Yes, I have had washi tape on the brain for about a month. ;)
Now I know the big difference with washi, too. You can see how thin the Japanese tape is I used to attach January. You can see through it even.
But the old (but still good) non-washi skinny tape I used to attach February is thicker and opaque. Kind of like teeny tiny matt duct tape--LOL! It's a lot heavier and I'm not sure it will come off like the washi tape does (quite easily repositionable). I love the washi! Amiee's pretty washi tape is also very thin, but not as totally transparent.
Anyways, as long as I had the Bullet journal and my camera out and people have been asking me how I use my Bullet...so thought I'd show you what has been working for me. I have two pages at the beginning of each month. (They weren't even on the same page spread in January and in the opposite order--which doesn't matter to me, just so I have them both.)
One page has the mini calendar, goal/project list for the month, and the writing list for the month--letters, birthday cards, etc, will be listed there. (Yes, I do quite a bit of letter writing most months). Then the other page is the monthly task check-chart for things that repeat every day or weekly. (The highlighting is to help me remember T Stands For Tuesday.)
Then I set up about a week on a page for the month. I want to fit only that month in that month's section so some "weeks" are longer and some shorter. Like the first page in February will go Sunday to Sunday. I can have up to 9-10 days on a page or 3 days...however I feel like dividing up the month.
I drew some checklist boxes about 2/3rds the way down the sides of the pages, but have left the rest of the page blank. On the bottom I can list specific days I am supposed to go somewhere or someone is supposed to come over. Could jot notes down there if I need to--whatever.
As you can see, this works for me because I seldom have appointments and don't leave the house much--LOL! I can add more checkboxes for that week if I need them, too. I color code instead of using the actual bullet symbol system because I have been color coding on my desk calendars for years so that works best for me. (I do love the little additions of color with the tapes!!)
This works well for me because any and all plans in my life are tentative. If I have a bad day...or two...or three...I don't have to rewrite everything over and over. I have a longer period of time to get the things done on my list. Less stress. Less time spent. Less paper used.
I am loving it!!
Oh, before I forget...here's my red coffee cup for T-Day. My trusted companion while I struggled to repair the Bullet as best I could. Oh, and--Note--when you are erasing with FriXion pens the heat will also start to make whatever is on the backside disappear, too. Especially if you are aggravated and really pressing hard and fast and furious--LOL! (Just ended up making more work for myself.)
BTW--I did write a very negative review warning people not to buy the stickers because they were for 2012. And other calendar stickers from that company did say 2015 but the one I bought didn't say a year (tricky). I only paid $2.13, I believe, for them--but they were now up to $7.98! Last I looked, anyways. They're still selling two kinds from 2012, though. Now I can tell when I know how January is supposed to start...not on a Sunday.
When I plopped down in my chair in disgust over the stickers...I looked over and saw Miss Karma looking totally relaxed. She didn't want her picture taken, though. Wouldn't give me the time of day.
Speaking of pictures. :):)
I love my rotating picture frame!
Ian with food all over his face.
They jump all over in time...from smiling on the couch...
...to his first hours in the hospital...
...to sitting up by himself. :):)
For those of you who asked what T Stands For Tuesday is...you can click here or on one of the other links in this post. We just get together (with links) on Tuesdays to share whatever it is we have been drinking and doing. I'm the boring black coffee drinker with the same old cups--LOL! I am drinking Starbucks House Blend today. It's easy to join us or you could just come over and check out what everyone else has been up to without joining anything. Nice group of ladies. Well, all ladies so far. :)
Anyways, I am usually one of the last people to link up on Tuesdays. Guess I should go see what they have been up to, eh? Have a great week...from foggy in Fargo. ;)
Don't take any wooden nickels...or old calendars! LOL! :):)
"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."