The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-12-16

Friday, December 21, 2012

The whole planning shebang...

The thing that Filofax  users understand (that non-Filofaxers don't)  is that it's so much more then a calendar.   Granted, a dated section is the one thing they all have in common  but it's the rest that makes it a whole life tool.  Random bits of information are hard to process, harder still to move into long term memory.   Thought isn't a linear thing and  your brain is not an app.

Information needs a physical address because that's how brains process information and accomplishes recall.  Memory is the ability to store, retain, and recall information.  Multiple parts of the brain work for each  memory and the more connections (spacial, physical, time...) you make to the information, the easier it is to recall.  Writing things down gives attention to a thought plus multiple ways to track back.  (Yes, you can tap an  appointment into an app, but that won't help you commit it to memory or make it a concrete thing).  

jetpens index label

 I've watched a lot of Filofax videos and read tons of blogs on the subject.   While many people join the paper-using ranks as a means of getting organized  they soon find a lot more benefits because invariably ,  a Filofax becomes an extension of the user and  tool for personal expression.  


For me spending time writing, planning, reflecting on my day or just doodling brings a welcome quiet.  I like electronic media, the stream of instant messages, the push notifications... the emails... but without space for silence it's all overwhelming.  There's something meditative (and healthy) about writing down my thoughts.  


What started as just a calendar became an anchor for my life, a security blanket of sorts... The silent part of a day that renews me and makes the constant electronic drone tolerable.   

#filofax 80's preppy flashback

And that's what makes a Filofax the whole planning shebang.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Contour Chair Lounge Madness

 I adore thumbing through decades old magazines.  Even though I've read each one dozens of times I always find something useful, fun or just plain wacky when I pick them up. 

I think this fits in just perfectly because it's useful, fun and very, very wacky!

All images are clickable for better viewing!
The Contour Lounge Chair Co. of St. Louis, Mo. produced chairs from the 1950′s to the 80′s.  Each chair was custom made based on each customer’s measurements so that when reclined, the entire body is supported and relaxed, feet above heart, and the spine / neck is comfortably cradled.

This ad was from the 60's but the company was still going strong is 1984 (when they produced this commercial!)

The tiger patterned chair with tail (Cheesy retro perfection!)  is draw-droppingly wacky...but the mink one might be the wackiest version. 

Da-Voon, no?

Magazines from December especially fun to go through because there are more ads then usual and sometimes entire Christmas Gift Giving Sections.  


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Even though it's likely that 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus, not everyone gets  outbreaks.  Actually, only 20%-40% of people will experience cold sores - And I'm one of them.

I go through cycles; sometimes I won't get an outbreak for a blissful few months and then they start coming monthly for a while.   And I'm far from alone, about eighty million Americans suffer from cold sores.

They look awful but it's not really about that because they are very painful, can spread beyond your lips (and to other people).  For me,  I start with one and very soon I have it on the other lip and the skin around my mouth.  According to the National Institute of Health cold sores are contagious in all stages but  are most contagious at the 'weeping' stage when the blisters break.  Since you can't cure them the best you can do is shorten the duration of the outbreak.

For most of my adult life there wasn't much help for cold sores. I tried a lot of unsuccessful over the counter products and when a prescription only med came out, I tried that.  It does work but it's expensive and you have to begin using to during the prodrome (tingling) phase.  That means once the tingling starts I have to get to a doctor, like yesterday... And that just never works because getting an immediate  appointment with the doctor (especially during cold and flu season) is near impossible.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Weeks worth of to-do sheets

I'm thinking about doing a regular weekly post showing my daily to-do sheets.


I really enjoy going back through them, proving to myself that I've accomplished what I set out to get done is meaningful for me.  Some days I feel like I'm spinning my wheels but not moving forward.


Reviewing these pages resets my 'I'm not doing enough' clock.  


So I thought I might  do posts entirely of these pages.


Maybe once a week I'll do a post like this...   I don't know for sure yet.  I always get the sweetest comments about my daily pages, people seem to really enjoy seeing them.


There's nothing  special about them, no system to speak of. No organized plan of action to share because they are more free verse then proper... but I like them.


I'll keep doing it if everyone finds it fun and interesting!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Filofax + Clairefontaine = Love

One of the easiest things about working with personal size Filofax planners is adding pages.  There are a blissful lot of ready made options and making pages is pretty much a breeze.  

Last week I ran out of A5 Clairefontaine graph paper and looked around on eBay for something closer to the right size.


And I found some.


This notebook is very economical (two notebooks of 192 pages each for $12 with free shipping) and I've not seen this configuration before.  The information is all in French so perhaps it's not readily available in the US.  


It's not micro-perforated but taking it apart is similar to taking apart Moleskines and easy.  The paper is bound with thread in bundles.


You can take bundles out individually which keeps the notebook intact until you need more pages.


The easiest way to get the bundles apart is with a seam ripper (used for sewing) but lifting the thread with a needle and then cutting works as well.


The page size is very similar to branded Filofax paper.


You can cut so the rounded corners remain or cut a little off both sides for squared off pages (which is what I did.)


Clairefontaine paper is a joy to write on.  Information from the website: "The Clairefontaine mill has been making paper since 1858 and stationery products since 1890. The company is best known for making the first school notebooks in France. Clairefontaine is currently the only European manufacturer making its own papers for its own products.
Clairefontaine Notebooks feature:
  • A perfect satin finish for maximum smoothness in writing
  • 90g paper –fountain pen friendly
  • pH neutral, chlorine-free paper. A gift of nature, calcium carbonate, gives Clairefontaine its trademark qualities of extra white and ultra smooth
  • Opaque, write on both sides of a page
  • Ruled, ruled w/margin, graph, graph w/multi-subject, blank, and seyes (French ruled).
  • Staple bound, cloth bound, spiral bound and hardcover
  • 10 sizes – 3 x 4 ¾” to 8 ¼ x 11 ¾"
This is paper heaven to me; it takes all kinds of ink (including fountain pen) very well and the smooth surface is effortless to write on.  I think kids who have writing/hand fatigue issues in school would benefit from using it a lot.  

I have a strong preference for graph to-so sheets but Clairefontaine paper is available ruled and blank as well.  I know many people are familiar with this paper but if you haven't, give it a try... You won't be sorry!


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