Time to catch up on another of The Finicky Cynic’s “June Jour Challenge” prompts. As I hinted during my first response, I’m doing these out of order and when I can think of and write up a response. And this is a rather simple response to a rather simple prompt, which is this: “Take a photo of an ordinary object on your desk (home and/or office) and explain why it has a purpose for you.”
Now, in our response, we couldn’t highlight any computer or electronic device (yeah, that’d be too simple). And, since pencils, pens, and paper are too easy, I wanted to highlight something very simple: A desk calendar. Until about 3½ years ago, I sat in a cubicle that felt (to me) lovely in its seclusion: Big storage bin, high walls to put lots of pictures on, very little in the way of interruptions. It kinda looked this desk I shared with one of my Twitter friends a few years ago:
But then, our division manager wanted everyone under his watch (or as much as everyone as possible) to be on the same floor as he. And so, my supervisor and I moved one floor up, where I had to settle in to this:
Yeah, the description “cattle car” seems so apropos, in that I feel very cramped: Half of the space of the old cubicle, shorter walls, little to no space to post photos, and conversations so loud that the noise permeates through my big-ear radio headphones. Yeah, not fun for someone who loves peace and quiet. (Oh, if you were wondering, the computer and phone would be added later, lest you think I work at a place where everyone works with invisible computers and phones.)
So, with the noise and the small space an issue, I need anything to take my mind away from the distractions. And since our floor has no space for a private bubble bath (“Calgon! Take me away!”), I’ll let the beautiful scenes from a calendar allow my mind to wander. Whether it’s a desk or wall calendar, if the cover has gorgeous and professional-looking scenery, I’m buying it and marveling at its scenery for 365 days (366 on leap years).
The above photo is the calendar I have at my work cubicle here in 2017. Though it’s not evident from this photo, I keep this calendar tucked underneath one of my three(!) computer monitors, a spot where it’ll be assured of having great prominence — and assures that my mind can be easily transported to the locale that’s featured on that day’s page.
Note, too, that this calendar’s subject matter just happens to be about France, and, yeah, this is a ploy to stay on F.C.’s good graces (she’s a world traveler and has worked in France the past couple of years). But it’s not so much about the locale as it is about the wonderful scenery it produces. Sure, I could’ve gone with another beach calendar (as I did in 2016), or chosen another locale from the European Union. But I went with the France calendar due to the captivating picture on the box (I forget what it was; perhaps it was a bridge) and the reminder that one of my WordPress peeps was there living and working and enjoying the good things France has to offer (and she’ll do so again in the future). And, boy oh boy, does France have gorgeous scenery of all types (rural, urban, and everything in between).
One side benefit about desk calendars with beautiful scenery: Unless you’re going to use the backside as note paper, you can repurpose each page however you see fit. I usually do both: If the day turns out to be a bad one for me, I’ll use it to write notes and recycle when needed. But if it’s very, very beautiful scenery, I take it home with me at the end of the day and attach it to my refrigerator door. And as nice as my current apartment is, it doesn’t have kitchen windows (the dining room doesn’t count) and needs as much sprucing up as it can get.