Apparently I'm starting 2008 with a miserable cold and almost no sleep last night, which means I'll be lucky to make it to 7:30 tonight. I hope you're feeling better than that, and you have a fun New Year's Eve and a fantabulous 2008.
I've had a terrible time finding a calendar I really like for 2008. I used to be easy--Ken Sanders at Dream Garden Press used to publish "The Western Wilderness Calendar," full of amazing photographs by some of the best photographers around and quotes from writers like Edward Abbey, Charles Bowden, Wallace Stegner, Mary Austin, etc. Ken stopped publishing the calendar a while back, and since then I've had a variety of different calendars on my office wall. But this year nothing has caught my fancy, so I spent most of today making my own, using this template, my own photos, and facts and dates from old Western Wilderness Calendars, an almanac, and my own research. Mine may be the only calendar in the world this year that includes in its listings the birth dates of Ed Abbey, William Goldman, Thomas Gifford, Mickey Mouse, Yosemite National Park, and Stephen King. Doing this also brought some surprising juxtapositions to light, such as the fact that Harlan Ellison, Dashiell Hammett, and Rachel Carson all share a birthday (May 27). If I think about it early enough, maybe for 2009 I'll do a calendar at CafePress or something similar so that other people can get it too (and so I can have it larger, and wirebound or stapled--this one is only 8X10 because that's what my printer can handle).