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February 2017 Calendar printable

10:00 AM


And just like that we already swept the first month of 2017 under the rug! January is no more, welcome February and its promise of candy hearts, fluff, and if you go by Pinterest and blogs, is apparently the time of the year to get high on red hearts.

Time for me to give you all my February 2017 calendar page, which you can download here.

This month, like it was the case in January, I let my synesthesia pretty much lead the way as far as colours went. It won't be the case for every calendar pages this year, but yes, for a good amount of them you get to peek into my complex neurological connections (aren't you glad about that?)

Synesthesia is a broad term to explain a condition or rather glitch that has certain people make connections between two senses or a sense and a cognitive pathway.
For me it's mostly how I perceive numbers, dates, days of the week and months into space. Which I can't really explain to you here unless you are in front of me and see me pointing to invisible things in mid-air.
While none of my other synesthetic glitches involve colors, months, do. I see them on a wheel, or circular path I am more or less walking by AND I see them in colours at the same time.
January is a very light, almost white blue peppered with gold and silver, it looks almost like a bokeh effect.

February is a soft pink-redish blush, pretty much the color of those "raspberry circles" in this month's calendar graphic, like January, and pretty much every months not that I think about it, it has a bokeh effect in my mind. Some patches are a stronger hue of raspberry blush, others are most pastel.

If you have Synesthesia, you know the feeling, if you don't, well that is the closest I can explain it to you. It's hard to explain a neurological connection that I and only I can see.
I could also go on an on about how Boney M's Little Drummer Boy smells like a pine tree (while none of the other songs on their Christmas album do). Or why hearing someone chew with their mouth open elicit a feeling of rage I struggle to repress (don't EVER chew with your mouth open in my presence).

Feel free to let me know about your own Synesthetic glitches in the comments if you have any.

If you still wishes to download the entire 2017 Calendar, you can go check the blog post I wrote last December, it'll take you to the link to download it.


16 comments

  1. Anonymous12:31 PM

    Fantastically, colourful calendar. I associate February with colour and smell because it signals the end of winter and the advent of spring, less cold and warmer days. The nature is in full bloom. According to Indian culture, yellow is the colour for the month as it signifies the ripening of fruits and vegetables, especially mustard in the fields, in short celebration of life and fertility. It also represents sun light. People wear yellow clothes and offer yellow flowers to Goddess Sarswati on Basant Panchami. From childhood we have participated in Saraswati Pooja and saw women wearing yellow saris, so the colour yellow kind of got stuck in our minds.

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    1. Do you see every months in different colours? This is usually, among many other thing a sign of synesthesia.
      For me, the strongest manifestation of synesthesia is the fact I see months, weekdays, years, letters and numbers in space. Only the months have the additional involuntary colour association and I have no idea why.

      One of the very interesting thing, is it's not until recently I figured out why I have struggled with numbers and maths all my life.
      All my synesthetic "glitches" usually go from the fairly normal left to right, including years.
      BUT no matter how hard I tried, I can't see numbers in any other form than a ribbon that go twisting upward from right to left. It starts with one on the right hand bottom space in front of me and gently goes up like a foot path with twist and turns all the way up to the left hand top space in front of me. Every 10s I step through an archway and climb a step. Numbers between 10 and 20 are in a dark tunnel, everything else is in light coloured chambers with the number path in the middle.

      I am convinced that the fact maths problems went from left to right on paper conflicts with how my mind and neurones interpret numbers.
      Oddly enough, once I associate the number with a year let's say 1960 it appears on a ribbon that goes from left to right because in my brain it is apparently no longer a number but a year.

      The colours for my months aren't always following a cultural norm for what would be associated for months. There is no reason whatsoever in anything western culture for me to associate may with a pink-purple-orange bokeh or for my associating November with a black and white blurr, or even why June is light blue and purple but July is turquoise.
      And again each and every 12 month's color scheme my mind created comes in a bokeh effect. Which is that artistic blurr of colours you normally find in art photography.

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    2. Anonymous2:22 PM

      I do see days, weeks, months and years in a sequence like a giant photographic film stretching towards eternity on both sides, with each day as one single frame, with different divisions for weeks, months and years and also significant events. You know like the cinema reel which keeps on rolling. That is how I visualize time in space. I think that is what you meant, but no colours as such. Sometimes there is a hint of colour but not always. I had this feeling for a long time, since childhood, but I am glad to know that I am not the only one.

      The reason why I mentioned colour in the context of February, because it the only month in our culture which has a colour associated with it may be because of season.

      I think it is probably due to the fact we visualize abstract things, which makes them more relatable to us.

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    3. I didn't even know Synesthesia was the name of what I consider normal until 2 years ago :-) I figured out that everybody must be seeing those things in space, or in colours, but it seems that not everybody does that. We are a special lot :-)

      Some see letters of the alphabet in colours, others can't help but associate a musical note to a specific colour, or a sound to a smell. Others see dates and numbers in space or on ribbons.
      From what I read about synesthesia is that it could be a mechanism that develops in early childhood to help one grasp and make sense of concepts that would otherwise be abstract. It makes plenty of sense to me. I have no idea when or how I developped those synesthetic mechanism, but as far as I can remember I always saw numbers, letters, days, months and years in space and on ribbons or tiles.

      Quite interesting though is the case of the Boney M Christmas song album, there is no denying it is rooted in my childhood, it was the music tape my parents played every December. Yet the only song that got connected to the smell of a fresh pine tree is Little Drummer Boy. If I suddenly find myself wanting to "smell Christmas trees" all I have to do it is play that one song, but none of the other songs on the album will trigger that effect, despite having all been played around the same time my brain could have made that neurological connection.

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    4. Anonymous4:03 PM

      Everyone sees abstract things in some form or other and it is not a new thing. A very good example of this phenomenon is the concept of God. The evolution of the concept of god and its many manifestations shows how the human mind has try to visualize abstract things.

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    5. Well, according to research, no, not everybody sees abstract concepts well. And synesthesia is apparently considered an uncommon disorder, though really I wonder why they call it a disorder. I find that it helps me remember dates and events a lot better. I also have way above average spacial perception skills, which may or may not be linked to that synesthetic thing.

      Synesthesia is a involuntary and persistent connection between two sensory paths or cognitive path. It differs from a person that voluntary commit their mind to create a connection between an abstract concept and an image to remember it better.

      For example I used to associate a mnemonic sentence or picture to remember a grammar rule in German or Italian. Or I used to picture little train cars grabbing each other to remember how molecules and proteins are created in biology or chemistry. The point is I didn't create these abstract concept learning help voluntary and I can change them at will.

      Synesthesia is a different thing altogether. The connections have been made inconciously, involuntarily by your nervous system, and pretty much can't be altered.
      As I said, the only way I can see numbers from left to right is if they are years. If they are just numbers, no matter how hard I tried, that ribbon, steps, arches and tunnels will always go from right to left.
      The thing I can change however is how I transcript a math problem on paper, or in my mind before solving it. I did run an experiment on myself in this regard. I found out that if I write the entire math problem from right to left on paper I then have a much less difficult time solving it, and feel less tensed, because what I see on paper is how my neurones see it and interpret it. I also found that if I write a phone number from right to left I have almost no problem remembering it. They other way round, aka the normal way and it is a real ordeal and I need to re-check the number on paper after each digit I entered on my phone.

      When it comes to letters I see them on two strips A to P on top, Q to Z right underneath, and they look like scrabble tiles. Needless to say I am also quite good at scrabble, because those letters in my mind look like the letters on the board. It comes effortlessly.

      In your case I am sure you could not picture week days and date any other way but on that film reel. This is Synesthesia at its finest.

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    6. Anonymous10:55 PM

      what is funny is that I can jump between days, weeks, months and even decades just like we do with a film roll. Each decade has a different mood, the way I experienced it with markers for important events.

      My reel actually merges with even bigger reel which is that of the history/culture of my country, which in turn is connected to another reel which is the history of the world. What I feel about my life is also what I feel about the world in general. Everything is linked. Time is like this gigantic stream which flows gently, touching everything be it a country or an individual quietly linking everybody.

      You must be thinking I am crazy.

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    7. I think it makes sense :-) I don't view time or years or dates that way, but I know what you mean :-)

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    8. Anonymous4:19 PM

      I don't know but correct me if I am wrong, I think being an introvert, I have always internalize things more, and thus have a vivid imagination.

      BTW it was such a coincidence that on a day dedicated to celebrating knowledge, we started a cerebral discussion. Thanks to you, I could understand what I felt for a very long time.

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    9. Yes Introverts do have a much richer imagination and "inner life". I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage of Synesthetes is higher in Introverts than it is in extroverts. Though it seems people with Synesthesia account for roughly 4% of the population and Introverts represent between 1/3 to half of the total population.

      Until 2 years ago I had no idea seeing months around me, letters as scrabble tiles strips, or numbers on a ribbon was special, or that people seeing such thing where labelled as having a thing called synesthesia. I pretty much thought anybody pictured these things one way or another. But it turns out the lot of us who does that is a special lot :-)

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    10. Anonymous10:17 AM

      Well, that means that there is indeed something positive about being an introvert. Synesthesia, you rock.

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    11. Well you know my view on it already, but I think being an introvert has many positives, unless you are stuck home with an extrovert child for a 4 months long Summer vacation :-)

      I recently read that Introverts are more sensitive to Dopamine which is why they feel overwhelmed in highly social environment, but they thrive on another neurotransmitter : acyetylcholine which is secreted while the brain is in a quiet and relaxed state.

      In short Extroverts are addicted to Dopamine (the reward neurotransmitter) and simply can't get enough of it and will constantly seek situations that will trigger more of its production by the brain (parties, concerts, gambling, adventure, sex...).
      Introverts are addicted to acetylcholine which is also a reward neurotransmitter but is only secreted by the brain when one is in a quiet, reflective and relaxed environment with little external stimuli.

      Introverts get easily overstimulated by too much dopamine, while extroverts have no particularly high affinity to acetylcholine.

      Which again, proves that the difference is in the brain and you can't change what you are. Society should learn now to give introverts a break, that's when our brain perform at its utmost best.

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  2. February always seems a bit rosy in hue to me too...Spring's peeping around the corner just a bit! All my Spring flowers are just about to start blooming!
    Chewing with an open mouth- I do not wish to see nor hear it. I'm not sure what my problem is with it (except for possibly being spewed with bits of food). The Germans don't like it either & have a separate verb for eating like an animal - Tiere fressen aber Menschen essen. So if "er frisst" then he eats like an animal.

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    1. Well apparently the chewing with the mouth open is the most common type of misophonia which is apparently a type of synesthesia according to some researcher. For me even the "clicking" sound of a nail cutter, or someone snapping their finger repetitively is interpreted as a "mouth noise", I am constantly fighting Ishita on that chewing thing, as I told really gets me into fits of rage. If I am around people who I can't correct or ask to stop doing it, I have a super hard time, and if I can, I leave the table and go take a deep breath or two in the bathroom or another room.

      In French we have the verb "bouffer" that's is a slang verb to denote an animalistic eating behaviour. Or a not so refined meal experience. If one refers to the food on their plate as "bouffe" it usually mean something ordinary, or even unpalatable. "Bouffe" as a noun could more or less translate as "grub" in English

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    2. I have a sis in law that is very beautiful (like Sophia Loren gorgeous) and is very fastidious about her makeup & attire. BUT when she eats or drinks , it is like a cow! Her mouth is wide open and the slurping, chewing, and sucking noises are LOUD. Then she'll sit there and suck at her teeth making loud clicking and smacking noises. I have to leave the room evem when she's just drinking tea.

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    3. Yeah I would leave the room too, nobody would need me to burst into a fit of rage and anger and go crazy over that noise.

      But yeah the chewing with the mouth open is a big absolute 1000% no no in Switzerland and we are thought very early on not to do it. I remember even school canteen supervisor reminding us kids to chew properly. So even without misophonia as part of the equation it is considered super rude and unacceptable.

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