Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Going Postal

You want to know what I hate? And avoid at all costs? And beg others to do it for me?


Mailing Stuff.


1. I hate finding the container to mail it in. I hate searching through my disorganized bill/old receipts/tithing envelope basket for envelopes. I hate remembering to purchase big or padded envelopes and because I'm a thrower-awayer, I NEVER have boxes.


2. I hate finding the address. I either have to look in my too-old address book, or on my "Christmas Card Master Address" list and hope I can remember exactly how I entered the addressee's names (the ______family? _______and kids? ___________and ________'s husband) so I can use the Find function (Ctrl/F) instead of combing through the huge document. Or I have to call the person, and because I am incapable of a conversation under 20 minutes, spend way too long on the phone.


3. I hate packaging the item. Look at the red duct tape on the electricity item in this weeks Sunday Summary. That covered my missionary brother's entire Valentine's package (at least it was red). We have no strapping tape. Are you kidding me? I would waaay rather use my WalMart budget for fresh basil than packing tape.


4. Do I even need to go into the horror that is my 4 kids at the Post office? (Go here for a hideous story that will make you really mad.) Or deal with the people who come into the post office asking, "Who's kids are out in the car all by themselves????" (Lady, the oldest is 9 and I PROMISE YOU, you were left in a car, for 5 minutes, when you were 9).


Basically, I will do anything possible to avoid mailing anything. It's the last thing I do at Christmas. It's the reason everyone's birthday gift is late (sorry, Dad). It's why I love electronic bill pay. It's why I don't participate in all those lovely Good Mail posts that you bloggers do.

So this is why I was DUMBFOUNDED, when Lisa-Marie sent me this:


with a note that explained about how FireBalls help her morning sickness and due to my love of lists, this new list-making list might cheer me up. Have I ever met Lisa? No. Have I ever sent her anything? Ha. No...she's just totally nice and realizes that little acts of kindness sometimes have the biggest impact.

Thanks for making my day, Lisa-Marie.

Feel free to comment on how great L-M is, or commiserate with me on the horrors of mailing.

43 comments:

Lorena said...

That was so sweet of L-M...I wish I had thought of it!

I also dislike mailing. I try to do everything through my Bill Pay or order gifts online since they will ship it for me.

That would be why my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and nephew are receiving their very late birthday cards later this week.

I don't know how your mom does it with getting all of the birthday cards out...she's amazing (but we all knew that!)

Lauren said...

That Lisa-Marie is a peach!

I hate it when people, like the hag in the post office, say something STUPID like she did. Why can't people just mind their own buisness? Seriously!

Lauren said...

ohhhhhhh, I went back and read the link from the Arizona Romneys. You were right...I am so mad I don't even know where to spit!!!!

Melinda said...

I HATE mailing....anything. I have a rebate I have to send in and it has sat around forever because I too don't want to scrounge up an envelope and a stamp! I have to admit - I leave my boys in the car when I go get a drink from the gas station - I park in the first spot so I see my car the whole time. Cops frequent that station a lot so it makes me laugh when we drive up and Ben says "the police are here - yipee- I get to go inside!"

Shally said...

I'm with ya!! HATE mailing things. And with 4 kids-- the post office is a NIGHTMARE.
But I love love love getting surprises in the mail.

Kind of ironic, huh??

How nice of Lisa Marie!!

Bridget said...

That is so sweet. Yes, love Lisa-Marie. Nope, never met her. Yet anyway.

I HATE the post office. I am so with you on that one. My camera's flash broke a while ago. It was still under warranty so all I had to do was mail it back and they would fix it for free. I let it sit and sit and sit for oh, about 6 months until it was just about time for the warranty to expire and I HAD to mail it. It's sad that I would rather go that long without a camera than to get my butt to the post office.

Laurie said...

I too am a Mailing Things Hater. Big time. That's why the prize Kate won on my blog is still sitting on the desk next to me.

Great discovery over Christmas--FedEx Ground. The office was nearby, empty on Dec 21st!, and sending the giant box to Chicago was way cheaper than the post office, and it got there on time. Yippee!

Very nice of Lisa-Maria. Now you have to mail a thank you, but maybe you can just drop it in the drive thru.

Also, sometimes when I leave my kids locked in the car for a short dash (picking up one from preschool, etc.), I throw my big labrador in the back--they are very protective of their kids. But I've read you can get arrested for that nowadays.

Hollyween said...

Lisa-Marie is amazing. Why don't I think of thoughtful things like that? Ya know why? Cuz I suck. I don't know. Whenever someone does something for someone else or ME I think to myself, "I should be more like that". But ya know what? I never am. Sigh.

Lauren calling the lady at the post office a 'hag' made me laugh out loud.

And I hate, hate, hate mailing things and also have the 20 minute phone call problem too. Do you know what I do? I make John do all my mailings. That's right. It's the ONLY way. It's his 'job'. Besides, his work is right next to the post office and he has no kids to haul around.

I'm a lot better at nagging HIM to do things than doing it myself. You should try it with Ryan.

Paige said...

Now that is a fantastic testimony of blogging and postal rage. We all have it. Thanks for summing it up so nicely, complete with my 7 year old "babysitting" in the car.

Jeanelle said...

I am the worst mailer and I have no excuse because a. I have no children and b. I own packing tape! I need to mail: Easter candy for my favorite missionary, my nephew's March 15th birthday gift and a baby gift that has to go Germany. My old roommate's dad was retired and he always loved an errand so he would do all of our mailing for us. It was fantastic. So that's really what we need - a retired person who's bored and wants a trip out of the house to do our errands. It's an untapped job market for sure!

Stacy said...

If they had a Playland in the post office, complete with fountain drinks...kids would be happy, moms would be happy... postal workers would be very UNhappy (hey, 2 out of 3 ain't bad). I'm pushing for that.

crystal said...

At last! A fellow mail-hater! I am so shamelessly LAZY with mail. People have been sending me Good Mail goodies and I try to follow through with reciprocations...but I suck.

Fireballs? Genius!

gab said...

That Lisa-Marie! So cute. I am not surprised!

Yes, I leave my kids alone in the car while I mail stuff. That is the only way it gets done.

Kenny, Linsey, Caleb and Isaac said...

Hurray for Lisa-Marie!

And as for mailing stuff - remember that package you got from me 2 months late and AFTER Christmas? 'Nuff said.

Heidiram said...

I am with you on that one! Can't stand mailing things. But I love, love, love the mini post office that is inside the gas station on the corner right outside the gates of my neighborhood. It's the best kept secret in town. Nobody is ever there. So I can leave the kids in the car, run inside, mail stuff . . . no lines, etc.

And Lisa Marie is AWESOME. And famous. I keep hearing about her everywhere I go on blogland.

Changing topics: I am getting ready to get my son PS2. I want to order DDR . . . but which version do I get? I figured since you are the DDR Queen, you would be able to help me out on this one. Thanks!

andrea said...

hate the post office experience as well. i never have mailers, so i show up there with my arms loaded and try to package it all in a USPS mailer, while holding my spot in line. luckily, i can go while the kids are all at school, but in the past, i have felt that horror as well.
oooh... i shuddered at the memory.

way to go LM!

Goldie said...

I so agree with you and the whole post office experience...probably the worst place on the planet...
And what a nice person Lisa-Marie is!

Audry said...

Yes, the post office is my worst enemy. I HATE it.

Rachel said...

Loved the topic - going postal. I too hate the mail - especially since anytime anyone sends me anything I have to pay nasty duty on it.

Autumn said...

You should try printing the labels from the usps website! Takes the edge off a little... and you can put it any mailbox ;) If you mail a lot, the scale is worth the little investement!

AZ Karen said...

Everyone needs a little LisaMarie in their lives.

I hate mailing things, too. And now I have the special joy of having to mail things...constantly...to my missionary mother. The irritation of standing in line is only compounded by the price you have to pay to mail the stuff.

Shoot! Now I'll probably be in trouble for saying something nasty like that about helping my mom on her mission...somehow she's going to see this and read it. Yes - guilt runs my life.

Hazen5 said...

I am loving Lisa-Marie even more!

Jacki said...

Wow! That is super sweet! I just love nice people!

I avoid the post office at all costs too. I put it up there with the Social Security office and the DMV. Horrid Horrid Places!!!

Ilene said...

Wait a minute, isn't that window facing the parking lot in the Liberty Lake Post Office meant for us moms who leave their children in the car? That is what I figured and that is why I leave my children in the car if I ever go.

Oh, and tinted windows help a lot when leaving the kids in the car.

Rochelleht said...

How thoughtful is she!?

And I only mail during the school hours. No summer presents from us!

aric & jess said...

I make Aric do it. And I have a stash of boxes and the tape so next time call me...

bloggingchristy said...

I also hate mailing things and I am super annoyed right now because last month I spent $40 on the stuff in the package an $30 to send the package to my brother in croatia, AND HE NEVER GOT IT!

I never got it back either, fun, huh?

Sorry about the morning sickness thing. I am excited to have another Romney baby, but only half excited you are staying in Spokane (exctied for you, not excited for me).

Christie said...

I hate mailing stuff, too. SUCH a nightmare with kids. Mine are actually worse if I leave them alone in the car - come out to them hysterically fighting. Way to go Lisa-Marie!

Mique (as in M-i-c-k-e-y) said...

Ok Jessica,
So I was reading this post- thinking that you had read my mind. And actually feeling like I'm not a TOTAL loser because I haven't sent you my good mail stuff yet (which you clearly understand why I haven't)...only to get to the bottom and feel like crap since I haven't sent you something (and Lisa Marie did). I guess I know that when my package makes it way from my house to yours (eventually), you will appreciate it.

Adrianne said...

yeah, I quit mailing stuff as soon as I no longer worked in an office and couldn't just do it at work with all their supplies.

Carie said...

See, another reason to have a public blog: people send you stuff.

Mark does all the mailing.

Jenibelle said...

I'd like to nominate Lisa Marie as Blogcoming Queen.

Kendon said...

Thanks for the kind words Jessica. I should have told you, "NO BLOG POST NECESSARY." And no paybacks either. That's not the point. I just wanted you to know I was thinkin' of ya.

rubberbandgirl said...

That is cool and I'm completely with you on mailing stuff. In fact, I think I've promised an online friend that I'd send a certain fun item for almost two years now...

Elizabeth Caldwell said...

I thought husbands were supposed to do all the mailing - being male and all... that's what I tell mine...


and how kind of LM - she puts me to shame...

perhaps the lady at the post office had been left in the car too long on a summer day and it affected her somehow???

Anisa said...

I don't mail stuff!!! I agree with all of the above. Luckily my husband has to go to the post office almost every day for work and mails stuff all the time, so he gets to do it for me. I don't remember the last time I was in a post office:)

Nortorious said...

And this is why I secretly want to sell Baby Blooms. Too much mailing. I avoid the post office at all costs, especially with baby in tow.

stephi k said...

You have inspired me to kvetch about one of my worst PO experiences-maybe I'll do it on my blog. I would be happy to write your eulogy, by the way.

julie said...

Oh my! I didn't know you were pregnant! Congrats! How did I miss that?!

Anne Lee said...

I can't get past the fact that I'm sitting with my kid in the hospital, and I still need to send in my GD taxes. Crap.

If you would like me to send you what helped my morning sickness, I hope you're not weirded out by Super-Sized McDonalds in the mail. WEIRD that I gained 40 lbs, and I delivered 9 weeks early.....

TexasTwinsTwice said...

what a sweet friend! Even more so because it IS A HASSLE mailing stuff. I have a baby gift ready to go for a baby 2 months old....just gotta get it mailed!

Meg said...

The post office is not my friend. I avoid it at all costs. Glad I am not alone in this.

But I LOVE getting things in the mail.

Go figure.

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