Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Love the Mail Man

Actually, it could be a mail woman for all I know. One sad thing about living in this condo is that the mailboxes are on the other side of a couple of buildings, so I don't get the daily thrill of hearing the mail truck drive up or the delightful clinking of mailboxes being slammed shut. And I certainly never see who drives the truck. But I digress.

I've gotten quite a few fun things in the mail lately. I've read plenty of blogs of people who regularly win things and like to post about that, but that is not me. I'm not that lucky. But it has been a good mail week for me. In the last week I've gotten:

Birthday cards. This is actually something to be excited about, not because it was my birthday, but because in this world most birthday wishes are given via the Internet. But I did get a few snail mail cards that brought some joy along with them.

New non-stick frying skillets. In the six years of our marriage, we've owned one non-stick skillet that my husband found while painting apartments before we were married. It got the job done, but sometimes I was convinced that its previous owner left it behind on purpose. Anyway, I periodically check online to see if we've accumulated enough credit card reward points to redeem them for anything worth anything. (Another reason credit cards are LAME: $1 =1 point. You need at least 5,000 points to get a $25 gift card to a restaurant. Therefore, you need to spend $5,000 to get $25. Does this seem wrong to anyone else?) After five years of using this card, we had enough points to get new frying pans! We now have three: a baby, a mama and a daddy. I used one to make Pumpkin Pie a grilled cheese sandwich yesterday, and couldn't believe what a difference a pan makes. Love it!

New books. My lovely MIL gave me a gift card to Borders for my birthday. I love books! So I ordered Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson, and two Bible study guides. I'm so excited about all three, but especially Dr. Dobson's newest. Especially knowing that we will soon be responsible for two little girls.

My daughter's 2-year-old picture. Okay, this one I paid for. But I was happy to, since a dear friend of mine took the portraits for no charge. I ordered it off of Kodakgallery.com, and I'm very pleased with the results.

Sometime in the next week or two, I expect a box of clothes for Pumpkin Pie #2 that I won off of ebay. And then all I expect are the usual bills and ads. But not every week can be like this last one.

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