Back in November I joined a holiday letter exchange hosted by Rin at Papered Thoughts. It was a themed exchange based around the New Year. My partner was Filicia who is a self-proclaimed snailmailer, doodler, and K-pop fangirl.
So, I checked my mailbox today and found the most amazing package! While it was a two part exchange, Filicia was unable to send the first part due to a personal issue. So she sent them both together. I have to say that she blew me away!
The first part was themed around New Years Eve. According to Filicia, she decided to incorporate some traditions of the Chinese New Year since she is of Chinese descent. I love the candies and goodies in the gorgeous packets! Aside from just candy she also included candles, glitter, and some lovely jasmine tea.
The second part of the exchange was based around happy thought and positive vibes. This package included an envelope filled with notes to help keep my spirits high. I also received a gorgeous little journal that I will definitely be using, a bookmark, origami cranes, a cute band-aid, and paper to make origami stars! I want to make the stars right now. lol
This makes the second thing I’ve received in the mail in the past couple of days. I also got a great letter from Christine a couple of days ago. I plan to write back as soon as possible. I love that stationery. And I love penpals!
Don’t you miss when you were in school and you had those snow days? Here in the South, even the smallest bit of white on the ground and everything was closed! Of course, when I lived in Virginia and New York, it took a lot more snow to close schools there. But when they were closed we spent the entire time outside playing in snow! Snowball fights, sledding, snow angels, snowmen. I really miss being a kid sometimes. Especially today. Even with snow I am at work. Why can’t I still be a kid?
Of course this weather is affecting pretty much everyone here in America, darn Leon. How is the weather where you live?
Things have been so hectic lately. I feel like I’m always working! Both my full time and part time jobs are so busy! But the money does help a lot with paying off my credit cards. And that’s the important part. Anyway, I tend to listen to a lot of music to help keep my stress low. I thought I’d share what’s been on repeat on my playlist lately. I tend to be all over the place when it comes to my music listening.
What are you guys listening to? And do you have any music recommendations? I’m always looking for new music.
Remember when you were in elementary school and you had that school project where you were given a pen pal to write to? It could have been a soldier overseas or a child from another school or even just someone in another class. I used to love those types of assignments. I was also an Army brat growing up and every time we moved I’d make sure to get addresses from my very best friends so I could keep in touch with them. In fact, I still have a box full of those letters that I just uncovered a couple of months ago. Going through them reminded of how I would stalk the mail box everyday to see if someone had written back. Now I hate checking the box because most of it is junk mail or bills.
However, I have discovered something amazing! In November I signed up to join the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club, or IGGPPC for those in the know. You sign up each round and let them know what your geeky interests are and then they pair you up with someone to write to! They only hand out email addresses, you can talk to your match and decide if you want to start sending snail mail to each other. Each round you can sign up again and get a new pen pal, but even if you don’t you can still hang out at the site and interact with everyone. You and your pal decide whether to keep corresponding depending on your interests or how you get along. You could end up with a ton of people to write to or none at all. It’s up to you.
When you sign up for the site you can post in forums to get to know other geeks and get sorted into your ‘House’, which is determined by age. Also, with the new site that opened January 11th, there are new features, such as Achievements you can earn randomly or by doing specific actions. I have to warn you, the Achievements are really addictive. Some of use are seriously stalking the site to get them all. *points at self and shrugs* And I will get them all.
We discuss all things geeky. And by geeky, they really just mean topics you are passionate about. But I will say that we are a site full of people who believe that Hogwarts just hasn’t sent us our letters yet, know that the cake is a lie, and worship the amazingness of Joss Whedon. Aside from getting matched to a pen pal, you can organize your own mail swap and participate in meet ups. You can share what you have received in the mail and what you are sending out. I think that this will let me look forward to checking my mail box again. So, do you want a geeky pen pal?