You remember my care package swap with Japan? Well, Lisa is willing to do swap with someone else, too! (Not necessarily the SAME EXACT stuff. But FROM JAPAN.) Sadness: it has to be someone in the U.S., because otherwise the shipping costs would kill both you and Lisa dead. (Lisa's in a military family, so if you live in the U.S., the shipping rates are similar to mailing within the U.S.)
The deal is that you'd mail her a box of stuff, and she'd mail you a box of stuff. Lisa and I did it kind of free-form/surprise style, with both of us mentioning a few things we'd love to get, just to give the other person the general idea. Here's what I sent her. (I used a military flat-rate box, which is even less than U.S. shipping costs. You can get the boxes free online, or many post offices can give you one. You'll need to fill out a customs form, so allow a few extra minutes at the p.o., and write down everything in the box so you'll remember.) (Don't be overwhelmed. It was no big deal.)
I feel I should warn you that I had a TERRIBLE TIME trying to unpack my box. As of several weeks after I'd received it, it was still sitting on the dining room table, full. The only things that had been removed were (1) the ice cream scoop, (2) the teeny cute cookie cutters, which Paul used to decorate the kids' lunches, and (3) the bag from Thailand, which I'm using as a library bag.
Am I really supposed to just OPEN these and EAT them and then THROW AWAY the cute packages? The potato is wearing a potato banner! And what if I LOVE them and can NEVER HAVE THEM AGAIN (unless I go to Japan)?
Here's the ice cream scoop I actually did manage to unpack, and HOW WAS I LIVING MY LIFE WITHOUT THIS ICE CREAM SCOOP? I have tried many an ice cream scoop and I always end up using a soup spoon instead, but this scoop is TEH (ice-cream-related) BOMB.
But what am I supposed to do with the packaging? I can't just throw it away! It includes the instruction "Do not carry the metal part of a knife to your lips directly." That is valuable advice!
Also, I see you lusting after my scratched, stained, metallic-flecked, genuine 1960s countertop. BACK OFF IT'S MINE.
And am I supposed to just let the children USE these cute straws and then THROW THEM AWAY? (The straws, not the children.) Unthinkable.
And how about this? The packaging says "Tea Spoon" and "tea time," but the cup says "coffee" on it! Also, the description: "A well-functioned sophisticated and best in quality created exclusively for you." Exclusively for me! And the instructions: "Do not apply onto metal luffa to avoid hurts or residuals on articles." I might need those instructions later.
And the cool clothespins. "Caution with using this product"! "Do not use it in a manner other than regular use"!
I did finally unpack everything and incorporate it into our household, and frankly a lot of the motivation was so I could take pictures for this post. So if you want to do a care package swap with Lisa, your package might ALSO contain SUPER-CUTE STUFF, and you too will have conflicted feelings about throwing away the wrappers and putting things away.
Well, if you want to do it anyway, you can't say I didn't warn you. Leave a comment on this post if you're interested, or on Lisa's post, and Lisa will choose someone as soon as she wraps up another project she's working on (I'll bet it's unpacking her shopping: that would take me FOREVER if I lived in Japan).
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