Last night, I wrapped gifts, prepped the baked goods, and organized for the dreaded post office today. What a joy that was! I recalled blogging about last year's wonderful post office holiday's experience, and therefore tried to make everything easier this year. Opting for priority mail even though still early, I opted for this route since parcel post has taken over a month in the past. No such luck with being proactive.
It's always fun to fluster about with hands full of boxes, and sliding even more boxes with your feet in a long line, then finally reaching the counter in a stressed daze until you hear the total and it snaps you coldy back to reality. It was a delight to hear my little box to the UK was going to cost $45, almost 3x as much as the value, and after spending that amount already for the other packages. Thanks, but no thanks USPS, it's now apparent why the rumors are afloat about your financial troubles, because you want to charge a barrel of oil for each package, thereby killing the holiday spirit for the small number of us who still believe in sending packages. So, I'm thinking next year it may be more economical to hire a charted plane to ship presents or abandon my traditionalist ways, and rethink this so-called CyberMonday with free shipping option. Bummer, at least my office enjoyed the baked goods.
Are you a believer in gifts or gift cards?