Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mailboxes, Keys, and Awesome Packages

This has been a crazy week over at the Baldwin household. My oldest son had surgery last week and is taking longer to heal that we thought he would. On top of that, my sister is getting married this week so I'm helping to get things ready for that.

And just to stress myself out more.... I've made his crazy goal to have my next book written by May. I'm about 60 pages in and have it outlined, so we'll see if the rest of my life will cooperate with my writing goals.

So I went to the mailbox today for the first time in over a week, which is not unusual. Our mailman probably thinks we're out of town a lot. We're not.

Our mailbox is one of those communuty ones that is about seven houses down from me. SEVEN houses. That may not seem like a lot, especially seeing how our houses are so close they're practically on top of each other, but for some reason, I can't get there. It probably doesn't help that a few weeks ago, I jogged down there while my kids were watching a movie, and I jogged back (because it is never a good idea to leave my headstrong/creative kids alone for longer than a minute) and left my keys in the mail box. My car keys, my house key, my mail key--all dangling from the outside lock on the mailbox. They hung there for two hours. Until I decided to take my kids to McDonald's for dinner and couldn't find my keys. As I ran to the mailbox, hoping they'd still be there, my neighbor was driving toward me with her hand out her window, my keys in her hand. I love my neighborhood. I can't believe no one took my keys, that were in my mailbox, where my address was plainly displayed. That could've been an invitation someone couldn't refuse. Luckily I have great neighbors.

Now I drive to the mailbox. Yes, the one that's seven houses down. Because you can't leave keys in a mailbox when you need them to turn on your car to leave the mail box.

Anyway.... When I got to the mailbox, I found these inside. I love getting packages in the mail!

I am really excited to read this book! It seems like the perfect Mother's Day gift. And I read Jane Still's blog and it is hilarious. I'll get a review up on this book in April.

And I also I received this:

Okay, you may have to squint to see this dress, but it is my bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding that's on Saturday. That's right. Her wedding is in three days, and the bridesmaid dress just arrived today (well, that may not be entirely accurate because I haven't checked my mailbox in a while, but still.) Now I can finally breath easy and not be afraid I'll stand out/ruin all of my sister's pics.

Anyone else get anything fun in the mail this week? (Or have a propensity for losing things?)


  1. Funny post. I'm dying to read your book. In fact I think I may have to go buy it today. I checked the library and it's not available and I need a good book.

    Glad you got your dress in time for the wedding. It might be a cute dress, but it's hard to tell from the picture.

    Glad to have found your blog and I'm looking forward to reading more. Do you review a lot of books? Maybe you'd be interested in reviewing mine.

    Anyway, good to cyber-meet you.

  2. We have the same community mail box thingy. I check mine about once a week too. Have fun with the wedding.

  3. Karey- I try to review a book a week. Sometimes it's every other week depending on how crazy things get over here :) In fact I'm going to review Maggie's book soon (hopefully next week.) Email me at and we'll talk.

    Maggie- Glad to hear that someone is as bad as me at checking my mailbox!

  4. Oh, I hope your son is feeling better!
    And have fun on the wedding!
    You know? I have a P.O box and I go check my mail like once a month! LOL

  5. I have left my keys in the mailbox before, they're a mile down the road...



  6. Monica-- My son is feeling a lot better now! Thanks for asking.

    Jolene--Here's the REST of the story on the dress... I ordered it like three weeks ago and thought it would be delivered to my door, not crammed into my mailbox. So when it hadn't been delivered by yesterday, I called my mom and put her in a panic (who called my sister and put her in a panic) and then called my husband at work and got him worked up at the company. So we emailed the company and when they said there was nothing they could do, I asked my husband to call and yell at them (I know, weak, right? But I can be a major pushover and this was not a pushover moment.) So while he's yelling at them, I'm driving home from dropping my kid off at school and stop by the mailbox. And what do you think is there? The dress. So I call my husband three times in a row, and when he calls me back he says, "Did you get the dress?" I felt so bad because he'd been yelling at the company and I'd had the dress all along. I will stalk my mailbox in the future.

  7. You looked beautiful in your dress. It was a lovely wedding. I just had a chance to read Meg's Melody. I loved it and didn't want it to end (hint). Thank you for a wonderful story.

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