I’m finally catching up on my overcommitments to Swap-Bot. You know, after spending four hours on outgoing mail today. Which was actually very enjoyable!
The top pic was all outgoing today – that’s 11 total (the picture is somewhat cropped), not including the letter I wrote to my new pen pal in Kentucky. The bottom two pictures were smaller outgoing mails from earlier this week.
By the way, if you ever want to buy me a present for some crazy reason and don’t know what to get me, stamps please. I’m already on my new postcard stamp sheet that I just got in the mail a few days ago!
Most of these are going to Swap-Botters, though a few are private swaps. The Oklahoma City card, for example, is going to a girl in Wisconsin who is trying to collect a postcard from every state. I made sure she was okay with Godzilla destroying our skyline. She was a-okay with that.
Here are my incoming postcards from this week:
The bottom two were private swaps with Postcrossers, the left from France, the right from China. The top three were Swap Bot.
And also through Swap Bot this week, here is the collection of other goodies, including some blank Jetoy postcards!
So. Freaking. Adorable. Ugh. That particular swapper went out of her way to send me some great things. The kitty washi tape came from her as well, along with the cute stickers. She sent a lot more postcards than required because she saw I that I love Jetoy Choo Choo Cats on my profile. I’m not very stingy with Swap Bot hearts, but I would have given like ten more to that swapper if that were possible.
I was sad to put my Postcrossing account on inactive this week, but I felt it was necessary so that I wouldn’t leave any other Postcrossers hanging while I’m out of town for the first few weeks in August. I guess that just means I will have a lot of mail to look forward to when I set it back to active! My Swap Bot sign ups are getting thin, too, though, since I want to be able to rate promptly.
But there will be so many postcards on our road trip……….
This week my mailbox didn’t see much activity, but what it did see was pretty awesome.
This came in on Monday, which was a really stressful day for me as I got a start on inventory at work with a new system. This postcard really turned my day around and made me very happy. It came from a Postcrosser in Hong Kong.
These two came on Thursday and were my first Swap-Bot mails to receive. The fox one was especially great because it had some fox-face washi tape on it. ❤
Postcrossing was stuck for awhile. I had a postcard that was headed to a recipient in Germany, which, based on previous experience, takes about 10 days. It had been out for 25 days with the recipient not showing as logged in for about 12 of those. I was just starting to lose hope completely when suddenly it did in fact get received! So I’m looking forward to getting back into Postcrossing.
Of course, in the meantime, I worked on building ratings with Swap-Bot, which finally finished up this weekend. Here are the various outgoing mail pics for the week.
Yes, I’m trying to find different ways to make post pictures look more exciting. I’m excited to send them in any case. I’m posting them as I send them on instagram @the_catterly_post.
And of course, after my fifth Swap-Bot rating came in, I got a little carried away signing up for swaps…
That lot will get picked up tomorrow. Then on to the next, I’m sure. 🙂
…The Postcrossing Roads to be more specific.
It’s been a very slow week for getting to send mail, which apparently meant I needed to organize my postcard stash.
That may not look like much in the way of actual organization, but at least *I* know where everything is. Mostly.
Despite the slow send week, I did get all four of these lovely cards in the mail.
Three were from a regular Postcrossing draw, and the one on the far right was from a swap.
The one at the bottom was a handmade card from a 14-year-old girl in Finland. I adore it. She gave me a Swedish lesson, most of which I can’t read very well, but still, I loved that, too. Though the best part was this eggplant stamp that apparently has somewhere to be.
Yes, those are little arms and legs and lips and glasses stickers.
I did get to send two postcards off earlier this week. This one went to Kentucky…
And this one went to Austria to a lady who liked postcards on local recipes. This poor sunburnt card came from a mostly-forgotten spinner at a gas station on I-35. But it did give me a chance to talk about secret chili recipes and how you’ll never find the best recipe online or in a book because they are very closely guarded. ;D
Since I didn’t have any to catch up on, I put together a couple of random cards to send.
In the meantime, I have finally discovered Swap-Bot. Maybe after a few ratings that will help me start making a dent in that pile of back stock postcards.
Oh, almost forgot to add a very belated thank you to TheSnailMail for this adorable Peanuts postcard I received a couple of weeks back!
The Kliban cat tutorial was the best.
Now to continue obsessively checking Postcrossing and Swap-Bot for any status updates.
It’s been an emotionally stressful past few weeks which I will eventually have the energy to write about. For now, let’s just stick with the fun stuff.
These are the five postcards I sent out this week. They are going to the Netherlands, Texas, Sweden, Russia, and Germany.
I received three this week as well.
Going in the mailbox tomorrow!
Kitty face is heading to Malaysia, Tink’s going to Germany, and the mysterious blue envelope is going somewhere mysterious.
No incoming this week, but with all five of my Postcrossing cards traveling, hoping to see some in the next week or two.
A couple of years ago my friend Jennifer moved out of town – not that far away, and in fact to my home town, so while we could still see each other from time to time, we rarely did. Through the years we had off and on complained about how we both had ridiculous collections of stationery, cards, and postcards that we never used. I can’t remember now who made the first move (probably her), but one day I got a postcard from her. So naturally I wrote back.
At some point Jennifer moved back. She is literally a ten minute drive away, and we see each other every week or two. But the postcards keep happening, at least most of the time when life hasn’t gotten too in the way.
I have continued to really enjoy this. Sure, by the time the postcard is received, we’ve probably already talked about whatever the thing was that we wrote about in it. But it still brings a smile to my face to get that random postcard in the mail from time to time.
Here’s one she sent me just last week:
This postcard is made of cedar. It’s really awesome. Although I had to hold it up at a tilt towards the light to read the shiny gel pen on it.
Because of how much I enjoyed sending postcards and letters, I started toying with the idea of getting a pen pal. But the commitment behind that was a little too intimidating. So instead I found a very reasonable alternative for the commitment-shy snail mailer: Postcrossing.
The idea behind Postcrossing is that when you want to send a postcard, you request an address and one is given to you. It can be literally anywhere in the world. Once your first postcard has been received, you’re on the list to receive one back from someone else in the world.
I sent my first postcard about three weeks ago to Germany. The recipient stated in her profile that she was a vet tech and liked funny animal pictures, so this happened.
I could do up to five, but I kind of wanted to wait and see what happened. About 10 days later, the postcard was registered on the site, meaning she had received it. She had also favorited it, which made me happy because I’m pretty sure that means it made her smile.
At the time I was in the middle of a project, so didn’t get to send anymore postcards for another week or two. In fact, I’d kind of forgotten all about it till one day Carol walked in with the mail. She looked confused for a second as she flipped through the papers, then suddenly grinned and held up this postcard:
My first Postcrossing card had arrived! It was from the Netherlands, and the sender had put two insect stickers on it (I mentioned liking insects in my profile) along with a nice note. To be honest, I couldn’t read much of the note, so I’m mostly just hoping it was nice, but it seemed close enough.
With the arrival of my first postcard, I once again got excited about Postcrossing. This week I sent three postcards:
Most of these will take 10+ days to get to their destination, although Rhode Island should only take a couple. This is exciting because that means it will put me back on the list to receive another postcard, and will make it so I can send more out.
All in all, though I just recently got into Postcrossing, I really like it. I’ve always wanted to travel, but that requires money and time and house sitters who can put up with the brattiest animals on the face of the planet. This sort of feels like getting some of the perks of traveling for just the price of a postcard and international stamp. And it’s letting me make at least a brief connection with someone else so far away.