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Monday, January 08, 2007

Another Somebody

I did not forget this Christmas - My Missionary. This one I felt particularly bad about, as this was his first Christmas away from home. These handkerchiefs took less than an hour to embroider



So why didn't I get them done sooner? Always the question. Hopefully there are others out there that have a weird sometimes illogical project prioritization scheme...

I've been doing some thinking about my packages to Tim. There are a few things I need to consider:

1) Tim is a very smart and no-nonsense kind of guy. Where his older brother may have appreciated a 3 foot tall penguin pinata (no picture - darn it!) to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day (which is this month! January 20), Tim would probably be embarrassed just to open the box, and would not quite know what to do with the thing.

2) As Tim is serving his Mission in the Philippines, it is starting to weigh on my soul that it is really not logical to send a box of plastic crap back to its country of origin. The citizens were probably glad to get rid of the stuff and it most likely doesn't serve much purpose in their lives. Oh no - my shopping conscience is getting stronger. Must...resist...

3) I'm not going to lie - it would be nice to save a few bucks on the care packages. I have made the commitment to see all three cousins through their Missions, but that doesn't mean I need to break the bank.

So, with these three things in mind, I am going to focus my packages more on quality rather than quantity. I'm going to try and fit things into a mailing envelope from now one, send more handmade things, and be more timely in getting the packages out. Oh, and send more letters



5 comments:

Heidi said...

Two things that my little bro loved when he was in Argentina were peanut butter and the dry cheese packets that come with Kraft Mac & Cheese. They couldn't get P.B. anywhere. They could get pasta but not the Kraft blue box stuff. It's tricky because you can't send them a bunch of stuff that they just have to carry around--their suitcases get really stuffed & heavy! A harmonica is another fun idea, sent one to a friend on a mish once and I think he really got a kick out of it!

Anonymous said...

When I was waiting for missionary, he like kool-aide and little hand held games.

eviedee said...

Super goals! Have you ever been to Michael Levine's in the fabric district? It's a awesome place to find fabric and notions, if you ever want to go let me know! Have fun in Vegas this weekend! We went last weekend-just in time for the porn convention! Whopeee!

lera said...

I'm sure your cousin missionary will be thrilled with his gifts.

I made similar embroidered handkerchiefs for my brother when he served his mission (LDS) in California years ago. Now I have a sewing machine that does embroidery. I'm waiting for the "perfect" missionary to make them for. (waiting for my youngest brother.)

Barb said...

I was going to say send cookies or something, but Heidi's comment about peanut butter seems right on. When I went to summer school in Spain, I about went thru withdrawals. No PB to be found. I learned to love Nutella, but it still wasn't the same. Or send yummies that reek America--like Hershey bars and Reeses.