what’s in my mailbox? mail marathon, pt. I

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I might not have been the fastest at writing letters (or blogging) these past few months, but I’ve certainly enjoyed reading and enjoying all the mail that found its way to me! It might take me a few posts to explore all of these works of art in detail, but I’m up for the challenge!

Speaking of art (when am I not?), I’ll kick off this first half of my mail marathon with a few Art Nouveau/nineteenth-century inspired styles!

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outgoing mail: birds of america

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It’s been a rather fraught fall, folks! The boundaries that once demarcated “work” and “free time” for me have been completely obliterated, and as a result, I’ve fallen woefully behind in the activities that I enjoy the most – including blogging, writing letters, and appreciating autumn leaves. (Seriously! A recent tempest blew them all away before I even had the opportunity to experience at least one of my annual leaf photography marathons.)

Now that the bleak post-Daylight Savings days are upon us, I have found myself even more listless and melancholy. Here’s hoping that a restorative dose of letter-crafting might help me feel more like myself again!

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what’s in my mailbox? pegasus & puddle-jumping

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Everything about this set of incoming letters fills me with childlike joy and whimsy. Winged horses and rainbow hearts? Flowers beyond belief? Beachbound seagulls and puddle-swimming ducks? Just what I needed to escape a week of very grown-up transitions and emotions!

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Penguin Post: How to Get Mail from Antarctica!

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So, folks, in my attempt to take a moderate hiatus from frequent blogging, I’ve been holding out on you: I’ve been sitting on the best incoming mail post of all time for the past few weeks. Before 2017, I had received mail from only three of the world’s continents – Europe, North America, and South America.

And now I can add Antartica to that thrilling list!

If you’re gazing at these adorable penguin postmarks and wishing you too could be so lucky to see them in your mailbox, fear not! Any citizen of the world can request up to two philatelic postal covers per year from the U.S. research station, McMurdo, down south. The entire experience has been utterly magical from start to finish – maybe you’ll join me and try it out yourself?

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What’s In My Mailbox? Starry, Starry Night

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It’s been a while since my last regular snail mail post – so here is an extra-resplendent pen pal roundup to compensate for lost time!

Over the past few weeks, a weird chronic pain issue has kept me from my usual bad-posture-requisite activities like blogging and making envelopes. You might have noticed that my posts are terser than usual: there’s only so much time I can spend typing until I get better!

Still, mail carries on, and I have some beautiful letters to which I can reply as soon as I become a little more limber again.

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What’s In My Mailbox? Teal is a Christmas Color Now

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Receiving mail in Hawai’i over the holidays was such a special treat! I felt like a kid bringing someone to sleep over for the first time and marveling at the strange juxtaposition of two worlds: home and friends. I’m at home, and yet I’m still getting letters from my pen pals who usually write to me when I’m on the Mainland? So cool!

“Cool” seems to be the operative adjective here, as the lovely letters & parcels that came my way during the past few weeks have all featured beautiful hues of teal, aqua, and turquoise. A mere coincidence, or simply a reflection of the fact that my obsession with such jewel tones is common knowledge? Who can say?

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What’s In My Mailbox? A Whale of a Tale or Two

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Thanks to the wizardry of an automatically queued blog, I should be spotting actual humpbacks on the Kona Coast by the time you read this! Before my blog undergoes its annual transition into “nature photos of Hawai’i and nothing else” mode, I wanted to share the last two pen pal letters I received prior to heading west. The parcel from the Netherlands included little nods to my oceanic destination, while my French pen pal’s mailing referenced a different kind of Hawaiian fauna.

Though I did provide my Hawai’i address in advance to a few pen pals, I really won’t be doing too much in the way of snail mail over the next few weeks…which is a little unusual for me! Luckily, I nevertheless have hatched a plan to spend some cold Big Island nights writing postcards from my volcanic home. So keep an eye out for those, friends!

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