Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Closing in on Christmas 2012

We are nearly at Christmas. That's what the calendar says anyway. The calendar tells me it is December. If that is in fact true then how was I able to go to the beach last week without losing feeling in my extremities and wander along the sand wearing just jeans and t-shirt?

I dropped Ben off at work. Z & K were at school. I dropped off some books at the library. Picked up lunch from Publix. Picked up Z's meds from CVS, waited for repair man to come and fix our loo and got to the beach by 10am. Sunny day, hardly and clouds in the sky and not cold.

Ben and I went to the beach with Z and watched the sunrise and sunset whilst K was at Girl Scout camp and we got some great pictures. Unfortunately K was not with us and we wanted to get a shot of the 4 of us at the sun rose or set. So we tried on Saturday. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast when we got there. (Please excuse my big old backside in this pic.)We are going to try again this Friday as it will be sunny once again and not too cold. Z & K are off school for Christmas break from Thursday so they won't be too put out at getting up at silly o'clock to get to the beach for about 6.30am.

All these visits to the beach really make my brain hurt when it realizes that it is in fact December. It is going to be our 4th Christmas in America next week. (My 5th ever Christmas in the US)

I know it is almost Christmas because we have our tree up.

I know it is almost Christmas because we have been to a Christmas parade.

I know it is almost Christmas because the kids have seen Santa.

I know it is almost Christmas because I am not yet finished Christmas shopping.

I know it is almost Christmas because we have see the Christmas lights switch on in Mount Pleasant.

I know it is almost Christmas because we have been to see the Festival of Lights in James Island.

I  know it is almost Christmas because Ben's work have had their annual 'Toys for Tots' celebration.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rollerblade Buddy

Ben was very happy that K liked rollercoaters when we went to Walt Disney World for vacation. He now has a rollercoaster buddy.

He now even happier that K has decided to learn how to rollerblade with him. So he now has a rollerblade buddy. He took her out for a lesson this morning. She had on her elbow and knee pads and he held onto her hand whilst she learnt how to move her feet with her heavy skates. She did really well considering she had never been out on skates before.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

USPS and My Problem with Them.

I had to complain to USPS about my mail not being collected from my mailbox and I've gotten a sarcastic note from my mail carrier. Lovely! I am apparently putting my outgoing mail in the wrong mailbox. I only have 1 mailbox. I cannot access my neighbors mailboxes as they are all locked. I'd like to know where I am putting my mail that is causing so much problem!

I have one box. One little shiny metal square that I have a key to open. A key that I had to pay $35 for! When you open the box that is all there is. One box = one place to put mail. The back of the bank of boxes, there are about 16 mailboxes, opens as one big door and only the mail carrier person has access to that. There literally is nowhere else I can leave mail that I want to send. To avoid further grief I think I may just drive to the nearest blue mailbox, at the post office, and put any mail I want to send in there. Usually my mail gets collected from my mailbox 70% of the time on the day I put it in there. 

We were away for Thanksgiving and I put our mail on hold. Or so I thought. From the Tuesday before Thanksgiving we were to get no mail delivered and it was all to be delivered on the Monday after Thanksgiving. We got back on the Sunday evening and watched a Netflix dvd we had. I wanted to mail it back so went to the mailbox to put it in there so it would be collected on the Monday. I opened the door to see it stuffed full of mail.

I spoke to my neighbor who has lived in the house next door for a couple of years. He said he puts his outgoing mail in his mailbox. The larger boxes that are next to the metal bank of mailboxes are apparently for large packages. However, all the large packages I have had have been left next to my front door. My neighbor thinks there is an 'outgoing' mailbox a bit further down the street but is not totally sure where. He's lived in this neighborhood for at least 3 years and he doesn't know! He said our mail carrier is different every week. Perhaps if they were not always chatting on their cell phone they could pay better attention and might not miss my mail!

I have actually had to complain several times as I never get a response. When I do get a response it is this lovely little note. I'm not sure who would win in the battle between USPS and Royal Mail. It would be a tight race. 

EDIT on Wednesday December 5: To end the mail hoo-haa I seem to be having, I left a polite note for the mail carrier who in turn left a polite note for me. They have told me where the 'outgoing' mail box is. It turns out it is down the street at another bank of mailboxes. Why they couldn't all have an outgoing box is beyond me but at least now I know! If I want to mail something I am to either walk down the street for a couple minutes and place it in an 'outgoing mail' slot or drive to the nearest post box at the Post Office.

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