You’ve Got Mail Challenge

At Nerd in the City (@nerdinthesand on Instagram) August is You’ve Got Mail month. Which means that I am sending and encouraging everyone to send more mail…you know, the old fashioned paper and stamp kinda stuff. Take a look at the prompts below.

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I used to love getting mail, back when people still did such a thing. So I decided to bring it back in style. Have you ever written your congressman, Mickey Mouse, The President of the United States? Did you know you can mail a flip flop on it’s own with a stamp and an address?

Mail is fun guys. There’s still plenty of month left, if you’re interested in joining. And you can always go back and do the prompts that have come and gone. It’s never too late for fun and whimsy.

Take a look at the mail journey so far…

Day 1: Buy Stamps

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Day 2: Note of Encouragement

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Day 3: Write a Love Letter

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Day 4: Write the President (it’s his birthday)

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Day 5: Mail a package

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Day 6: Send a story (I missed this day and am still working on it.)

Day 7: Write to Mickey Mouse

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Day 8: Write a grandparent

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Day 9: Send a photo

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Day 10: Send a postcard

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Day 11: Write your Congressman (I did it, you can check!)

Day 12: Send a thank you

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Day 13: Send a Round Robin

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Day 14: Send a letter covered in stickers

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TODAY!! Day 15: Send sympathy

Happy mailing! And if you want mail from me, email me your address. I’ll put you on my fun mail list: nerdinthecity01@gmail.com

Love Letters to…

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Reader, by now you should know many things about me. You should know that I love Star Wars above all other earthly things. You should know that I am a nerd of the highest order, that I love Jane Austen and things of a more romantical nature. You should know that I love history and art and music and writing and dancing and friends and family.

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And while I’ve written on the subject before, I want to take special care to reiterate my deep, abiding love for…Pinterest. If you have not gotten that impression from me before, allow me to correct that oversight and share my love with you in the most animated language of the literary greats. Most of these should work to prove my point, but let’s see shall we? I might have to make a few adjustments here and there, but the majority of the original text will stand. Here goes…

Pinterest,

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My pins will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

(-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen…for the most part)

 

Pinterest,

Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time I turned off my computer that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn’t matter to me. “

(-Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos…primarily)

 

Pinterest,

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”

(-Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx)

 

Pinterest,

“I am nothing special; just a common girl with common pins, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved you with all my pins and boards; and to me, this has always been enough.”

(-The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks…almost entirely)

 

Pinterest,

“I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century (or at least the past 6 years since your online birth,) to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting pinning.”

(-Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez…chiefly)

 

Pinterest,

“Whatever our pins are made of, yours and mine are the same.”

(-Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë…predominantly)

 

Pinterest,

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago (by not yet existing.) Dare not say that woman forgets sooner than social media platform, that her love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.”

(-Persuasion by Jane Austen…largely)

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Pinterest,

‘Tis better to have pinned and lost, Than never to have pinned at all.”

(-Selected poems by Lord Alfred Tennyson…in part)

 

Pinterest,

“It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many pins before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my pins. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better (than to pin all those things onto boards and look at them later.)”

(-The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James…essentially)

 

Pinterest,

It is better to pin wisely, no doubt: but to pin foolishly is better than not to be able to pin at all.”

(-Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray…on the whole)

 

Pinterest,

“You are my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”

(Poems by W.H. Auden…with minor adjustments)

 

Pinterest,

“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I pin.”

(-Hamlet by William Shakespeare…mostly)

 

Geez, I hope people know I’m mostly joking… but seriously Pinterest is good! If you aren’t following me on Pinterest then come to the Nexus of my brain and enjoy all 390 boards for your viewing and pinning pleasure!

Tearful Goodbye

Last night was the series finale of The Office. And It was a beautiful goodbye.

It had everything you could want from a finale. Happy endings, reunions with old friends (wink, wink), and a look back at the years past. In this case, the 9 years The Office spent on the air.

I realized something last night. More episodes of this show have brought me to tears than any other series on television. In fact it’s probably brought more tears from me than my own life has.

But that’s what happens when something sweet and beautiful touches your heart. Even if that thing is just a little television show about a bunch of office workers’ loves, lives and losses.

The stories of Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight, Oscar, Angela, Kevin, Creed, Meredith, Ryan, Kelly, Darryl, Phyllis, Stanley, Andy and Erin had their highs and lows. But at the heart, it was great story telling and I will miss tuning in on Thursday nights.

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I couldn’t envision a more fitting goodbye. So well done writers, cast and crew of The Office. And thank you for keeping this nerd in tears!

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