Monday, August 18, 2008

air mail


finally sent off the little giveaway packages this morning. wow, was i poky getting those out the door. sorry about that. i got really distracted with the olympics this week. after this, the tv will be mostly off for the next four years. i'm not a tv watcher, with the exception of foreign films and march madness. and i do admit to turning it on for my children. you know... just for a few moments of peace. and ok, one more confession. there's one kiddie show i totally love. i'd like to have this little guy as a pet. i love everything about this show - the groovy graphics, psychedelic music, his cheesy smile, his general oddness. he does a great job of reminding kids that it's ok to be a little different , helping them out of the dumps, and teaching them personal responsibility without totally nauseating the viewer in the process.

anyway, it was great fun to watch the little packages disappear into the hands of the USPS, wondering what journeys they'll take on the way to their destinations of florida, new hampshire, north carolina, texas, the UK, and sweden.

so today i've been noodling on the joy of sending and receiving handwritten letters. this weekend i got two surprises in the mail: a postcard from germany, from my friend andrea, who just surfaced in berlin. she was/still is my road trip pal; we took off to so many places from graduate school in AZ that i am surprised we emerged with degrees. we've managed to travel together at least once a year for the past ten years; last year we went to san antonio/corpus christi, and later to minneapolis. this year, she's celebrating an extra special birthday so we are working on travels to an extra special place.

the other mail surprise was from my friend dj who has been sending me gorgeous mail art for fifteen years. i always know when he's sent a letter because a big poof of patchouli bursts out of the mailbox. and i know the economist doesn't smell like that, so i figure it must be something from dj.

do you enjoy mail art? handwritten letters?

13 comments:

soulbrush said...

hey handwritten letters, or snail mail, what a pleasure, think i'm going to get some snail mail going with us bloggers....
have given you an award for this special blog of yours 9see my blog|). hugs.

Krissy said...

I'm a big fan of the post :) Nothing beats the excitement of a real handwritten letter!

design for mankind. said...

I LOOOOOOOOVE mail art, letters, etc. Any and all! :)

please sir said...

Oh fun can't wait to see! I love getting fun mail!

Kelly C. said...

i love a big poof of patchouli upon opening the mailbox!!
this illo is so sweet!

♥ Tiny Red said...

very nice little drawing aimee!!! now, can't wait to get my parcel! snail mail, please hurry up!!! :)

aimee said...

i'm not big on patchouli, but i still start jumping up and down when it wafts out of my mailbox because i know a little goodie is waiting in there.

soulbrush, i'm up for an exchange! definitely!

TR, the post office said it might take up to 10 days to arrive in the UK (this makes sense; if i send a letter across town, the post office in lawrence first sends it off to kansas city, 40 miles away, for the postmark - they aren't that efficient!)

Jeannie said...

Love art mail
my friend has sent me a bit.

I have sent some -- but am no artist.
hand written letters are great - and maybe even a rarity... I just mailed a letter today.

Tita Mama said...

I love mail of all kinds: email, snail mail, hand-written notes, typed letters, any at all. Waiting with anticipation for the package. Thanks so much!

The Common Denominator said...

I might be wrong, and I usually am, but is wubzy a little guy or a little gal? Not that it really matters. Heck, I love the little square and the perpendicularly bent tail. And the music is awesome.

aimee said...

wubbzy is, indeed, a boy! quite a kooky little guy :)

Megan Coyle said...

Giving and receiving mail is always fun :)

And your drawing is wonderful, I'm a fan of your clean-cut lines and bright colors.

see you there! said...

Just communicate with me an I'm happy. Mail art is so much fun and a day with a postcard or letter from a friend is a delight. Heck, I'm even looking forward to the junk mail these days (and I'll bet you can guess why).

Darla