Thank you, everyone who has offered to send letters and Skype, etc. It means a lot. I am making this “Care Package” list NOT to pressure anyone into anything, but just in case anyone wanted a reference. (Not entirely true: I am totally attempting to hint my mother into sending a newsy letter with her next package of necessary things. But if anyone else is feeling pressure, you’re accidentally encountering misdirected at-my-mother guilt. Ignore it. 😀 ) Next post, I promise to post the pretty pictures of Metz in the snow and of Luxembourg being Luxembourg. Or possibly to talk about my friend’s awesome baby that I’m about to meet, or how our immigration appointment went, or how small-town Germany is…
The point is: we are making things happen, sometimes. We are enjoying some things. We are doing the best we can to make the most of being here. And I want to share that too, because it’s just as true as the hard stuff. When anyone asks me how living here is, I say “Good and hard” because they are both true, often simultaneously.
Anyway, if you were wanting to slip small things into a care package but didn’t have any ideas, here are some:
Rule of thumb: if it’s larger/heavier than a non-fiction paperback, you do NOT want to ship it to us and we do NOT want to lug it home in our suitcases.
Tea–black, green, or white (I love Hunan Gold, and Darjeeling, and Assam, and would love to learn about white and green teas), no Earl Grey/Lady Grey/anything with bergamot, because I am allergic; non-fruity herbal teas would be great too
Small decorations that I won’t feel guilty about throwing away when we leave–if it’s wall-hanging, please also include adhesive clay (we have very textured walls that are also shed wallpaper like crazy) and/or Command strips and/or hooks. Our bedroom has a blue-green-y vibe, but I will take any cheap pretty things.
Postcards. OMG pretty pictures.
In general, things that are bright/shiny/cheerful or strongly flavored or scented–the sorts of things you use to chase winter blues away.
I have an Amazon wishlist [http://amzn.com/w/17I4EEL5TXZXC]–any books that are marked “high” or “highest” and have been on my list for over a month are fair game; I read all my books on my Kindle. High-priority .mp3 downloads from my Amazon music wishlist [http://amzn.com/w/2DUIEBR5JZ9UA] are also nice, but much less necessary.
I will always take more Eagle Creek double-sided packing cubes, any color except red, any size. They don’t make quarter-cubes double-sided, but I can always use more of those, too.
My Sock Dreams wishlist: http://www.sockdreams.com/_users/wishlists/5405cbf5aa19fc6
I love sophisticated thigh highs, and zany knee socks for horseback riding. (The knee socks could be toe socks, no toe sock thigh-highs/OTKs please!)
Tom is, as you may know, extraordinarily hard to shop for, and he rarely asks for things that are “care package-able.” Sweets are always good, although you’d have to find out what French Customs will let arrive at its destination.
I have made an Amazon wishlist of good gifts for Tom: http://amzn.com/w/1G43JP8XO9BKX
Things marked “highest” are things that Tom has explicitly asked for. “Medium”-priority ideas are things that I know Tom likes and would welome more of. “Lowest” priority are vague ideas I’ve had of things Tom might enjoy. Honestly, I am not great at thinking of little things Tom would enjoy, so go with your gut.