...that song is stuck in my head...again. sam thinks it is pretty funn how i cant say caRpet or heaRtbeat, but say ca'pet and ha'tbeat. i may have lost many r's over the years. but i thought i was doing a really good job hanging on to the ones i have.
i have my group of 65 people. i have been up late at night matching away. 3 countries...and every one wants same country. matching pals up is soo scary, and when people you live near are in your group...there is that extra fear that they could poke you with a knitting needle when this is all over!
i love the way the anticipation of swap packages are written about here. she also talks about being "swap ditched". i really hope we don't have ditchers this round. it is awful to watch what everyone else is getting on their blogs, trying to send cheery packages out, while opening an empty mailbox for months.
i had a pal who never blogged during one swap. that made it really hard to shop for her. i had no idea of who she was. i still do not know to this day if she ever got her last box or even liked what was in it. the swap was over and that was it.
so far i have noticed 2 things decide whether or not you will have a good exchange: c0mmunication and expectations. the letters, emails, and blog posts that are "required" help spoilers establish a connection to who they are spoiling.
i have seen some pretty ghastly boxes arrive, and still be welcomed with a cheery attitude and thankful heart. then there are the spoilers who spen 5x the ammount of the swap...easy, who may go without any or little thanks. there will always be some one who signed up for a swap just to see what they get, and they may never be happy with their packages' contents for what ever reason. but the ones who sign up to meet new people and for the opportunity to brighten someone's day, they are the one's who get the most enjoyment out of the 3-4 month period.
IF YAHOO ever lets me access my mail today, i will be sending out spoilee information. trying to give anyone a chance to back out now while they can, before it gets messy. commitment issues!
so my 65 bubbelahs, i hope you all get wonderful packages and find a new friend maybe in all of this, but mostly i hope you have a great time!
In honour of tali's first birthday we will have a contest....
Jody posted some questions on her blog, answer them, post them to your blog, and either leave me a comment or email me that you posted them to be entered. you have til 11:11pm PST on the 18th (time she was born at) to let me know. everyone will be entered into a drawing for something yummy. NONSP9 participants are welcome to join in