So it might not be apparent, despite how many times I’ve mentioned her, but I
worship adore Lindsey Livings. Back in September I asked her about doing an exchange, and finally, after obsessing over the tracking number, calling the post office to correct a misprinted zip code, and having the package shipped again from California to Washington, it arrived! And here’s her post!
The box faced many perils… and as Lindsey told me, the postal man sealed it with just one piece of tape. I’m kind of surprised it survived. Never underestimate packing tape.
Lindsey’s cute letter! And yes indeed, I am a sticker addict. I’ve converted her as well. Fun fact: she used some of the stickers I sent her to decorate my letter. 😀
She promised to hook me up with some Australia souvenirs.
The first item to call my attention was the adorable kangaroo and koala pencil case – it’s amazingly soft. I could sleep with it… and end up stabbing myself with a weaponized pencil. What a way to go. Anyway, this is really cute and one of my favorite gifts!
She also got me fruit pudding!
Ooo, and hidden inside the kangaroo-kaola bag were even more goodies!
Way back she offered me a ton of free National Geographic world-food-kid stickers that she gets at the market, as they’re “technically stickers” and I love stickers, so seeing and remembering them made me laugh. Each pack comes with card that can be folded multiple ways (like those toy art boxes that you flip around and create different pictures with – does anyone know or remember what I’m talking about?) and has facts about the country’s food. We joked about the American food stereotype, which is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I sent her a vegan PB&J candy in homage to that. Hopefully it reminded her of home.
The infamous Vegemite… Lindsey’s exact words were, “You will love it or hate it.” When my mom saw it on the counter, she started cracking up, telling me that 95% of Americans hate it. I tasted a petit amount on my finger, and it seemed pretty good – savory kind of? I’m going to have it on a tomato and avocado sandwich, and I hope I love it. 🙂 Even if not… thank you, Lindsey!
And as I am a stationary addict, she sent me a four pack of popsicle post-its. Sadly, the blue one has a bite out of its head, while the other is oblivious to the possible danger. I wonder if that makes them non-vegan… their lil’ faces are cute though!
Instead of picking just one, Lindsey splurged and got me a pack of pins. 😀 I’m trying not to fall into the enamel pin craze on Instagram, but I really do like pins (way before Instagram and #pingame). I think the golden kangaroo pin could be put on anything to make it look like a fancy brand, sort of like the Puma brand logo. I have Canada and USA flag pins, so now I can add Australia to the bunch! My favorite pin is probably a tie between the kangaroo pins. Update: The golden kangaroo pin’s back is broken. TT_TT It’s still attached, but it’s super wiggly. Poor kangaroo…
I sent her a pack of black sheets that you scratch and create rainbow pictures. She drew me Totoro! His eye is wonky, she says, but he looks perfect to me. 🙂 ❤
At this point, I started pulling everything out in excitement (and hunger), especially when I spotted the marzipan mini cake. I’ve never one before, but I’m used to hearing the word from Marzia, who calls her fandom “marzipans.” After taking all my pictures of the exchange, I tore it open and ate half of it. I’m not a big fan of raisins, but it was super sweet and tasty! I gave the other half to my mom, who loved it too. I’d like to bake vegan marzipans sometime.
Lindsey also sent me coin-shaped pieces of black licorice that were practically real coins after spending a couple hours in the snow. These are the strongest black licorice I’ve ever had. My mom really liked them too; she was very happy with the sudden sweets.
The last candy surprise was this box of rose-flavored jelly chocolates. The jelly initially tasted like cherry with an edible rose aroma. These made me feel fancy.
My favorite item in the box are these Sailor Moon stickers. I’m sure they’re bootlegs, but I love them! ❤ Some of the characters look normal…
While others have some extra charm…
The pink-haired girl at the bottom of this picture isn’t even from Sailor Moon. xD There’s another imposter elsewhere on the sheet too.
Australia pens, because Lindsey and I are penpals! I let my mom borrow one for a class she’s taking, and I realize now that I might never see it again. Poor solider, so young… Update: Somehow it found its way back to me, yay!
And finally… more stickers!
Kangaroos and koalas showing their country pride.
Puffy stickers with all sorts of animals and a tribal man? My favorite is the bird with a yellow Mohawk.
And lastly, golden letter stickers, which are super useful! I was recently thinking how I’d like some letter stickers, so thank you for hearing my future self’s wishes, Lindsey!
I had a lot of fun with this exchange! At first I had no idea what to buy, but once I started finding stuff it was an avalanche of candy and stickers. After sending her package, I felt a void in my heart… hopefully we’ll be able to do this again! Maybe we can do an exchange for every country she and her boyfriend visit. 😉
Thank you for reading, and go check out her blog to see my awesome box! Really, the actual box is an art piece. I worked hard on it. Are those enough links to persuade you? Blame Lindsey, she gave me the idea. 😀 😀 😀