Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Girl Meets World: A Care Package

I've been feeling sort of dazed and ungrounded these last few days. Zoned out. I hate it when that happens. It's like a non-feeling. I'm not sure how I stumbled into it, but I guess I allowed myself to get caught up in the details of an annoying project at work, my first paper for the class I'm taking, and the GRE test looming in my near future.

So yesterday I was in full glazed-eyes computer robot mode when I came across this picture. That's my sister M, doing her special wild-arm lunge version of the running man. Isn't it great? And yes, I share much of the same genetic material.

As I was contemplating how funny and awesome M is (and good at dancing!) it dawned on me that I have not spoken to her in the last several weeks, since before she moved into her freshman dorm four hours away from home. Come to think of it, I haven't spoken to any of my family members for at least a couple of weeks.

That speaks to the larger picture of why I have been wandering around dazed and confused lately. Caught up in the stress-inducing tasks ahead of me, I neglected my normal sanity-preserving activities like staying connected with my family and working out. The result is I feel like a zombie.

No more. I'm going to the gym right now. And then I'm going to do the running man. A little later this week, I am going to send M a care package. Hard to believe, but this will be the first real care package I've ever sent. M deserves it, and I think it will do us both some good. Suggestions for what to include, anyone?


  1. Chocolate chip cookies are a must. Send them in a plastic storage container with a slice of bread. The bread will keep the cookies from going stale before they arrive.

    Fun snacks are a must: gummy bears, granola bars, halloween candy, gum/mints, pretzels, chips, etc.

    Also, nice shower stuff is always good. Fancy soap, lotion, etc. works well for the busy, smelly college student.

    Finally, some magazines based on M's interests. No books, because I'm sure she has plenty to read right now.

  2. A nice journal is always a great gift. And...
    Ramen Noodles...every college student needs a supply of Ramen Noodles!
    And maybe a snuggly little cute throw blanket - or even better a snuggie! and a movie; taking into concideration M's girly tendencies, a good 'chick flick' is always a great weekday night event.
    And don't forget a dash of Love ;o) Awe....

  3. Chocolate, funny socks, and maybe a gift card to a restaurant or movie theater near her campus? Also, a homemade card.

  4. Thanks for the great suggestions, you three!