Notes to self…

… when next sending out orders after any fundRAising event:

  1. Be sure to first sort orders per name before packing them.
  2. Be sure to pay better attention to how many copies of a magnet someone actually ordered. Check and double check.
  3. Be sure to wait out late orders and special requests.
  4. Be sure to never tape shut an envelope until you are actually ready to send everything out.
  5. Maybe invest in having stickers made with your own address instead of repeatedly having to write out your sender address over and over again.
  6. Do not ever attempt Cyrillic script.
  7. Don’t send a package to the USA with DHL, it’s twice as expensive as the regular Dutch postal service! I found that out while purchasing the mailing label ahead of time online. I had sent something through DHL within the EU a few weeks ago and that was perfect with free track & trace, which made it a little cheaper than the regular postal service track & trace package. Apparently that is not the case when sending to the US.
  8. Guylty does this TWICE a year?!?
  9. Continue to love the fact that Richard Armitage fans are such an international bunch!
  10. A glass of wine at midnight after an evening of packaging is a must.

So, yes, I spent yesterday late afternoon and all evening packing all the Richard magnets and the red wine set from the #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser.

I had sent out magnets before but the numbers were different this time. When you see it all laid out like that in the end, it doesn’t look like that much work but looks can be deceiving. Still, as a one-off task it was quite fun to do (even if I did waste a couple of envelopes because I had to re-open and then re-address them). I have developed an extra admiration for how Guylty does all this with a much, much larger volume of orders. I am no way as efficient as she is but even with her efficiency, getting all the items together and sent out like she does is a mammoth task. Kudos are due! I’m in awe. I think next year, if there is another auction, it will be prudent to send some Richard-elves her way to help her out.

Anyway, it’s all ready now and I’m really glad I was able to chip in like this. And yes, I’d do it all again. I hope to be able to get to the post office this afternoon to actually send everything on its way.

To all recipients: thank you again for your generosity and for helping to aid LOROS and happy holidays to you! For those amongst us who are Jewish, the holidays have already begun as today is the fifth day of Hanukkah. Chag sameach to those who celebrate! Here, make and have some latkes…

… and I hope everyone will have a nice holiday month this December.

Gearing up for the holidays

Mr Esther has participated in a customer panel this past year and at the beginning of December he received an e-mail which said he would receive a free Christmas tree this year as a thank you! The tree was supposed to be delivered this past week but it’s Saturday afternoon now and we still haven’t seen it. So, in the Esther household it doesn’t really feel like Christmas yet, despite a poinsettia and a few twinkle lights in the winow.

I visited my mother today (socially distanced) and her house already feels like Christmas!

Her cute cat is fine with it too…

My sister has sent her a lot of sufganiyot for Hanukkah and as she had some leftover she gave some to me to enjoy together with Mr Esther this afternoon…

A Christmas package arrived from work when I got home…

So, everything around me is really gearing up for the holidays! It’s only in my house that the festive mood hasn’t really arrived yet. Mr Esther hasn’t been able to reach the company to ask when we can finally expect our tree so now we’re wondering whether we should just give up on that free tree and go out to get our own. Last year we weren’t really into the Christmas mood and we only bought a little tree with roots that we hoped we could use again. Alas, we can’t re-use that tree while we wait for the other one as that little tree didn’t survive after we put it out in our garden. This year I do want more Christmas in our house! I figure that with the downer of a year we’ve all just had, we deserve some extra festivity and I’m frustrated that we don’t have a tree yet. Fingers crossed that it will come very soon (or maybe we’ll just go and buy one anyway tomorrow).

Happy Hanukkah!

The 8 day Jewish festival of Hanukkah starts today. If you want a fun little explanation about what the holiday is all about, see this Mayim Bialik video from 2017 (on a sidenote: Bialik will be the star of the US Miranda version called “Call me Kat”. I like Mayim but can Kat really be as fun as Miranda? Time will tell)…

I for one had forgotten what those letters on the dreidel (the spinning top that is traditionally played with during the holiday) exactly stood for, and now I remember. 🙂 Also, interesting how Mayim pronounces the word “chanukiah” (name of the 8 armed Hanukkah candelabra); she says “chanu-KEE-ya” whereas in my family we say “cha-NU-kiah”.

I’m not Jewish (although two siblings of mine are) and have no deep knowledge of all that happened around Hanukkah but I do know a little and have had latkes and sufganiyot and lit candles and played the dreidel for Hanukkah before. This festival is, among other things, a festival about finding light in darkness, which feels more relevant than ever this year. So, even to those who don’t celebrate or even really know about Hanukkah, I hope you all can find that light.

Hanukkah Sameach!

Happy Holidays!

Happy (third day of) Hanukkah…

… and Merry Christmas to everyone reading this!

Hope the holidays bring you warmth and love…

… which I am also sending your way!

xo, Esther

Happy end of Hanukkah!

Today is the last day of Hanukkah and I should of course have wished a Happy Hanukkah 8 days ago… but better late than never, right? Here’s a picture my sister shared with my family and me a few nights ago, taken during a gathering at her synagogue.


The chanukkiah in the front with the painted Jerusalem overview is my sister’s. Pretty, right?

I hope that it’s been a good 8 days for those who celebrate. Belated chag sameach!