This is appalling but also funny. Or maybe it's just appalling and I'm twisted so I find it funny. Either/or.
Remember MONTHS ago I had a giveaway where I put a bunch of my remnants up for grabs? I had everything packed up nice and tidy. I picked the winner, and very promptly shipped the package. It was about a week or so before Christmas, and I thought I had a shot of getting this to the winner before Christmas. I'm in Pennsylvania, the winner is in Washington state, so that's a cross-country trek, but I had faith. The postal clerk told me my package would be delivered by January 2nd. OK, not too terrible. I can live with that. I slapped a tracking number on it and called it a day. Or...a lunch break, to be precise. I informed the winner I had shipped it, and then joked that she would probably have it by Valentine's Day.
I went about my holidays, and it slipped my mind until I was back at work digging in my wallet for money for lunch and found the receipt. I typed in the tracking number, expecting to see an 'Out for Delivery' message. Instead, what I saw was 'Arrived at Honolulu, HI sorting facility.' Hawaii is decidedly NOT Washington. My stomach got all twisty as it was quite a box of fabric, and nothing I could replace. But then I thought "Hey now, they'll get it in Hawaii and realize the mistake and shoot it north." Which is what happened. After my package had a two week vacation in Hawaii. But then it finally moved on. It became an obsession to track this thing, let me tell you. I should have taken a screen shot from the very beginning of the process, but here's what things looked like towards the end of the journey.
My favorite part is how it took a month to get from Hawaii to California (not shown) but also how it was in Federal Way, Washington TWICE! When it hit Denver I surely thought it was coming back to me. Maybe I wrote the address wrong. Maybe she lives in a houseboat and they can't find it. These are the thoughts I had. Then, magically, it reached its destination. Please note how the delivery status was never updated at the final stage. A few days before Valentine's Day and this package finally got where it was going.
Instead of sewing I shall now be opening a psychic network as I predicted that so accurately. I shall also be doing some technological assessments to see if the post office is reading my email and chuckling, saying to itself "So you think January 2nd is a long time? Just you wait!"