I’ve been putting this blog post off today, for some reason, mostly because I’m a procrastinator. It is 7:oo p.m. and I’m just now putting fingers to keys. What’s worse is that I really have no idea what to write about. But, I committed to NaBloPoMo and plan to stick it through.
Today found me packaging up some parcels to send out tomorrow. Some of them were sales from my Etsy store. Hooray on that! The others, however, were swap packages.
To be clear, I love swaps. Anyone who has gotten involved in them would probably agree that they are addictive. Well, they are. However, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve become so “addicted” that I’ve had to create a chart to keep them all separate.
This cannot happen again.
The truth is that my favorite part of a swap is sending things out and meeting great new people in BlogLand (although I’ve met some really not-so-great ones too… just how it goes, I guess). I have plenty of gift-y items here already to do hundreds of swaps. I like receiving things but not nearly as much as I like putting packages together. But, that takes time and, including shipping, it takes money.
So, while I love it, I have to practice restraint in future. In the immediate future, like after I fulfill the ones I’m currently committed to.
I find myself particularly tempted by book swaps, similar to the one I hosted here some time ago. I like sending out books and I like getting books. I always send books from my own collection; I never go and buy new books. Since I have over 2,000 books, I have plenty to pick from. Or so I thought. During these past few book swaps, I’ve found myself more reluctant than normal to select which books to part with. I will pick up a volume and say, “I might read that (again) sometime.”
But, I try to do justice by the book swaps (all swaps really). I have gotten some really great books in return including: Momma Zen, The Sixteen Pleasures, Caliph’s House, Tales of a Female Nomad. I just hope the books I send out are up to par.
Speaking of books… why is it that BOOKS are the very things that you loan and never get back? Why do people keep books when they know that they were loaned, not given? I don’t get this. I’ve loaned five books THIS YEAR that have not been returned. I might not ever read them again but I could give them in swaps and such. The bottom line is that since they are my books and were loaned in good faith and friendship, they should be given back. This is just a little pet peeve of mine, I guess.
Thanks for bearing with me through the rant.
So, my days at SwapDex will be few and far between now. I still do plan to host a Christmas swap here so be on the lookout for that. I’ve not worked out ALL the details for it yet but I hope it will be fun all the same. If you have suggestions for a Zazazu Christmas Swap, let me know!
I should get going. I need to go procrastinate more package-packaging.
See you all again tomorrow!
You are standing at exactly the place towards which you have been traveling
for seven years or seventy years or seven hundred years.
Your reality is within you, it is not somewhere else.
But to understand the point, sometimes it takes years.
You knock on many doors before you come to your own door…
and then you are puzzled, because this is the house you had left
and this is the house you have been searching for.
~Osho from “Beyond Enlightment”