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Monday, March 10, 2008

A Non-Blogging Weekend

You would think that weekends would be the easiest time for me to blog, since I don't have work sucking up my time. Somehow, it never ends up being the case, and if I get blogging done, it's a struggle.

On the other hand, I usually get at least a little bit of time to catch up on some reading. Right now I'm in the midst of Rises The Night, the second Victoria Gardella book, and The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. So far, I'm not quite as involved in The Looking Glass Wars as I thought I would be, and vampires are just drawing me in... against... my... will...

I found that mailing my copy of Firefly Lane was more complicated than I thought at first. I was in a hurry, of course, which always makes everything take twice as long. I went to the Post Office, and it took me forever to find where they kept the boxes. Luckily, I could mail it using the Automated Postage Center, so I didn't have to wait in line, but I have the feeling that there has to be an easier way to mail books. So here's my question of the day: Have you mailed books out? Do you have an easier system than standing in line at the Post Office? Do you use padded envelopes or boxes?

12 comments:

Melody said...

I've not read The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, but I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the 2nd book by Colleen Gleason. :)

Oh, I hate going to post office! The queue is enough to drive anyone nuts, but unfortunately there isn't any simpler or faster way to post a package here... they've to request us to fill up forms and weigh the package. I had sent package overseas, and usually I use bigger envelopes, depending how big the book is.

aaronandlauryn said...

My easy way to mail packages is the NWC mail center. As long as you don't go at 11am and you remember to bring cash/check, it's a snap!

Maybe Andy can mail it for you at Bethel??

ravenousreader said...

I've mailed a few book in the padded envelopes - that seems to work well. And I'm lucky enough to be able to use the postage meter at work and print my own stamps, then just drop the package in the mailbox. (And yes, I'm a good girl and pay for the postage :)

I don't have time for the post office!!

ravenousreader said...

I've mailed a few book in the padded envelopes - that seems to work well. And I'm lucky enough to be able to use the postage meter at work and print my own stamps, then just drop the package in the mailbox. (And yes, I'm a good girl and pay for the postage :)

I don't have time for the post office!!

Chris said...

Very cool that you're reading Rises the Night! Hope you like it better than The Rest Falls Away. I've had The Looking Glass Wars on my list for ages and I just can't bring myself to read it. Everytime I'm about to read it, someone writes a bad review. But then someone will write a good review again and it'll spark my interest. I guess I just need to try it for myself.

As for the post office, I always use bubble mailers. They're just so much easier. And I always print postage from my home through Paypal. My sister sells on eBay, so she has a postage scale, so I just weigh stuff on there and then print out the postage...of course that prob doesn't help since you prob don't have a postage scale :p But you can always just say it's a pound on Media Mail and print postage through PayPal. I think USPS.com only lets you print Priority Mail postage.

Rhinoa said...

I know what you mean about standing in line at the post office, but I haven't yet found a way around it. I use bubble envelopes as they are just more managable and I am convinced they cost less to send due to size (who knows). I loved The Looking Glass Wars and I hope you get into it more. Those pesky vampires are a bit addictive though. I am really looking forward to finding time to read Colleen's series.

Weekends are a funny one. I am always convinced I will be able to catch up on my reading and whatnot, but I always find I read much less at weekends than I do in the week. Saturday is the only day me and my husband have off together so we usually spend it together and then Sunday is for doing nothing!

Nymeth said...

I normally use padded envelopes. I guess I'm lucky, because the little post office I go too is never very crowded. Sometimes I have to wait, but never for more than 10 minutes or so.

Debi said...

I've got The Looking Glass Wars on one of challenge lists, and have really been looking forward to it.

My solution to avoiding the post office cuddling up close to my husband and asking him to mail it for me in my very sweetest voice. Usually works.

Alice Teh said...

I find that padded envelopes work for me. The post office here is pretty straight forward so I hadn't encounter any difficulty posting books friends won at my bloggie. :)

Stephanie said...

The easiest way to mail books is to place them in a plastic bag and wrap with a brown paper bag. Just write the address directly on the paper bag and mail using the media mail rate - generally it only costs a little over $2 anywhere in the US.

trish said...

Stephanie is right on about the mailing thing. I've mailed out a ton of books, and her way is the easiest/cheapest. It's even a little easier if you use bubble mailers, but then I'd recommend buying them at the Dollar Store or something like that so you can get them as cheap as possible.

Kim L said...

Thank you everyone for your wonderful suggestions! Now I know what to do next time I mail a book.