Mail Fail

I’m one of those people who uses the USPS. Do I use it as much as I did prior to the internet? No. Y’all, before I got married, I didn’t even own a television. I spent a lot of time writing letters. Imagine my blog, handwritten, arriving to your mailbox. That’s what it was like. If you’ve ever gotten mail from me, it’s been mailed with a stamp I thought you’d enjoy, decorated with at least one sticker, maybe even some drawing. Letter writing. It’s a thing. Happy mail. We gots to have it.

It just so happens I have gobs of crazy liberal opinions about socialized services, but this isn’t the time for that.

No, it’s Tuesday and therefore time to complain about my petty grievances. LIKE THE FUCKING MAIL.

Two weekends ago, I online purchased five sweaters, a jacket, and an eyeshadow palette from Kohl’s. Oh, you have enough sweaters? Couldn’t be me. Oh, you’re not buying sweaters when it’s hot as blazes? If you don’t know, this is the best time to buy last year’s warm clothes, which will still be warm in six months. I got those five sweaters, a jacket, and an eyeshadow palette for $110.00, free shipping. I’m talkin off-season deep discount.

So, on August 22, I ordered those things and right now, as I type this, my bleedin buggery package is in Kahoka, Missouri. I don’t even know where that is, but that’s not the point. The point is, the package was in Kahoka four days ago and I don’t live there. It’s so far away, I don’t even know where it is.

Googling now. Damn near Iowa, that’s where. About 370 miles from Indy.

Since it’s hot, I don’t care about the sweaters, but I’m almost out of my eyeshadow. It’s unsettling.

On Monday, August 24, I went to Kohl’s with The Mister, to get his new sneakers. He and Sassy had already gone to one Kohl’s and they didn’t have his size so we went to other Kohl’s to get them. Yay him. While we were there, I saw my eyeshadow, but I didn’t buy it, because I thought my package would arrive before… well, before now. I thought about buying it anyway, even in tiny bungalow I can store an extra… but I didn’t.

Every time I log in to my Kohl’s account to see where my bleedin buggery package is, a flash of my $20 in Kohl’s Cash pops up on my screen. It expires this week. I LOL to it. I should use it, it’s ‘free’ money. However, I must also realize, at this rate, whatever I order may not arrive before Halloween. Or, I could drive to Kohl’s and use my Kohl’s cash to buy the eyeshadow. For pity’s sake, the problems I have.

Tell me your pathetic peeves, first-world problems only, please.

PS I hate this Block Bullshit

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28 Responses to Mail Fail

  1. One of my peeves is this new block bs plus every other platform that keeps informing me I have to move to their new and improved. I know they don’t care, but I do not want to learn anything new right now. I have all the new I can possibly handle, and it’s driving me crazier than I was. 🙂 The package delivery is a real challenge. You buy online to avoid the crowds, but it doesn’t arrive. I do believe it is something every person is struggling with today as we continue to shop online. The other thing I have to laugh at is when you try to order something but they tell you it is only available ‘in store.’ Kind of defeats the online shopping experience they’re all pushing us towards. There – do we both feel better. You betcha. 🙂

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  2. Maggie says:

    I have not been forced into the block thing yet. Stupid FakeBook rolls out their new look today (for anyone not using their invasive app) and I hate it. They are also rolling out new privacy commands, too. But most of all it is gnats. It is end of summer – harvest time – and we have wonderful fresh veggies (no don’t refrigerate tomatoes!) and gnats. Annoying little creatures that are almost invisible until food appears. I once wore blue eyeshadow but that was many years and many wrinkles ago.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    What a treat it must have been to get a letter from you. I hope your package arrives soon. My wife has had packages get within 10 miles and then show up in New Hampshire for three days. I hope yours inches closer to you. I would think Indy would be easier to find than Kahoka.

    My most annoying first world problem is not being able to get the beer I like. I try to stay ahead of the periodic supply disruptions and I try not to complain, but you asked.

    I hope your off to a good start this week, shipping not included.

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  4. Not a fan of the block editor. Works okay for pure words, but adding any kind of graphics is a nightmare. Someone somewhere came up with this for job security reasons. It’s almost like deciding all cars need five tires now. Nothing wrong with four and it worked flawlessly, but you’re going to love five on the ground. Broke my phone, that qualifies as a first world problem. I haven’t done that before and I’ve had a cell for a loooong time.

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  5. Erika says:

    You can go to the WordPress support forum and request them to restore the old editor, if you can’t get used to it. After 12 years of using it for various jobs, blocks are not for me.

    Kohl’s is the best, but I feel your pain in the delivery. The last two orders seemed to take forever to get here. Even Amazon is running late these days.

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  6. markbialczak says:

    I am a steadfast user of our USPS, Joey, a letter-writer in my Wayback. And I have not switched from the old WP way because they have not yet forced me. I read a message today that explained Classic Block is a choice in the new editor. It’s supposed to mirror the old style. Maybe you can find and click it?

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  7. Rivergirl says:

    Click on the little block icon thingy and scroll down to classic, that’s supposed to bring back the old editor. Although I don’t know for sure because they haven’t switched me yet. And with as many pics as I post? I’m dreading it like the plague. Or a presidential election.
    As for the USPS, people need to realize it was never designed to be a for profit business. It’s a government service, and when you live in rural areas like we do it’s a god damned necessity. Stop f*cking with it and put those sorting machines back where they belong. Joey’s eyes are naked for Christ’s sake.

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  8. orbthefirst says:

    In April, I ordered something from the far away land of California. It got here last Wednesday. Last week, I ordered from Poland, and DHL says itll be here Friday.
    Also, Win10 sound drivers seem to want to be the bane of my existence. Cant differentiate between my computers optical audio out, my headphone jack on the front, & the fancy pants one on the back. AND its on a brand new (came out in June) motherboard. So my super sweet Sennheiser 650s arent getting the love they deserve.

    Youre the only one that sends me stuff in the mail, Joey. I enjoy hearing from you, regardless of the medium. 🙂

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  9. scr4pl80 says:

    Stickers on your letters! Yes, yes, yes. I’d love to be your penpal. I’m not a Kohl’s shopper and don’t wear makeup but I can bet that is frustrating, especially since you’ve been to the local one and it is there. Nice to see you, Joey. Been missing you here.

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  10. eschudel says:

    I continue to happily avoid the block editor using the link to my old WP admin area. Someday I am sure it will disappear, but until then, I relish the Classic Editor!

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  11. Ally Bean says:

    You’re posting on Tuesday? Oy vey. I cannot even.

    That being said, I’m sorry for your mail fail. It is pretty much the subtext of my life, too. I expect nothing to arrive as planned, nor for it to go in a path that makes any sense. Just part of the Covid-19 experience I tell myself.

    I have yet to be switched to the Blockhead Editor. I will not like it and am peeved about its mere existence when all of our lives are difficult enough. Poor planning on the part of WP, me thinks.

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  12. ghostmmnc says:

    Hey there! Good to read a post from you and all is well besides your shopping problems. We don’t order thing from online. Well, we have once or twice a long time ago. Hope your stuff turns up soon, because eye shadow – 🙂
    I used to write long letters to many pen pals all over the world. This was before email came along. So much fun to add the stickers and find cool stationery and peacock blue ink in my fountain pen. 🙂

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  13. I whined and complained with the best, but then when my WordPress AND my Facebook refused to give me the old, I learned the new. I’ll survive.

    My revenge: I use whatever switches they give me to turn EVERYTHING I can off, and have a clean white experience (as much as possible). So there. It’s over.

    I don’t think I’ve ever used an eye shadow up, but I hear you. In lockdown in the retirement community, eye shadow is irrelevant. The husband has never liked makeup, and I put the tiny bit I ever used on for other people (even the hypoallergenic bothers my eyes), so… Reentry into society is going to be tough.

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  14. Benson says:

    Well right now I like the block. It isn’t convenient but I do get colors. I like colors. As far as the USPS goes I haven’t been a fan for awhile. However I do recall perfumed letters coming in the mail when I was young. Now that is what the mail is all about.

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  15. JT Twissel says:

    Oh dear. It really is the small things we depend upon to give us comfort. (and we all have them!)

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  16. I’m still sending cards and letters, but they do take longer especially those overseas. A card to New Zealand took a month! Did they send it by ship or have someone row it there? But I’m determined to bring a bit of joy into my friends’ lives by sending real mail, so I shall persevere.

    Nice to hear from you.

    janet

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  17. Oh, I do miss happy mail! I just mailed a postcard to my Great Grandmother J. (she’s a step Grandmother to me) anyway, I hope she likes it. I handpainted it with watercolors. I confess I rarely use snail mail anymore. Your letters sound like little envelopes of treasure!

    Peeves- I’m a bit peeved at my phone company about a billing issue, but they’re so nice and tried to fix it that’s it hard to be really mad. Next month’s bill should have the credit and the charge all gone. I HOPE!

    My amazon orders are taking more than 2 days to arrive! Again just peeved, not mad b/c I love my Prime movies. 😀I am thinking since I do watch something on Prime almost every day my packages can be a bit later, but I can’t wait for 2-day shipping to come back to normal!

    I was looking at a couple of sweaters over at Nordstrom’s and waited for the annual sale, but when the date came I deleted them from my cart. I bought some new books instead. 😀

    Which eyeshadow palette did you get? I am really using some self-restraint and not buying any new ones until I hit pan on three colors in my newest palette. It’s the It’s cosmetics last year’s Christmas limited release sold only on QVC. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s “book” has in it. It’s a whole face palette in one book type palette.

    I hope your package gets out of that town and hits your mailbox or doorstep soon!

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  18. Susanne says:

    I hate the Block bullshit, too. Definitely a first-world problem. Some curtains I ordered from Wayfair to replace the ones I washed that glued themselves together in the dryer took 5 weeks to arrive. I coulda got them faster if I’d walked to pick them up.

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  19. So far I’m hanging in there with the old editor, and I’ll probably have to take hostages if the new one is as bad as everyone is saying. And ya gotta love a guy who’s willing to sacrifice 600,000 jobs just to hang on to HIS job.

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  20. Bill says:

    I am that guy out in the pasture looking lost but happy.
    But since you asked, seldom does anyone mail me anything, unless they want to fix my hearing, sell me a time-share, burn my dead body, or re-roof my house. A letter? Sure.
    But also no email from real people. I cannot seem to strop the WP ‘like’ notices, but I can manage those. It is the fact that I get nothing written by a fellow breather. Too much fake email, too little real letter kind of mail. Deep sigh.

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  21. Sue says:

    Sadly, I fear the days of receiving handwritten letters is behind us, especially those written in cursive. I have such a letter that my great-grandmother wrote to me when I was a young girl. She was born in 1896. I treasure that letter! It seems technology has taken over in this new Information Age. All communication is managed through my mobile phone and social media 🤗
    As for the block editor, I think it ironic they wanna put us all in boxes! Just give us the damn tools and let us create our own Frankenstein 😂 The verse block for poets I’d gawd awful looking on a mobile device! I have communicated with the “Happiness Engineers” at WP and they are aware we are displeased😤 And so they refer us back to the classical editor. Deep sigh. Oh, and happy September 🍁🍂

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  22. kirizar says:

    I will offer a sympathetic ‘awwwwww’ for your aggravation. Personally, I am peeved about my broken couch. My couch that I bought only two years ago and which snapped like a twig when my fat ass dropped on it this past weekend. How humiliating is that!!!??? I ask you! Tomorrow the furniture people are sending a ‘fixer’ to evaluate my near-dead furniture. Let’s hope he either puts it out of its misery or me out of mine! *FistRaisedtotheSisterhoodofPerpetualAnnoyance*

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  23. Kat says:

    Just yesterday my sister and I were reminiscing about the last lovely boxes of stationary we had. The sheets of mine were thin, watermarked and a beautiful peach color. I used those only for special letters because like you, I used to write a lot of letters. That was a long time ago. So long ago that back then we trusted the USPS and knew our letter carriers.
    I haven’t even looked at the Block BS yet. I know I’ll be peeved.

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  24. marianallen says:

    Back in the day, meaning the 1960s-70s, I sealed all my letters with sealing wax. I still have my wax and seals, somewhere around here. ~rummage, rummage~ Maybe I’ll break them out again, and go back to actual letters. OTOH, with a helper girl like Chickie-cat, maybe not. Cat-hairs in a wax seal would be okay, but hot wax on a cat’s tail, not so much.

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  25. Swinged Cat says:

    The USPS has been a sad shell of its former self this year, that’s for sure. More than once, birthday and holiday cards mailed a week early have arrived two weeks late…and don’t get me started on that certified letter that I am STILL waiting for. Sigh.

    I will say, I seem to be the only person really digging the WP blocks!

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  26. Oh, I’ve got plenty of petty, first-world problems! My Nespresso coffee, which I ordered for over 100 euro (and it’s just coffee after all!), was delivered at a different pick-up spot than I had wanted. So I had to walk extra with it :/ (Over here, it’s super expensive to get stuff delivered at your doorstep, it gets delivered at the post office, the convenience store, a nearby kiosque…etc). Anyway, so I was feeling a bit lazy about walking an extra 10 min to get the package and so yesterday, I had to drink some of the espressos that I had deliberately left last, because I didn’t really like them. What a Monday… 😉

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  27. Laura says:

    I keep sidestepping that Block Bullshit because I’m concerned I’ll stroke out trying to deal. I know this will catch up to me but I’ll just keep burying my head in the sand for now.
    As for first world problems? Having a warm/nice/safe home but getting snappy because there are kids in my space all the damn time or walking through a store filled with food but getting annoyed because there’s no avocados this week.

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  28. Amy says:

    I’m well behind on reading so I sure hope you’ve gotten your package by now…but who knows?! Maybe the pony got stuck. Pet peeves? I got ’em. Currently, the stores shelves being more empty than normal and them not having what I’m looking for. What is that, you ask? I don’t know, but I’ll know it when I seet it.

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