The post office people were a little annoyed when I picked up my seven large boxes yesterday.
But really, its none of their business, and they need to earn that government paycheck right?
One did ask though – “What is all this stuff?”
He didn’t say what I am sure he was thinking “why did you order this crap and then put your mail on hold and go on vacation?”
“Diapers, baby food, wipes, toilet paper – probably some detergent and shampoo.”
“You are ordering your groceries to the Post Office?”
“Uh…..yeah. Eight miles to the dollar at drugstore.com.”
Another expression of confusion. But no more questions.
Did I mention I had Baby J in the ergo and had brought my own grocery cart to the Post Office? The amused expressions of people around me let me know they thought this behavior was odd. I live in an apartment. So not only is the mail not delivered, I have to drive to go get it, wait in line, drive under the building and throw away all the packaging, put everything in the cart, take it upstairs and then go back downstairs and move the car back. All with an infant in a carrier.
Might be slightly obsessive I guess, but it translates into tons of airline miles. Those miles are important. How else can I keep up traveling?
I buy everything online that I can – soap, toothpaste, shampoo, paper towels etc. This requires quite a bit of advance planning and noting when we are about three weeks away from running out of something so that it has time to get here.
Three weeks because we live on a military base in Japan. Even though there is a commissary that I could go buy everything at. But here’s the deal – no airline miles. I go online to United mileage mall, figure it who will give me the most miles to the dollar and their minimum free shipping purchase ($35 for drugstore.com) compare prices and then purchase our groceries at the highest mileage rate. I have been doing this for years, and yes, I know its a little obsessive considering everything.
But how else would we earn enough miles to travel like this?
Here’s the thing – as with most things that we look at others and want, there is usually a backstory – one that involves a lot of hard work to get to where they are. Good things don’t come easily. We take wonderful, amazing fantastic vacations. A ton of hard work goes into planning and saving for those because travel is what we love.
Good things don’t come easily.