I vehemently dislike being around people at this time of year. Namely in stores, malls and parking lots.
The angst and frustration and unhappy energy of people as this holiday season approaches gets more and more uncomfortable for me, so I stay away, and I also try to have my shopping done by now.
More and more I've been ordering online at this time of year and so a few weeks ago I made my main holiday online purchase.
I ordered a certain book for my Mom that I've been getting her since I was a kid. (A yearly day to day quote type of thing) And so that was one of the main things on my order. It arrived a week or so later and I mentally crossed that off my list.
And then late last week there was a package left outside my door.
Hmm... what had I ordered and forgotten about? Hmm...
The package was hand labelled... and stamped all over it was "Grom the office of undeliverable mail, Canada Post." Huh? I hadn't mailed or shipped anything? And was that an Amazon logo printed on the box? What was this?
I, of course, left my groceries to melt on the counter while I carefully cut open the tape on the box.
A note inside... "Hi, we're glad we found you! We had to open this box to find your address inside. Next time, write your address on the top left hand corner so we can return your mail to you when it's undeliverable. Thanks! Canada Post."
I what? Who?
What on earth had I sent, and I always put my return address... don't I?
I pulled aside the paper and there was a(nother) copy of the book I bought from my Mom. With the Amazon receipt and gift printout and everything. (Where they got my address from) Huh.
I'm sending the book back to Amazon as we speak but the whole thing is a little bit of a mystery to me.
Did my address sticker from Amazon somehow come off or was it unreadable? Did Amazon get notification that my package didn't arrive and so shipped me off the second (one that I actually got?) Did they try to deliver it at all? Where and when did Canada Post discover it was undeliverable and what does that mean anyway? I am still oh so very confused.
But it all worked out anyway. My Mom will get her gift and, well, I got to open a mystery package.