The mystery prize from the other side of the big pond

Waiting for my dear wife Karen to open together.

Waiting for my dear wife Karen to open together.

Just this morning I received an email from my dear BloggyVille friend Rachel, putting me on alert that she’d put the prize from her Could Do Worse: Adventures in London anniversary sweepstakes in the post.

A bit back Rachel had noted how she’d been publishing her words and photographs here for several years, and would therefore celebrate by putting the names of all who commented on said story in a hat, pulling one out, and sending them a prize.

That’s not why I clicked the comment box. I sent my congratulations, respect and admiration, as I’ve done regularly since we began following each other way back when. She’s good, traveling around her London world and sharing images and thoughts of landmarks, not to mention cooking and the arts and the act of living and raising two teens with her husband Steve. She’s my kind of person. Click the link above, and you’ll see what I mean.

Lo and behold, she drew my name out of that hat. Fair and square.

Today’s email — yes, we are real-life friends now who can’t yet meet in person, all these miles and all that water in between us, but can send off-the-grid messages of support and encouragement about inevitable peaks and valleys — warned of how the packing of said prize warrants special care while taking it out of the box.

The carton above arrived with the mail this morning, addressed to Mark and Karen, from Rachel and husband Steve. The international labels surely will be saved by me. I hope you don’t mind my blurring for privacy’s sake. I mentally pronounced the operative word in the last sentence with a British accent, getting even more stoked.

Yet I shall wait until my dear wife returns home from her job at SMG, and we will proceed with care.

Look for an update tomorrow … providing we get through it unscathed.

Have you received a mystery package, and if so, what did it end up containing? Have you won a BloggyVille contest, and if so, from which blogger, and please supply the link. What do you think is inside that box?

59 thoughts on “The mystery prize from the other side of the big pond

  1. This is great Mark! Well done on winning! Even if it was a draw you were obviously meant to win! I have never received a surprise or mystery package… Thank goodness in a way and due to a solemn promise to my husband and sons never to divulge my address to anyone on wordpress I haven’t and never will receive a mystery bloggy prize. Can’t wait to know what it is… Photos maybe. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx


  2. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    What a cool blogger interaction to have! I always love when people follow through on prize promises. It is good to see and I hope it was something exciting! Maybe kimchi? -OM
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  3. I’ve bad self control issues. As a kid,,I used to unwrap and re wrap my Christmas gifts under the cloak of darkness. I was always grateful for any gift, I just couldn’t handle the wait time. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„


  4. I have received many packages over my lifetime but none which were a prize. So, this is me holding my breath, well at least for a few seconds. . . smiles and will check back tomorrow, Mark!


  5. YES I RECEIVED A PACKAGE !!!!!! It wasn’t a mystery per se. I knew it was coming and it was from YOU!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have the hot sauce sitting right on my tea cabinet in my kitchen. A place of honor considering it isn’t tea. ๐Ÿ™‚ The book sits amidst the other hundreds of books in the living room ๐Ÿ™‚ And the little peppers long ago disappeared in the hands of little hands! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Oooh! Yes I have! Several years ago an ENORMOUS box was delivered to me from my friend Tracey in Alberta. (She is an online friend, too.) I had to push the box through and it barely cleared the doorway! I began opening it immediately, as the box instructed.
    It was a refrigerated shipment of Godiva chocolate!
    So much chocolate, all kinds! It was great! It really made my day ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. mark – first, thank you for your kind words – you are a good friend. Second – i do hope the contents of said package doesn’t disappoint. Finally, can’t quite believe i emailed you just in time!!


  8. I think I may be more anxious than you are Mark! It’s hard to see the dimensions of the box from the photo but I’m going with a book or a picture/photograph. You’ll have to let us know. I recently won a Metallica bio from a blogger who does book reviews ( a lot of music ones ) therealrene.


    • That’s a good prize you won from the realrene, Marissa. This package is bigger than a breadbox and smaller than a pizza oven. ๐Ÿ™‚ It doesn’t shake like a book or a … Never mind. I think it could be anything, knowing Rachel. ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Darn -I hate teasers. (Says the woman who publishes a “schedule” at the beginning of each month with one-sentence descriptions that usually have very little to do with the posts that are actually published that month.)

    Can’t you take just a wee peak and then re-tape it?

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