So, back in November at Skepticon, PZ Myers called me back up onto the stage after my talk to have two adorable children hand me a box of STUFF sent in by supporters as a kind of pick-me-up after all the misogynist bullshit I’ve been through this year. I was so excited! I took the box back out into the hallway (PZ’s a fun speaker but PRESENTS) but I didn’t get a chance to go through it because there were so many great people to talk to.
I flew out early the next day, and I couldn’t really take a box on board the plane when I had no idea what was inside. What if someone sent me toner cartridges? Or shampoo? Or distilled TSA tears? I couldn’t take the chance, so I shipped the box back via the hotel’s FedEx service.
A week and a half passed without the package showing up. I called the hotel. After 15 minutes on hold, I was informed that my package was still in their back room. “GIVE ME MY PRESENTS,” I screamed politely. They promised that they would eventually hand it over to FedEx.
At last, the blessed package arrived this week! I opened it up this morning, and while there were no potential terrorist tools, it was still pretty great:
Russell Tanton found recent events both ridiculous & scary, so he sent me something ridiculous . . .
And something scary! I need to find someone who doesn’t read Skepchick so I can use this on them.
An amazing handmade mug from Llewely, who told me to ignore the D&D notes on the back of his/her card.
I didn’t. Ha! Thanks Llewely!
A wolf in a blueberry with a bunch of chocolate, all the way from Alaska courtesy of Crow Epps:
Also from Crow Epps, a reminder to keep some perspective in the grand scheme of things:
I’m not sure who sent me these gorgeous necklaces but that may have been Crow Epps as well. These necklaces came from the package organizer, Onion Girl, and I love them!
This steampunk octo-diary comes all the way from Germany, courtesy of Tanja, who doesn’t specify whether it’s handmade or not but it sure looks and feels like it. Awesome.
Cain sent me this absolutely beautiful handmade bookmark and tentacle card (those are fabric stitches!):
From Cath Lawrence, art + feminism!
Here are all the cards I got! I read every one. Thank you!
Brendon Small and Fry were just as excited as I was, though they were more interested in all the boxes:
Thanks to Carl, Llewelly, Don Rhoades, Abbie Henrickson,Greta Christina and Ingrid Nelson, Aalbert, Amanda, Allen Linville, Ben Segal, Nancy Knisley, Caine, Jonathan Hogg (who found me a Krampus postcard!), Mouthy B, Greg Laden, Cicern the Godless, Lyndell Olley, Beatrice, Victoria Arbour, Joe G, Gordon, Peter Maguire, Eslin, Fred Bremmer on behalf of Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub, Russell Tanton Andrew (“psych-oh”), Crow Epps, Cath Lawrence, Tanja (Giliell) and Cicely, Inadvertent Phylocidal Maniac.
Special huge thanks to Onion Girl, for organizing the whole thing! Also thanks to Antonia (aka Mattir) and her two kids, who delivered the box at Skepticon, and thanks of course to PZ for providing a venue for the gift-givers to organize. The box really made my day – hell, it made my month because I’ve been looking forward to it since Skepticon! Thanks so much, everybody!