The last 2 days looked like the photos above – that’s all we did for hours and hours for days and days. Mark may have set a new record for himself for baking 2000 cookies in 7 hours. We’re pretty much done now with holiday shipping but of course instead of celebrating, the day was fraught with Post Office stress. We were feeling pretty good about ourselves right around 1pm for totally jamming and getting out all our corporate orders the last 2 days. 50 boxes the day before and 70 large boxes were ready to be shipped so Mark decided to reward himself with a scheduled postal pickup.
Now, if you live in our neighborhood and have ever seen a guy pushing a granny cart full of shipping boxes, sometimes even with 2 carts, one in each hand, that would be Mark who makes trips like this about 5-6 times a week (I told you he works hard). 70 large boxes, however, is a different story all together and too big to shlep to the Post Office. Except when the Post Office NEVER COMES. So with 40 minutes left till Post Office closing, Mark takes out both car seats (and if you’ve ever installed a booster seat, you all know how much a pain in the ass this is to reinstall) loaded up the car with as many packages as he could and sped to the Post Office, only to return to do this a second time with the rest of the packages that didn’t fit the first time around with only minutes to spare until closing.
And so, of course the question to ask is, why did this have to happen? Why can’t you expect a service to come through when you sign up for it? Why do we have that unnerving sense of mistrust when dealing with anything Post Office related? I don’t think we are ever going to schedule a Postal pick up again. He missed making a delivery to the Ace Hotel and didn’t get into the kitchen until much much later because of waiting around for something that never happened.
But folks, we are done with the mad shipping portion of the holidays. Now we’re onto the uncharted waters of preparing for 4 consecutive market days in a row next week for the Brooklyn Flea Gifted Market. Getting all our corporate and site orders out was a big relief….but it’s not over yet….