05 May 2011

one little egg's journey

In New York, pre-trip.

In case you were wondering, yes you can send a plastic Easter egg through the mail with no packaging. It's true. I did it. Apparently you can send lots of weird things through the mail. You know, as long as they're safe. Like this cute little plastic egg.

In Oregon, after its wild ride through the USPS.

I used up some old 37-centers and a few postcard stamps too. This egg was filled mostly with jelly beans, plus a flash drive full of music, and weighed a little less than 4 oz so it needed $1.88 worth of postage according to the USPS website section on packages. And to those of you thinking that it was really risky to send a flash drive inside of an egg, because WHAT IF THE EXPERIMENT DIDN'T WORK AND YOU LOST THE FLASH DRIVE?!, I say to you that no one ever became supercool by not taking lame, harmless and perfectly legal risks. 

The very creative Amberlee of Giverslog posted a tutorial for this shenanigan on her blog, which I found though Marta Writes, and it was obvious to me that this was the perfect little package to send across the country. So I stuffed the egg full of treats, wrote out a miniature address label, taped it up and covered it with stamps. When I dropped it in the blue mailbox outside my office I giggled out loud. Imagine how ridiculous it must have been for all of the mailmen and mailwomen that handled this little Easter package. And then to picture it rolling around in my penpal's mailbox is just too much. 

Speaking of my penpal, he's home from Portland for the first time in almost a year! I was trying to plan out some fun things to do, but so far I've only come up with margaritas. We'll probably head outside to Tulip Fest if the weather's nice, considering the festival is right across the street from my place. I am going to keep pestering him to write a guest post about a crazy pancake recipe he seems to always be making, but I can't make any promises.


  1. Oh yes, a guest post from Al! I would LOVE to see it, just saying...

  2. You are the coolest. I am LOVING that egg!!! I'm totally feeling the excitement you must have felt when you threw that into the mailbox- hahaha! LOVE IT! -Christina

  3. If I could 'like' Mom's comment I would. DO IT AL.

  4. It's good to have Al back on the old sod.

  5. LOL - um, I love this. What kind of music was on the flash drive?

  6. I'm glad I have support for forcing a guest post on Al. I shall succeed.

    We've swapped music back and forth, and I believe on this swap there was some Adele, Radiohead, Black Keys, Iron & Wine and some other goodies I can't remember :)

  7. I'm sure you made many a USPS employees smile with this little experiment :)


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