This month I was paired with the very sweet Lisa from Michigan. Right off the bat I knew I was getting a great Foodie Penpal box. In addition to the normal dietary restrictions “I don’t want to poison you” questions, Lisa asked if I was interested in receiving local Michigan goods. YES! We emailed back and forth a bit and a few weeks later a package showed up on my doorstep. It was awesome timing. I had a little accident that week. Clumsy me managed to walk into a stand pipe and cut my leg. I could show you pictures, but it’s best you just use your imagination. Seven stitches and a bit of a bruised ego later I was doing fine, but needed to stay off my feet for a few days. Lisa’s penpal package was like the get well gift she didn’t even realize she was sending!
This month I was assigned to send to another reader, Christine from California. I knew right away I’d love Christine. She has her own little pastry biz going, works part-time at the Humane Society and in her spare time (not sure where she finds it!) is very involved in pitbull rescue advocacy. Then she started telling me about the other penpal program she participates in–a baking group! (Hmm, which I never did get those details on how to sign up. Christine…?)
I have to be honest, the last few months have been a bit frustrating with Foodie Penpals. Difficult communication,
MIA very late packages, finding the time to collect items for the perfect box and schlepping it to the post office (1 mile, no car, remember?). This month marks exactly one year since I started participating. For the most part it’s been fun, but the difficulties have made me consider whether I would stick it out for a year, but if this month was again a challenge, it was time to leave my beloved foodie group. Luckily Paul over at Ish and Paul saved me from my awful fate.
One year. Well, one year plus two years of procrastination. I originally launched Brooklyn Locavore in the summer of 2010–just after I moved into a new position at work, on top of also getting my Master’s in Communication and becoming a newlywed (I might have written my first post on our honeymoon). It lasted about a month until I finally admitted I had no time or idea what I was doing. My schedule was overflowing and something needed to go. Not the job, that brought in money to cook all these fantastic foods. Or the Master’s degree, that was my escape from the real world and something I really enjoyed. And my husband? Well he’s pretty fun to keep around. So the blog became a casualty that I vowed to pick up once my life became a little less hectic. Last May I finished my Master’s degree (yay me!) and suddenly had a ton of extra time. It was time to blog again.
I’ve been participating in Foodie Penpals for almost a year now.Every month I get super excited–waiting for the package, opening the package, eating what the package contains. It’s always something great to look forward to! Well, except for this month. I got a dud. My sender emailed right away, what seemed like minutes after Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean sent out the pairings. He was enthusiastic and excited. I told him about myself, what kind of food I liked, my address and waited. And waited. Nothing. Zilch. Radio silence. That was the last I heard of him. I tried emailing a few times, without response. Hopefully everything’s okay on his end. No Foodie Penpal box for me this month. BUT! At the very same time I was waiting for my nonexistent package, I was preparing to send a package to my penpal, Jessica. And even before I learned I wasn’t getting a package this month, Jessica agreed to write my first ever guest post because she didn’t have an active blog. No package for me, but still a great post to read!