Monday, December 10, 2007

1st Impressions

MENTAL STATUS: "Worried". I know I still have two weeks, but I just want to be DONE with the shopping already. And there's a strange fishy smell in my computer work area that I cannot figure out for the life of me. (All my hermit crabs are alive an accounted for)

Well, the tree is up, decorations are abound, and now the Christmas cards are sealed. I'm guessing there's about 50 or so going out today.

I was very proud of myself this year. I actually had the card designed and sitting in my house before December 1st. Pretty good, huh? So this weekend, I printed out my address list and away I went, putting the cards together to mail out. One more thing I can now cross off my list.

Afterwards, my hubby casually looked at the fruit of all my hard work (you know, stuffing the envelopes, putting the cute little return address labels on each one, then the stamps, etc...) and said, "That's terrible."


I looked at him. "What's terrible?" I asked.

He picked up one of my cards and points to the stamp--the one that was not perfectly straight. Big deal. A crooked stamp. I just shrugged. Then he picked up another envelope. This time the stamp was was a tad more askew. In fact, the frayed edge of the stamp was sort of hanging off the envelope. Ooops.

"Look at that. That's what's terrible," he said. "If I got a Christmas card like that, I would think this person was in a rush and just slopped it together. It's all first impressions, you know, before you open the card."

Hmm. Maybe he has a point. But I'm not much of a detail-oriented person. Well... at least not with putting stamps on envelopes. My thinking is the normal everyday average person is just going to rip open the envelope and toss it in the trash and not notice the non-perpendicular markings on the outside anyway. But, personally, I think the outside looks nice otherwise. I even created the addresses in fancy script writing.

I'm thinking the hubby is a bit anal in this respect.

Help me out here. Do you pay attention the alignment of the stamps on Christmas cards?


Chicki said...

Oh, please! Next year tell him to do the stamps...

At least you sent cards. I gave up on that chore years ago.

Tempest Knight said...

*rolls eyes* Heck, I don't even pay attention to the stamps on the cards I receive.

lainey bancroft said...

I'm with Chicki! Actually, I'd tell him to take over the whole task!

And no, I don't pay attention to the outside of an envelope. I just like getting mail!

Stephanie said...

I don't (I don't think) but I know that was a huge issue for my boss when I worked at an investment firm. He was very picky about how the stamps went on the envelope!

Patricia W. said...

Sounds to me like hubby just volunteered for a new task, putting on the stamps, if not the whole shebang.

Pat yourself on the back. I pretty much stopped sending out cards years ago too. Very, very few, if any. I haven't purchased gifts or bought a tree yet. But I'm still ahead of the last few years because I still plan to be done before the 24th so you're doing great!

Chelle Sandell said...

I wouldn't have noticed the alignment because I get too curious as to what the cards look like. And I totally agree on delegating next year!!!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I think that's what I'll do. He'll be in-charge of "stamping". LOL!