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Dominant paradigm

I have a hypothesis: there will be no more package deliveries until the last delivery date before Christmas.

Only an unexpected box arrived on Wednesday. None arrived yesterday. None have arrived so far today, and they're more prone to doing so in the morning than any other time. Today, I suppose, they have an excuse. It snowed last night, a few iced-in inches of decorative, world-brightening lightness. The roads around here are still wholly passable.

You'd never guess from this packagelessness that I ordered a frenzy of packages over the weekend, paid for their prompt delivery (but not overnight or two-day), and have received dispatch notices for most (all?) of them. I have sat in the house by the front door all day (working, it is true), waiting for their arrival. But no.

Perhaps it is this absence of delivery that has made me increasingly conscious of the tags and reassurances attached to the packages I am ordering at the same time for delivery in the US. They all tell me that yes, yes, it will arrive in time for Christmas. Some companies will provide free shipping upgrades to ensure it. No, they will not ship yet, not yet but soon, and soon will be in time for its arrival on the 24th because they are considerate and paying extra so it will ship late and fast.

What if I wanted it sooner than the 24th?



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Dec. 18th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
The previous unexpected package to arrive (before Wednesday's) was free light bulbs in inappropriate formats from n-power. So you never know.
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Dec. 18th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Very nice! That was a package worth collecting.

About an hour ago, my two Amazon parcels appeared. The mostarda may be lost in the post. It should have arrived yesterday at the latest. Now I regret not paying extra to ship it in a more responsible fashion. C.'s packages (from wherever they're coming) have not showed up either.

Hmm. To leave the house and run quick errands or not to leave the house.
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
I had two yesterday and three today. I can't speak for the courier services, but the Post Office are really working hard and doing their very best here, at least.
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Good! I've lost track of what method of shipping the companies have used; it's entirely possible that the Post Office is blameless of my packageless state.
Dec. 18th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
I have been waiting for many parcels too, and they never arrive when suggested, or if they do I am on the school run. I am actually waiting for a mattress today, but I have a feeling the snow will either have made it late so it arrives when I am out at school or will be postponed to Monday. Luckily we don't need the mattress until next week when Josie is having her bed 'shrunk' to fit in her new bedroom!
Dec. 18th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
At least a mattress is less likely to get lost in the post?
Dec. 18th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Amazingly, both the package delivery and the package collection I was expecting today happened (I'd revised my expectations when I saw the snow). And an extra package turned up, for next door.
Dec. 18th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I was expecting Amazon packages to arrive while I was out but they did not. I'm hoping my Granny doesn't get confused by the Amazon packages we've ordered to be sent direct to her house.

I am tempted to order myself a Lush care package to arrive whenever as a treat to me...
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