We had a letter from New Zealand Post yesterday. It says in part:
"I regret to advise you of the theft of a mailbag on the 3rd of October 2006. This bag contained mail intended for delivery in your area.... Unfortunately in such situations we are unaware of the specific mail items contained in a bag. should you have been expecting a particular article ...we suggest you contact the sender..."
Of course, as my son points out, sometimes you get important mail that you didn't know you were going to get. For instance, he received a letter that he needs to produce to claim scholarship money next year. If he hadn't received the letter he wouldn't have known that he needed to have it to claim the money.
Still, I've been doing pretty well with mail in the last couple of days. I received a magazine I was expecting, and my confirmation of classes for the Quilt Symposium. Then the next day (the same day as the above letter) I received a book token in payment for a poem I had published. And then today I received a 20% discount voucher for a local fabric store - which will come in very handy, now that I know my symposium classes, for purchasing the class requirements. So I don't feel as if I am missing out on any mail - let's hope not. No lawyers searching for me to offer me a share in an inheritance from a long-lost relative, for instance. (And if there were, let's hope they'd try again if they didn't hear back!)
I was pretty happy to find that I was able to take all my first choice classes for the quilt symposium. At least, they were the ones I'd put as my first choice. My absolutely top first choice combination was impossible because they were all on the same day. and now I find they are running an extra session for one of the classes and I could do them together after all. I think I'm going to stick with what I've got, though, and not pay the extra fee to swap classes. Now, I just have to wait till January -giving me time to practise on my new machine. I put on my registration form that I didn't need to have a class on the hire machines because they are the same as the one I have. It's just that I haven't used it very much yet (I've been too busy writing poetry. I'll blame Poetry Thursday for that!)
Speaking of poetry, the latest Guardian Poetry Workshop is up. Why not give it a try? If you like the result, you can send it in - the top fifteen are published on the website each month with comments from that month's guest poet.