I am about the worst ever when it comes to getting something into the mail. I am no longer in charge of mailing bills at our house anymore for this reason. Just a little while ago, I found a card I wrote to a friend while I was in college. To make matters worse, apparently a year or so after not mailing it initially, I found it again, wrote another note on the outside of it, and then set it aside for another several years and at least 3 moves before I just gave up on the mailing and gave it to her in person. I'm sure it was super relevant news by then.
It's just that mail requires so many small steps before I actually get any feeling of accomplishment. It takes diligence. And determination. And stamina. I admire those people who can master all those steps with speed and grace. I get caught up at every point along the way.
Finding the form I need takes so much clicking and looking and sometimes phone calls.
Printing the form requires me to have ink and to walk downstairs and stuff like that.
Filling out the form. Actually, now that I think of it, I kind of love filling out forms. This is the part of mailing things that I'm best at. I'm a form filling pro. That's probably not what my parents were hoping for when they sent me to college though...
Finding an envelope. And an envelope that's the correct size. It's not easy.
Getting the form or card and envelope into the same place. So hard.
Finding addresses. I rarely make it to this step.
Finding stamps. And finding those stamps at a time when I have the envelope handy? Nearly impossible.
Finding ink for my adorable return address stamp. Because if it's going to arrive so late, I may as well have a cute return address, so they know it was sent with love, and that's why it took so long.
And finally, getting the letter to the end of the driveway. This also requires that I don't need it mailed on garbage day, or a day when we've left our garbage cans out. Our mail picker upper is very picky about this. There have been mail/garbage can stand-offs. I am perhaps the only one who was aware of them, but they were real... to me.
It's so many steps. And I like writing letters and sending mail (well, not bills, but cards and baked goods). It's just that there are so many points where things can, and do, go wrong for me. It's a struggle every time. I've had to mail a lot of forms this past week. All those steps are exhausting. So sorry if you have fallen victim to a letter still at my house, or a pack of cookies I just ate myself because I couldn't get my act together. You probably don't know who you are, because my letter never got to you. Sorry about that. I tried.
And what's even worse, is that mailing forms is apparently the only thing I could think to write about to accompany a post about these delicious, perfect, very few steps, hard to go wrong, opposite of mail, Raspberry-Green Tea Mojitos. So the moral of the story is this: Mail is hard, these mojitos are easy. Forget the mail, make the mojitos. The end (except for the recipe, which is below).
Raspberry-Green Tea Mojitos
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Sugar (I tried with both white and brown, white is my preference, but brown will work in a pinch)
1 Cup Raspberries (frozen or fresh, either will do)
6-8 Green Tea Bags
1/2 Cup Lime Juice
Mint Leaves (about 3/4 cup fluffy)
Club Soda and White Rum
Boil the sugar and water together over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.Add in the Raspberries and stir gently. The raspberries will get mushy and fall apart. That's perfect. Don't you worry. Once the water is at a strong boil, remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let steep until fairly cool and the tea is brewed nice and strong. Remove the tea bags. Refrigerate the Raspberry Green Tea syrup until cold. Muddle the mint with the lime juice. Pour mint and lime juice into the syrup and mix well. Mix the syrup with club soda and a shot of rum.
I use a 1/3 Syrup + 2/3 Soda + Rum to taste = Ratio Perfection.
It's also delicious without the rum, in case no rum is more your style.