πŸŽ‰πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„ MY SECRET SANTA GIFT IS HERE! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ‰

❀️ πŸŽ…πŸΌ @Veronique πŸŽ…πŸΌ ❀️You are amazing. Thanks for being my secret Santa. I didn't realize how stalkable I was. Apparently I need to clean up my internet presence! Hahahaha
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    I heard jingling bells coming down the walkway to my apartment.
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    Jingling.. Hmm.. reminds me of Santa.
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    "UPS!" A lady called.
    Hmmm... I didn't order anything from UPS, I thought.
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    The carrier dropped the package on my doorstep and hurried away before I got a chance to open the door but as I saw her walking away, she totally had a bell in her hand! πŸ””
    Talk about getting into the holiday spirit!
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    Who is it from?
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    I see @Veronique's name on the return label and immediately realize she is my secret Santa!
    I'm so, so excited. It takes every once of willpower to not rip the box to shreds Hulk Smash style.
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    Oooh! It's from Florida. Ironically, that's where I mailed my recipient's gift to also!
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    Ok, now to get through all this tape.
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    A hint of blue tissue paper...
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    Ohh pretty colors!
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    A package within a package! Did you know I love Russian dolls?
    Excuse my horrible attempt at covering up addresses (there's an app for that, I know). She even put a cute list app logo on the envelope!
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    And the back!
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    So I open it and out comes a stack of things with this on top...
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    It's a letter! It's two pages! I ❀️ handwritten letters πŸ‘πŸΌ at this point I'm "woohooing" like a hyena and my husband is looking at me like I've lost my mind.
    Thank you for taking the time to write so much πŸ˜¬πŸ™ƒπŸ€— and yes, you caught me.. I'm on a complicated and slow journey to what I somewhat jokingly call attaining enlightenment -- going vegan. I eat fish and dairy once in a while but I've basically completely given up on meat except for very rare occasions.
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    I learned a lot of cool things about my Santa from her letter. She shares a love of cycling and rides her bike 500 miles every summer to raise money for Parkinson's Disease research!
    She's a humanitarian with a huge heart. πŸ‘βœŒπŸ»οΈπŸ’•
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    And she gave me a great restaurant recommendation for my trip to Japan!
    I leave in 5 days! Such perfect timing!
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    She told me that she stalked me and creeped herself out in the process.
    I'm currently laughing my ass off and my husband looks like the kid who got left out at recess.
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    You can accept my follow back request on Instagram now since you thought it would give away your identity! 😁
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    She told me her favorite of my lists, which also happens to be the list I'm the most proud of (and it totally did not trend for more than like 2 seconds).
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    She is a certifiable badass who had two HOME BIRTHS!!!! The first one was BY ACCIDENT!
    I reverse stalked her and rediscovered this beautiful list she wrote about home births: WHY NATURAL CHILDBIRTH IS NBD
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    Her dad was a doctor, too!
    A cardiovascular anesthesiologist. Badassery runs in the family!
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    She knows I ❀️ @john so she has been creeping him out on my behalf by sending him list requests to contact me on the daily!
    OMG I am so mortified LOL but I am also deeply impressed!! Sadly, I think your requests must have gotten lost in the millions he probably gets every day. Regardless, the order of people I love most in the world right now is: a tie for my parents and Edward in 1st place, @john, @Veronique in a very close third! P.s. John, I swear I'm a normal person (is that what crazy people say? I'm digging a hole and it's getting deeper and deeper lol).
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    This was the best letter I've received in a really long time. Thank you πŸ’•
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    Okay, on to the gifts:
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    A relaxing coloring book on life, myths and fairy tales of ancient Japan and coloring pencils! This is so thoughtful and apropos given my upcoming trip and Japan obsession. πŸŽŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽŒ
    This is also amazing because I've been wanting to start coloring. Adult coloring is very trendy as a stress reliever right now and there's good evidence to support its therapeutic benefits!
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    This is one of the many coloring pages. So beautiful.
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    Here's one that I finished tonight.
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    Magnets from Miami.. So dope! Going on my fridge 🌟
    Now I have that Will Smith song in my head... Bienvenido a Miami!
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    Fisheye, wide angle, and macro lenses for my smartphone; for taking cool pics in Japan. πŸ“· you are the most thoughtful person ever.
    Perfect! I've been wanting one of these. Please continue to stalk my instagram page for upcoming pics of Japan from the perspective of a fish called Amina.
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    Veronique produces a documentary TV show about marine life! It looks like it's on a local network so I'll have to stalk it online. She sent me magnets from her show... She's also a former marine biologist. I have the coolest secret πŸŽ…πŸΌ ever.
    This is so weird because I was dying to be a marine biologist when I was in middle school. I think it's one of the coolest jobs on the planet.
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    And she also sent some postcards/flyers from Miami's recent annual Art Basel.
    So perfect. I love art and have an entire box of items like this that I've collected from art walks and trips to cool places. I'll cherish these.
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    Veronique, you are a really, really good stalker. If you ever get tired of your current job, you should consider joining the FBI or maybe even the CIA. I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS YOU! And I am so touched and happy that you were my secret Santa because you are so kind, generous and thoughtful.
    Your family is lucky to have you! With this much love towards a stranger, I can't imagine what an amazing mom and overall person you are. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
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    Thank you πŸ’•πŸ’‹
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    And thanks @ChrisK, for his amazing brainchild: the List App Secret Santa! What a great idea.