❀️ 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!
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    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?
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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!
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    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!
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    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
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    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 🌟
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.