I got my package from christinaent! It was a huge box, and I love love love everything in it!
Here is all the stuff unpacked, but still wrapped.
There is an issue of Objet d'Art
, a magazine showcasing the work of Rutgers University students. It's a small publication, but it's packed with some really good stuff. I stayed up late reading this.
Christinaent works at the State Theatre, so she sent a brochure, and a CD from the Broadway show, Fosse. Biggest surprise: for a small town, New Brunswick, NJ sure attracts a lot of big names! Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, David Copperfield, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, etc.
This is the back of the postcard (the front is shown above), which explains some of the items she sent (I edited it in case she doesn't want the world to know which local band she's not fond of
How cool is this?? It's a CD of local bands, and track 5 is a song about her! I love this mix - I really like tracks 8 & 9 by The Precious. The Ambassadors are good too - they kind of remind me of the early work of my fave band, Talking Heads (long live the 80's!).
Some sweet hair clips, hair wax, and a video which was shown to Culture Jam: Students Against Excessive Consumerism, a Rutgers organization (christinaent is an officer on this group). I can't wait to watch this tonight! My favourite films are documentaries about social justice, and this video is about exploitation in sweat shops.
This is a close-up of the Giovanni hair wax, which smells beautiful. I wish you could see the writing on the jar better in this photo - some of the text is humourous.
A vintage necklace from the Closet. I posted this ad up at work, just to confuse people. I'm wearing the necklace today so if anyone asks where it's from, I'll just show them the ad.
And there's still more! A yummy cake slice and a Rutgers shirt. Yes, it fits - I wore it last night to my aikido lesson. One of the dojo members even asked if I went to Rutgers, because she did.
It was hard to choose, but if I had to pick my favourite stuff, it'd be this pile. That's because these things make me feel most like a student, and those were great years for me (I was a professional graduate student until I was - urp! - 29, then became a college librarian so that I could hang around a campus for the rest of my life).
Interesting detail: the September 22 issue of The Daily Targum
has articles about the Dalai Lama's visit, and the mandala of the Drepung Loseling Monastery. Mandala is a ritual where the monks painstakingly arrange million of coloured grains of sand into a pattern on a table, then when it's finished... they destroy it and cast it into a river. Because the FO is so beautiful, people think it will be permanent, but its destruction brings the awareness that nothing is permanent. christinaent noted that she went and saw both, and that the DL was really funny.
There's a copy of the Anthologist
too, the school's literary journal.
Here's everything (look how far back I had to stand to get it all in the shot).
THANKS VERY VERY MUCH, christinaent, and props to humblestumble for organizing this fun swap!