Following My Pajamas

I ordered some new pajamas on September 22, and, because there is really very little else to do here and because I have no life outside of work, I took great amusement following their progress from Maine to North Dakota via FedEx.

It took more than two weeks for them to arrive. They left the warehouse in Maine on 09/25 and arrived in Massachusetts that same day.  Five days later they were in Connecticut.  As I recall, it isn’t very far from Massachusetts to Connecticut.  I hope they had fun in the interim.

By 10/1 they were in Clyde, Ohio and then Chicago.  By 10/2 they were in Fargo. I live 300 miles from Fargo, and for some reason they left immediately for Billings, Montana,  which is 600 miles to the west of Fargo.  They left Billings on 10/3 and travelled 300 miles back east,  arriving in my town at 9:00  pm according to the package tracker.  They appear to have meandered around town for twelve  hours. I imagine them at the Spur Bar, having a couple of beers before climbing wearily back into their box. They were checked in at the FedEx warehouse in Dickinson at 9:00am on 10/4, and were delivered on the morning of 10/5.

I wish I could get the story behind all the delays and the visit to Billings and what they did in town for twelve hours between Saturday night and Sunday morning. They are really nice pajamas, but I wish it didn’t take so long to get things out here.

What stories, book series, authors, famous people, movie series, trends, or comic strips do you follow?

50 thoughts on “Following My Pajamas”

  1. At least you received your package. I have had the message “On the way, but running late” for 8 days now. To contact UPS I have to have a tracking number, which I never received. Contacting Amazon gives me a link back to UPS. Or on a deeper try, I am told I have to contact the seller. The seller says I have to wait until it is delivered,
    Related topic: Cub pharmacy now makes me go through a robocall affirmation process to refill Sandy’s prescriptions.
    Such a dehumanizing America this is,

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    1. get amazon prime
      it makes life so much better
      packages get delivered in 1 or two days or the seller gets killed
      non prime teaches you to get signed up for prime
      just do it
      tv music books are all pluses but orderingvease make life better

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  2. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    I love this Renee, and I really like the header photo with the steps in the sand. I am so pleased your really good pajamas arrived. One of the things I found I do not care for when living in a remote place, is lack of shopping and slow delivery. One of the luxuries of urban life, is having a selection of stuff to choose from, even though I detest shopping.

    Lately I have been obsessively following election polls. There is so little I can control, so following polls seems to distract me from my electoral helplessness.

    I enjoy following the Vikings and the Twins, as well, however, I am only interested when they are winning, so the Twins were fun this summer, but the Vikings are a real disappointment so far. I have lost interest.

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  3. One of my coworkers is married to a UPS delivery man. He says since March it has been like Christmas in terms of package divery. He is exhausted.

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  4. Renee, I love the image of your pajamas sitting at a stool in a bar knocking a few back. I really needed a good laugh this morning. And I’m also happy to know that I’m not the only one stalking my packages. One of the things that I’ve noticed with regularity is that stuff arrives in the Minneapolis facility and then gets sent to Rogers before it gets on a truck to come back here. I’m sure that they have all kinds of computers and logistical models to say why that makes sense but it doesn’t make sense to me.

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      1. More than almost. They were made in wet sand. They are out of scale with the base sand. They don’t diminish properly and, as I said, they describe an impossible gait.

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  5. I just heard a short piece on MPR about how robots have affected the warehouse experience for Amazon employees, and it’s not pretty – they end up having to handle 4 X as many items per hour than pre-robot, and it’s leading to exhaustion and repetitive stress injuries…

    Renee – would love to hear more about the pajamas – are they akin to something special from Pajamagram?

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    1. Nothing special, just two-piece cotton knit pajamas from Cuddledown. One pair had blue stripes. The other is printed with constellations. I usually buy reasonably priced pajamas from Target, but the elbows always wear out too soon, and the nearest Target is in Bismarck, which is a Covid hotspot.

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        1. what is the shortest life of either or the longest life of either

          i don’t believe i have ever worn out a set of either and i am positive i never wore out the elbows knees seat or any other part of my sleeping attire
          i did notice the bathrobe my girlfriend gave me in 1975 has a worn spot where the terry cloth is in need of stitching

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  6. This is such a cool post, Renee. I enjoyed following your pajamas’ journey to your doorstep. I don’t wear pajamas (blushing emoticon here). I just wear t-shirts and leggings or sweatpants. I do have a couple cheap pairs of flannel pj pants without matching tops. I’ve never dressed normally, and I don’t intend to start.

    I have a new interest in reading mystery series novels, especially ones that have a specific location. I read the entire William Kent Krueger Cork O’Connor series, then read the entire Louise Penny Armand Gamache series. I just got the most recent Armand Gamache mystery from overdrive on my phone and am already well into it. Any recommendations for other similar series that I can gobble up?

    I read all of Margaret Atwood’s books but I don’t think they can really count as a series, except for the MaddAddam trilogy. I have also read most of Louise Erdrich’s writing, as much as I have found anyway.

    I tend not to follow popular culture, such as movies, tv shows, popular music, etc. Unfortunately right now it is popular to be obsessed with politics. This is depressing to me. I need escape, like fantasy stories.

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    1. You’ll love the last Louise Penny book. It was excellent. Have you tried any of the Anna Pigeon mystery series. They all take place in national parks.

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        1. And there is a Kate Shugak series that takes place in Alaska. I’ve only read two of these so far but I like them.


  7. A couple more mystery series I liked, to a point anyway, were Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, and for outrageous and racy there’s Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum – this is actually comic relief from everything. Same with Grace & Frankie on Netflix. I know there are others…

    Calvin & Hobbes is still my favorite comic strip, also Arlo & Janis, and Shoe (haven’t seen that for years, but it still exists).

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        1. Oh yes on the Laurie R King. I didn’t mention her because it’s not really a “all in one location” but still great books, Especially if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan.

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  8. A mystery: how do I get my data back. I know who murdered it: Little Billy Gates with is latest update of Windows 10, the latest crappy software spewing from Redmond.


  9. Finally received an answer to my missing shipment: “I’ve looked into your order and I see that it was damaged during transit. We can replace it for you but the item unexpectedly sold out.” Why couldn’t UPS fess up and not make me go searching for an answer?
    Meanwhile here is large potatoes: my son was told they had to take one kidney out 12 days ago and that he would have a surgery date within 2-3 days. Still has not heard. So fun to have that hanging over our heads and his. He has called twice and he got the polite version of don’t call us we’ll call you.


    1. sorry to hear about sons dilemma
      i switched prostate doctors offices when my doc moved to maine and i couldn’t get answers
      mayo is good so far


  10. i follow anne lamott and sarah silverman on twitter
    al frankens podcast also ted talks of many branches
    a couple of motivational guys
    trends in amazon sales to get involved in
    i keep tuned into a couple newsletters
    garrisons cintinued offerings (i think i saw that he wrote a column ala his old weekly column on salon that ended a couple of years ago
    i get noticed that concerts online are happening but i feel like i should kick in $20 to listen in and i can’t do that today so i listen in pandora instead
    broadway musicals and classical offerings as well as jazz and blues and of course my favorites in the folk genre
    there are authors i follow but only bill bryson vines to mind. just finished thunderbolt kid after the body, both wonderful, vonnegut got me at the right time
    hesse was the first to do that way back when
    tv shows … frankie and grace
    we are us
    marvelous miss maxes come to mind and anything dylan

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  11. To all the BBC baboons who are reading Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” well, I just think that book is one of the best ever. I read it a long time ago now but I remember just wanting to go back and read it again right away. Incredibly beautiful story. I’m sure a lot of you have already read it. If not, enjoy.

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    1. I think Steve has raved about “All the Light We Cannot See” here on the trail. I read it, but was having eye problems at the time, and gave up halfway through. Perhaps it’s time to revisit it.

      Have just finished Bob Woodward’s “Rage.” Confirmed what I was already convinced of, it’s time to oust DT.

      Annie Proulx, Alendra Fuller, and Barbara Kingsolver are three authors I find consistent pleasure in reading, but at the moment I’m reading mostly non-fiction (American history).

      I don’t follow anyone on Twitter, but read the daily letters from Heather Cox Richardson in an attempt at keeping abreast of what’s going on politically. Find her perspective enlightening and calming.

      Time to watch the debate.

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        1. me too. when i was on the commitee for pen pals to invite authors i asked that we invite barbara kingsolver the head of the deal said she heard there was a problem with her and when i looked into it she was staying put in her home and not traveling by airplane as it was a waste of fuel and a pollution issue.
          she has since changed her stance but i was sad to miss to opportunity . i love her writing, barb mentioned louise erdich too . another favorite


        1. i loved it. i am blessed to not be able to remember the details but they all come back as soon as a refresh button gets hit. the imagery and storytelling was excellent


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