erica and christy are. . .Back From the Future

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You're up before dawn on a Saturday when the doorbell rings. You haven't brewed your coffee so you wonder if you imagined the sound. Plonking the half-filled carafe in the sink, you go to the front door and cautiously swing it open. No one there. As you cast your eyes to the ground, you see a parcel addressed to you ... from you.

You scoop it up and haul it inside, sensing something legitimate despite the extreme oddness of the situation. Carefully, you pry it open. Inside is a shoebox -- sent from ten years in the future -- and it's filled with items you have sent yourself.

What's in it?


1. A bill from Harvard University for $250,000 - the cost of my older son's tuition

2. A bill from the jewelry store for the cost of 11 pairs of diamond earrings - one for each of my younger son's girlfriends

3 A torn-off cover of a book listing me as the author. On the back is a note in my handwriting that says "No cheating. Now go write it."

4. Pictures of my family and we're all happy, healthy, and having fun

5. Plane tickets and gift certificates for a 14-day vacation to Australia and New Zealand and a note saying "Bring your laptop. Trust me."


1. A copy of my future best-selling trilogy with a note:
"Read these.  You wrote them.  So don't feel bad doing what I'm about to tell you to do.  Type them up, send the attached query to agents.  Get published now.  Save yourself the dozen manuscripts that you'll just plop on a shelf.  Really, do you need more junk to dust?  Besides, you need the money.  Buy the camper you want now.  Enjoy the camping years while the kids are still young." 

2.  A bottle of really great aged wine.

3.  A copy of my diploma letting me know I will finally finish my final two credits and get my master's degree.  Oh, and the thesis I no longer need to write to get it.  (Phew.  Love that saved time and brain power!  Thanks, future me!)

4.  A picture of my future abs.  Cool, I really will lose that baby weight!  It just takes more than a year...or, wait, did I finally give up and get plastic surgery?  It's hard to tell.  Great pic!

5.  A key.


  1. I wouldn't want to open the door without having my coffee. Fun seeing what you came up with, except for the bills. I'll be having those tuition bills too in a few years.

  2. Hopefully, the bill says "paid in full" on it :)

    Abs would be nice too...I need to find mine again.

    Great post!

  3. Erica - oh, the future bills - I'm not looking forward to those . . . but I love the note about Australia!

    Christy - Abs! I wish I had sent myself a picture of great abs.

  4. "No cheating. Now go write it."

    Good girl.

  5. Can you add me in there for the earrings? lol I like the note that says to take your laptop.

    The key is so curious... nice. And I love the photo of your abs. Great job!

  6. glad to have discovered your blog through the blogfest. Love those things inside your boxes! Tickets to new zealand and ab photos. way cool:)

  7. I love #3 on both of yours! Great lists!

  8. Woo HOO! A two-fer! (We old broads love a good bargain!)

    I enjoyed both of these. The diamond earrings in the first box cracked me up. One of our sons used to have a bevy of girlfriends, too, but if it makes you feel any better, he's married and has four younguns now. So players don't always stay players.

    I was most intrigued with the key in the second box. Kind of a nice (devilish) touch to end with a mystery.

    Nice to meet you ladies.

  9. Erica...I have something similar to your #3 and #4 on my list. Great minds....


  10. Erica-That trip to Australia and New Zealand sounds awesome! Too bad my future self didn't do that for me!

    Christy-You and I were thinking along the same lines with #1!

  11. Bring your laptop! Sounds like some writing's going to happen. :)

    A key sounds so intriguing . . .

  12. Both your lists are really cool.
    And thank you for dropping by.

  13. I want that ticket to New Zealand and, of course, the $500 dollars the officials want to see you have before you get off the plane!

  14. Egads! I'm only now able to scroll through the comments at my place and I saw that somehow I managed to leave my comment to you at my place! Arg. Here it is in the right place (and now I continue scrolling to see who else I did this to):

    So I see Erica's two sons are very different from each other...but both are expensive.

    Christy, if you can't tell then I guess it doensn't matter how you got those fab abs. Love the mystery key.

    Thanks for joining this hop - I just loved seeing your names on the list. :)

  15. Great things in your boxes! I'd like to know what the key opens.

  16. HI, Erica...

    Glad you can afford that HARVARD tuition. AND ALL those diamonds for HOW MANY GIRLFRIENDS? That boy's gonna be busy... LOL. But the happiness is the best one yet!

    Hi, Christy,

    You're the only one where I read that future self wants to make you life easier instead of working hard for it ... LOL. Smart girl. Oh, to have those visible abs again. You'll get there. It only took me two years. TWO REALLY HARD YEARS ...

  17. Hi, Erica,

    Glad you had the capitol for the HARVARD tuition and the rocks... Boy you younger buy will be busy...

    Hi, Christy,

    Smart girl. You're the only one that I've read that future self wants past self to have it easy... Most futures want the fast selves to work for it. LOL.

    Glad you got the killer abs.... See, you'll get there. It only took me TWO INTENSE years to get mine back. Geez. It's worth it though. LOL.

    I hope all is well with both of you. Please keep in touch, I miss you guys!

  18. Funny. I love how you each took a different view of the same goal. Too bad we all have to keep doing it the hard way. LOL!

  19. hee hee! I'm hoping future-me has nice abs too! And wouldnt it be great to get a bill from Harvard?? Now that's a bill I wouldn't mind paying. ;)

  20. You two are too funny!! I'm loving the part about the egregious college bill and the number of said son's girlfriends. Haha.....

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