Happy Holidays and Awesome Things

As we approach the end of the year with its crushing holiday cheer, I look back at the last few months and realize just how busy I have been and how I have let so much time pass without checking in with Underwords and my blog. I’ve got several new exciting projects on the horizon to share soon. I’m really looking forward to that!

Still, I am not ready to share that news, and I was wondering what could get me back to my blog since I had started to miss sharing things here. Then, while driving to work today, which took nearly 2 hours instead of the standard 1 hour, I came across this snowman. While sitting through several stop lights, I had some time to really look at him and realize that he wasn’t just a snowman. He was an evil snowman! So, I took this picture…

Evil Snowman

…still, it didn’t get me back to my blog. It was going to take something big to get me back to the blog given all of the crazy things that I have going on. In fact, it would take a wonder box and all of the amazing things that one would find inside of a wonder box. And that’s exactly what I got. I came home to find a curious box from a good friend waiting for me. Inside the box was a magnifying glass and this microscopic letter…

Wonder Box Letter

…a letter that explained what a wonder box was and why he sent it. Inside wasn’t just an amazing assortment of cool odds and ends, but something much less tangible than tasty chocolate, several cool books, some candy canes, silly magnets, and a TARDIS hand towel. Inside was holiday cheer….real holiday cheer.

I hope that the idea of the wonder box will inspire us all to do wonder(box)ful things for our friends as we head into the new year. While you’re at it, tell someone important to you something special that you would want them to know, if they weren’t around any longer. You’ll be surprised how good it will fell and how happy you will make them.

I wish you all a very happy holiday season and New Year full of awesome things.

About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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