I think "shipped on xxxx" just means it's moved out of the payment processing queue, and "processing" means it's moved to the warehouse for shipping.
(And now that my vacation is over, I'm bummed about the October box, but not for any reasons anyone else had: I had planned on using it as a vacation in a box. Read the book all in one go while snacking on the gummy bears and Pirate Booty and burning the candle! Sounds like a great way to spend a rainy week in November. What actually happened: MARTIAN DEATH PLAGUE = could only pay attention to the book long enough to get to the part where the kids were being introduced. The snacks are unopened because I can't taste anything, and the candle was only burned a couple of times before this ick kicked in because now I can't smell anything. *Vicks VapoRub* is odorless to me. I want a new vacation! The socks were nice, though, because the grippy bottoms helped me keep my footing when I was having sinus infection-related balance problems that were exacerbated by my crazy, *crazy* kitties darting around my feet whenever I tried to move. But lesson learned: Don't save the contents of these boxes for a special occasion like vacation because if I don't get sick, the kitties will chew through the packaging, like they did to the pretzels and granola in, um, August. Anyway. Based on past box arrival dates, even though it hasn't even shipped yet, I have a feeling my November box will arrive next Wednesday, aka the day before Thanksgiving, so I'm looking forward to seeing box spoilers once they start rolling in!)