Swap-bot Time: April 2, 2020 4:35 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: April 1, 2020
Birthday: March 13, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

I work in marketing at a university hospital system and have a wonderful partner and sweet baby son. We have a big friendly mutt in our household too.

I am an avid reader and writer. I love literary fiction, memoir, fascinating history/social science, and the classics.

I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, and mountaineering with my family. We love the outdoor opportunities here in the Pacific Northwest!

Maxwell Butte

Favorite Crafts

I'm a paper crafter, and dabble in painting and drawing.

Things I like to make and also like to receive:

*Handmade notecards/postcards




*Mail art

*Naked mail

*ATCs, inchies, twinchies


*Paper flowers


Non-crafts I like to swap:

*Postcards (see section below)

*Books, reading, etc (see section below)



*Paper crafting supplies


*Stationery (not for computer)

*Googly eyes, brads, non-flat stickers


I do a lot of zentangles and love to swap them. I'm not particular about using the official trademarked Zentangle method or patterns. Below are some samples of what I've created!

Mandala zentangle




My favorite color is yellow, closely followed by pink/red. I love yellow and pink together! I also like green and really like multi-colored items.

As far as shades, I tend to prefer bright, vibrant shades and jewel tones. I like pastels - especially yellow and pink. I'm not too excited by earth tones or darker shades.

Postcard preferences

MAPS! - especially unusual maps (like a historical map, a map of a small town, or some sort of themed map).

Typical tourist cards - scenic/city views, cards from a tourist destination/landmark, etc.

I prefer NAKED postcards, with a message and a stamp.

I also enjoy USED vintage postcards - the older the better, with old stamps and interesting old messages.

Favorite Books

I prefer literary fiction, short stories, biography, memoir and well-researched, well-written history and social science. I am interested in book reviews and recommendations. I don't like most genre fiction (like romance, mystery, thriller, etc...) and I don't usually like series fiction.

Favorite novels: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Solace of Leaving Early, A Tale of Two Cities, Midnight's Children, The Once and Future King, Joseph Andrews, Cat's Cradle, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Gilead, Ada, Tinkers, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Grapes of Wrath, Sacred Hunger, Waterland, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Sometimes a Great Notion, All the Light We Cannot See, Americanah, Salvage the Bones, Love Medicine

Favorite short story authors: Anthony Doerr, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Carson McCullers, George Saunders, Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edgar Allan Poe, Lucia Berlin

Poetry: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langston Hughes, ee cummings

Check out my Goodreads (link above)

Things I love

animals, bright colors, nature/the outdoors, stationery, map postcards, notecards, journals, word puzzles and games, logic puzzles, the number 4, Girl Scouts, hiking and camping, books and reading, The Beatles, German beer coasters, papers for card making, extremely fine line pens (005) in all colors, tea, handmade envelopes, naked mail, zentangles, short stories, challenges, biking

Looking for a good theme for a profile-based swap to send me? Some ideas I would enjoy, in no particular order:

*Yellow and pink


*Adventure/mountain/active outdoors


*All things German





I like black and green teas - flavors always welcome! I enjoy flavors like vanilla, chocolate, caramel, any sort of nutty flavors, and I love coconut. Fruit flavors are hit and miss - sometimes great, sometimes not.

I don't care for herbal teas or earl grey.


*Hello Kitty, kawaii, Disney, Diddl, any other trademarked characters

*Vintage (unless it's used postcards), Victorian, ephemera, steampunk, etc...

*Gothic, dark, horror

*dollar store, kitsch, trinkets


Comment: Hooray for not adding any new books this month. I'm so impressed!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your book. :) It sounds interesting. :)
USAFwife rated for TBR: In February 2020 I read ... on Mar 8, 2020
Comment: Looks like you made some progress! :) That's great. Thanks for sharing :)
Comment: What you said about the writing style intrigued me, because it reminded me of a similar resource used by Cortázar in one of his novels. I'll look it up!
Comment: Great stats! Keep going! :D
Comment: Thanks Kara, appreciate the depth of your review.
Comment: Great progress! There's such a thrill in finally crossing off books that have been in the waiting list for so long =)
Comment: Thanks very much for your email and your review of Death in Varanasi. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I must confess to not being a Geoff Dyer fan -- the couple of books I've tried just didn't work for me, but I'm glad your January TBR reads were generally successful!
monsbrick rated for TBR: In January 2020 I read ... on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Yay! It is fun following along with your progress.
Comment: Great job!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In January 2020 I read ... on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: I went backwards too. :( But it's a new month, right? :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing. :)
monsbrick rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Glad you’re enjoying this group! I find it super helpful too.
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 17, 2020
Comment: Good job! Great reduction if your TBR
USAFwife rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Wow, you made great progress! I'm glad to hear that the group helped your. :) Here's to a new year of great progress, right? :)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Yay! What a great reading year! I particullarly like how well balanced were your TBR and out of list reads xD
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: It's ok if you didn't reach you goal, you still made a lot of progress and, most importantly, you had a great time =) For a new year filled with books!
monsbrick rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks Kara!!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 5, 2020
Comment: Way to go on reducing your TBR! Wishing you even more luck in the new year!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In November I read ... on Dec 1, 2019
Comment: Great job! I wish I could take a solo vacation like that!

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marianne81 on May 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for your addition on my collaboration card, I love the clock you made. you can see the finished peace here https://flic.kr/p/2fE6aFS I still haven't figured how to add a foto in my messages so you have to copy the link to see the picture.

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

Artistic on Sep 24, 2018:

Welcome back!!

TereDiane1954 on Jun 8, 2018:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!!?? I love that book♥ Welcome back :)

latentsmile on Nov 19, 2013:

Here's hoping all is going well with you in life. Feel free to apply back to the Mandalas group if you return to swap-bot. I am just cleaning house of inactives. <3

anrtist on Aug 21, 2012:

HEY, I SENT U an invite to the new LLL, Location group, I think you will enjoy it ;-)

LizzyJo on Aug 1, 2012:

I'm glad you like the little German book. I love the font, but agree that it would be really difficult to read.

savannahjan on Jul 31, 2012:

I'd love to see the collaborative letters started up again! :)

LizzyJo on Jul 25, 2012:

Your pages are on the way. :-)

LizzyJo on Jul 16, 2012:

I'm glad you like the German book page. I wanted to include something I thought you would like.

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