ICELAND was AMAZING!!! Getting home, on the other hand, not so much. After delayed flights, some misplaced luggage, flat out lies from Air Canada employees, a cancelled flight, sleeping in a freezing airport, more misplaced luggage, and 41 hours of travel time, we finally made it home. I'm caught up on ratings, so if you need a rating from me, I haven't received the swap. Message me and we'll figure it out!!!
I give hearts for those that go above and beyond on the swap, not on the extras sent. I do not expect extras in swaps. But everyone loves a little surprise, right!?!?! If you want to make my day, check out my "loves" list. Whatever you send me, if it's listed here or not, I will appreciate it and will try to use it in my art or elsewhere in my life. If I can't, I'll pass it along to someone that I think may like it!
I purchased a postal scale so I can send my mail without having to go into the post office. If you receive a package from me that does not have enough postage, PLEASE let me know. It was not intentional and I will reimburse you!
If you do not receive a swap from me, PLEASE let me know. I will resend. You can message me through swap-bot or my personal e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I've already been flaked on (one of my first swaps! :'( BOO!) and I did not enjoy the feeling. I will not do that to someone else. I spend a lot of time on and put a lot of thought into my art and want to share it and get all the accolades from my partners! :) I won't flake! I won't be late unless it cannot be avoided (death, dismemberment, that kind of thing), and I will notify you if that type of thing happens.
I also find it sad that anyone would have to place info like this on their profile... :(
I'm a 40 something kid-at-heart. I'm happily single and have no children.
I'm a Registered Nurse working in a Neonatal ICU. I love my job! It's so rewarding watching these tiny babies grow and get healthy and strong!
I work 12 1/2 hour shifts 3 days (in a row) a week. And I work at least 2 extra shifts a month (I have a very expensive hobby and travel habit)! I have an "8 days in a row" off stretch, which is when I usually work my overtime shifts. The rest of my work days are crammed into the rest of the month. Whew, this is a very exhausting schedule, but I LOVE my job and the time it gives me to live my life. I'm putting this here so you can see that if I'm working, I may not get back to you the day I read a message. And, when I'm working, I can't create (I need my sleep). So, if you need to get in touch with me, be patient, I will get back to you ASAP. And, if you need me to resend, be patient, I will resend. I may have to wait until I'm off work to recreate your swap.
I volunteer for the March of Dimes Arkansas Chapter. I make footprint cards for the babies in the NICU @ my hospital (holiday themed & baby themed embellishments and papers welcomed! I usually make 60 cards at a time tho...). I also help with Prematurity awareness month (November), and other fundraisers, and functions held at my hospital for mom's and families of newborns and premies.
5/23/16 -- 400 Swaps completed!!! Woot! Woot!!
7/16/16 -- 500 "5's"!!! WaHooo!!!
12/9/16 -- 500 Swaps sent!!! Sweet!
I am a paper artist! Mostly I make greeting cards. I also make book marks, ATCs, Inchies, Artist tiles of all sizes, envies, mail art, and scrapbook. I draw a bit; zentagles and doodles mostly. In high school and college I drew a lot.
I also dabble in ceramic painting, ornament making, cross stitching...
I love printed papers, stickers, cutouts, embellishments, and anything ORANGE!
I have a small Cricut and a Big Shot. I have a lot of Stampin' Up products. And, thankfully, I'm lucky enough to have a craft room! It should be a guest room, but... Priorities!
I learned how to "arm knit" and made a lovely, tho messy, infinity scarf! Now I want to learn how to knit for real!
"Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose." Neil Gaiman
I love to READ!!! I've always loved to read! Yes, I was a book nerd in High School, and proud of it! I always bring a book along, just in case. It stresses me out if I forget one...
A few of my favorite books (and series): Harry Potter series, In Death series by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz, Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch, Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fford, The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Gahl, The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume...
I'm in a book club. We meet monthly and typically read a book a month. Current Book Club Book: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Some of my favorite books we've read in book club: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Martian by Andy Weir.
That said, I'll read just about anything! I prefer fiction. Sci Fi, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult, funny! My "guilty pleasure" is a good historical romance novel set in Regency England (a little earlier/a little later as well). I really don't feel guilty about that tho! ;)
I listen to a lot of different types of music from Classical to Metal. My all time favorite band is the Eagles. But I also love Muse, Jewel, Blake Shelton, Volbeat, Adele, Hurts, Mumford and Sons, Apocalyptica (cello's on steroids!), Katatonia, Within Temptation, Device, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Jonsi and Sigur Ros (undefinably beautiful music!), Sonata Arctica (melodic metal, beautiful!) Thousand Foot Krutch, Tool, Disturbed, Journey, CCR, Eric Clapton... I could go on and on...
Mostly I listen to Hard Rock, Rock and 80's music (what can I say, I'm a child of the 80's)... I also like a little Country and Heavy Metal \m/ (even Death Metal)!!!
CD in my car now (01/25/17) Muse "The Second Law" Favorite Track: Madness (track 2)(10/28/16) The Killers "Battle Born" Favorite Track: Flesh and Bone (track 1) (1/3/16) Adele "25" Favorite Track: Hello (track 1) and Send my Love (To Your New Lover) (track 2) (LOVE Adele!) (5/25/15) Blue October "Foiled" Favorite Track: Hate Me (track 5)(3/3/15) Muse "the 2nd Law" Favorite Track: Madness (track 2) (11/10/14) A Perfect Circle's "Three Sixty. Favorite tracks: Judith (track 2) Counting Bodies Like Sheep (track 11) Passive (track 12) By and Down (track 13) (11/2/14): The Killers "Hot Fuss". Favorite track: All These Things That I've Done (track 5) (4/15/14): Lacuna Coil "Karmacode". Favorite track: Our Truth (track 3) (3/16/14): Thirty Seconds to Mars "This is War". Favorite track: Hurricane (Track 6)(2/20/14): Jonsi "Go". Favorite track: Tie between Go Do (Track 1) & Henge Las (Track 9) (His music, solo and with Sigur Ros, gives me the chills! You should check him out!)
Favorite Television I'm a bit of a SciFi nerd and British TV nerd. My favorite television series': Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek (all series, but my favorite is The Next Generation), Firefly, Warehouse 13, Criminal Minds, Psych, The Graham Norton Show, NCIS, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Haven, Grimm, Person of Interest, Face Off, Falling Skies, So You Think You Can Dance, Wipeout, Top Chef, Project Runway, Ripper Street, Copper... I watch a bit too much TV...
Favorite Movies I love going to the movie theater to see a movie! The big screen, the sound, the popcorn... It's the whole experience. I lean towards Sci Fi, action, and comedy; but I do enjoy a good drama, suspense, and the occasional romance as well. Don't really watch horror movies, they give me nightmares! Eeeeeek! It makes me sad that movies are so expensive these days. I don't get to go as often as I would like because it costs too much... :-/
I love to travel! Anywhere, anytime.
Spent 2 weeks in Iceland in 2017. We had wonderful weather, which was a good thing since everything we did was outdoor related! Even though the country is small, we still didn't have time to do everything we wanted! We gave it our best shot!!! We do need to go back in the winter for the Aurora Borealis.
Spent 3 weeks touring England, Scotland, and Ireland through a College English course. We hit all the great "Literary" sites: Shakespeare's birthplace, Potter Farm, Thoor Ballylee, the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the Lake District, Warwick Castle, Coole Park, Glamis Castle... And many other places. It was an amazing trip and I fell in love with the UK and Ireland! My sister went on the trip as well. And in June of 2015, my sister, her husband, and I went back to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland! We did some of the same stuff as before, but a lot of new stuff as well: Loch Ness, The Doctor Who Experience, The Isle of Skye, Skellig Michael (super cute PUFFINS!)... It was amazing!!!
I have also cruised Italy and Greece (with my sister). Another amazing trip! Venice is beautiful! Rome is exciting! Athens is so vibrant! Santorini and Mykinos were absolutely tranquil! And the food! Oh my!!! During this cruise we also made a stop in Turkey (the bazaar!!!) and Croatia.
I'm working my way through the USA as well. New York and Washington DC, Hawaii (O'ahu), the Grand Canyon (Arizona), the Painted Desert and the Petrified National Forest (New Mexico and Arizona), the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and The Stanley Hotel, Denver, Boulder and The Celestial Seasonings factory (Colorado), Yellowstone (Montana and Wyoming), Devil's Tower (Wyoming), Devil's Den, Custer State Park and Needles Highway, Badlands (South Dakota), Kalamazoo, MI, San Diego and Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Norfolk and Virginia City Beach, VA, and the Florida Gulf Coast.
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