Swap-bot Time: October 29, 2020 9:28 am


Date Joined: June 27, 2018
Last Online: October 28, 2020
Birthday: January 29
Country: United States
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About Me

I restarted my blog, Hungry Like the Wolfe. It only has a few entries right now, but I'm setting a goal of doing 1 a week! Please check it out and follow me.

Please be careful when mailing flat things that might move around in an envie. The mail supervisor for my region is VERY PICKY. If anything bunches up in the envie, and I mean stuff as small as a few teabags or one magnet with a circle or a paperclipped collection of items that could be 3/4" thick, then he will tag it and make me pay the package rate to collect my mail.

In exciting news, I haven't had any postage due mail in more than a month now! Thank you for taping/wrapping things carefully so they don't slide around and become thick. It seems to be working!

Yes, I received a 3 on 2 July 2019. I had an irresponsible streak. It is not a fixable 3, as in I can't go back into the past and send in a timely manner. I do take pictures of all of my swaps. I mark sent when the swap is ready to go to the post office. I do contact people when a swap is going to be late. I learned from my mistakes. Most people are accepting of that, but I also now have a 3 from someone who did not accept my explanation of why a swap is late. I contacted all of my partners as I had the swaps completed but had been carrying them around with me unable to get to the post office because of back to school meetings. I don't know how to fix that, as I was being as responsible as I could.

As for my most recent 3, I will in the future contact all swap partners if something will be EVEN 1 DAY LATE. I am currently trying to make sure to send swaps out before the swap date (and am on a streak where I am several days ahead!) If I am permitted to do any swaps in the future (I must recognize that at some point I will allowed to do nothing because I have failed to be timely 4 times in the past.), I will continue this streak. If not, I will contact my partner.

If a swap does not arrive, please contact me before rating me a 1. I will do all in my power to fix it.

I'm an English professor. I also enjoy reading, cross stitch, cooking, board games, Magic the gathering.

I love cats. I have one cat, Aspect, who has been my best friend for 14 years.

I also like owls.

The website link will take you to my food blog Hungry Like the Wolfe

I'm a big fan of coffee and tea. I like a wide variety of both. I'm very interested in trying new kinds of tea and coffee! I can use loose leaf and bagged teas.

I also really love hats and fascinators. I don't really do ball caps, but I have the look that allows me to wear Derby type hats or English facinators (basically tiny hats on a headband). I also enjoy tiaras and other fun headpieces. I find a lot of these sorts of things at Halloween at Michael's or at stores like Claire's at the mall.

I really like large mugs for all of my hot beverages. I think delicate little tea cups are cute, but I want to drink more than a tea sample :) Oversized mugs are my favorites.

I like stickers, and I've decided that I will once again join into some sticker swaps. I do get a lot of my stickers from Current which has HUGE sticker sheets, like 9x13, so those might be cut into smaller chunks and/or should count as more than one sheet. But they have gorgeous stickers!

I also have been finding myself drawn to things with the stars and galaxies and suns and moons lately.The sky and the universe are so beautiful!

Favorite Crafts

Baking (especially at midnight)

cross stitch (I'm working on a huge dragon writer piece right now). I'm working on a second huge project of a piano being played in the woods.

I also enjoy making my own body products like bath bombs and shower cream and shampoo. I love to use my essential oils in all that I do.

Weird Jobs

I'm a mystery shopper, which means I go into stores and ask questions and write about what happens in the encounters.

This results in people asking me weird questions sometimes like how to use a prison credit card at the gas pumps. I also get asked if I would like to join the army.

I have photographed bathroom graffiti so I have picture proof that something isn't supposed to be there.

Favorite Music

They say that most people are nostalgic for the music of when they were young adults. I am no exception. I am a little stuck in the 90s and early 00s I love the Lilth Fair set (Tori Amos, Alanis Morrisette, Indigo Girls, etc)

I also listen to a community radio station that plays music you don't normally hear on other radio stations. Carbon Leaf, for example. Or blues or such a wide variety!

In tv, I really miss Firefly!

Favorite Books

I'm an English professor, so you might have guessed that I do love to read. I am usually reading 3 books at a time--one fiction or nonfiction, 1 romance or mystery, and 1 young adult, science fiction, or fantasy. I am also usually listening to an audiobook, which I download from the library app.

I also like to read and write about food. I'm a poet, so I also read and write poetry.

I love Harry Potter and think it's the sort of thing worth rereading.

Books are always a good choice. No Nicholas Sparks or other super sentimental (translates as I don't want to cry my eyes out when reading) or horror, but sending me books is otherwise a good idea!


Fuzzy socks

This summer I started watching Avatar the Last Airbender, and I love it! Uncle Iroh is my favorite. Raise a cup in his honor with me!

Things that smell good. Love scented items. Favorite scents include lavender, fall scents, mint, floral, woodsy

purple and orange are favorite colors

olive drab is a color that looks really good on me

trees, though I prefer non-evergreen

I'm addicted to lip balm. I make my own and I also buy lip balm all the time

bath products. I think the best .way to end the day is with a bath and good book. Baths are best with something scented in them--bombs, salts, bubbles, oils

I geek out over stationary and pens and stickers

I LOVE puns and wordplay!

Glitter. I know it gets everywhere, but I still love it!

Please Don't Send

Recipes that require zucchini (I'm allergic). I am allergic to all kinds of squash, pumpkin, and zucchini. I have learned that pumpkin can usually be switched to sweet potato and turns out yum, but I don't know how to substitute for zucchini

Winnie the Pooh

Please no things that smell like smoke. This seems mostly to be an issue with thrift store swaps, but applies in all cases. I don't deal well with smoke smells, and I can't always wash it out/off. Then I have to throw away a gift, and that makes me sad.

Postcard Preferences

I like a wide variety of postcards. I enjoy the touristy ones, but I really like the non-touristy ones, too. I like pictures of owls, dragons, fantasy, some of the art cards, B/W photography. Things with sparkle and glitter are fine. I enjoy nature, particularly trees. Cats are wonderful on postcards.

Not a big fan of postcards with just a couple of words on a background, like "sweater weather" for fall. Would rather have a scene. That said, I got a postcard that said "Your sparkle has not gone unnoticed" in bright glittery colors, and I loved it. I like bright colors. Sometimes I love the random postcards. I like vintage ones, too, and I can get these at a local store, which is fun.


My kitty, Aspect, is 14, but still has a lot of energy. Her favorite toys include those balls that look like soccer or golf balls and are made of Nerf/sponge material or ones that are like big pompoms.

When she was a kitten, she had a bat toy. It was her favorite ever, though it quickly became 2 toys: bat head and bat body. She LOVES bats. And glitter. I tell her all the time that it's ok to love glitter and Bojuka Bog (a magic card--it's ok to have a girly side and a competitive side) She also likes a catnip mouse now and again, especially the grey ones. She loves pipe cleaners and string and her laser toy. She'll run down the hall and jump to get that red dot!

Specti loves treats of most kinds.

She does not like hard plastic balls with bells in them or toys shaped like springs. I try to keep her away from too much catnip as she gets angry instead of mellow when she's had too much. She had a cactus once, as she loved to rub against it and use it a comb....until she tried to take it to bed. Then I had to confiscate the cactus. I was also recently reminded that she wants to eat Mardi Gras beads, so please do not send them to either of us. They must remain closed in a box at all times because they are shiny and she wants to eat them.

Like most kitties, she'll love the box as much as if not more than the toy :)


AFK rated for Poems about flowers on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: thank you for joining my swap. I enjoyed your choice of poems for this swap, thank you ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the lovely items. The Fox bookmark is too cute!
Comment: I received your letter this morning. she took a long time to arrive but she is there
VKitchen rated for week of tea nr.34 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the tea, I can't wait to try it all! The chocolate mint looks especially delectable.
Comment: Thank you!!
saturnsrings rated for Wonderful washi #1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cute washi samples Maryann! I love that brush stroke one!
cajiky rated for ☆ TEA TIME #22 ☆ on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for nice tea again.
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards:)
Ashzaller rated for Happy Mailbox all MONTH October on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: <3 thank you so much for all the happiness!
Comment: Very nice card! I hope you get to see your parents in person!
Comment: Thank you for the stickers as well! I also am in the process of disassembling that envelope and loving that I have new collage resources in my grasp! Thank you!!!
glassnowdrop rated for PH: Yahtzee With Postcards #4 on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the great selection of cards :) I hope you are well!
Comment: Thank you for the cards.
UniqueBeing rated for Tea For Thee # 70 on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the tea. I haven't tried any of these. Definitely looking forward to the chocolate tea. Have a good weekend.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and yummy tea! Loved the Chai!
Comment: Thank you so very much Maryann, I put it right in my Christmas basket!!! I can't wait until Christmas to open!!! and I Love the mermaid wrapping paper!!!
CookieMomster78 rated for SMSUSA: Handmade Envelopes!! on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the set of lovely HM envies! The marbled paper one is my favorite because it has hints of metallic mixed in that make it eye-catching! The holo-unicorns envie you sent these in is super fun too! I really appreciate the extra bonus tuck-in PC of Josephine too! She’s a beautiful historical figure I had only heard about in passing glance as a student, so it’s been intriguing to discover
Scarlett3639 rated for Halloween Card-Glitter on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great card! A purple glitter costume sounds awesome!

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debtea2 on Oct 2, 2020:

bordercolliemom59 on Aug 15, 2020:

I love hats too the bowler type as well . My last bowler got destroyed when the wind was high and this elderly lady backed up in her cadillac and ran over my bowler completely destroying it . I miss my bowler so much so i get your fascination with hats I love them too .

debtea2 on Jul 15, 2020:

PostMuse on May 18, 2020:

You can push back on the fussy mail clerk. There is a contact page on the USPS site and I’ve had success placing very polite complaints when the clerks have unfairly charged me postage due. Bring a tape measure to the post office too and be armed with official regulations about thickness.

myancey on May 6, 2020:

Rcvd Southwest pc today!!!!! Thanks Maryann! I hope you have a fabulous day! I really liked the bush stamp and shell sticker. Have a good day

J198928 on Apr 10, 2020:

Thanks for the stickers from SMT stickers Tag love them. Take care :)

chimerix on Mar 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wonderful dragon book mark for the profile tag on our SMT group. It is really lovely and I love how you used the magazine page mixed with papers to create your own stationary. Very cool. Aloha

Kirkdebb on Mar 9, 2020:

I LOVE the red turtle you sent me for Tag: Something Red!! Thank you!!

grammypammy on Mar 5, 2020:

Thank you for the cactus from the Cactus TAG in SMT. I love it! How often do I water it and does it need sunlight? Thank you so much!

Hugs, Pam

thisismeAXiD on Jan 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

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