I'm Lynn. I live together with my husband, my son and my cats Mini and Fristi in a city called Deurne. I love being creative (see crafts), reading, visiting museums, ...
I took a long break from Swap-bot because I lost my firstborn son at 33 weeks of pregnancy on April 2nd 2018. I didn't feel like I could finish any swaps succesfully. But now on April 17th 2020 my 2nd son was born. My first son will never be forgotten and has a big place in my heart, but I now feel like I can be a bit happy again and want to enjoy life as a family. I recently found joy again in practicing my hobbies, so I wanted to start and pick up doing some swaps again.
I love almost all music (except schlaeger), but I must admit the music I love the most is more in the rock genre(especially 80's). From soft pop rock to some metal
some favorite bands/singers:
3 doors down
I love lots of genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA, History, Non-fiction, Crime, Comics/ Manga,...
I don't like horror, action and most romance( no chiclit, no erotic, something like Twilight is ok)
The Hunger Games
All Tolkien's books
I prefer hardcovers over paperbacks. I dislike paperbacks for multiple reasons. The quality of the cover is just bad. It cracks and curls up and I don't like it. I feel very uncormftable reading a paperback book as I don't fully open the book when reading with a fear of cracking the spine. But I do get Hardcovers are more expensive to buy and send, although with some websites like the book depository or when your USbased Bookoutlet it's cheaper for hardcovers. And so for swaps I don't expect you to gift a hardcover book, I'm happy with a gifted Kindle e-book as well, which can be very cheap. I actually prefer e-books over paperbacks, I know I'm that weird. That being said I will never rate down because you'll send a paperback book especially when the swap asks to gift a physical copy. It's just that I must admit when receiving a paperback I might read it once extremely carefully and then it just sits on bookshelf. I often reread hardcovers and e-books. I only buy paperback versions myself when I really want a book very bad, but there's no other version available at all, which is often the case for comics or non-fiction books. But I'll be grateful for any book that I receive that is in a good condition.
The same as for books, almost everything except for horror, action or most romance
Back to the Future
The Hunger Games
I like TV-series more then movies, because you can enjoy it longer
Favorite color: Purple and blue, every shade of it. I like most other colors, I'm just not a big fan of yellow (except in nature)
Favorite flower: Daffodils, I also like others
Favorite smell: Lavender. I also like fruity smells.
Books: My book depository/Amazon wishlist have got books I haven't got yet. I don't mind an audio book or e-book version.
Blu-ray/dvd's: My amazon wishlist has dvd's I don't own yet. Just make sure it's region code 2 or region free, other wise I can't play it.
Craft/ art supplies
Stationery: notebooks, pens, writing paper with envelopes (I prefer size A4), stickers,...
socks : EU size 39, UK size 6, US 8
Anything of the Gorjuss brand
Cosmetics: shampoo, soap, showergels, ... no make up and nothing tested on animals.
Chocolate (only Belgian), Hot chocolate sachets are ok from outside Belgium. I do like some big international brands who prepare chocolate items like Milka or Kinder. But I noticed when traveling that the taste of it varies a bit from country to country.
For other food items I like: cookies, potato crisps/chips (paprika and salty), vegetarian candy, dried fruit, cashew nuts, pistachio nuts. I dislike most other nuts, I absolutely do not like coconut, unless in wellnes items. I prefer healthier options when it comes to food. I eat strictly vegetarian, but I also like vegan items.
Tea. I like to try different tastes
When it comes to canned/bottled drinks I like ice coffee, ice tea, fruit juice (no sugar added, no blueberry or raspberry.). I prefer healthier options so nothing with artificial sweeteners or carbonated drinks.
Every animal except spiders and insects
Organic and Fairtrade
Souvenirs from your country (no flags) or something related to your native language
Magazines: I like general lifestyle magazines or magazines directed to stay-at home women or moms. I don't care for the ones with lots of gossip.
Anything from my wishlists from Etsy, Amazon or Book Depository.
Anything 80's and 90's(just not the 90's music, with a few exceptions like Nirvana)
Nothing where an animal has been killed or hurt for. I'm a vegetarian. So no meat/fish/ gelatine/ some e-numbers/ cheese. (Milk and eggs are fine) Also no leather or anything tested on animals
No Spiders or Insects.
No clowns. they really freak me out so this is a big NoNo.
Anything spiritistic/ paranormal/ magic realated, unless it's a fictional book.
Nothing religious. I have my my own faith. But I would like your favorite bible verse written somewhere if you have one.
Nothing holiday/birthday related
No good luck charms
Nothing too violent or bloody
Horror, action, romance, erotic/ nude
Nothing related to politics.
Gossip/ lies/ flakers
I mark 'sent' when I drop the swap in the mailbox. They empty it every day (Mon -Fri) at 4.30 p.m and Saturday at 11 a.m. If I drop it in the mailbox after 4.30 on weekday, then they'll pick it up the next day. When it's on a Saturday after 11 or on a Sunday, then it's on Monday that they pick it up. They don't pick up mail on holidays. If you haven't received anything from me in a reasonable time, contact me and I'll resend immediatly. I'll always contact if something happens and if need to send late. But usually I send early(especially package swaps).
Influence of Covid-19 pandemic on the Belgian post office.
Sending within Europe is still possible, but there can be significant delays. It's especially difficult to send to France or Italy for example. Sending outside Europe is mostly not possible. There are some big countries were it has een made possible again, but with extreme delays. It's possible to send with express deliveries, but those are extremely expensive. And even with these deliveries they can't make any promises on when it'll arrive.
For me this will mean I will mostly join/host electronic swaps as there's no delay involved. I might join/host some European swaps in the near future. But unless I win the lottery I probably won't join any international swaps for now. It's sad, because I like sending and receiving from beyond Europe, but I think it's a priority for the swaps to arrive. I might join/host if there's a third party involved like Amazon or the book depository, then it's probably more certain swaps will arrive.
I take swap-bot.com and every aspect of it, swapping, rating, hosting, very seriously. Mainly because I like to keep swapping. :)
I like all three kinds of swaps, but I prefer type 3 swaps the most. I love taking the time to prepare a special package or craft for a swappartner as well as I like the joy of receiving a fun swap. ^_^
I always rate, no matter what kind of swap, also email swaps. I always think it's frustrating to 'hunt down' ratings as it is very unrespectful towards your swappartner. Everyone who puts time, effort and/or money deserves a fair rating. That means when you receive a swap you should rate even when it's 'just' an email swap. I will rate as soon as I can timewise, but usually the same day as I receive the swap.
I've hosted a few swaps so far and I genuinely love it. I often host a swap when I get a fun idea which I can't find in any public swaps. Sometimes I see a fun swap but I end up not joining as I find that the swap host is too flexible when it comes to the swap requirements. And if I don't feel safe in a swap then I will not join.
I usually set some 'strict' requirements in the swaps I host, but that is mainly to protect the swappers in my swap. I usually don't allow newbies/unrated swappers in my swaps, unless with simple e-mail swaps. That is because in some of the first swaps I hosted I allowed newbies, but only as private swap or when I had set up a swap and it was just newbies. Literally every time I did this I got flaked on.
Luckily I learn quickly from my mistakes and so the number of swaps I got flaked on was minimal. I was lucky enough to find an angel for those few swaps. But those experiences definitely changed my trust when it comes to newbies. I know I was a newbie once and a lot of newbies will turn into amazing swappers. But for the moment I'm not willing to lower my standards when it comes to swapping.
I usually host package swaps which can cost a bit more or crafting/journal swaps which are time consuming. So of course I want to lower the risk of flakers and try to make sure my swaps are safe. I will ban as I see fit. But I'll always be respectful and send a pm why you weren't included in the swap.
That doesn't mean I think newbies/unrated swappers are the only flakers out there, that will just be very unreasonable and unfair. I do check profiles thoroughly and notice things like unfilled profiles, recent or not recent fair bad ratings,.. As I mentioned before I'm very committed to swapping and willing to take some time or be assertive to keep my swaps safe.
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