I live in Southern Colorado with my husband and two dogs. I've been messing around with art materials for nearly two decades now. The morning view from the house that we recently sold after living there for over twenty-five years:
We now live in a smaller place as a result of our decision to downsize our life a bit. However, I still have space for a craft room and consider myself very lucky.
Before retirement, I worked as a systems analyst in Maryland, Texas, and Colorado, primarily in the field of telecommunications. I still follow technical issues, and do a little scripting to keep my hand in. Perl used to be my favorite language, but I write primarily in Ruby now.
For years, my main physical activity was horseback riding, mainly hunter/jumpers training. I had a bad fall from a horse several years ago, and reluctantly decided to give up riding.
I now do agility training with our Miniature Schnauzer Rion and our Boston Terrier Bandit. I also enjoy yoga and try to practice several times a week.
I particularly enjoy making Artist Trading Cards and tags and carving images from soft blocks. I like bookmaking and art journaling. I occasionally do a little sewing, but retirement means that I require very little in the way of new wardrobe items. Photography is another interest, though mainly when I travel these days.
I read a lot, mainly romance, urban fantasy, and paranormals, with a hearty addition of various types of non-fiction. Michelle Sagara, Ilona Andrews, Sharon Lee / Steve Miller, and Lois McMaster Bujold are probably my favorite authors at present. I am a big fan of our local library system, which is fabulous.
I love food, but am on a medically restricted diet, so must regretfully decline being sent any food.
Rion has been with us since he was eight weeks old, adopted out of a local shelter in 2008. We think he is mostly Miniature Schnauzer.
Bandit has been with us since January 2016. We adopted him via a Boston Terrier rescue when he was three years old. He had been surrendered to the rescue by his second family, due to a damaged eye, which they could not afford to treat. He is a high energy little guy but loves to cuddle.
Rion was rather dubious about Bandit the first week, but now they get along just fine, though they do tend to squabble occasionally. Life with terrier types is always an adventure.
Despite Bandit's missing eye, he is a whiz at learning agility. We started in May 2016. Rion and I have been doing agility since November 2014, and I am continually impressed by how much better he is at it than I am.
I rate within 24 hours of receiving an item. If I fail to receive an item, I will contact my partner via direct message before rating. I avoid joining swaps that may arrive when I am traveling. If I am forced to give a one because I do not receive a swap, I will re-rate once I receive it.
I also avoid joining too many swaps at one time because I don't want to mail late because of Real Life. (I had one quick turnaround swap that went out the door and into our mailbox right after bringing our Boston Terrier home from the Emergency Clinic where he was treated for a rattlesnake bite.)
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