Swap-bot Time: February 27, 2017 12:37 pm


Date Joined: December 15, 2016
Last Online: February 27, 2017
Birthday: February 20
Country: United States
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About Me

NOTE: I just switched over to using a PO Box. If you have sent something to the old listed address, that's fine, it's my home. For future stuff, just use the newly posted PO box address. Thanks!

Basics: 30something, crazy cat lady, married with no kids, frequent traveler for work all around the east coast. Lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. Penn State alumna. Pretzel and beer enthusiast. Cleveland Indians/Cavs/Browns & Pittsburgh Penguins fan. If you want me to send any Amish-related postcards or things, let me know.

Travel stats:42 out of 50 US states (still no Alaska or Hawaii!), 4 Canadian provinces (ON, BC, AB, QC - I love Canada), and have been to Denmark, Mexico, Germany, the Caribbean islands, and Poland. I write/speak broken Spanish.

Hobbies: letter writing, Kawaii/stationery, cooking, skincare, decorating, genealogy and history, landscaping/gardening, spoiling my cats, following cat pages on Instagram, watching cat videos (do you see a pattern?), Geocaching (sometimes also with rock climbing and UrbEx!), exploring new places, photography (mostly landscape and nightscape), and reading.

TV watchlist:Sherlock, OITNB, Narcos, House of Cards, Bob's Burgers, Simpsons, Family Guy, Adam Ruins Everything, The Goldbergs, This is Us, Hoarders, The Grand Tour, Big Bang Theory, The Crown. Reruns of Dirty Jobs, MST3K, Star Trek TNG, Mythbusters, Top Gear (before the BBC kicked Clarkson/May/Hammond off), James May's Toy Stories/ManLab, and How It's Made. Any show featuring Anthony Bourdain or Alton Brown, too.

Movies:All-time favorites include Caddyshack, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Spaceballs, Star Wars series, Witness, Harry Potter series, Wayne's World, The Big Lebowski, Full Metal Jacket, Animal House, Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail, Mall Rats, and Silence of the Lambs. If it's a screwball comedy or 80s Brat Pack film, I probably like it. I also enjoy campy and cult classic films. Grey Gardens, anyone?

Music:If it's defined as goth, electronica/ trance, new wave, or alternative from any era, I'm probably a fan. Along with that, some of my all-time favorites are Depeche Mode, Armin Van Buuren,The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Fleetwood Mac, and Duran Duran. More modern favorites include St. Lucia, Father John Misty, Bastille, Atlas Genius, The Wombats, Haim and Paperwhite. Also really love jazz and classical and used to play the trumpet ages ago.


  • vintage art, photography
  • cats (obviously)
  • other animals are cool, too, including snakes and crawlies
  • historical places
  • pin-ups
  • nautical - beaches, ocean, lighthouses, sailing, etc
  • black and white portraits
  • landscapes, nightscapes
  • typical touristy cards of places
  • vintage tourist postcards
  • UNESCO heritage sites
  • comics (especially DC, Archie)
  • old instructional guides and blueprints
  • botany prints
  • photos of abandoned places
  • food/coffee/tea
  • national dress/culture
  • architecture, doorways/windows
  • Trucks, trains, autos, boats, airplanes, anything like that!
  • Also, anything industrial/mechanical since I'm an engineering geek.
  • I love those old "Greetings From:" cards featuring states, cities, and various places.
  • Cards with maps and flags.
  • Cards featuring hot peppers and/or recipes containing hot peppers
  • I like multi-views and learning about where you're from! Send away!

Food/Drink: I'm a coffee and tea drinker. Dark or bold roast coffees, espresso roasts, espresso capsules. I use a Nespresso classic machine. My usual daily brewer is a Cuisinart 12-cupper with burr grinder. Fanatic of loose leaf teas, especially from Murchie's and David's Tea. Favorites are Genmaicha, Sencha, Gunpowder, Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey, and Jasmine blends. Occasional drinker of wine and craft beer, try to go easy on sweets due to health reasons, love salty snacks and "local" flair, spice and flavorings addict. Hot sauce junkie. Allergic to mangoes (which sucks because they are delicious with a pile of Tajin seasoning on top).

Beauty/skincare:My skincare routine has a lot of steps and is somewhat of a hobby and obsession. I use a lot of Korean and Japanese-made products which include watery-type lotions, emulsions, serums, creams, sheet masks, exfoliants (typically AHA at a 7% concentration combined with 2% salicylic), and sleeping packs. I wear SPF 30+ sunscreen on my face everyday. I love chapstick - generally the petroleum-based varieties (I know some of you crunchy folk are cringing at that one. AHHHHH! The horror!) Anyway. I wear some make-up - usually BB cream, some highlighter, blush, and a lip tint. Maybe a little eyeshadow, typically earthy tones. I absolutely love bath products from LUSH and many etsy vendors. I really enjoy Dr. Teal's bubble bath and Epsom salts. I also use a lot of hand cream in the winter and love to keep small tubes on me all the time. The cold weather is great for chapped knuckles :( I subscribe to Ipsy and BomiBox currently and buy Target beauty boxes here and there.

Dislikes: Country clutter. Stuff for kids or babies (I don't have any and don't have anyone that usually wants it - my cats are totally not cool with wearing baby clothing). Wal-Mart patriotism and the "get out muh country" movement. Chain emails. Dishonest swappers and flakers. Stuff that smells like it spent 20 years in an ashtray. Things that don't meet swap requirements. Really do prefer store-bought or actual postcards over handmade unless the swap specifies homemade. Same for ad/freebie cards unless, again, the swap specifies them.

Politics:Feel free to talk about whatever. I'm pretty interested in world politics. I like old president stamps, old campaign paraphernalia, old war propaganda, etc. As far as offense goes, I take none. You could send me a postcard featuring Vladimir Putin shirtless riding a bear and I'd probably give you a heart. You could turn a Joe Biden meme into a postcard and if I could I'd give you a dozen hearts and a thank you card. I also love Canadian politics and follow them a little too closely for the average American. You all seem so civil and polite in comparison to the romper room known as Washington DC right now.

Religion:No proselytizing. I'm not religious and rarely darken the door of a religious institution, but love images of churches and religious symbolism. Eastern mysticism, Buddhism, Paganism, and the artwork of Islam is all fascinating. I also love those "nun fun" cards and postcards. I grew up Catholic so I have to get a laugh on 30 years of past guilt in some way, right?

I celebrate/observe most all US holidays including but not limited to Christmas, New Year's, Easter, Galentine's Day, Valentine's Day, April Fool's, Talk Like a Pirate Day (Yarrrr), Donut Day, Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras, Coffee Day, Solstice, my birthday, St. Pat's Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Vet's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Boxing Day, and Cinco de Mayo. As for Columbus Day, screw that guy. Not a good dude.

Are there unique or interesting holidays in your country? Write about them - maybe put a related stamp on the card about them.

Notes on mailing:I send and receive everything out of a hub post office - 18002. Now I'm not overloading my walking mail carrier with packages and letters.

If you've read all of this, nice work and a round of applause! Yay!


lilmissthrifty rated for A Month of Letters Week 2 on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: I know I loved what you sent, i just cant find it at the moment! UGH! so much mail this month!
Sash90 rated for New Penpal for 2017 on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: Hi Melissa 😊 I received your letter today and I'll be writing to you very soon. Thank you so lich for the beautiful stickers and postcards ❤️
kittymojo rated for A Month of Letters Week 2 on Feb 26, 2017
LovelyLindaSwap rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 32 on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: I love the 1950s SIFI card. Thanks.
Comment: Thank you so much!!
Caddi rated for A Month of Letters Week 2 on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: Melissa - thanks a lot for your lovely letter and the cute extras! I'll get something back out to you once this month of crazy letter writing is over :)
LaLaLove rated for ⭐Easy Postcard Swap US #8⭐ on Feb 20, 2017
Comment: I love the Yellow Trumpet stamp!!
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Received your letter! I plan on writing back this week! ^_^
gorilaf rated for February Birthday Card on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card! And thank you for the surprises! We don't have these kind of teas over here. I was wondering - why aren't the stamps cancelled and why don't they have value? Just wondering :)
vyronix rated for Quote On A Postcard # 3 *INTL* on Feb 19, 2017
rianheimgartner rated for Flower PC Swap on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Hi Melissa, what a great PC you sent! I really love the colors and composition of it.
Comment: Thank you for the postcards you sent me. I really like the cat one since I have not seen it before. I look forward to coloring them at a later time.
Jafferty rated for A Month of Letters Week 2 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Melissa, Thanks for the lovely letter. Your whale card was awesome! I love it. Thanks for the stamps and cute stamp holder too. Do you get them from Errol i Texas? He's my go to guy. Anyway, a big thanks for making my day!
Response: Yes! Murph the stamp dude! I was also buying them on eBay but the seller shorted me stamps so I only buy from Murph now.
Karen07 rated for A Month of Letters Week 2 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks! Lovely letter and thanks for the postcards that you were kind enough to include.
noname13 rated for City / Town / Village with S on Feb 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for the postcard!
Comment: Belated thank you for the colorful, funny Racket Squad vintage comic card, Shibe Park postage (my first time seeing it!), and polka-dotted washi, Melissa! Did you enjoy Suicide Squad? I haven't seen it yet, but I do like most of the principal cast (Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith) and DC Comics :) Happy weekend!
AVizier rated for WILDIFE Themed Postcard Swap on Feb 16, 2017
Kvwanderlost rated for NH; 4,3,2,1 stationery kit swap on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you Melissa, I love everything! :D
Pink74 rated for Febmeowary - Postcard Swap (USA) on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: So cute and love the kitty drawing .

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eel on Feb 20, 2017:

Hej Melissa,

Grattis på födelsedagen! 🎉 🎂 🎉


lou on Feb 1, 2017:

Happy birthday month from WIYM group!

WayUpInAlaska on Dec 22, 2016:

Welcome to Swap-Bot! :) I will have to check out Reddit sounds like some neat exchanges on there :) Hope you enjoy it here :)

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