Date Joined: December 26, 2020
Last Online: April 1, 2021
Birthday: June 1
Country: United States
Hi! My name is Mystic and I live in Portland, Oregon (USA) with my husband and 2 kids. I am a social worker and mostly work with kids and teens in the foster care system. However, I have been considering becoming a travel planner after work hours. Before the pandemic, I spent a lot of my free time looking for flight deals, researching destinations, booking flights, finding the best ‘hole in the wall’ food wherever I’m going (whether it is Houston or Cairo) creating itineraries etc. so this time has been a huge shift in what I do with my time and has taken a big chunk out of the joy of life. At this point, going across town sounds exciting!
My favorite things are:
🥘 🍲 Food: I love all things food and food related. My least favorite meal is breakfast because most breakfast foods are not very filling and I’d rather have a lunch option, which is why I love restaurants that serve lunch all day! There are very few foods that I don’t like (mostly really odd parts of animals-but I’m not a vegetarian- I have been vegan for 30 to 60 days at a time a few times). I cook a lot and always have, long simmering stews and desserts are my specialty. I also will often try to recreate a dish that we’ve had while traveling which is fun as my family will rate the dish from 1-10 based on how close it is to their memory of the actual dish. Since I love food so much, I often have a picture of the dish (yes, from when it arrived at our table) to assist in the recreation.
✈️ 🚢 Traveling: I love every part of traveling! Waking up super early for a flight, packing for a flight, choosing my seat, transportation logistics, learning a few phrases of a new language, converting currency, I even love airports! I also really love cruising and have been on so many cruises. I especially like cruising for longer periods of time like 21 days. I have been to more international countries than US states.
🐆🐕 Animals: I love animals especially big cats! I would love to get a dog, but struggle to commit to this since my city rains most of the year (Oct-July) and don’t want to keep a dog inside with no exercise for most of the year. Also, I don’t think it would be fun cleaning up muddy paw prints almost all year long from backyard “business” completion.
📚 Reading: I love to read and usually read several books a month. My favorite books to read are usually first person fiction because I have a hard time getting into the story when it is written in third person. There is so much good fiction writing that I don’t have a favorite author, I usually have ebooks on hold and just read whichever book becomes available next.
🍰🥧 Baking: I love baking treats and definitely bake more than the average home baker. I usually bake a treat, dessert or pastry every other day, but sometimes over the last 6 months I have baked a dessert every day. I love baking cakes, pies, muffins, cookies and all things sweet. My family and friends request baked goods all week long for breakfast, dessert or to take care of a craving!
PLEASE contact me if you have not received my swap in the mail in a timely manner. I usually mail swaps the day after partners are assigned, so if you haven’t received my swap—it may have been lost in the mail. Please contact me and I will send it again. Please contact me before providing a low rating.
90 Day Fiance franchise, Love after lock up/life after lock up, Most Real Housewives, Documentaries, Three’s Company, I Love Lucy, Martin
If you are a cigarette smoker or you live with a cigarette smoker, your home and the items you mail will smell like cigarette smoke even after traveling through the postal system. If this is you, please don’t send me anything from your home. I have asthma and my throat is hurting even from the thought of this. An alternative would be to possibly package in the car (if there is no cigarette smoke) straight from the store or a friends house.
A note on tea: I love all things chai! Then mint, peppermint, rooibos, vanilla, spice.
Least liked teas: hibiscus, lemon, english breakfast, earl grey, chamomile, ginger, black cherry.
I like milk chocolate. I do not like dark chocolate or white chocolate.
I absolutely love postcards because they are such a quick way to connect and brighten someone’s day!
If sending a postcard that depicts your country: ABSOLUTE FAVORITES (Jumping up and down excited!!!!!😁): MOTW (Maps of the World) FW (Flags of the World) What Do You Know About…...by Karina Rustaeva
Other good postcard options: Food, Recipes, Beaches, Dogs: real or cartoon, Big cats: lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, cheetahs; Japanese architecture, Skylines
Please save the postcards with nudity, bugs/insects and famous people and non famous people (even in cartoon form) for yourself.
If writing, I would love a list of foods that are must eats if visiting your city or state, a life changing quote or a few words about how you’ve been doing lately.
When sending me a postcard, it would be fun if you could include the answer to one (or more!) of these questions:
I don’t craft. Please don’t send crafting supplies as I have no use for them. No ribbons, coins, random decorative papers, scrapbooking supplies, used/unused postage stamps or book marks. I don’t sew either so no buttons, fabrics, thread etc.