Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: January 21, 1976
Country: United States
We have 2 cats and a dog! If you are allergic, I am sorry, but they live here too. Just a heads up. They do not sleep on my desk or in my stationery drawers, but this is their house too.
Christmas/Holiday card swaps
While I don't celebrate a traditional Christmas, I still love holiday cards, and have joined a few swaps for them. I'm ok receiving any type of card - any religion, any message. And I love cards written in other languages. I am fine with receiving a hand made card over a store bought card, if you have one you think I would like and would like to share.
Cards I send out are store bought, and I tend toward 'happy holidays' messages, because that is what I prefer.
If you send me a card with the swap title, your ID and it's on time, you'll get a 5 from me. :)
SENDING MAIL TO ME :
If you are sending me a journal, please don't use media mail. I've been informed that media rate isn't ok for journals or anything other than printed and bound books.
If you don't get a swap from me, please PM me! I am happy to re-send, and know that things do get lost in the mail. >>I mark swaps 'sent' when I put them in the blue box. Sometimes I miss the drop-off time, so the postmark might not match up. >>I am not a postmark reader. If I get the swap from you, thank you, and I will rate you according to the swap guidelines. >>If you haven't gotten a rating from me, I didn't get your swap.
Hearts - I give hearts based on the swap, not on the extra bits that you include. I would rather not receive odd bits of paper and post-its or word search pages - that won't guarantee you a heart.
I read every single rating I receive, but I can't always reply when I read them. I apologize for late replies to comments.
I'm not much into holidays. I don't care much for holiday washi tapes, stickers, paper, etc ... I don't 'celebrate' or observe holidays much, and really don't care for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines day, July 4th, St Patrick's day decorated items. I won't rate down if you use them/send them, but skip adding them as 'extras'. Even though we are a military family, I don't care for lots of embellishments for American flags, yellow ribbons and so on. (I respect the office of the president, if not the person currently holding the position.)
I'm not religious, but I have my beliefs and they are private. Please don't send information about converting to your religion or belief system, as I'm not interested in that.
First and foremost - I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988, and one of my early pen pals included Friendship Books in her letter and that led to my next (strange) obsession. I LOVE to see where things have visited, the different handwriting on the pages, envelopes, letters. I don't swap FB's anymore, but that is what lead me to swap-bot, originally.
So, about me:
I'm a married mom of 3 teenagers, living in Western Massachusetts now. All 3 kiddos are in high school and doing an online school currently.
Married since 1995. We are a military family. Yes, I really am a "USAF wife"! :)
We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us.
I reuse envelopes, paper, do recycled paper crafts. I almost never buy brand new books, get most of mine from swap sites or Better World Books. (LOVE 'tree free' paper! Bamboo paper is my favorite, but I love all types!) I LOVE paper, pens, stickers, stationery, journals, washi tape - that type of stuff.
I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy!
I'm afraid of owls. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it.
My oldest son is physically disabled, and my younger son is on the Autism Spectrum. Getting through the day is sometimes more than challenging & emotionally draining. I was diagnosed with depressions a very long time ago and it's always a struggle. Anxiety is the constant knife in my back. Some days are harder than others ...
MUSIC I have been a fan of The Monkees and Menudo for more than 30 years!
I also like:
Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk, John Mayer, Adele, Enigma, Soul Asylum, Dar Williams, Counting Crows, Billy Joel, Joan Baez, Bjork. Husband likes Matthew Sweet
TV I like the shows:
Supernatural, Sherlock, Grimm and the "Dark Shadows" soap opera series from the 1960 &70's. (Not for vampires, but because Jonathan Frid was amazing!)
All time favorite show is Are You Being Served?" from the BBC in the 1970's - that show always makes me laugh!
Don't go for a lot of romance, sex, swearing, drinking, violence, etc. I seriously dislike vampires - except the original Dracula. Ghosts, now - that's a different story. :)
Books: All time favorite story is "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" By Washington Irving.
Recently found & am enjoying the "Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper" series** by JL Bryan. Also love "Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson, "The Dark Tower" series (BOOKS ONLY!), "Insomnia", "Diary of Rose Red", "Duma Key" and others by Stephen King,
"Faithfully Religionless" by Timber Hawkeye, the original Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales Loved the "Themis Files" books by Sylvain Neuvel as well. Can't wait for book 3!
My 'guilty pleasure' books are cozy mysteries. To me, they are the 'junk food' of the book world. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help myself. :)
Audiobooks Love listening to audio books! The BBC radio dramas of Agatha Christie are the best. :)
Movies Favorites are:
Emperor's New Groove, The Haunting (both 1963 version and 1999), Sleepy Hollow, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue, The Mummy, Disney's Hercules
Comedy I love' clean' comedy. Often listen to the 'PG comedy' channel on Pandora, especially comedians Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia, Kathleen Madigan, "Fluffy", Brain Regan & more. Love to be able to share those jokes with my family.
I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.
I like butterfly shapes, trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes.
Likes & Dislikes I like cats,
Garfield, sloths (animal), cats (just no big-eyed ones), Hamsters (animals), llamas (animals), giraffes (animals),
butterfly's, coffee, bookmarks, stationery, ghosts, haunted houses (stories, not the Halloween sort),
old buildings /architecture/ abandoned buildings, Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp Bast), Greek mythology, Ziggy (cartoon character), Pink Panther (cartoon series), Scooby Doo (original cartoon series), The Muppet Show (original ones),
Colorado (state), The Dark Tower (book series by Stephen King - NOT looking forward to the movie!.),
celestial things - sun/moon/stars design - esp moon, tree designs, earrings (no gold - allergic!)
Please don't send candy or food items. Factory sealed tea bags are the exception. I"m not a tea drinker, but my husband has really enjoyed the random tea bags I've gotten in the mail. :)
smoke smell (Not allergic to it, but it causes migraines),
hate-speak/racism & cruelty towards others, >>sex & violence in books/movies/songs, sexy vampires not a fan of heart shaped items or heart stickers While I do like scented candles and such, I prefer not to receive them in swaps - some scents are just too strong and cause migraines, so I would prefer not to receive scented items. Same is true for make up items and beauty care items (use very few, and am very picky.)
I keep a planner, but I don't do all the stickers, post it notes, washi tape, etc related to that style of planners, so I'd prefer not to receive those items. I don't drink alcohol, so would prefer not to receive items related to drinking wine, alcohol, etc
Husband and I collect items including English Bulldogs and sloths
I collect anything Garfield, pens (esp those promo ones from businesses), bookmarks.
Daughter collects Barbie dolls & Wonder Woman (esp the OLD Wonder Woman comics), astronomy, cats
Youngest son collects GI Joe (12 inch figures) items & equipment, loves older Superman comics, Mad Magazine
Oldest son likes Star Wars things, Harry Potter, LEGO
I"m not a crafty person or an artistic person.
FOR WASHI TAPE SWAPS I like animals (not owls), colors and patterns, coffee themed, postage stamp and post mark themed, books or writing/text print. Daughter likes the Llama Love design from Michael's. Real animals or cartoon are fine.
Not into the 'poop' and moustash or beard designs.
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