Swap-bot Time: November 16, 2019 8:53 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: November 16, 2019
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Intro & mail

Updated & current as of November 11, 2019

I have a new mailing address and have updated my records here. Please check that you are mailing swaps to me in WA! If that is not the address you are being given, please PM me and ask for the address.

And please notice!!! I now live on a military installation again! The mail is slow! And the on base USPS is super picky about 'questionable' packages! If you are sending me anything at all 'lumpy' please take it to the USPS counter, if possible, to get stamped and marked. That usually helps the folks here feel safer. And please note - my mail will get randomly opened! Just part of living in such an environment.
If you are sending from outside the USA please be sure you use whatever necessary customs labels - this will help the mail get to me faster, and hopefully not be opened.

Mailing: I mark a swap 'sent' when I drop it in the box. Sometimes on a holiday or weekend, it may sit, unmarked, for a few days before starting it's journey to you. So post marks don't always match up. But I do try to send out as soon as partners are assigned, if possible.

Holidays! For any holiday swaps I sign up for, I will probably be ok with whatever you send. While I am not Christian, I understand many are, so if the card you send has a Bible verse, it's ok.
If given a choice, I prefer 'holiday wishes' with winter scenes or funny/numerous cards, Festivus, Solstice and the like. I would be happy with a Krampus card, Snoopy or just about anything. I'd prefer less glitter, if possible, and if you'd like to tell me your holiday traditions or share a recipe, I'd love to read it. I find customs and traditions fascinating, so I'm happy to hear about them all. :)

Back to our regularly scheduled profile:

Hi there! I'd like to start off by saying that I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's with Friendship Books and the like, but I wrote to family members starting when I was about 3! Snail mail it is one of the few constants in my life. I love that with a note or letter, I can learn about a new country, custom or life style, meet a new person, and the world gets a bit smaller and less scary. I've been on and off Swap-Bot for a number of years, and think it can be a really great site.

But I'd like state that - swap-bot isn't my life. It adds to my life, but my world does not revolve around it. I have yet to host or sign up for a swap and not complete it, I've rated everything I've received - or haven't received. But I don't immediately reply to a PM or comment. I'd love to hear from you, feel free to send me a PM or comment on my profile. But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days. Days when my husband is home (weekends, holidays) I'm not on the computer much, and I hate replying to emails/PM's on my phone.

I learned about the Write On Challenge a few years ago, and I LOVE it. Can't wait for April! Also participate in the InCoWriMo 'vintage social media' challenge for the month of February and am a member of the Letter Writers Alliance and I founded a group here on swap-bot Reading & Writing for those who, like me, enjoy reading (or listening to) books, creative writing, and journal experiments. I love to join and take part in International swaps when possible just to hear about your part of the world. Even if it's in the US. :)

After coming across the Unread shelf Project 2019, I started a group called TBR Bookshelf as well, to keep me on track with my TBR as well as find others in the same situation, and help them, too, tackle those long TBR lists. :)

I'm usually open to ideas for Private swaps as well, US or International. Just send me a PM! And I will do private swaps with new swappers from time to time. Just ask!

Please don't feel you need to add tuck ins, if not specified in the swap. I'm perfectly OK with no tuck ins. Actually, I'd prefer no tuck ins unless it's Garfield!


If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap.

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy!

I hate Face book. I do have an account, and I remember to check it about once a year. I'm fully anti-social media. Please don't ask me to be 'friends' or whatever on such sites, I don't use them. I recently heard a comedian say it's amazing how I can have 750 'friends' but no one to help me move the couch! That's how I feel.

About Me

So, about me & mine:

I'm 43 years old , married 24 years now, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force) We are currently in Washington (state). I'm not thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.

Managed to meet 2 long-term pen pals in person recently, and visit a few 'bucket list' type places on our forever long trip out west! And now it's time to learn a new state. :)

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. :) I have read a lot and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I am "LGBTQ friendly"

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Ben is a Turkish Van cat, Jack is an orange tiger cat, and Falcon is a Husky mix dog. I try to keep their hair/fur and dander out of my swaps, but it may happen, for which I apologize.

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. I'm also afraid of deep water and drowning, but I doubt you'll send me a pool, so that's probably ok. :)

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related. I also love Disney's Aladdin!, Disney's Haunted Mansion, Disney's Emperor's New Groove.

Fall, then winter, are my favorite times of the year, and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's a quiet day at home, and the house usually just smells so good! I don't 'do' Black Friday, and am not really a shopper, I dislike crowds.

I re-use or re-purpose as much as I can, prefer used books, and LOVE any paper that's not made from trees. Love the Leaning Tree line of cards and products. Bamboo paper is the best!

Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Sanrio's Gudetama, Adventure Time. Regular Show. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat!

Please, NO OWLS of any kind

please do not send:

Items that smell like cigarette smoke (I have to throw those away, outside, as they will give me very bad headaches), also please no scented candles, air fresheners, etc. for the same reason

Owl paper, stickers, washi, etc .... I'm afraid of them, so it's actually traumatic.

Patriotic & 'God Bless America' type items - we are a military family, but do not care for those type of items.

Would rather not receive tea bags. And though I like coffee, I'd rather not receive coffee in swaps.

Favorite Crafts

I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do some journal swaps. I've made some Pocket Letters, but I think I prefer regular letters. My 'mail art' is usually limited to washi tape and/or stickers - or printed paper, as I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible.

Planners I'm not a planner person, but have a Passion Planner - I do like that style more, the binding, size and basic design - as well as a traveler's notebook. Recently started a Bullet Journal Just doing the basic journal at this point, though. Not adding art and charts. I have no need for washi or stickers that are planner themed.

Favorite Books

I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. And this past summer, I have been relying more and more on e-books. I love getting ARC's from publishers, too. :) Prefer mysteries, but I read all types of books. (This "Murder She Wrote" and Agatha Christie - that's most often my style.)

I'm not a 'collector' of books - I like to practice 'catch and release' - I read it and then trade or donate it. I prefer to use the library and save the money!

Some of my favorite authors are:
Agatha Christie, Stephen King , Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, Sarah Rayne, Sylvain Neuvel, The Grimm Brothers :) Rick Riordan (LOVE the Percy Jackson series and off shoots) And of course - Washington Irving. Edgar Allen Poe isn't too bad either. :)

Some favorite Children's books are Where the Wild Things Are, Harry the Dirty Dog, Sweet Pickles series, Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree, Raggedy Ann books, many Little Golden Books.

Enjoy books about: Haunted houses, ghosts, and fairy tales, mysteries, cozy mysteries, historical fiction or mysteries. I read some biographies and memoirs, but don't care much for self help style books. And don't read many sci-fi or fantasy. And really not a fan of Harry Potter. I LOVE the original Grimm Brother's type fairy tales and folk tales. I would always welcome local traditions and folk lore that you would like to share.

Podcasts I listen to a few podcasts, and my favorites are Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student. Usually listen to Serial from This American Life.

Favorite Television

TV & Movies

Some of my favorite actors are: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant

TV shows I watch & like: Are You Being Served? (Old BBC show), Supernatural, Sherlock, Dr Who, Northern Exposure, Broadchurch, Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote, Lore on Amazon Prime

Favorite Movies: The Mummy, The Haunting, Brother's Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue;
Disney's Hercules, Disney's Emperor's New Groove, Disney's Aladdin.

Favorite Music

Favorite Music The Monkees,Imagine Dragons,John Mayer, Katy Perry, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers).

Also like to listen to the PG Comedy channel on Pandora. Some favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan.

Stickers & washi

I still love stickers! :) Stickers I would enjoy:

Lisa Frank, Garfield (any, they are the only ones I actually collect & don't use), Scooby Doo, rainbows, books, coffee, flowers, stars/moon/sun, fall/autumn, trees, unicorns are ok, realistic animals like dogs, cats, llamas, giraffes, sloths. I have been a fan of Sloths, Llamas, and Giraffes for many years, and am happy with the images that are gaining popularity now. :)

No owls

Cartoon types I'd enjoy: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, Muppets, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Muppets, Snoopy/Peanuts, Ziggy, Sesame Street (esp Big Bird and Cookie Monster)

I'd rather NOT receive: holidays, teachers rewards, little kid themes, big- eyed animals, OWLS!!!, hearts. Please do not send American flags or 'God bless America' or the like items.

Washi Tape I would enjoy tapes with coffee, books, cats, sloths, giraffes, unicorns, rainbows, llamas, stars, moon, trees, butterflies, snowflakes are ok, and I like snowmen. Blue, purple or silver colored. I prefer silver to gold. I don't mind glitter washi tape, as long as it won't "shed" on the paper or in the envelope.


Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for the envelope of AWESOMENESS! I love how you created a folder from a 12x12 piece of scrapbooking paper! Its so cool and I will use that in my traveler's notebook to tuck away things I want to keep!! Thank you! I love the journaling cards! They will go to great use as will all of the amazing planer stickers and goodies you tucked in here as well! Thank you SO much ! Awesome swap! xx Gabi
Comment: Thank you for the awesome notecard.
Comment: Hello!! Thank you sooo much for this lovely swap! I absolutely love getting paired with you because it always brings a smile to my face. So glad to hear the move went relatively well! P.s. my daughter will love the owl stickers :)
GirlMomToTwo rated for Holiday card swap - USA - #1 on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: How wonderfully thoughtful of you to also send me a postcard from washington and iowa. And I loved the vintage postcard you included! Thank you so very much
Comment: Nice progress!
Response: Thanks. :) It's been quite a year! Thanks for rating, and the heart :)
jessnewson98 rated for Get "BOOked" this Halloween! on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Oh gosh, I loved reading your email! Ooh, I can understand your thoughts on Stephen King! Hope you had an awesome Halloween!
Response: Thanks so much for hosting this swap. IT was fun. :) Thanks for the rating & heart :)
jessnewson98 rated for What's on your Library List? on Nov 11, 2019
Comment: Hey Cindi! Thank you so much for the email! I find the same thing, e-books/audio books are pretty handy, but I love paper books the best. I hope you have a lovely week and are settling in well after the move ^_^
Response: I did find a library, since sending this swap, though it is smaller than our last one. Oh well. :) And did find the local Barnes and Noble, so it's a start. :) Thanks for the rating and the heart :)
Comment: Hi Cindi it’s good to swap again! Wow you read a lot. I haven’t read the Stephen King book yet but it’s on my list.
Response: I was surprised at how many books I went through in Sept & Oct too. I felt like I didn't read at all! I really liked The Institute. Some reviews were really harsh on it, but I enjoyed the story. :) I don't love ALL of his books, either. :) Thanks for the rating and the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for the notebook and the extra goodies ! I will gladly pass along.
Response: Thank you for the quick rating. :) I look forward to many more rounds of this swap. Thank you for the heart
InTheWoods rated for Traveling Notebook Adventures #6 on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Enjoyed your travelling notebook very much and couldn’t resist expressing my thoughts and wishes and collaging on 3 pages of your notebook/ journal. It’s so exciting anticipating how her adventures will be :) Thank You so much for the Alice in Wonderland prints and washi tape samples :) Your happy mail made my day :)
Response: Thanks for the quick rating, and so glad to hear it arrived safe & sound. Can't wait to see what you added. :) looking forward to many more rounds of this swap. :) :)
Comment: Thank you Cindi!
Response: Thank you for the rating & heart :)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: Children's & YA books on Sep 25, 2019
Comment: I'm sorry the book wasn't as enjoyable as you thought it would be =( Do you think younger kids would like it, though? I've read in the last months some YA/middle grades books that I didn't like much but that I believe my younger self would've enjoyed. I hope the books you're waiting for are really good! =)
Response: I've read SO many middle grade & YA books that are just amazing - I get a bit jealous that when I was that age, we didn't have the options that are out now! So this one was a dud, but it's ok. I'm not really sure if younger people really would like it or not, but it did have several high reviews, so maybe it was just me. Thanks for the quick rating and the heart :)
LuneDePapier rated for Journal Card swap on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome package. I love the stamps on the envelope too.
Response: Thanks for the nice private swap, and I"m glad you enjoyed what I sent as well. Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you again! :)
Response: Thanks for hosting this fun swap! I've really enjoyed it, and really missed being able to join the October round.
Comment: I always feel so bad when you get me for both USA & International! Thanks so much for the lovely cards and planner stickers!!
Response: I don't mind getting the same partner for both, I just worry that I'm sending copies! :) Thanks for hosting this fun swap, and thanks for the rating and heart :) :) :)
daydreamer47 rated for Stationery for stamps on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Ahhhh, could these letter sets be any prettier! Thank you so much Cindy xo
Response: Glad you liked the stationery sets. HOpe you have enjoyed using them. Thanks for a great swap and for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for the journal and all the extra goodies! Can't believe it came so quickly!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap I sent. Thanks for the rating and the heart :)
Comment: I so enjoyed reading through the journal of all of your notes on the books. Thanks so much for sharing!
Response: Thanks for the quick rating and the heart. Thanks for joining in the swap :)
Karen07 rated for R&W: Seasonal Journal swap on Sep 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you Cindi! Of course I still have a lot to read. :)
Response: The journal swap didn't end up as I'd planned, but writing nearly every day get me into writing daily, and I really missed it when the swap was finished. Hope you didn't mind more daily writing. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Bucket rated for TBR: Read a classic with me on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: Glad to hear you enjoyed your classic, and that your family listens to them together. What fun!
Response: Trying the audio version of books I"ve loved, or classics I've read is interesting to me - and listening together as a family is different too, because I can't continue on my own! I find myself thinking about each section more. :)

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IDreamOfAfrica on Aug 6, 2019:


Cindi, Thanks so much for the awesome letter! Lora

LizzyJo on Jun 22, 2019:

My Seuss stuff arrived today. Thank you for all the goodies.

Rainydancer on Jun 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for all the lovely paper for the RAK! This will make so much!

neva on Jun 17, 2019:

Ooops! Thank you for all the stickers too. I missed them until I really unpacked everything yesterday! I really am spoiled!

neva on Jun 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for all the pages and the blank journal. I feel so spoiled. All the pages are beautiful and I love the journal too.

Since you asked about blackout poetry it is when you take a page and find words you like on the page and then either black out the rest or do artwork over it, to make a poem. By nature the poem must be kind of short I think, unless you have a large page.....It really forces you to think outside of the box.

lizzmathwhiz on Jun 14, 2019:

I came home to a wonderful package this evening! Everything was wrapped and packaged with such care. Thank you for your generosity with the DeStash trade (basically rak 😛) from the PF.

Katti on Mar 18, 2019:

Hello Cindi! Happy St. Patrick's Day! ☘🎩🌈💰

uliaya on Feb 19, 2019:

Dear Cindi! Thank you so much for angeling Happy Holiday Card Swap! I absolutely love all things you sent to me. Thank you very much again and wish you a wonderful week!

mrsD on Feb 4, 2019:

thank you for angeling the HHCS I was flaked on! so kind of you. cheers!!

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