Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: October 22, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States
Updated & current as of September 28, 2018
Over the summer, our mail was very unreliable, an many items went missing. I switched to more email based swaps, not to 'pad' my rating, as has been suggested, but so I could continue to swap here without worrying that items would go missing or get damaged.
Thanks so much for those who suggest I needed to 'pad' my ratings. That's so friendly. So understanding. :( :( Why be mean? Does it make you feel better?
I'm not a fan of holiday themed items! Please don't add holiday themed items 'just because'. i will not automatically give a heart for this. If I'm in a holiday specific swap, that's fine. But unless the swap is holiday themed, I'd rather not have the extras.
Holiday type items I do like
I like black cats, ghosts, pumpkins, fall leaves, snowmen, snow flakes. Snoopy/Peanuts themed. Seasonal images - snow, evergreens, fall leaves/trees, pumpkins, spring flowers, summer themed.
PLEASE!! NO OWL IMAGES! They seem to be popular, but they actually scare me quite a bit, so I'd appreciate it if you would keep them. I do NOT care for pilgrim themed images - those are actually rather offensive. I might use them, because it's hard to avoid them, but I don't care for them.
After I drop my mail off in the blue boxes or at the post office, I mark it 'sent'. If the post marks don't match up, it's out of my control. But, by all means, if you want to rate me a 3 for such a thing, enjoy yourself. I'm sure it makes your day better.
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! Seriously, if you are addressing mail to me, it's right there in black and white, typed out. Take the second to spell my name correctly! Thanks!
For swaps I host, I will angel all swaps, but you need to contact me to let me know you were flaked on! I won't chase you down to angel the swap.
I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling in my teen years, in the late 1980's. I'm not really looking for new pals, but if you read my profile and think we'd be a good match, please PM me. You can't plan finding a good friend, can you? :)
What I love most about swap-bot is connecting with people around the world, finding common interests and experiences. What I like least about swap-bot is all of the name calling, accusations and cat-fighting. If that makes me a 'bad swapper' or a 'poor host' in your eyes, well, then just move on. This is a hobby for enjoyment, this is an opportunity to interact and understand others. For me, this is about sharing - thoughts, ideas, mail, information - not about the getting - OR the judging of quality of another's art work.
So, about me & mine: I'm 42 years old, married 23 years now, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force) We are currently in Western Massachusetts. I'm not thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.
I'm not Christian, but do have my own beliefs. 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 don't 'hate' anyone for who they are or what they believe, or any race, religion or group of people. I am "LGBTQ friendly" even though I am a hetro-married woman.
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. Swapping and mail should be - needs to be - happy. I have enough drama in my life as it is!
I do like to read, write letters, swap. I do all the cooking and baking for the family, and while I can't say that I always 'love it' or 'enjoy it', it's part of who I am.
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'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. :)
I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.
I would like
I like butterfly shapes, trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes; I prefer silver to gold; My favorite color is blue (dark rather than pastel);
any Garfield item :)
items designed by Laurel Burch; pens - (especially like purple ink - or business / promotional pens, souvenir pens); items with sun/moon/stars; Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp. Bast); I love old, abandoned buildings. I don't do the exploring thing (anymore!), but love to see photography of the abandoned buildings, etc. Old churches are the saddest, closely followed by schools;
Animals I like: sloths, llamas, cats, giraffes. Not much into reptiles or fish, in general. Prefer real animal pictures to drawn/cartoon types.
Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, some Sanrio characters - not Hello Kitty as much, but she's ok. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat! :)
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.
Items with my name spelled incorrectly(seriously, if you are going to 'surprise' me with address labels, please make sure my name is spelled correctly!)
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.
I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do somejournal swaps.
I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible.
I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. Also love audio books
I am on Goodreads, and I log in all my books there, but I don't share the link here to swap-bot because I find it really creepy to think that someone is going to track my movements and stalk me via my goodreads account. Stop stalking! It's creepy!!!!
Books I like
It is, of course, difficult to narrow down just a few favorites, but I do love folk stories and fairy tales (like the real ones, by the Grimm Brothers, more than the Disney or Mother Goose versions.) Love to read mysteries , thriller, suspense.
I love haunted house and ghost stories, always have. Enjoy mythology of any sort, customs and traditions.
I enjoy memoirs and biographies. "Chaplin" by Charlie Chaplin was wonderful. "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah was great, and "Not My Father's Son" by Alan Cumming was great too.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is an all time favorite.
Agatha Christie mysteries (Especially the Poirot series)
'Buddhist Boot Camp' and 'Faithfully Religionless' by Timber Hawkeye,
I'm a fan of Stephen King ( LOVE The Dark Tower books). Love the way he weaves places & characters through out his books. Also a fan of his son, Joe Hill.
I read or listened to all of the Harry Potter books (& saw the movies), but preferred the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan more than HP. I think it was the mythology. :)
Book recommendations for my kids are welcomed too.
Oldest son likes books like "Hunger Games"
Youngest son is very serious with his reading - favorite recent books were "The Complete Autobiography of Frederick Douglass", "John Adams" and "Truman" by David McCullough, and "Uncle Tom's Cabin". He also reads Mad Magazine, though, so it all balances out. :)
Daughter recently read and liked "Carry On", loves the Riordan series - all of them - and A Court of Thorns series, The Cassandra Clare book series - Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices ...among others.
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
The Mummy, The Haunting, Brother's Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue;
Disney's Hercules, Disney's Emperor's New Groove
Favorite Music The Monkees,Imagine Dragons,John Mayer, Katy Perry, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma,Billy Joel, Daft Punk,Dar Williams, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers),
I still love stickers! :) I"m a child of the '80's, and had albums full of stickers as a kid, but they are sadly long gone. Now I use what I 'collect' for mail, letters. If you're going to send me any stickers, hopefully this helps:
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.
No owls though! And none of those big-eyed distorted designs. Those are creepy!
Cartoon types I'd enjoy: Garifled, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, Muppets, Adventure Time, Regular Show.
I'd rather not receive: holidays, teachers rewards, little kid themes (Dora the Explorer, Disney Princesses, other small child shows I'm not familiar with any longer...), big- eyed animals, OWLS!!!, hearts. Please do not send American flags or 'God bless America' or the like items.
I also enjoy washi tape, again to use to decorate letters and snail mail, but I don't collect it. If you're going to send me washi samples, maybe this will help:
I don't use it in my planner or journal, so the worded tapes I have little use for. Please no Bible themed types - I can't use it. I don't care for emoji, especially the 'poop' emoji. I just don't understand that fascination. I also have no use for holiday themed.
I would enjoy tapes with coffee, books, cats, sloths, giraffes, unicorns, rainbows, llamas, stars, moon, trees, butterflies, snowflakes are ok, and I like snowmen.
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.
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