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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: January 21, 1976
Country: United States
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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.

Ratings

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.

About Me

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.

Favorites & what I like

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. :)

Dislikes:

owls,
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

Collections

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

Favorite Crafts

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.

THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com/

Ratings

uliaya rated for Barbara’s Christmas Cards Intl. on Dec 15, 2017
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Comment: Dear Cindi! Thank you so much for your amazing card! Wish you a great Christmas season :)
ArtyBeth3 rated for WOW: Washi de-stash on Dec 14, 2017
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Comment: WOW! You went way above & beyond and really de-stashed and/or shared lots of cool washi tapes with me. Thank you & happy holidays to you & your family! :)
TamiTam55 rated for RM: Collected Journal #5 on Dec 14, 2017
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Comment: I love learning more about you. Do your kids play Minecraft on the computer or on a console? Message me.
Response: Hi! The kids play Minecraft on the PS4, and I think they have it on the Vita, too, but I'm not sure. Nathan has tried to "teach" me how to play, but I have problems with vertigo, and it makes me soo-o dizzy. :( Thanks for rating, and for the heart! :) Happy Holidays. :)
RooBaRoo rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 3 on Dec 14, 2017
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Comment: So sweet of you to include recos for me, Cindi! I'll definitely try those authors :) Also thanks for the little bookmark, never seen one like that! I do love the holiday card you chose for me ... & by not religious... what I mean ... psst! You haven't met the average pious Hindu (lower) middle class woman ... & hope you keep it that way ... :D :D AND ... what does the notesheet depict? (2 girls climbing a roof) just curious!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the book mark and recommendations, too. :) The notepaper you mentioned, I think is from a Nancy Drew design - have you heard of the Nancy Drew book series by Carolyn Keene? The books from the 1940's & 50's had illustrations in them, and Nancy and her friends were always getting into trouble. :) I love the notepaper because I just find it very funny. :) I think the series is still being continued even now, but I liked the older ones. :) Thank you for the heart. :)
DLW74 rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Dec 13, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Peace on Earth card, it's lovely! <3
Response: Hi! Yes, I liked them a lot too. :) Thanks for the heart, and happy holidays!
DorothyH rated for WOW: Washi de-stash on Dec 13, 2017
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Comment: Thank you Cindi, lots of great washi tapes.
Response: Glad you liked them. Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: I love the Snoopy card! We do spoil our pups for Christmas ( we spoil them all the time, but extra on Christmas). This year they're each getting one of those gross bigger than their heads beef bones. They'll get to enjoy them over at Grandma's house while I make dinner. :) Have a very merry Christmas!
Response: Haha, too funny. :) Have you heard of Rescue Box? I order those for our pets and for friends pets each year for the holidays. It's always an interesting mix of items, and they seem to really enjoy them. :) Happy holidays!!
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Comment: Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Happy holidays!
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Comment: Thank you and thanks for Snoopy! I love him!
Response: So glad you liked the Snoopy. :) He's a classic, isn't he? Happy holidays and thank you for the heart! :)
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Comment: Holiday greetings from Illinois, Thank you for the card and warm words you wrote. It's always a joy meeting other military people via Swapbot. Thank your spouse for his service and thank you for the sacrifices you've mad. Merry Christmas 🌲🌲🌲
Response: Thank you for the heart rating. :)
NatACT rated for Barbara’s Christmas Cards Intl. on Dec 7, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. Merry Christmas :D
Response: Happy Holidays and thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: A really fitting continuation of the story :) And I love that there are so contradictory ways how how it could continue now, what Pepi's intentions are...I really haven't decided yet, how to continue :D Best wishes!
Response: Annika said "You can't end there!!! You're mean!" haha :) I thought there should be options.... :) Thanks for the heart, and thanks for going on this writing journey with me! :) I wouldn't have started it without you. :)
ToujoursMoi rated for 19: Handmade envelopes on Dec 5, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for this great swap. It was as lovely as usual. 💕
Response: So glad you liked my envelopes. :) Thanks for the heart :)
JadeFan rated for Cooperatively Fictional #25 on Dec 4, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for typing it up for people to read.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: thank you
Response: Happy Holidays. :) Thank you for the heart!
smadronia rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Dec 4, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the card! Mozzie doesn't care much for packages or envelopes, unless he can sit in a box :)
Response: Yes, Ben loves the boxes! :) But sometimes he gets a whiff of something on a card and he - MUST - ATTACK!! haha! Cats are so funny. :) Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Thank you for the great card and note. I do like all the cards that I receive. I have been paired with several of the same people is the different swaps but I don't mind I just send different cards and love seeing the cards I receive.
Response: So far, I haven't gotten any duplicates! Surprising, actually. :) So much fun to see the variety of cards. :) Thank you for the heart! Happy holidays :)
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Comment: Thank you for the great card and note. I Like sending and receiving cards but it just seems like I don't have that many left in the family to send to. Some that are scattered over the US I have to send facebook greetings as I can't keep up with their physical addresses.
Response: I know what you mean, trying to keep track of addresses is so hard, especially since people send so little personal mail now days. A few years ago I tracked down some old high school friends and sent them cards. It was such a surprise to see the reactions, how happy they were, touched that I took time to send the cards. :) This year, I've even gotten a few from them!:) Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Thank you for very beautiful envelope for me!I really like all!
Response: I'm so glad you liked what I sent. :) Thank you for the heart. Happy holidays! :)
jm3712 rated for Barbara’s Christmas Cards Intl. on Nov 30, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the card, Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the heart! :) Happy holidays :)

Rating Overview

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5.0000 778 176 183
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Comments

Ryleighsmom on Dec 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for sending Christmas wishes to my daughter. She LOVES Peanuts and the Snoopy card is adorable! She loved the mail! Happy Holidays!

anrtist on Dec 7, 2017:

Thank you so much for the extra crafty postage you sent me! I love all the stamps you sent! I just love using them to decorate my envies and for making bookmarks and other crafty things too!
THANK YOU so much for the

AWESOME RAK!!!!

Blessings! cc

TamiTam55 on Dec 6, 2017:

ChrisAnne on Nov 30, 2017:

Welcome to Planner Partners. We are on a bit of a swapping break until the first of the year, but please jump in and look around. If you are interested in hosting or have ideas for great swaps, please let me know.

simcoe54 on Nov 21, 2017:

Thanks for the envie of stamps. They have found a home in my collection.

Babsmomof5 on Nov 18, 2017:

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

racheljohnson on Nov 16, 2017:

It is so good to hear from another parent of boy/girl twins! We are so thrilled, but it is definitely not easy. I don't totally dress them alike, but sometimes they wear corresponding outfits.... they are too young to protest at this point. ha!!

ladybugluvsstuff on Nov 7, 2017:

postage stamps rak received thanks for the awesome stamps!!

ladybugluvsstuff on Nov 7, 2017:

postage stamps rak received thanks for the awesome stamps!!

bstrong on Oct 25, 2017:

Thank you so much for sending me the stamps, very cool, even the ones o the envelope. Greatly appreciated 😀

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