Swap-bot Time: January 27, 2020 11:24 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: January 27, 2020
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Intro & mail

Updated & current as of January 6, 2020

I have a new mailing address and have updated my records here on swap-bot. Please check that the zip code is 98439! I guess I move too often, because several sites are not accepting or keeping my updated address and it's getting a bit annoying. :(

And please notice!!! I now live on a military installation again! The mail is slow! I mark swaps 'sent' when I drop them in the box, but have already heard that postmarks are 2-3 days later than they should be. 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 - 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.

As for rating, I rate as soon as I open the swap. If I can't rate right away, I hold off opening the mail until I can rate. And I do believe in giving hearts, even for e-mail swaps. The amount of time you put in is what earns a heart, and am a believer that email swaps can earn hearts as well. All swaps are welcome for me.

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 have 3 kiddos with special needs. Family comes first.

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. 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'd prefer no tuck ins unless it's Garfield!

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


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 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), originally from Michigan, and have lived in 13 states (and counting!) I'm not thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.

I love to hear from people in other countries or with other customs or beliefs than mine, other lifestyles. I'm LGBTQ friendly, and am one of the 'you're safe with me' people who still wears a safety pin.

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 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. I"m not looking for drama, I have enough of it in my daily life, thanks.

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. :)

Also, just realized that swearing and cursing are a bit of a 'trigger' for me. I occasionally use swear words - almost never in writing though - but reading or hearing a bunch kinda causes problems for me, so I'd rather not get stickers that say fck, sht and so on and the like. If you're one to curse in emails or letters, we probably won't be a pen pal match.

Cooking & recipes - I've been cooking for as long as I can remember and longer. I do all the cooking for my family, from very detailed meals to quick soups. I love my crock pot(s) & have very little room for other gadgets in my kitchen. :(
I collect recipes, but not cookbooks anymore. Just no room! Betty Crocker is my best friend - I turn to her whenever I'm bored. I also have traditional generations old Czech and Hungarian recipes for holidays and special occasions. We still eat meat, but cutting down on that.

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.

We are now big fans of She Ra and the Princesses of Power show on Netflix! I think my husband looks forward to the new episodes more than the kids do! (He's also a fan of Frozen 2, in addition to the "old/real" Star Wars.) Other things we are into - Star Wars, Fullmetal Alchemist, My Hero Academia and my daughter loved "Voltron" on Netflix "until the last season ruined it all". My hubby watches football, but no particular team. He's more of a soccer fan. I grew up a Chicago Bears fan, and hubby first liked the Indy Colts, then we followed Payton Manning to the Denver Broncos. Seattle Seahawks are the new local team, and he follows that. Oh, and we enjoy "Nailed It" on Netflix, though we seem to like the French version most, even though none of us speak French! :) My husband especially loves all things Korean, and I've found that I also enjoy the stationery, stickers, etc so if you'd like to swap some, let me know. :)

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 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, (this is where I say 'Only the OLD and ORIGINAL Scooby is the REAL Scooby!) Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Sanrio's Gudetama, Adventure Time. Regular Show. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat!

I drink coffee and hot cocoa, and some of the family drinks tea, but would rather not receive coffee or hot cocoa as extras. If it's required for the swap, please send factory sealed tea bags instead. We like Herbal tea (Celestial Seasonings is my favorite, though they don't have individually sealed bags.) My son likes black teas and some green tea, and my daughter likes licorice tea and peppermint, and chai. Coffee themed stationery, stickers, etc are appreciated. :)

Please, NO OWLS of any kind - not the winter owls, not the Owl from Pooh Bear, not the 'cute' little stickers - they just creep me out too much. Anything with oversized eyes just freak me out.

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. If we are paired up and you are a smoker, please PM me before sending, or write a note on the outside of the envelope so I can be sure to open it outside.

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'd rather not receive food or edible items, make up items, lip balm. I have a strange list of allergies so it's better to just avoid those things as there are very few I can use.

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. I love getting ARC's from publishers, too. :) Prefer mysteries, but I read all types of books. (Think "Murder She Wrote" and Agatha Christie - that's most often my style.) I'm branching out more to paranormal books including paranormal romance (esp featuring dragons. Don't know why that's an interest, but there you go.) Not a fan of vampire novels. If I do read romance or erotica, it is usually lesbian themed.

I also LOVE audio books. I probably listen to more books than I read, but also enjoy listening to favorites multiple times. We listen to audio books together as a family, when eating dinner or in the car. Some from 2019 were "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" by Frederick Douglass, "Dracula" by Bram Stoker, "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, and "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown. We started off 2020 with "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carrol and just started "Crash Test Girl" by Kerri Byron.

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! I do like book marks and collect far too many.

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. :) A newer interest is Molly Harper, also like the Dresden files series by Jim Butcher (because James Marsters is an amazing narrator!)

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, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson

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. Recently been watching Nailed It on Netflix, and prefer the French version, for whatever reason.

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, Disney's Hercules, Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney's Haunted Mansion.

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. Also, anything relating to drinking wine (I don't drink) or any of the motivational phrases with that brush lettering style of writing. I have a hard time reading it for whatever reason. Also, not a fan of cursing or profanity in stickers and the like.

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: Thanks so much for your letter and for hosting this swap! In the end, it doesn't matter how many people join, as long as we get something out of the swap! I'm sorry 2019 wasn't the best - I know how those little things can wear on you. Hopefully, keep those big picture things in your mind and think positive! Good luck on your goals and I hope you have a great 2020!
monsbrick rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: What an accomplishment— all the books you’ve completed, on top of organizing our group and leading other swaps. Thanks for bringing us together!
marylm rated for Stickers & washi tape on Jan 20, 2020
Comment: LOVE The salior moon stickers! you have to tell me where i can find them!
Bucket rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: That's a lot of reading! Thanks for creating this group, and hosting the swaps all year. It's been super fun!
Comment: I love my journal!! Thank you so much! And thank you for the many extras I can decorate it with. My daughter is laying claim to some of the stickers. :) This is an awesome swap. I'd love to do it again some time.
Response: I"m glad you liked he journal and that your daughter liked the stickers. :) I hope you enjoy the prompts. :)
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: Great job! Miracle creek is on my TBR, I may have to move it up.
Response: Thanks :) MC was a really good book, I thought, but it felt a little personal for me. I hope you are able to enjoy it. :)
Eulegirl rated for Create a recipe book #4 on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: All of these recipes sound super yummy!
Response: Glad you like them :)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Not only the group was so good to keep us on track, but also this end of year review is very helpful to assess where we are, and where we want to be, reading-wise. I'm really looking forward to keeping at it with all of you
Response: I'm so glad the group was helpful for your reading. :) And a reflection is a good idea - maybe should do a 1/2 hear check in? Hmm :) Your reading list is influencing mine thought! haha :)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: 2020 new swap style on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your update! =) For a very auspicious new reading year!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
NRGordon rated for How I plan to spend my holidays on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your very nice letter. We too like to take time each year to learn how other faiths and cultures celebrate their holidays. My little triplet friends are vegitarians but I am going to make the mini cheeseburger pies for my granddaughter. She will live,
Response: I hope you get to enjoy the mini cheeseburgers. :) A vegetarian friend told me she used the recipe and substituted something for the meat - maybe black beans? - and that it worked well and tasted pretty good. I haven't tried it, but it could work. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: 👍 These are cool!!! Thank you so much. I love them and will probably heard them for a bit before using them.
Response: glad you liked the stickers. Thanks for doing the swap with me and for the heart :)
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: 2020 new swap style on Jan 5, 2020
Comment: I love the new swap style!
Response: Good to hear. :) Thanks for participating and for the heart :)
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 5, 2020
Comment: Wow! You did great!
Response: Haha - thanks. I felt like I didn't read much. :/
monsbrick rated for TBR: 2020 new swap style on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks Cindi! I wasn't entirely sure how it would map but with your email I see how I can structure my answers too.
Response: The new style will be a work in progress, maybe, but hopefully it will work out. Thanks for joining and for the heart :)
Comment: It was awesome to read about your ponders about Christmas as I was drinking glogg ( a Christmas drink). I really enjoyed reading your letter and the letter papers are such a mood :)
Response: Thanks for joining in the swap. Now I'm curious about glogg. :)
sharmison33 rated for R&W: Creative Writing #2 on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: I enjoyed reading your story about shape shifting Rodger and Leo!
Response: After I sent that, my daughter read it and had a fit that I'd misspelled 'Rodger'. I told her, that was his name! haha Spell check didn't have a problem with it. ;) Thanks for the heart :)
Bucket rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: That's a ton of reading this year! Sometimes it's good to step back and make sure you read what you want and not what you think you should. It was such a relief to me to drop about 40 books from my TBR list this year that I just decided I don't want to read after all. :)
Response: Wow, 40, huh? When I looked at some of the books I'd hoarded - er, collected - to read, I realized it didn't sound very good after all. I can see the benefit from a regular 'unhaul'. Here's to a great reading year. :)
dorcii rated for Create a recipe book #4 on Jan 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the recipes :)
Response: Thanks for joining in. :)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Congratulations on an overall great reading year! I hope you find more enjoyment in your upcoming readings. I already spy a few of my favorites in your picture, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do =) Happy New Year! And thank you for all your work in this group
Response: Haha, yes, you have influenced my TBR for next year! I fully "blame" you for the 'doorstopper' of a book, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell! :) My stack seems to have gotten a lore more ... serious? We'll see! Thanks for a year's worth of great swapping and sharing book reviews. :)
jessnewson98 rated for Nat'l Letter Writing day on Dec 30, 2019
Comment: Hey Cindi, thank you so much for the lovely letter you sent me! I loved reading it! I’ll try to reply back when I can or message you instead; thank you so much for being understanding! I hope you have a great week and a marvellous 2020!
Response: Thanks for doing the private swap. It's always great to hear from you, but no rush. :)

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IDreamOfAfrica on Dec 23, 2019:


Prettyexpressions on Dec 16, 2019:

Omygosh! I LOVE them stickers!!! Thank you so much!!!

IDreamOfAfrica on Dec 14, 2019:

Nice touch.

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AlexandriaV on Nov 25, 2019:

Thank you so much for the angel card!!!! I did get a card from my partner, but it was so sweet for you to send me one just in case. It made me smile! :)

amylunt on Nov 24, 2019:

Thanks for the card you angeled! You were a great host and the swap was fun! I appreciated receiving a card from you.

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.

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