Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: March 16, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States
Updated & current as of March 9, 2018
I took a bit of a break, but am slowly coming back. :) Rather hard to stay away from swap-bot!
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. Sadly, the mail here in Western MA is rough - I get more and more mail that is torn open and damaged. If sending me anything thicker than a letter, please reinforce the envelope with tape - a few times, only well-placed Washi tape has kept a letter in the envelope!
I mark swaps sent after I drop them in the blue box, but the USPS doesn't always pick up on schedule. Sad but true! (Our post office even admits that!) So!! there may be times the dates don't match.
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, odd stickers. Unless it is an item listed in my 'likes', please do not send extras! :) If you have a Garfield card or sticker - something along those lines, listed in my likes - that you would like to add, that is fine. I give 'hearts' for the swap, if you spell my name right, etc - not for extra added bits. Please do not try to 'bully' me into giving hearts! It will not work.
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!
First and foremost - I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988.
So, about me: I am a "Bicentennial Baby" & turned 42 this year, & married mom of 3 teenagers, and really a "USAF wife" for 15 years now. We have used an online public school for the kids for 7 years and counting now. It's not the traditional 'homeschool' - where I am the teacher, set the schedule, etc .... - this system has a school body with principal, teachers, counselors who set the standards and classes, and we do the state standardized tests as well.
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 love to read and to share recommendations about books. I prefer printed books to e-books, but I'm not a collector. I trade or swap my books when I've finished with them, and if I buy a book, it's almost always used rather than new. I prefer mysteries, but read a wide variety of genres, and all 3 kids are big readers as well.
Also love audio books, and keep well supplied from our library and the Overdrive app!
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. My favorite color is blue (dark rather than pastel) Favorite animals are cats, hamsters, sloths, giraffes, and bulldogs. Cartoon images are ok, but not the big-eyed type - those scare me!
I love stationery and letter sets.
I am addicted to pens - and collect the promotional type pens printed with business names and such. My favorite ink color is purple.
I collect book marks - especially love Garfield themed ones, and hand made are fine, as well as they are neat.
Favorites from my childhood: Scooby Doo, Garfield, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, Muppets (esp Animal & Miss Piggy), the Flintstones, Sesame Street (esp Cookie Monster).
MUSIC I have been a fan of The Monkees and Menudo for more than 30 years! We listen to music by Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Matthew Sweet, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Adele, Billy Joel, John Mayer. Also music from the 80's & 90's, as well as parodies from Al Yankovic & other similar
TV shows I watch/like: Are You Being Served?, Supernatural, Grimm, Law & Order SVU, CSI, Dr Who, Father Ted, Sherlock (w/ Benedict Cumberbatch), Stranger Things, Penny Dreadful, Turn, Man in the High Castle, Dark Shadows (original soap opera), Garfield & Friends
Favorite movies: The Mummy (w/ Brendan Fraser & Rachel Weisz), The Haunting, Disney's Emperor's New Groove, Disney's Hercules, Disney's Aladdin, Ghostbusters, James Bond movies, Agatha Christie movies, Alfred Hitchcock movies. I"m familiar with all the Star Wars movies, because the family are fans, but I'm not as 'into' them as others.
Favorite Books: This year, my goal is to read more NEW books and have joined the Book of the Month Club. So far, so good! Favorite books (that I will happily go on & on about and re-read) The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, The Haunting by Shirley Jackson, The Themis Files series by Sylvain Nuevel, the Original Grimm Brothers fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers, and my very favorite story/book is probably "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. Favorite authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Simone St. James, Agatha Christie
I love audio books and listen to several a month. We also listen to audio books during dinner time, together as a family. Audio books require you to hear everything the author wants to tell you. I feel that it leaves you with a much different story than when you read the book yourself. Stephen King agrees with that. ;)
I HATE it when someone tells me to "just Google it"! If you want to introduce me to something new, that's fine, but I need directions! Refer me to a specific web site, that's ok, but don't tell me to "just Google it" - first of all, I've probably already done that! And second, sometimes dear old Google will give wildly different items!
I don't do many crafts, but usually when I try something out, it is paper craft related. However, I dislike crafts that require me to spend lots of money for special items and equipment. I don't have a lot of room for crafting. :(
THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com
Seriously, check them out. Each one is hand made, and unique. They are GREAT for magpie journals, and I use them as much as I can.
I always prefer an item that is HANDMADE rather than store bought. Even if you are still learning, or aren't a "master" of craft, I would love to see your attempts. I'm not a crafty person, and enjoy admiring others attempts. :)
Items that are hand made as a fund raiser or for a charity organization are all very welcomed. I often shop online at www.greatergood.org for hand made gifts and special items.
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