Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2019 12:31 pm


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Last Online: December 8, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Robin, and so far I've been alive for somewhat over half a century.

Born and raised in Indiana, USA, I lived the first 20+ years of my adult life in Mexico City, Mexico, then in Costa Rica (Central America) for a couple of years. I now reside in South Florida, where I delight in the mix of cultures and cuisines (Cuban, Dominican, Haitian, South American, New York/Jersey, and more). I'm female, 100% bilingual English-Spanish, joyfully Roman Catholic, happily married to a man born and raised in South America. This is all pretty exotic for an introvert who grew up in a monolingual Midwestern milieu! [chuckle]

I've worked at quite a variety of jobs in my lifetime, including teacher of English as a foreign language at a college in Mexico for many years, airline reservations agent, direct in-home support to adults with developmental disabilities, big-box store cashier, clerk at a thrift store, and call center agent. I would love to retire from a day job someday, but unless a major miracle occurs, that will not be possible.

In addition to the usual 9-to-5, I spent 7 years developing recipes and writing (in Spanish and English) about authentic Mexican food for thespruceeats.com. Now the hubs and I maintain our own blog, where we share recipes from North, Central, and South America: comboplate.net


Fluent in English and Spanish. Have studied some Italian, Portuguese, German, and Polish. I love language, languages, and linguistics! However, I am not usually very talkative at all -- go figure. I do tend to be more loquacious in writing, as evidenced by the length of this profile! lol

Miscellaneous LIkes

Likes/loves include

  • FOLKLORE, popular culture and festivals, local history and quirky local places, the history and traditions of HOLIDAYS of all sorts (I adore Groundhog Day!)

  • Cooking, baking, COOKBOOKS; reading, talking about, trying and developing recipes.

  • TURTLES (freshwater), llamas, cats, lizards, otters, fireflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies, groundhogs, and robin birds (especially since my name is Robin); now learning to love all kinds of tropical wildlife. My husband is an enthusiast of sloths, pandas, and bears in general.

  • SUNFLOWERS, suns, smiley faces, the color yellow and cheerful things in general

  • PUZZLES, crosswords, word search, mazes, jigsaw puzzles, kaleidoscopes, board games

  • visiting MUSEUMS of all kinds, also botanical gardens, conservatories, etc; also birdwatching and simple gardening, especially succulents (currently just in containers as we live in an apartment)

  • ART and artistic and artsy craftsy stuff in general; ancient art, cave art, folk art, "primitive" art, and outsider / visionary art are particular favorites

  • artistic ATCs and all sorts of snail mail postal joy

  • Americana (USA) and anything Latin American and/or Caribbean

Occasional creative endeavors

Linoleum print carving, mini-zine making, drawing, painting, cross stitch, creative writing, adult coloring, zendoodling, woodburning, very simple sewing, papercrafts, floral arranging; would love to try a lot more things.

Not particularly into ...

I am totally not cool. On most days I'm pretty much okay with that, though I do apologize for any discomfort my dorkiness may cause. [winsome smile]

Sorry, but I am not really into gothic/dark, tattoos/piercings, girly things like make up and spa treatments, Disney, video games, cynicism, political bashing, anime, manga, new age, erotica, vampies or zombies, kawaii, or gourmet coffee. I'm not big on shopping (except for groceries, I do enjoy grocery shopping! oh, and thrift stores) and I am working on being less sarcastic.

However, I'm really not at all as crochety and dour as I know that last paragraph makes me sound. :-) While I do strive to be the best me that I can be, I do not believe that perfectionism is healthy.

Rating, Flakers, and Flaking

I will always rate you for a swap I received. It might not happen the very same day that I receive your item (I can sometimes go a few days between visits to the site), but it will be within a week.

I've been a member here at Swap-Bot pretty much since the beginning of the site. My level/intensity of swapping activity has varied widely through the years. I've seen many trends come and go, as you might imagine.

In recent years it has become quite popular here to maintain a "wall of shame" or list of people who have flaked. I choose not to do that. There have been quite a few who have "done me wrong," and, yes, of course it's unpleasant, but I consider this an issue only between my partner and myself. I have given people low ratings when warranted -- and I consider that sufficient "punishment." If your views differ on this, I respect that. Please also respect mine.

As for my own (few and long ago) 1s and 3s: I am not proud of them, and I accept them without argument as fair consequences for my actions at the time. However, I generally don't discuss those ratings with anyone besides the people directly involved.

I Can Always Use

  • cassette tapes (my 2002 Honda has a tape deck), any type of music, books on tape, etc. UPDATE: my beloved Honda has now passed to a better life, but I am working on getting a boom box with cassette deck. I have settled on cassettes tapes as my absolute favorite format!

  • postcards (especially showing a recipe or a typcial craft/costume/food from your country or region)

  • anything particular to your region

  • nice stickers (no reward or tiny) or washi tape samples

  • zines or mini zines (relatively clean, please)

  • large blank unused notecards or greeting cards, blank inside or with a general cheery message (5x7 inches is ideal)

  • small denomination banknotes or coins from anywhere in the world

  • your very own tried and true favorite recipes

  • recipe pamphlets (like the ones given out for free with a food product) or cookbooks with recipes from real people (like those made for fundraising by churches and civic groups)

  • bookmarks, epecially handmade, related to your area (touristy or not), and the freebie ones given out by libraries, museums, bookstores, etc. (preferably not too childish)

  • lip balm in interesting flavors (not strawberry, bubble gum, or dill pickle flavored)

  • plant cuttings or seeds for succulent plants (with growing instructions)

  • Catholic miscellany (rosaries, images of saints, etc.)

  • address labels (not picky about image)

  • "discarded" pieces of cross stitch/embroidery or old crocheted doilies/dresser scarves. It always kills me when I see a stitched picture for sale at a thrift store, because some poor woman worked hard and long on it only for someone else to go and throw it out/donate it. I do understand downsizing and all, but this is the type of valuable piece that can be used to create something else (pillow, pin cushion, greeting card, whatever), so I try to "rescue" these precious items when I can and the price is reasonable.


Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I loved the bookmarks, and your note was really nice to read, but above all- Thank you for all the fortune cookie slips!!!! I audibly gasped, they made me so happy <3 <3 <3 I hope to swap with you soon!!
IDreamOfAfrica rated for Stickers and Thankfulness #2 on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the genuine and meaningful handwritten BIBLICAL themed Thanksgiving card that required some of your undivided attention and quality time. I am deeply touched. The beautiful handmade mini-zine is very cool, the recipes read delicious, the pig poem is hilariously my favorite, all the autumn themed stickers are adorable, and the two tea packets look delightful! I am truly humbled and honored to have been your partner. A special place has been created to showcase your beautiful swap. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. 💖❥💞❦💕❧💗♡💓♥️❤️❤💘ღ💝❣💘💚💟💙💜💛 εїз Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❤ ƸӜƷ εїз
Response: Aw, your many kind words are humbling. Thank you for the love. <3
denisedecker58 rated for Random Questions #2 ! on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: You did a really good job on this Robin! I enjoyed reading your answers and loved all the enclosures and card!
Sagerie rated for Leftover Turkey Recipe on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the tasty recipes and links. The turkey salad in particular sounds so delicious.
ContraryHousewife rated for Leftover Turkey Recipe on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your blog and the delicious recipes. Happy Thanksgiving!
jenlovespsu rated for Happy Thanksgiving Cards USA #2 on Nov 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome swap! I loved everything you sent! Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: Thank you so very much
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap and welcome. I hope that your holiday celebrations are filled with love and joy!
rivervictor rated for What is your music like? #3 on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: this was a fun swap. thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and fall quotes. I love reading things like that. If you ever decide you want a pen friend, drop me a line!
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card and the extras!! Blessings
Comment: Thank you and have a great holiday season.
KSENiA rated for What is your music like? #3 on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Janevey rated for What is your music like? #3 on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your answers. I enjoyed reading them :)
Gefs23 rated for What is your music like? #3 on Nov 11, 2019
ovenbernt rated for 🍁re-stock your tea stash #2🐿 on Sep 22, 2019
Comment: thank you for the wonderful teas
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful assortment of teas ...can’t wait to try these
mistowls rated for Finally Use Your Randoms on Sep 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!!
slf881006 rated for Trash to Treasure Bookmark Swap on Sep 10, 2019

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PineappleTarts on Nov 21, 2019:

Thank you so much for the animal snowflake book! I can't believe it got here so fast through Media Mail. Can't wait to use it.

ladydy5 on Nov 9, 2019:

I generally do not approve of someone with so many three and one ratings but since they were from years back I will approve you on our group artistically Inclined as I think you deserve another chance. Welcome

groundhogstamper on Nov 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for the beautiful coloring book RAK that you sent to me. I am very thankful that I won this in the RAKS ONLY group.

MawBella on Sep 10, 2019:

Hello. Got the wonderful book for August Snowflake book RAK. It is pretty cool. Thanks again.

jannieb on Oct 29, 2018:

Grayson enjoyed receiving your Halloween card. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Happy Halloween!

BabyBee78 on Oct 14, 2018:

"For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart."

•Hebrews 4:12

jaimierandolph on Oct 14, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Bible Verse #3

Exodus 14:14

14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

katmandu on Jul 30, 2018:

Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells!



Deck the palms with bows and holly!


You do not have to shovel sunshine!



Merry Christmas in July in Florida!


mariewilliams810 on Jul 5, 2018:

Thanks so much for the bonus patriotic postcard and the kind words! I hope you had a wonderful July 4th!

jannieb on May 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for the cookbooks you sent me for the Swap Tag USA. I love them!!

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