Swap-bot Time: August 10, 2020 8:41 am


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Last Online: August 10, 2020

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 and am delighted that 2020 is a leap year, for example.)

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

  • chocolate (the darker, the better), MINT flavors (all kinds), teabags (black or herbal, green not so much), anise-flavored things (not licorice candy), real CHEESE, all kinds of cookies, avocados, aromatic herbs and spices, interesting hot sauces

  • TURTLES (freshwater), llamas, cats, lizards/iguanas, 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 a small 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. The first swap here that I participated in was in March of 2006! 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

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

  • anything particular to your city/region

  • zines or mini zines (relatively clean, please)

  • small denomination banknotes or coins from anywhere in the world

  • 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, old prayer books, images of saints, etc.)

  • 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!

  • Any sort of souvenir cotton dish towel/tea towel from anywhere. I have purchased a few of these at thrift stores for around a dollar each (apparently people buy them as souvenirs and then don’t actually use them most of the time), and have come to love them. It doesn’t matter that I’ve never been to the location featured; I get to travel around the world each time I do something in the kitchen! New or used, retro or modern is fine, as long as they are not badly stained or full of holes (small stains/imperfections are no problem). I will be joyfully using any towel I may get.

  • "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.


CherryBlossomLady rated for Sip & Pray July 2020 on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: You have such pretty handwriting! Thank you so much for the lovely tea. God bless you.
Catt007 rated for OWL Be There/ Covid #4 on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards and stickers, they are fab :) Hope you're safe and well in this mad world. Cathy 😀
Comment: Thank you for the yummy recipes! I'll be making scones very soon!!
penpallingfool rated for Note Card #1 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for my cards and the goodies xx
Comment: Thank you for the cards. I like the dog card. Made me smile as his jacket reminded me of the leisure suits of the 70's.
manaelsa rated for Small Tea Swap #12 on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: Hi Robin, I was so thrilled to receive your little green envelope, thoughtful teas and cute bookmark in the mail today. Would you believe, this is my first mail to receive from Swap-bot ever! I can't believe it made it's way from the US all the way to my door in Australia in perfect time. Thank you for thinking of me and for your sweet note. Take care, Beth
MisplacedfromPA rated for Note Card #1 on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: So adorable,,,frog paper and the butterfly magnet. I will quickly use up the 3 note cards you sent. Thank you so very much.
Scarlett3639 rated for Note Card #1 on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great notecards and the lovely butterfly magnet!
Poohtat rated for USA Only LSRUS Who Wants NoteCards? on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Hello again. Love the notecards, thank you. I lived in West Palm Bch for 21 years. Don’t miss it at all!
Poohtat rated for Why is my mailbox so empty?? #6 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: I love your froggy note card! Thanks for the happy mail.
minders rated for Why is my mailbox so empty?? #6 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you Robin!! How funny we are so close! I work right around the corner from you!!
Sequoia183 rated for I <3 Plants! #2 - International on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Such beautiful cards and package, thank you.
kssunlover1947 rated for Sticker Destash #4 on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the great stickers. I do agree with you that the puppies are really cute.
mariewilliams810 rated for Magic Box Destash--July on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great box!
Comment: LOVE LOVE LOVE all that you sent -- the recipes, the print outs, the family story, and the decor. Thank you SO much!
electrichaos rated for Cat Lovers INTL on Jul 16, 2020
Comment: thanks for all the cute kitty stuff! i too, hope to live in a bigger house someday and get a lil kitty (or 6 - who knows)!
Vickimac rated for Christian Bookmark swap on Jul 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely bookmarks ! I love them all ! And I really enjoyed your kind note and extras. Lots and lots of hearts !!
dobiegirl rated for Pick 3 INTL on Jul 12, 2020
Comment: loved every bit of them thank you stay safe
Fabriqueen rated for Bookmark #8 on Jul 10, 2020
Comment: I love all the bookmarks you sent! Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day and stay safe! Hugs, Diane
Onaki rated for Zines #1 (USA) on Jul 10, 2020
Comment: Wonderful set of zines, thank you so much! <3

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mejulia on Jul 12, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful RAK. I love the lenticular items.

CherryBlossomLady on Jun 29, 2020:

Enjoy this sacred depictions of our Lord. May you be very blessed this week and ALWAYS! Hugs to you my friend, Indira

CherryBlossomLady on Jun 27, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful profile deco!! I will return the favor soon. I’m traveling through Tuesday. Jesus is for everyone- and there are amazing artistic representations of him and Our Blessed Mother in every race. So beautiful. 🥰❤️💕😇. Vive Cristo!

Ukucaitie on May 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the highlighter RAK! I love these and will be fun to use. I also loved the postcards you included too. :)

CherryBlossomLady on May 12, 2020:

Welcome to St. Michael's! Thanks for joining our group and swap!

Lonestarchild on May 12, 2020:

Thanks so much for the fun NC for the WTA Weekly 4/29-5/5 WTA. These are fun!

zombiina on Feb 3, 2020:

National Homemade Soup Day Profile Deco _ I choose to share some of my favorite soups with you. Enjoy!!

euniceq on Feb 3, 2020:

❉ National Homemade Soup Day Profile Deco ❉

mysmashbooklife on Feb 3, 2020:

Hi! This is my message for the National Homemade Soup Day Profile Deco! I hope you like the picture i choose!




nancylee on Feb 2, 2020:

Groundhog Day profile decorations

Staten Island Chuck and Phil say spring,

Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal say winter

Those are the four closest to me - Happy Groundhog Day 2020!

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