Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2018 7:54 pm


Date Joined: January 10, 2016
Last Online: December 29, 2017
Birthday: June 30
Country: United States
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About Me

music student. singer. bookworm. paper aficionado. journaler. tea drinker. runner. Zumba! instructor. history buff. cat "meow-my" to Uling ("charcoal"), my curious, affectionate, owl-eyed black kitty. Wanderlust-stricken!

My username references one of my favorite novels, Donna Tartt's tapestry-like The Goldfinch, and one of my favorite songs, "Meadowlark," introduced by Patti LuPone in Stephen Schwartz's ill-fated musical, The Baker's Wife.

I would be a Ravenclaw (or Thunderbird at Ilvermorny), and my Amortentia would smell like a library, freshly sharpened pencils, English breakfast tea, two-by-fours and stage make-up, and Quelques Fleurs.

I pledge...

I aim to send swaps the day (or day after) partners are assigned and certainly by the send-by date. I hit "send" once I drop my mail in my personal box -- pick-up is anytime between 10 AM-4 PM on weekdays and around 4 PM CST on Saturdays.

There is also a local postbox whose contents are collected at 1 PM weekdays and 12 PM Saturdays, but this does not guarantee a postmark from that day (especially if a swap send-by date is on the weekend). "Last call" at my local post office is 5 PM weekdays. I am not a flake, and in the event of tardiness, I will communicate.

I will never rate someone down if he/she/they take/s the time to let me know that the swap they're sending me will be late before the send-by date, and I hope others will do the same for me!

If you do not receive something from me within a reasonable amount of time (please allow for seasonal delays and/or international transit, which, from my Postcrossing experience, can be between 1-3+ weeks), please let me know before giving me a poor rating; I would be happy to re-send. I seriously have had nightmares of receiving a 1. Thank you :)

I pride myself on taking time to ensure each swap has adequate (if not more, if I want to use a specific image/stamp) postage and hope my partners do the same.

If you have not been rated, I have not yet received your swap, and I look forward to reading/seeing/opening your happy mail!

Favorite Music

Favorite artists include (I understand that the following musicians could fit under multiple categories, but in the interest of organization... :)

Popular: Vampire Weekend (seen twice, met once; they were generous and gentlemanly), HAIM, Ra Ra Riot, St. Vincent, The 1975, BØRNS, Grimes, Baio, Rostam, Flight of the Conchords (7/11/16 was one of the funniest, best concerts ever -- my face and throat hurt from smiling, laughing, and whooping so much!), Gotye, Kimbra, Clean Bandit, Lady Gaga, Nellie McKay, Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, Goldfrapp, Jon Brion, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Keane, Michelle Branch, Natalie Imbruglia, Garbage, Duncan Sheik, Lisa Loeb, Shania Twain, "Weird Al" Yankovic (one of the best concerts I've ever attended!), Kylie Minogue, Amy Grant, Kate Bush, David Bowie!!!, Olivia Newton John, The B-52s, Sérgio Mendes + Brasil '66, Carpenters, The Beatles, Hall & Oates, Ella Fitzgerald, and anything that I could teach in my Zumba class!

Musical theatre: Judy Kuhn, Patti LuPone, Julie Andrews, Liz and Ann Callaway, Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Lea Salonga, Victoria Mallory, Karen Ziemba, Karen Mason, Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, Laura Benanti, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kerry Butler, Krysta Rodriguez, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Anna Kendrick, Annaleigh Ashford, Jessie Mueller, Laura Osnes, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lindsay Mendez, Phillipa Soo, Denée Benton, Doretta Morrow, Barbara Cook, Ruthie Henshall, Gavin Creel, Danny Burstein, James Matthew Thomas, Santino Fontana, Adam J. Kantor, Roger Bart, Seth Rudetsky, Zachary Levi, Daveed Diggs, and Christopher Jackson

Classical/opera/early music: Emma Kirkby (especially with Judith Nelson, wow!), Madeline Kahn, Ileana Cotrubaș, Kiri Te Kanawa, Arleen Augér, Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Laura Claycomb, Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Heidi Stober, Angela Mortellaro, Ava Pine, Judith Blegen, Judith Raskin, Lucia Popp, Fritz Wunderlich, Juan Diego Flórez, Anonymous 4, The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge (especially under Richard Marlow's direction)

Composers: early music in general, Biber, Lassus, Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Scarlatti (Alessandro and Domenico), Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Donizetti, Mendelssohn, Schumann (both Clara and Robert), Brahms, Gilbert & Sullivan, Victorian Anglican repertoire, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, R. Strauss, Sibelius, Satie, Porter, Boulanger, Gershwin, Les Six, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Shostakovich, Bernstein, Rorem, Sondheim, Hamlisch, Schwartz, Ahrens & Flaherty, (Jason Robert) Brown, Pasek & Paul

Favorite Books

I am usually into biography, history, and literary fiction, but I am making an effort to incorporate other genres, like short story, poetry, and drama. I do enjoy historical fiction, except I often find myself taking breaks to learn more about the real-life figures and/or eras as well as pick apart what is fact from dramatic license or speculation.

I usually like to read something completely different from my last book, but sometimes I read several books related to a specific period (like reading the intriguing Frederic Morton's Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914 and Simon Winder's Danubia in succession when I was on a Habsburg empire kick last fall) or several works from one author's oeuvre, in (Jane Austen) or out of publication order (Zadie Smith).

Favorite authors include Donna Tartt, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, Anthony Doerr, Ray Bradbury, E.L. Konigsburg, Margaret Atwood, Aldous Huxley, Orson Scott Card, Evelyn Waugh, Erik Larson, Amor Towles, E.M. Forster, Zadie Smith, and Frederic Morton.

I am obsessed with the iconic Penguin Classic paperback covers and well-designed covers in general.

Favorite Movies

Anything Wes Anderson, especially Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Grand Budapest Hotel; Lady Bird; The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected); Thor: Ragnarok; Wonder Woman; The Handmaiden (so artfully done, gripping, and surprising -- the 2.5 hours zipped past, and I was genuinely invested in both the titular handmaiden Tamako and her lady/mistress Hideko); The Lobster (wonderfully droll dystopian black comedy); Paterson; Carol (even though I was disappointed that certain details were altered/conflated/eliminated, it was a beautifully made, exquisite film that captured the spirit of Ms. Highsmith's The Price of Salt); Mistress America; Crimson Peak (more for the production/costume design and the cast than the plot); Populaire (I love the setting, colors, fashion, music, the chemistry between Romain Duris and Déborah François, and the dreamy vintage typewriters!); Mood Indigo; Only Lovers Left Alive (so dreamily languid and just plain cool; I wish I had Tilda/Eve's ability to speedread and likely retain many languages); Star Trek Into Darkness; Black Swan; The King's Speech; Enchanted; The Lake House; Bridget Jones's Diary: The Edge of Reason; Iron Jawed Angels; Bridget Jones's Diary; My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Amélie; Down With Love; Lost in Translation; Chicago; Center Stage; Zoolander (both of those two are guilty pleasures... I've seen them so many times I can recite the dialogue); You've Got Mail; The Parent Trap (1998 Nancy Meyers-directed remake); Home Alone 2: Lost in New York; Home Alone; Beauty and the Beast (the 1991 Oscar-nominated animated Disney version); When Harry Met Sally; Valmont; Moonstruck; Heathers; Labyrinth; 9 to 5; Star Wars (especially A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Rogue One -- I hadn't expected that last one to be as heartrending and emotional, and I don't think I've cried as much during a Star Wars film!); The Slipper and the Rose; Young Frankenstein; The Sound of Music; Gypsy; Inside Daisy Clover; An Affair to Remember; An American in Paris; Singin' in the Rain; Gone With the Wind.

I also aspire to watch more of the Criterion Collection (and wish that more films came with such comprehensive extras :)

Favorite contemporary film actresses include Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Emma Thompson, Stockard Channing, Viola Davis, Alicia Vikander, Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams, Felicity Jones, Renée Zellweger, Rebecca Hall, Amy Ryan, Amy Adams, Elizabeth Marvel, Melissa McCarthy, Léa Seydoux, Sarah Paulson, and Tilda Swinton.

Favorite actors include Tom Hiddleston, Oscar Isaac, Diego Luna, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ben Whishaw, Alan Tudyk (K-2SO!), Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, and Gene Wilder (may they both rest in peace).

Favorite Television

Comedy: Who's the Boss? (for the palpable love among the cast/family, Angela's amazing wardrobe and coifs in and out of the office, and of course, the sweet, sexy, smart dynamic between Tony Danza and Judith Light)

Drama: Mad Men (on the surface, it's design porn, but I like its melodrama and intersection with history and Peggy Olson's ascent)

Other favorites: Bob's Burgers, White Collar, Veep, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Flight of the Conchords, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, The Office, Arrested Development, Crossing Jordan (excellent chemistry among the cast, and the re-enactments were mesmerizing), Legends of the Hidden Temple (bless Kirk Fogg's jokes and passive-aggressive shade-throwing and Dee Baker's voiceover work as Olmec and the historical figures in the legends), Clarissa Explains It All, The Magic School Bus (the beginning of my admiration of Lily Tomlin), Wishbone, Reading Rainbow, Designing Women (Julia "The Terminator" Sugarbaker forever! rest in peace, Ms. Carter), I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, I Love Lucy, Sherlock (BBC), Endeavour, Grantchester, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Mr. Selfridge, Law & Order: SVU (especially back when Stephanie March, Judith Light, Diane Neal, Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer, and Dann Florek were still part of the cast :)

Favorite Theatre

Musicals/operettas: Hamilton, Waitress, American Psycho (Broadway and London; I am still hoping for an Original Broadway Cast Recording), She Loves Me (2016 revival), Fun Home, Pippin (2013 revival), Nice Work If You Can Get it, Dogfight, Spring Awakening (although the plot is quite depressing, the music is addictive), The Light in the Piazza, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (I played Marcy Park in grad school :), Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Last Five Years, Nine, Evita, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Company, Fiddler on the Roof, Kismet, Gypsy, Candide, The King and I, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Kiss Me, Kate, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes

Plays: The Humans, The Assembled Parties, Other Desert Cities, Noises Off, Twelfth Night

Operas: Le nozze di Figaro (it was the first opera I saw in February 2001 at the Met, and it was magical -- I wanted to be Angelika Kirschlager's Cherubino or the elegant, statuesque Countess of Melanie Diener), Die Zauberflöte, Serse (Nicholas Hytner production but in original Italian ~HGO's impeccable 2010 revival), La Calisto, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier

Ballet: Apollo (I am grateful to have seen it live at NYCB in the Fall 2013 season's Stravinsky & Balanchine Hear the Dance: Russia, which included Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Duo Concertant, and Agon, after having studied these ballets in seminar), Swan Lake, anything by Justin Peck

Postcard/Stamp Wishlist

I would love if you'd write a few lines, especially since many of us are partnered more than once. I've picked up the habit of writing the temperature and drawing the little weather icon.


  • What are you reading, listening to, watching, etc.?
  • Where are you traveling?
  • What are you doing/feeling?
  • What is your favorite dish or thing to bake/cook?
  • Favorite quotes, literary or film/television characters, historical figures
  • Pose a question you'd wish someone would ask you and answer it
  • Anything interesting you would like to share

I especially like (in no particular order)

  • historical figures
  • historical/vintage fashion, costumes, folk dress, and shoes
  • Vienna/Habsburgs
  • European dynasties
  • Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (especially Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris!)
  • Art Nouveau, Klimt, Moser, Hoffman, Schiele, Bakst, Hoffmann
  • Art Deco, George Barbier, John Held, Jr., Sonia and Robert Delaunay
  • Maxfield Parrish
  • Pop art (especially Lichtenstein, Warhol, Thiebaud, Hopper, and Katz)
  • Elin Danielson-Gambogi
  • Old Hollywood stars (especially Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Rita Hayworth, Hedy Lamarr, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse, Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood, Judy Garland, Deborah Kerr)
  • David Bowie! (especially V&A David Bowie Is and Royal Mail cards :)
  • Wes Anderson films/characters (especially Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Madeline Kahn
  • Who's the Boss?, Judith Light
  • Mad Men (especially Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway Harris)
  • Beatrix Potter (especially Peter Rabbit)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Madeline (or other Ludwig Bemelmans illustrations), Le Petit Prince, Babar
  • Roger Hargreaves's Little Miss and Mr. Men series
  • Alice in Wonderland (original John Tenniel illustrations, Disney, or other)
  • Edward Gorey
  • Kiki's Delivery Service, Totoro, Princess Mononoke
  • Sailor Moon (anime or manga (especially Sailor Mercury and Sailor Saturn)
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena, La Rose de Versailles, Inuyasha, Card Captor Sakura, Hamtaro
  • Wonder Woman, Batman, DC Comics characters
  • Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, The Princess and the Frog, Brave, Tangled
  • Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
  • The Incredibles (especially Elastigirl and Edna Mode)
  • Jetoy/Choo Choo Cats (especially the "art"/painting-inspired ones, like The Arnolfini Portrait, Mona Lisa, The Birth of Venus, and Portrait of the Infanta Margarita Aged Five :)
  • Pusheen
  • Domo-Kun
  • Sherlock (BBC), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Grantchester, Endeavour, Mr. Selfridge
  • Vampire Weekend, HAIM, Ra Ra Riot, The Beatles, Carpenters, Hall & Oates
  • ballet, tap, or any kind of dance
  • music-related (composers, performers, places/venues, instruments, etc.)
  • musical theatre and opera
  • birds (especially owls, ducks, and swans)
  • foxes, ferrets, otters, Corgis
  • manatees
  • tea, macaron-related, pie, chocolate cake
  • books, literature, authors, writers, calligraphy
  • beautiful landscapes
  • interesting architecture
  • churches, cathedrals, and basilicas (Catholic, Anglican)
  • Judaica
  • NYC/MTA Subway or any metro/rail system, trains!
  • anything unique/special to your area

(and of course, anything listed above in my interests)

I also enjoy interesting, colorful postage stamps (I use stamps instead of automated postage machine labels, if possible). I prefer naked postcards but am not against envelopes -- I send my postcards naked or in an envelope depending on each recipient's preference.

English is my native language, but I wouldn't mind receiving postcards in French (fluent/studied for 6 years), German (2 years), Italian (1 year), or Tagalog.

Other Likes

  • unused vintage postage
  • stationery (letter paper/envelopes)
  • washi tape
  • cute, clever greeting cards (especially Hello!Lucky, Rifle Paper Co., Ladyfingers Letterpress, Red Cap, Hammerpress, Benchpressed)
  • Amy Tangerine
  • pens, especially Gelly Roll 0.6 mm (black or Moonlight series, especially purple, blue, and red)
  • plastic or metal Japanese pencil caps (to prevent points from breaking in your pencil/zippercase :)
  • kawaii (especially San-X's Kutusita Nyanko, Korilakkuma, Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Sumikko Gurashi; Shinzi Katoh's cats, ballerinas, Alice, and Little Red Riding Hood)
  • Sanrio (especially Hello Kitty, Keroppi, My Melody, Pekkle, Pom Pom Purin, Badtz Maru, Little Twin Stars, Hangyodon, Nya Ni Nyu Nye Nyon, and my spirit animals, Gudetama and Aggretsuko)
  • Jetoy anything
  • bookmarks
  • stickers
  • cute socks (ankle, crew)
  • Flow Magazine and/or any pages/papers/tags/enclosures/address labels


  • violence, gore
  • anything scary, occult
  • clowns (although I do like commedia dell'arte :)
  • cigarette smoke
  • flavored teas
  • desiccated coconut (I recently finally tasted fresh coconut water and buko, the young meat, in the Philippines, and it blew my mind :O)
  • licorice (black or red) and anise


candybeads rated for 3 Sticker Sheet Swap USA 11-14 on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks
mayuze rated for I Love Disney - International on Jan 7, 2018
Comment: Love the catd and the stamps! The washitape! Your handwriting does make it more interesting.... Thank you! Sorry for my late rating, must have cleaned the table and put those cards in box and left it in a closet...forgotten... :-(
brianfuchs rated for PCEW17 Round 6 on Jan 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks. Sorry I was so late to rate. I've been sick and had trouble getting well. Have a fantastic day.
Ruie rated for Harry Potter Letters on Jan 2, 2018
Comment: Oh my god, I loved the package, I didn't expect this much stuff! The handwriting was a bit hard to read but thank you
debrbrts rated for Merry CHRISTmas! Religious Cards on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you
jenlovespsu rated for Merry CHRISTmas! Religious Cards on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!
Dibrittain rated for Merry CHRISTmas! Religious Cards on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely goodies you enclosed and the pretty card.
Yakima1955 rated for Merry CHRISTmas! Religious Cards on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the card. Love all of the stamps Merry Christmas!!
marclively rated for Disney PC Swap USA on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Avi, thanks for the snail mail!
tlemon4 rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #20 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you , & Happy Holidays
laterdayze rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #21 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you, I will open on the day! :)
kdeorne1 rated for PCEW17 Round 6 on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
Comment: Hello, Thank you for your PC. You have a very unique penmanship. Merry Christmas
Maggiesmother rated for PCEW17 Round 6 on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Frozen postcard. Love it and it will add nicely to my collection. Happy swapping, Linda
mle rated for 3 Sticker Sheet Swap USA 11-14 on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Love the skulls!Thanks
MiekeC rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #16 on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the envie. I will open it later and than i will rerated you. Update: thanks for you lovely envie with Christmas things. Have a good 2018.
Comment: This is a great package. I really relate to the message you wrote inside the card and the envelope is a work of art in itself, with all those beautiful stamps. Thank you, too, for the washi tape.
brooklynbunch rated for Cat Christmas Cards on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute card and the stickers and washi tape. Happy holidays! Susan (brooklynbunch)
piratejimbob87 rated for Cat Christmas Cards on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card & extras :) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
tlemon4 rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #15 on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for a great swap!! :):)

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ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 25, 2017:


kittyhahahotbot on Dec 25, 2017:

nytetears on Nov 30, 2017:

Hosting my 100th Swap!! I sent you a card on Oct 28 and I was just going through old swaps and notice I have not been rated yet. Could you please take a moment to rate me on the swap. thank you :) Sorry to post this here but I have 2 unread messages to you

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 28, 2017:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous postcard, stamps and your note to me! I would love to write back - message me your address please!!! HUGS and sooo many HUGE THANKS!! xxoxoxo Gabi

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 28, 2017:


Amyncognito on Sep 25, 2017:

Happy Fall!

Stargazer008 on Jul 25, 2017:

Hi Avi,I still wonder if you received my swaps, which I have sent to you a long time ("A week of postcards" and a roulette card). The message I have sent to you some weeks ago also stayed unread...so I start to worry if you are alright???? Hope to hear from you soon. Smiles, Joana

FelinaSP on Jul 23, 2017:

Thank you very much for choosing me for Postcard roulette (unassigned), the postcard of the Metropolitan Museum is very pretty, and I love the stamps and your calligraphy ... almost as much as White Collar, hahaha :-)

Greetings from Chile!

myancey on Jul 19, 2017:

Avi, thank u so much for the olaf card but I am unsure which swap its for. lol. also I am missing a rating from a june swap from ya for a pc roulette. I sent it to u but am still waiting on a rating. thanks so much and I love idina mebzel! all best

LadyGuenevere on Jul 18, 2017:

It's been a long time, but I just wanted to return and say hello!! I unfortunately had a family emergency that took me away from not only a lot of hobbies but work as well (my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 bone cancer last summer, and passed away a few weeks ago), but I never forgot you and how much I enjoyed communicating with you! I don't know if I'll return to the site because of how difficult they make it to erase low ratings and because there is no clause for "I had a family emergency", but I do intend to send you some correspondence in the near future! I hope you've been doing well and the past year has been kind to you! Hugs, *~ Alayna (LadyGuenevere)

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