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jenmcjen

jenmcjen
Date Joined: June 8, 2018
Last Online: July 20, 2018
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States

About Me

I'm 46 for a bit longer. I like many types of art, and have gone through phases in life, always creating. Some phases I've been through.

  • cross stitch
  • knitting
  • crochet
  • quilting
  • mod podge madness
  • painting with acrylics
  • sketching
  • zentangles
  • inchies (my new budding fave)
  • stamping and card making (Stampin' Up)
  • And then, no matter what else I may be doing art-wise, I'm always a writer.
  • There have been more, no doubt, but who can remember it all?

If I am sending you a postcard or notecard, the colorful side? I probably painted that. Or tangled it. I like painting. I am not good at painting, so don't worry about finding a picture in there, but I like mixing pretty colors in pretty ways.

I'm fanatically obsessed with.

  • the color green
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • David Tennant
  • dogs
  • songbirds
  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
  • and mainly, the color GREEN. My daughter can't wait to move out cuz "I'm sick of living in a lime!"
  • Newest obsession: squares. Don't ask me why. Love 'em.

Other things I like, in no particular order.

  • abstract paintings
  • all things Irish
  • travel
  • having all adult children!!!!
  • being on my OWN for the first time in my LIFE
  • photography (but the kind with the $200 camera or my iPhone 7+),not the $1500 camera--

As for who I am.

  • I am ultra liberal
  • Atheist which means
  • I love people very much and
  • Appreciate life now cuz I believe it's all I've got and
  • I don't hate religious people who don't hate others.
  • I have a kid who's gay. Have been a vocal supporter of gay rights since Matthew Shepard (I'll bet half of you youngsters don't even know who that is--if not, you really should look up his story. Heartbreaking.)
  • All 3 of my kids are mixed race (white/black)
  • I had 4 grandkids, but
  • One died of SIDS at age 4 months and 5 days.

  • I'm from Minnesota born and raised

  • And plan to start a life of travel in about a year
  • Because I've hardly been anywhere.
  • I had my first kid at 17
  • So now at 46,
  • I'm "free" for the first time in my entire life.
  • Not married, kids grown and heading out.
  • I'm in a stage where I am seeking ME.
  • Part of that is I've started painting.
  • And the travel thing.

  • I mostly stay at home and

  • Am now medicated and recovered more or less from agoraphobia.
  • But I'm still a homebody
  • So the travel thing will be WAY out of my comfort zone.
  • And yet, everything I've ever wanted.

Grandkids are the very reason for having kids. They are so awesome!!!

My dad died 3 years ago, and I still miss him every single day of my life, and my ex (children's father) died 2 years ago, and I miss him more and more. I thought time was supposed to heal! I'm patient...

  • I love history.
  • I am and have always been a writer. I journal a LOT and write fiction a LOT. Please don't ask me what I've published. I'll let you know if I ever have something to answer that question with! Well, blog articles, which I do for work.
  • I think people and their stories are super interesting, and
  • When I do travel, I plan to collect as many people's stories as possible.
  • Also I just discovered Smash Books and am definitely going to make one for each trip!
  • If we end up in a swap together, I'd love for you to tell me your story!

I'm newly into these things like ATC and inchies. So cool.

Favorite Music

I mostly listen to books and NPR, but in the last couple years, Pandora and I have been working out my fave music. So here's some of my fave artists.

  • Maroon 5!
  • Mumford & Sons!
  • The Fray.
  • Of Monsters & Men.
  • The Lumineers.
  • The Arctic Monkeys.
  • The Script.
  • Twenty One Pilots.
  • Awol Nation.

So that, whatever that is called.

Favorite Books

I wrote what's below and decided it's a bit of a cheat. Of course I don't have one fave book. But I do quite like Les Miserables. And King's Dark Tower series. And then below are my authors.

I'm not entirely certain there is enough room. I read more than 200 books annually, but I definitely have a list of favorite authors, which includes, first and foremost, Stephen King. Then in no particular order.

1 Stephen King

  • JK Rowling.
  • Amy Tan.
  • Louise Erdrich (home grown).
  • Bryce Courtenay.
  • Charles Dickens.
  • Anne Rice.
  • Alexander McCall Smith.
  • Zadie Smith.
  • Brandon Sanderson.
  • Ursula K Leguin.
  • Joe Hill.
  • Owen King.
  • Margaret Atwood (long before the Hulu show came out).
  • Gregory Maguire.
  • William Kent Krueger (home grown).
  • NK Jemisin.
  • Charlaine Harris (guilty pleasure).
  • Diana Gabaldon.
  • GRR Martin.
  • JRR Tolkien.
  • Octavia Butler.
  • Ian McEwan.
  • David McCullough.
  • Dominic Murray (a friend!).
  • Sherman Alexie (separate from recent events).
  • Tony Hillerman.
  • Margaret Cole.
  • John D. McDonald.
  • Lemony Snicket.
  • Walter Mosley.

Okay, there are so many more. But you get the idea. I like books.

Favorite Movies

This is easier.

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  • Tombstone (the only Western on the list cuz - not a fan of Westerns - but the Wyatt Earp/ Doc Holliday relationship in this gets me every time).
  • Harry Potter movies.
  • Meet the Parents.
  • Schindler's List.
  • Dead Again.
  • Fallen.
  • Star Trek movies.

I don't watch a lot of movies. But this is a selection of ones I have liked.

Favorite Television

Oh, now this could be awhile. Okay. The top three, in the order I became a fan of them, are

1 The West Wing; BBC's Sherlock; and Doctor Who.

2 Then All Law & Orders. Firefly (robbed!). Grey's Anatomy.

And in no particular order

  • ER
  • Buffy
  • Castle
  • Criminal Minds
  • Supernatural
  • The Walking Dead
  • Being Human (UK)
  • LA Law
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Young Sheldon
  • Modern Family
  • Blackish

Okay I'll come back. I'm not in the mood.

Places I Plan to Travel

  • St. Louis, MO;
  • Chicago, IL;
  • Portland, OR;
  • Portland, ME;
  • Maybe the Grand Canyon, but scared...
  • Ireland;
  • England;
  • Scotland;
  • Wales;
  • France;
  • Germany;
  • Spain;
  • Portugal;
  • Thailand.

Dislikes

  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • Religion
  • Bible verses
  • Thoughts & Prayers
  • Insincerity
  • Pessimism
  • Loud Noises
  • Pickles
  • Bagless Vacuums
  • Cleaning (though I love having a clean home, so...)
  • Cats (but only because I am so allergic to them that if I'm around them too long I might actually die, otherwise they are cool)
  • Ticks

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for your list. I only took mine off my letters archive last week, or you could have had a copy, and I can't remember what was on it now.
me2az50 rated for Bird ATC: Hummingbird on Jul 18, 2018
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Comment: Love the water colored hummingbird. The hummingbird on the envelope is a great stamp. Thanks for everything.
dodie rated for Just To Say Hello Swap on Jul 18, 2018
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Comment: Thank for the nice card. Grandma could be Mémé (right prononciation is maymay) and it could be mamie( pronunce like ma-me). Happy swaping
mickey7 rated for Chatty Kathy Letter Friends! on Jul 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the letter.
Kskollections rated for Bird ATC: Peacock on Jul 13, 2018
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Comment: I love it! Would love to see pictures of Humphrey and Bogart! You got it right, Friends was the reason my youngest son isn’t named Chandler!
Zefaniya rated for Chatty Kathy Letter Friends! on Jul 12, 2018
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Comment: We have a bit in common...I’d love to be pen pals with you! 🌸🌺
Response: I would love that. Any time you write me, I'll definitely write back! Not knowing that it would go two ways, I didn't ask questions, and I got a chatty kathy letter today full of questions for me, in addition to stuff about the person, and I realized, I would love to make it a two-way street! I'd absolutely love to hear from you, learn more about you and what's going on in your life, and I will definitely respond near immediately when I receive any letters.
mjojo56 rated for Digital Whimsy Jar #1 on Jul 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! Glad I introduced you to something new with the axolotls! Sorry, not sure why it didn’t save when I tried rating the first time.
Response: Oh, weird. I don't keep track of my ratings like I should. I mean, i always notice when a new one comes in, cuz my email tells me, but if I'm missing ratings, I don't really know. So yay! Yeah, those things are cute!
littlemissme84 rated for A Day In My Life on Jul 11, 2018
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Comment: Wow I love your art work.
Response: Thank you. I'm not one of those naturally talented at art, but a lot of pretty stuff can be made that makes me happy, at least.
ITSkiaful rated for A Day In My Life on Jul 4, 2018
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Comment: i loved reading about your day and those tiny canvases are incredibly cute! such a good idea!
annim rated for A Day In My Life on Jul 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed reading about your day! :)
Ysolt rated for Uniquely Me #1 (repost) on Jul 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! I love the bird stationary. Look out for a reply!
Response: I would be so happy with a reply! And will definitely return it.
Sashaanne rated for Pick 3 Swap on Jul 2, 2018
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Comment: fab, delicious prompts...thank you!
Jjean rated for Summer Journal Prompts - Electronic on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: What interesting prompts - Thank you for sharing..… I do hope to use at least 3 of them.... May take awhile but will share when I write them.....Again, thank you.
aramos0714 rated for Newbie ATC on Jun 27, 2018
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Comment: I love how cute your background is and the note you included was adorable. Awesome job
emiiy8 rated for Newbie ATC on Jun 26, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the ATC! You did a great job. And I liked the panda on the letter and envie :)
Babsmomof5 rated for Digital Whimsy Jar #1 on Jun 22, 2018
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Comment: What a beautiful board! Thank you, I saved quite a few pins to my own boards!
tizzicat rated for First and last lines No. 2 on Jun 22, 2018
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Comment: Received. thank you
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Comment: Thanks for the awesome board!!! and thanks for joining my swap!!
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Comment: Cool stuff!

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Candyn29 on Jul 16, 2018:

Welcome to swapbot

Ramya on Jun 16, 2018:

Thank you for joining the Uniquely Me #1 Swap! ✨

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