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Date Joined: July 14, 2010
Last Online: February 16, 2016
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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Financial upheaval derailed a few swaps. My plan is to make good on every single one as soon as possible.

IF I OWE YOU SOMETHING, I promise to get it out as soon as I can.

I understand if you feel it necessary to rate me down for this, but please know it was not by design and I will make good on every swap, so long as my partner is willing.

About Me

NOTE: I want everyone to come away from a swap satisfied with what I've sent. If not, please message me if you have any problems with a swap. I promise, I'll make it right.

I'm 33, live outside of Chicago and I work in the transportation industry. I am also presently a grad student in English Lit. I recently lost my 13 year old pit bull; I adopted a puppy to give some company to my two ornery cats (one of whom is dumb as a box of hair, bless his heart). I spend most of my time reading, writing, and just going wherever the wind takes me.

I've decided I want to be a Sweet Potato Queen when (if) I grow up. I love ancient history, steampunk, the Victorian era, and 1930's Hollywood glam. I'm fascinated with pretty much anything vintage! My favorite color is GREEN.

I collect religious medals, relics and jewelry, anything to do with Disney's Robin Hood, Tarot cards and playing card decks. I dig the spooky - vampires, werewolves, ghosts, monsters, anything creepy or goth. I like bats very much (I have two bat tattoos at this point with plans for more).

Favorite Books: It, Invisible Monsters, Wuthering Heights, Rachel's Holiday, The Sweet Potato Queen's Guide to Life, Dracula, Neverwhere, Dixieland Sushi, An Incomplete History of the Art of Funerary Violin, The Eyre Affair, The Forbidden Game, The Harry Potter series, Anything with vampires, demons, werewolves, etc, but not a fan of Twilight, 50 Shades, or any other Twilight-esque crap.

Favorite TV: NCIS (original and New Orleans), MAS*H, Gotham, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Firefly, Doctor Who, Sherlock

Favorite Movies: Empire Records, Clue, Interview with the Vampire, The Princess Bride

Favorite Music: The Ataris, Anna Nalick, Bottlefly, Counting Crows, Sam Cooke, Rufus Wainwright, Green Day, The Beatles, New Kids On The Block, Abs Breen, Three Days Grace, Robbie Williams, Jet, Shinedown, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Jordan Knight, Five (5ive), Most boy bands, Blessid Union Of Souls… to name a few.

Favorite Characters: Yoshi, Good Luck Bear (Care Bears), Jack Skellington, Garfield (80's cartoon version), Jade from Beyond Good & Evil, Ice Climbers sprites, Spyro the Dragon, Any horror icons: Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, etc, Snow White and the Wicked Queen, Faye, Pintsize and Hanners from QC (webcomic)


I try not to be picky but I have a few allergies and things. Please to not send any...

Tea: For some reason, even the smell of tea, hot or ice or otherwise, makes me really ill. Fruit and herbal is fine as long as it doesn't contain any actual tea leaves. Red tea is okay.

Flowery Scents: I have asthma and seem to react badly to any floral scented sachets, candles, potpourri, etc. I can handle clean, crisp scents - cucumber, linen, etc.

Favorite Crafts

I love anything with felt but I'm not fond of the pre-packaged kits. I sew my own ideas, making things up as I go along. A lot of it turns out kind of... odd... but that's okay - I like it that way! Also love putting together construction paper crafts, from collages to wall hangings, etc.


LadyDanger rated for Is That Art In Your Pocket Or on Apr 23, 2016
Comment: Not sure if it got lost in the mail or something. I did not receive the card. :(
Maureen00 rated for Colour purple swap on Dec 9, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the things you sent me Amanda! I loved everything, hugs from Chile :)
Comment: Thanks so much for a great swap!
cgoltz rated for Book Of The Month May on Oct 9, 2015
Comment: Thanks for making good on the swap, better late than never :)
xNurseNinax rated for Curl Up With A Good Book 2 on Mar 5, 2013
Comment: Originally I didn't receive my package BUT today (5 March 2013) I received a wonderful 'make-up' package filled with awesome goodies! Thank you so much, I really love it all! :)
tigerlilly327 rated for Pet Pride on Mar 2, 2013
Comment: Your dog looks like a sweetie! Thanks for joining the swap. Next time you're running late just let me know. : )
Comment: The book arrived safely. Can't wait to read it. Thank you.
Johkup rated for Pet Pride on Mar 1, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your email. You have lovely dog :) I'm giving you 5 even though the email was sent late...
rguldy rated for Christmas Card - last minute on Jan 12, 2013
Comment: Sorry it took me so long to rate. Thank you for the cute T-Rex card.
Comment: Thanks so much for the recipes, and the pretty Christmas card...happy new year!
Silenttowr rated for Christmas Card - last minute on Dec 21, 2012
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
fryskmemke rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 18, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the 12!
salazars rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 18, 2012
Comment: I have several of those songs on my mp3, too!
widelo123 rated for MERRY CHRISTMAS! on Dec 15, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. Shirley
buzzgirl88 rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 14, 2012
LilacGirl rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 14, 2012
Comment: Definately must visit Salem for Halloween! Grew up about 1/2 hr away. So awesome!!
LucyToons rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 14, 2012
Comment: enjoyed reading your answers :)
annim rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 13, 2012
Comment: I really liked reading your lists. They were clear and easy to read. And I loved that quote from M*A*S*H. :)
kari7997 rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 13, 2012
missashley rated for 12/12/12 Email Swap on Dec 13, 2012
Comment: thanks for sharing, i really enjoyed the quotes!

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NaddieNed on Jan 19, 2013:

Hey Amanda,

How are you? Could you please rate me for the '3 Recipes for Christmas' swap I've send you on the 3rd of December? Or just let me know if you did or did not received my recipes?

Thanks a lot, NaddieNed.

Wickett6029 on Jan 7, 2011:

Just wanted to know if you received the books I sent for the Spooky Book swap? Just let me know--I can resend if necessary :-)

iloveletters on Nov 15, 2010:

'Read my profile and write me a comment'

Hallo from Germany and nice to meet you on swap-bot! So you are into ghosts and vampires? I have to admit that I am to rational to believe or think about such things. You do ghosthunting, too? WOW. As for your likes in music: New Kids on the Block?! I used to be a big fan back then at the beginning of the 90s. I still own thick folders of all the cut outs from newspapers and mags and have a look into them sometimes. Great memories. Have a nice day!

selisabeth on Nov 13, 2010:

Hi Amanda,

I'm one of your partners for the 'Read my profile and write me a comment' swap!

If you like spooky/creepy I think you would enjoy my parents house, as my dad has a huge collection of weird/spooky/creepy things. From the classic monsters and a life-size Dracula (which, by the way, is not fun to run into in the dark) to human bones and skulls! :) Everyone I had over when I was little was either creeped out or super excited. Hah.

How long have you been living in Chicago? My mom grew up on the south-side, and I was born in Woodstock. I love being able to go there to visit as much as possible.

Happy holidays!

krystalskitsch on Nov 13, 2010:

Hello! I'm one of your partners in the read and comment profile swap! I loved reading through your blog, very interesting stuff! I also adore Hollywood Glam. I'm trying to plan a wedding using a vintage theme -- from my jewelry to dress and the decor... I'm def trying for that vintage glamor! I once worked for a ghost hunter and learned some interesting stuff. I was his admin asst (he ran a publishing company and did the ghost work on the side), it was too funny of a job. From making a Myspace to network with other paranormal fans to scheduling ghost trips... certainly interesting! Hope you're enjoying Swap-bot so far!

runnerbean84 on Nov 12, 2010:

Hiya, I'm not actually one of your partners for the read and comment swap, but i was just having a look thru the participants and really liked your profile.

I'm a big fan of the color GREEN too!! Also, I noticed you said about tarot cards. I had this idea cus I saw a swap for altered playing cards here's the link-- http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/52870 -- I thought it might be cool to do an altered deck of tarot cards? Or not neccesarily ALTERED but handmade? What do you think?

Anyway, have fun, happy swapping! x

firstborn on Nov 8, 2010:

hi there!

i came by to say how much i enjoyed reading your old blog posts... esp about grown women behaving poorly in the workplace... do you still blog? you're a really wonderful writer!

anyhoo, i saw that you are hosting a dr. who themed swap & sadly, i have too much going on to do it... would you consider a private swap? i have been a fan since high school... tom baker and david tennant are my fave docs :)

:) mary ann

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