Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2018 3:00 am


Date Joined: December 21, 2017
Last Online: December 9, 2018
Birthday: September 21
Country: United States

Swap Info

I received a "1" rating for a Stuff the Mailbox Swap. I have tried to contact my partner multiple times, but she has not responded to any of my messages. I would like to resolve this as soon as possible. Please bear with me as I try to fix this problem!

Also, please let me know if you don't receive a swap. I will do my best to make it right.

About Me

I'm a librarian, book lover, aspiring writer, and rescued dog owner. My dog is an american bulldog/boxer/pit bull mix, so I love anything with bullies on them.

I love writing and anything that goes along with that, like pens and stationery. I have lots of both! I also just discovered fountain pens. I always thought they were very expensive and out of my reach, but I have found some inexpensive ones that I enjoy practicing with.

When I was a child, I had an uncle who encouraged my reading and writing. He always gave me books as gifts and he wrote letters to me all the time. It was so much fun sending and receiving letters! As I got older, I sent letters to my friends, but no one ever reciprocated. I eventually stopped, but I kept buying cards and paper. Now I am glad to meet people who are excited to send me letters too!

Some other things I like: Coffee (especially dark roast) and tea. Anything with cups and saucers and coffee beans and tea bags on them. My favorite tea is lapsang souchon, which no one else I know likes! It's really strong, so I understand, but it would be nice to meet someone else who likes it. I love other hot drinks too, from hot chocolate to cider.

I also love traveling, so anything with maps on it, or British or French things is nice. I have travelled extensively in the US, for business and for vacations. I have only left the US once, when I drove to Winnipeg, Canada while on a business trip. Seattle is my favorite place that I have been to. I love Seattle! Someday I hope to go to travel abroad and go to places like London and Paris and Australia. Or pretty much anywhere!

My favorite color is blue. I especially like blue and yellow together like a Van Gogh painting. I love him!! I like impressionists like Monet too. I like all shades of blue from teal to navy. I also like cool greens and purples. I'm not a big fan of red or orange, but they are nice sometimes, like for a fall display.

Favorite Music

My favorite kinds of music are grunge and alternative music, but I also like many different kinds of music, from classical to bluegrass. I love all the Seattle bands from Nirvana to the Presidents of the United States of America. Pearl Jam is my most favorite. They rock! I love all the 80s hair bands and one hit wonders like Men Without Hats. Safety Dance is the best! In recent years, I have gotten into alternative country. A local body shop has a monthly open mic where people play bluegrass and string music. So much fun! I always love to experience new music.

Favorite Books

I like a wide variety of books but science fiction is my current favorite. I love Neal Stephenson and William Gibson. I really enjoyed The Martian and Ready Player One. Ender's Game is a brilliant book that everyone should read, whether they like science fiction or not.

I also like mysteries, especially ones where I can't figure out the ending. Some favorites are Dick Francis and Robert Galbraith (People make fun o the books cuz they are written by JK Rowling, but they are so good!).

And speaking of JK Rowling, I love the Harry Potter series. Another series I love is the Stephanie Plum series. Quite a combo, I know, but they are both so good in their ways! I enjoy listening to them on audio in my car.

I love traveling and reading about traveling. I even love to read tourist guidebooks! Bill Bryson is my favorite travel writer. I love funny travel memoirs.

I belong to a book club, and I love it. We choose the books together, and sometimes people pick books I would never read on it my own. It is interesting and challenging to read books outside my comfort zone.

Favorite Movies

A wide variety!

*The Matrix

*Sense and Sensibility

*Singing in the Rain

*Safety Not Guaranteed

*Bride and Prejudice

*The Edge of Tomorrow

*Minority Report


*National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

*Whale Rider

*The Incredibles

*The Princess Bride

*Monty Python and the Holy Grail

*Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie)

*Health documentaries like Forks Over Knives

Favorite Television

I don't watch much TV these days. When I can, I try to catch Modern Family. I'm a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv show), The X-Files, Will & Grace and Frasier. I love all of the remakes coming out!

I don't have cable or Netflix, but the local stations show lots of old reruns that I love. I also watch a lot of PBS. I love Nature, Frontline, and Masterpiece Theater. If only Downton Abbey hadn't ended! That was such an amazing show. I love the PBS cooking shows too, especially The Jazzy Vegetarian and Patti's Mexican Table. Patti is just charming!

Favorite Crafts

I started Bullet Journaling last November. It's my bullet journal anniversary! I am also getting better with my fountain pens! I enjoy using them to write to new friends. I have always loved journals, notebooks, writing and stationery. I also enjoy crocheting and cross stitch. I can knit, but not very well. I much prefer crocheting. I like crafting, but I am definitely a beginner. I have had to make crafts for my job at the library, and they turned out OK, but I have never done them on my own. I'm fascinated by the videos I've seen of pocket letters, happy mail, and flip books. I'm excited to try making all of them. And I just took my first Zentangle class! I've bought a few Zentangle supplies and I look forward to making more tangles.

Things I Like

Here are some random things I like:

My new favorite obsession is mason jars!

Washi tape! Where has this been all my life?!

Butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, bees, and other cute bugs

Owls, foxes, frogs, turtles, elephants

Renoir, Matisse, van Gogh, Monet, Klimt

Vivaldi, Bach, Liszt

Cute aliens (not scary ones)

Musicals (Hollywood, Broadway & Bollywood)

Astronomy and outer space

The ocean

Underwater creatures, especially cuttlefish and octopus. They are amazing!

Healthy vegan food

Fun shaped paperclips


Comment: Thanks so much for the postcard. I love my sister's butternut soup.
suepier rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #17 on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard.
Mye rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap #3 on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely samples. I never tried writing using fountain pen, maybe I will try it in the future. We do not have any Thanksgiving celebration here. Hope you're having great time 😊
noeldtroll rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #129 on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Sounds like a fun weekend, its been far too long since I've been bowling
Comment: Thanks for the postcard - sounds like a great weekend! I don't bowl much, but it is fun! There's a cool bowling alley right up the road from me that also has pool tables and a bar/restaurant. Some nights they have live music and I love watching the older couples on the dance floor. There's one man probably in his 80s who dances so fluidly it's like he doesn't have any bones, it's awesome! Thanks again :)
SanVHM rated for IWTS: Treasure Trove Swap on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Mary thank you so much for the samples. I thought is was a tough challenge too to picked the 3 samples of each. Just love the glitter/blue one and I just loved the dotted orange one. Have a great weekend!
AlishaK rated for Stickers and a Wish on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful note and stickers.
Comment: Thank you very much <3
liucyt rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #18 on Dec 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard! I really appreciate that!
Paryx rated for Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23 on Dec 2, 2018
Comment: Dear Marhod, I love the $2 incl. shipping (!) Jinhao pens from China on eBay. They are wonderful. Be sure to buy Jinhao ink cartridges too. So excited by the NASA Mars landing. I watched every minute on TV. Fantastic!
Freyja rated for Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23 on Dec 2, 2018
Sandraj77 rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #18 on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard. I also like to watch sports, but mainly Formula 1 and World Cup soccer matches. I am also interested in American Football, but can't watch too much of it here. So enjoy the Football season and I hope one of your fave teams will win. ;-)
Comment: Thanks for the post card showing the soleil leopard. It cheered up a dreich day. I watch rugger ( Rugby Football), I spent my childhood in Rugby. It was on Rugby School Close that school boy William Webb Ellis " with a fine disregard for the rules of football, picked up the ball ànd ran". It's not a game for the faint hearted. What they do in the scrum doesn't bare thinking about!
Comment: I am not a sports fan, but don't let anyone tell you that you can't like 2 teams. Do it! I say you can.
LoveThis rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #18 on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: thankyou very much for the card
soccer8s rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #18 on Nov 25, 2018
aralyn rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #18 on Nov 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute dog pc! I bet you are so happy about the Cowboys!! I don't particularly enjoy any sports, but the Cowboys play every Thanksgiving and one of my uncles is a HUGE fan, so he was very excited when they won :)
anicka22 rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap #3 on Nov 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful samples. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving , so I look forward to christmas
matt319 rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #16 on Nov 17, 2018

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iheartushi on Dec 1, 2018:

Profile Hello #23

Hello Mary!

My name is Elena. I am from the Philippines. It's nice to meet a librarian here in swap-bot 😊

Like you, I also love books. Nobody encouraged me. It is just that as a child, I always see my father reading a colorful magazine, Newsweek. So in order for me to understand what is written between those colorful pages, I strive to learn the alphabet and eventually settled on reading anything I see.

I am also into pens. My favorites are Pilot and Sakura. I started with fountain pens when my sister bought me a Platinum Plaisir when she went to Japan. As my practice pen, I use Platinum Preppy. I am also enbaling my nephew and niece to use fountain pens.

I also like Van Gogh paintings. My favorite Filipino painter is Fernando Amorsolo because like Van Gogh, he also painted landscapes. His paintings like a window to my country's past.

I joined Postcrossing last August only. Are a member too?

I also have penpals and I am always excited to read their letters and write my replies. 😊

Take care. Happy holidays/Merry Christmas!


Freyja on Dec 1, 2018:

Hello From QLD Australia Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23

gabtherific on Dec 1, 2018:

Hi Mary! I see we actually have so much in common. The first thing I noticed is that you have a dog and I’m actually a huge dog lover myself! They are too precious. I also LOVE coffee but am not sucha big fan of tea. I never liked it for some reason. But I also love hot chocolate very much.

I really like alternative music too. My favorite bands are Twenty one Pilots, Panic! At the Disco, and Gorillaz; they’re really worth the listen. I’m also a big Disney fan so seeing The Incredibles on your fave movies made my day. Happy Holidays and Happy swapping!

Paryx on Dec 1, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23

Hello Mary, I love dark or mild roast coffee and British and Irish black tea varieties, You are my first ever swap-bot swap so I hope I am doing this the right way. I have a bunch of inexpensive fountain pens I love. I like to send letters and postcards so look for me out there!

jaimierandolph on Dec 1, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23

Good Morning Mary,

I hope this little message finds you doing well. While reading your profile I noticed that you love coffee and I just read a profile where they didn't like coffee which I am one of those people also. hahaha Although I don't like coffee I do however love sweet iced tea. McDonalds has the best. I hope you have a wonderful day. Keep your head up. HUGS

MNJoviGirl on Sep 6, 2018:

I will see what I can find at my local DT for washi designs.


earthnk on Aug 6, 2018:

Howdy-hoo! There is a SCOOBY DOO postage stamped swap winging its way to you as of 30 minutes ago 😊 Happy swapping~

LavenderSprinkles on May 12, 2018:

Thanks for condolences.

Drachenfrau on Apr 8, 2018:

Heya there,

I stumbled over your profile and really liked it. :-) If you ever want to do a private postcard-swap, let me know. Also I'm regularly hosting a Harry Potter-letter swap and maybe you are interested? You can find it in my profile.

Take care!


Kellpepper on Mar 12, 2018:

Hi Mary!

Thank you for the great planner swap! Believe it or not, I have never been to a Tuesday morning. You can bet I will stop by the next time I go to the city!

Thank you again, Kelli

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