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Last Online: September 18, 2018
Birthday: October 22
Country: United States
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About Me

I've lived in the Chicago area most of my life and love it here. I was on swap-bot in the middle 00's and had life fall apart briefly and quit swapping after flaking a couple times, but I'm back and re-invested and looking forward to sharing cool stuff.

Favorite Music

Mostly metal, Alternative, folk, and indie stuff.

Favorite Movies

Action or Suspense. I like heist flicks or ones with a twist at the end the most. But I don't turn up my nose at a frivolous chick-flick.

Favorite Television

I like things with good ensemble casts. Old school Doctor Who, West Wing and Gilmore Girls devote, but there's all sorts of interesting things out, especially on Netflix, Prime, and HBO.

Favorite Crafts

Knitting, Beading, Making models of bridges out of balsa wood (though I haven't had much time for model making lately).

I'm kind of anti-plastic. I like natural materials, cotton, silk, wools, stone, wood, glass, metal..

Favorite Books

Mostly I read Mysteries, Fantasy, and philosophy, though recentlyu I am mostly reading things that are historical action/mystery/suspense/quest novels.

I also have a bit soft spot for well done YA stuff... oooo guilty pleasures... Harry Potter, Dark Matterials Trilogy, Sisterhood of the Traveling pants, the Twilight saga... And I have also been v. into the whole "cozy" mystery thing lately. (I really shouldn't admit to it but it is great when you want something really lazy to do...)


I am a big tea drinker. For me it is a year round drink. Most of what I drink is loose leaf, but some is bagged - especially when I'm on the go or at work. I

I love yellow flowers, Roses that smell, Forget-me-nots, irises, and columbines.

My favorite color combination is purple and green. Odd I know... but in general I like cool colors, so I suppose it does make sense... if your me. :) I am also big on Teals and heathery pinks.

I ride my bike all the time. I try to commute to work when I can and prefer long tour rides to anything that's a race.


JPGirl rated for Local tea/ coffee swap on May 18, 2009
Comment: Hi- will re-rate if I receive anything :)
Nela rated for International Tea Swap #1 on Feb 18, 2009
Comment: Thank you very much for your nice tea selection.
its4donna rated for International Tea Swap #1 on Jan 28, 2009
Comment: Lovely teas, thanks for the extra packets!
HoneyBadger rated for KAL startup swap on Jan 21, 2009
Comment: Yay for the Hemlock Ring!! Your card was funny :-) Thanks.
telizas rated for KAL startup swap on Jan 18, 2009
Comment: Love your yarn choice! I've made that sweater you mentioned - its CAKE next to lace! Go for it! :D
andysbabycakes rated for Chocolate bar and yarn on Dec 12, 2008
Comment: thanks for sending!
Response: Thanks for updating your rating!
Amberly rated for Loose Tea of the Month Club (March) on Oct 28, 2008
Comment: Have spoken with poofsizzle and she is sending. I am very glad she is back. UPDATE: Melissa send not 2 oz, but 4 oz of tea. And tea that I love! Thanks so much!!!
Response: I'm glad you enjoy them. -Melissa
catlover rated for Cozy mystery book swap #2 on Mar 12, 2008
Response: I pm'd catlover on Oct 24 andher book is on the way
Elotopia rated for Tea-swap on Mar 9, 2008
Comment: I'll change when I receive it (or a reply). Hope to ear from you soon!
Response: II pm'd elotopia on Oct 24 and I am waiting on a response
Comment: Thanks Melissa for the green teas . Thanks for the tip that the one tastes good with chocolate!
ostrichart rated for Book Thongs!!! on Feb 20, 2008
Comment: Thanks for sending these again, and for the tea x
twobluecrows rated for Book Thongs!!! on Feb 19, 2008
Comment: They finally arrived!!! Thanks so much, and the extra bookmark is very nice, too! Cyn
Margih rated for Simple Tea bag swap (Inter) on Jan 24, 2008
Comment: Thanks Melissa, your teas arrived today. Though you sent them very late, you sent 4 teabags instead of the minimum 2 and I myself know how life can arrange surprises/shocks/etc, I´m gonna give you a heart :)
Response: you're a sweetheart - Thanks!
jannikinz rated for One Skein Challenge on Jan 20, 2008
Comment: Thankyou. What a sweet package, love it. Am so happy to change rating. Thanks again.
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies. I love the mug cozy...so soft!!
Response: Yay - I'm glad you like it. I'm really sorry that it took me so long to get it out to you, but I was hoping that it would be something you would like. :)
Nosse rated for Tea swap # 15 - Christmas edition! on Jan 18, 2008
Comment: Thanks for your teas and the extras too! :)
Comment: Thanks Melissa for the teas, I can't wait to try them.Thanks for inviting me to join your swap.
Lunaria rated for Simple Tea bag swap (Inter) on Jan 17, 2008
Comment: I can tell you are stressed because you forgot to say which swap it was!
nejxr25 rated for Autumn Hot Drinks #2 on Jan 7, 2008
Comment: thanks for a great swap
DreamHope rated for Walking the Labyrinth on Dec 30, 2007
Comment: I PM'd you a week ago to see when this was mailed, but I haven't heard back from you. Please let me know when this package was sent. I will be pleased to change this rating when something arrives.
Response: Sorry that I didn't get back to you sooner - I was out of email contact over the holiday. I will check into the send date on this package and get back to you.

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bluemerleboutique on Nov 26, 2008:

Just saying hi! I noticed you were signed up for another book swap I just joined and checked your profile because I'm bored...I'm from Chicago too! Hope you have a good Thanksgiving! Sara

bookwyrmm on Nov 8, 2008:

Thanks for the Fancy Formosa Dragon Oolong!

fluffywelshsheep on Nov 6, 2007:

thanks for being a part of my Simple Tea bag swap (Inter)

kiki on Oct 17, 2007:

Congrats on finishing your shawl! That's awesome! :D

jersey178 on Oct 7, 2007:

Hello! I am sending off the teal yarn tomorrow, feel free to send me something you think is worth it :) I really liked those stitch markers on your blog.....I have never done it but we can make it a private swap if you want to. Have a good day!

lulubird6 on Sep 27, 2007:

OMG! cooan's comment made me laugh! your envie is going out tomorrow. sorry it's so late! hope you like it and thanks for the needles and bonus cotton. man, those suckers are teeeennnyyyy!

TeraBACat on Sep 26, 2007:

Thanks for the knitting needles! I can't wait to use them! Did you get your tea yet?

Caam on Sep 24, 2007:

Actually, it was not that hideous at all, I was joking. I got the blue and yellow...my son likes the yellow, it's his favorite color! And since it is easy care yarn (as I like to call acrylic, since it is just that!), I can make a little something for him or knit them into squares for charity. Probably for him, he loves it when I knit for him and since I do not have to worry about it shrinking, or getting dirty since I can wash it...

luvcatzzz on Sep 18, 2007:

hey there! i got the knittin' needles, thank you SO MUCH! and i have yet to get yours off, i'm soo sorry, with all this drama with my mom and loosing all those kittens this past week, my brain has not been with it... but i WILL get with it... no flakers on this end! but do accept my apologies for being late in reciprocating...it's been kinda rough... ugh!

and i thank you so very much... now... to try to actually DO this thing. :-D

Twisted03Raven on Sep 10, 2007:

Melissa, Your teas went in the mail this am! :)

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