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smadronia

smadronia
Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: May 29, 2020
Birthday: February 24
Country: United States
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Steph In a Nutshell

Profile Updated 26 June 2019

I currently have a structured, actual schedule, job now, and as a result, I don't check Swap Bot much between Tuesday and Saturday afternoon. If I know I have a swap due, I'll check in, but if you message me about something, don't be surprised if I don't respond for a few days. My work week is 4 11 hour days, and it's work and sleep and little else during that time.

I'm Stephanie, a former truck driver. I've spent 13 years behind the wheel. I live in my childhood home on a cattle ranch with my partner of 15 years, who also drives; my grandmother, a retired English teacher; and Mozzie, my fluffy white cat. There are 2 tanks of fish in the house, one goldfish, one live bearing tropicals. We also have a German Shepherd, Kody, who's tennis ball crazy.

I'm @starhiker s daughter, in case you wonder about the interactions between us. We don't live near each other, but sometimes we end up partners in a swap.

I make a concentrated effort to keep all pet hair out of my swaps. Mozzie has fine white fluff that gets into everything. All swap items are inspected and wiped down (if they can be) before boxing, and I keep packaging away from the pets.Be warned though, that a few hairs may still slip in.

Mr. Mozzie Mozzie On His Leash

Being on the road meant that I had to give up pretty much every hobby I had, minus anything that could be done on a laptop. It's tough to have hobbies or crafts when you live in a space smaller than a walk in closet with someone else day in and day out. Now that I'm home, I've taken up fused glass, often called kilnformed glass. I make a lot of small tea dishes, and occasionally art pieces with it.

I'm most active here doing book related swaps for my Book group, Carpe Librum.

Likes

I'm new to Zentangling, and I think I'm hooked!

My old likes was mostly in paragraph form, and I think people might have been tired of reading it. So I'm going to try for a list this time

  • Purple
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red, especially dark red
  • Rainbows
  • Sun/Moon/Star themes
  • Forests
  • Flowers (all kinds)
  • Rivers/Lakes/Oceans/General bodies of water
  • Sparkly Things
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Washi Tape (deco tape is fun too)
  • Cows
  • Buffalo (American Bison)
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Cats (big and small)
  • Dogs (especially German Shepherds)
  • Butterflies
  • Dragons
  • Mermaids
  • Keychains
  • Zentangle
  • Bandages/Plasters (all colours and styles)
  • Pinups
  • Fireworks (photos, postcards, etc)
  • ATCs
  • Hand crafted Items
  • Book Themed Items
  • Classic Cars
  • Big Trucks (semis/tractor trailers/big rigs/18 wheelers)
  • Tea (all flavors)
  • Hello Kitty
  • Jetoy
  • Postcards (all kinds)
  • Notecards (all kinds)
  • Video Games (classic 80s especially)
  • World of Warcraft - Horde & Alliance, Night Elves, Pandas, Warlocks, Priests, and Monks especially
  • Fallout Universe (Only played 4, but I love the world)
  • Heroes of the Storm, and other BLizzard games
  • articles on writing
  • pens (all kinds)
  • notebooks
  • Fuzzy socks (those one size fits most fit me fine)
  • Pagan related items
  • Things associated with Buddhism

I aspire to be a published writer one day, so writer related items are always welcome. Right now I'm trying to write in the Young Adult genre, but that may change in the future.

I also have to list quirky items, and funny ones. That's kinds of subjective, but I do like things that are offbeat or oddball. One of my favorite items I have is a square beaver made of felt, and one of my favorite postcards is a 1950s era photo with the words "he couldn't be a distant memory soon enough."

I'm also not offended by coarse language or nudity. I'm a truck driver, I talk like a truck driver, and my household is well over the age of 18, so we can handle nudity.

Dislikes/Please Don't Send

Thankfully, this listis pretty short. I'm allergic to scented things, and artifcial sweeteners. If you can avoid sending either, I would appreciate it. I understand I'll run into these things from time to time, especially in sender's choice swaps, and I do regift these items to friends and family members where appropriate.

I've worn the same earrings for 13 years now. I don't generally change them out, but if you send me earrings, I have a 21 year old cousin who will probably get them & love them.

I hate Sponge Bob with a vengeance. I have no idea why.

I don't sew or embroider, so those items (fabric, lace, ribbon, floss) are lost on me. I do try to regift anything like that, so it won't go to waste, but it usually sits around gathering dust for a while before I find a home.

I'm an eclectic pagan, so I'd appreciate it if you didn't send me religious items, unless the swap calls for it.

My family doesn't do much with Christmas, that season has been filled with a lot of trouble and loss for us. However, I know many other people do, and so when the Christmas season rolls around, I am not surprised, nor am I offended to get religious things. It's part of the season. The rest of the year though, I'm not a fan.

For these things, if you miss this section and send me something that I'm not able to use, I'm not going to rate you down for it. I do have limits though, if it's a goodies from your profile swap, and someone sends a Jesus head air freshener, sugar free candies, and and note telling me I'm going to hell, then I'll take offense.

Books

I go through a lot of books: paper, ebook on my nook, and audiobooks. Being a truck driver means I spend a lot of time driving, and a lot of time sitting around, waiting to get unloaded. It's prime listening/reading time. I average 4-6 books a month, mostly fiction, although I try for a non fiction book every month, usually around homesteading/survival/self sufficiency.

I'm one of those people who has very few favorites, not because I love so many books I can't choose, but because I just don't. However, I have settled into a pattern of what I like to read:

  • Paranormal
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Young Adult

Young adult is vague, as so much goes on there now. It's also why I read it: most of the interesting things are happening in the Young Adult market right now. I have a soft spot for paranormal and dystopian young adult novels.

Want to know which authors I like best? The names in parenthesis are book titles Adult Authors:

  • Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel's Dart) * This is the closest thing to a favorite book for me

  • Lyda Morehouse (Archangel Protocol)

  • Richelle Mead (Succubus Blues)

  • Karen Marie Moning

  • Mercedes Lackey (Magic's Pawn)

  • Kelly Mccullough (MythOS)

Young Adult Authors:

  • Richelle Mead (Bloodlines)

  • Tamora Pierce (Alanna)

  • Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)

  • Roald Dahl (Matilda)

My book dislikes are short. I'm not a fan of literary fiction, the symbolism and meaning goes right over my head. Horror stories are not my thing either, I don't like to be scared. I'm not a huge fan of modern romance novels. I also dislike Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey.

I'm a co-founder in Carpe Librum, a group dedicated to books of all kinds. If you like book themed swap, please come join us!

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Wishlist

There are a few things I would really love to receive, but I don't expect anyone to send.

  • Truck Things (postcards, notecards, stickers, etc)

  • Johnny Cash Postcards (sent naked or in an envelope)

Mailing etc

If you haven't received anything from me, and a reasonable amount of time has passed (3 weeks US, 6 weeks international) please let me know. I don't mind doing a resend.

Waiting on a rating? Let me know. I try to set my mail on one part of my desk, and rate on the weekends when I don't work, but sometimes mail falls off my desk, or someone brings the mail and sets it on my couch, which likes to eat it. I'm not trying to ignore anyone purposefully, so just drop me a message and I'll go hunt your mail down.

Swapping is supposed to be fun, but it's also a commitment we all need to follow through on. If you're going to be late sending, please let me know before the swap deadline has passed. I understand that everyone is human; sometimes things come up and you can't send on time. I'm willing to be cool, within reason. We can work something out in most cases, although if you don't hold up your end, I reserve the right to rate according to Swap Bot rules.

Ratings

KSENiA rated for CL: Pinterest - Book Related on May 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing
cynaemon rated for Pinterest: Starts with A on May 25, 2020
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Comment: Hi, I liked your boards. I did an absinthe board too. Didn't think about including my apple board.
Nserviam rated for TWW: Pinterest Swap on May 25, 2020
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Comment: I love the qutoes!
hangingonahoneymoon rated for Pinterest: Starts with A on May 24, 2020
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Comment: I liked both your boards and saved some of those apple recipes! Thanks!
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Comment: Book art can be so pretty! But I could never do that to a book!
ariestess rated for CL: April Reading Log - Electronic on May 23, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
ariestess rated for Get in the Habit #7 on May 23, 2020
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Comment: Sorry for the late rate, I thought I'd done it already. But I really liked this bit, especially in the 1st person POV. Keep going!
KSENiA rated for CL: April Reading Log - Electronic on May 21, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing
Jjean rated for LL: Pinterest Board - Book Things on May 18, 2020
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Comment: Loved viewing your board..... so many interesting book shelves + much more.... thank you for sharing and a fun swap.
manaelsa rated for Pinterest: Starts with A on May 18, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for swapping!
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Comment: fun and light hearted board
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Comment: Oh my goodness, you read a lot! Thank you for the link to your blog post and for the awesome video along with your thoughts of the books you read! I really enjoyed watching/reading it all ^_^ Have a wonderful week :)
carol rated for Get in the Habit #8 on May 16, 2020
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Comment: I LOVE reading book reviews! Especially ones as well-written as these. I'm intrigued by the 3 points of view in your first book, but I think I'd want more fire horse racing too! Reaper sounds like one I might like to read too! Thanks!
Response: Reaper is a really fantastic book, I highly recommend it! Thanks for the heart!
ttbishop rated for Get in the Habit #8 on May 14, 2020
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Stargazer008 rated for CL: What are you Reading? on May 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard and sharing the books. And now have a nice Sunday.
ariestess rated for Get in the Habit #6 on May 8, 2020
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Comment: Okay, I gotta admit that I got sucked into this one pretty quickly. LOL Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!
ariestess rated for Get in the Habit #5 on May 8, 2020
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Comment: I don't know WoW, but this was fascinating nonetheless. Thanks for sharing!
Allylu rated for CL: March Reading Log - Paper on Apr 25, 2020
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Comment: You certainly took advantage of the long month and read a lot of books! I'm looking forward to starting a trilogy when I get done with one of the two print books I am reading.
Poftoffel rated for Get in the Habit #5 on Apr 25, 2020
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Comment: I played wow many years ago, so I could follow along a bit :-) The writing is good as always, thank you for sharing!
ariestess rated for CL: March Reading Log - Electronic on Apr 22, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!

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Comments

Ellen101 on May 8, 2020:

I love all of the washi samples that you sent to me. You're so generous and I appreciate that!

SeleneW on Mar 14, 2020:

Happy Pi Day!

starhiker on Jan 27, 2020:

: )

Rosa1 on Dec 24, 2019:

Rosa1 on Dec 24, 2019:

Merry Yule to you!

banjobraids on Dec 23, 2019:

yule

Freyja on Dec 23, 2019:

Yule Profile Decoration Happy Yule

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 19, 2019:

Thank you so much for my Christmas card Advent # 5 swap. Snowflake stickers, a notecard and the cutest little sticker flakes. Merry Christmas.

Mimosagirl on Nov 26, 2019:

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I forgot to add the swap name to my CPG Give Thanks profile bling - usa only. I apologize for that and thank you for the rating. Have a wonderful week!

marinda on Nov 26, 2019:

Happy Thanksgiving!

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