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smadronia

smadronia
Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: September 22, 2020
Birthday: February 24
Country: United States
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Steph In a Nutshell

Profile Updated 24 June 2020

I'm Stephanie, a 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 15 years now. I don't generally change them out, but if you send me earrings, I have a 24 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

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Comment: h' Hope this COVID nightmare ends soon!
mcovey rated for OSS: Sender’s Choice PC Sept. on Sep 23, 2020
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Comment: Thanks touching pc , hope you are safe from the fires . We didn’t have damage from hurricane , just a lot of rain .
colleenbUSA rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 25 on Sep 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! I love the extra postcard!
Snailmail1772 rated for CL: What are you Reading? on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for hosting and sending a cute pc my way.
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Lemonine rated for Spill it, Sisters!!!! on Sep 19, 2020
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Jjean rated for CL: August Reading Log - Electronic on Sep 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing - Some of the content was covered up by the "ads" & couldn't read - I could see some that you are in OR....... Hope you are in a safe area & Stay Safe....
Drachenfrau rated for Did July or Tell The Truth? on Aug 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for your letter, Stephanie! :-) We have something similar like Home Chef and my girlfriend and I did it too. Two times in the last years. It really was great, but after a while the dishes repeated and we missed our meals. Lol I believe you did tell the truth about your July. :-) You and your wife stay safe! :-*
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Comment: I am so sorry for the late rating! Thank you so so much for your email reading log, I really like reading through it! I hope you have a good reading month this month!
ariestess rated for CL: June Reading Log - Electronic on Aug 16, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Sorry for the late rate. Thought I'd done this already.
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Comment: Thank u for the purple bits and bobs. So much fun!
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Comment: Thank you for all the nice goodies - lovely selection of pcs and washi tapes!! Much appreciated:)
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Comment: Thanks for this round of Traveling Book Card and for the very cute mice-in-the-mailbox postcard.
jeka396 rated for CPG Patterned PC - US Only on Jul 27, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sending such a colorful card, your hungry caterpillar comment made me giggle!
carol rated for CL: June Reading Log - Paper on Jul 26, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for your reviews. I can relate. I'm juggling several books right now, and several are due back. They're eBooks, so I can't even keep them longer. They just "poof!" disappear. Loving this swap! Thanks for hosting it.
Catida rated for CL: June Reading Log - Electronic on Jul 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you, it was interesting to hear what you'd read. I hope your reading drive will return soon :)
cynaemon rated for Pinterest: Starts with C on Jul 13, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing. Cosplay is cool.
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Comment: Thank you for an envie of awesomeness! I love the donut card - omg, that's adorable! And thank you for all the other nice goodies!
mandigutterrose rated for BS&S: Quote Challenge #1 on Jul 10, 2020
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Comment: I loved Halloween so much as a kid and it wasn't until I started down my own path that I recognized why. Such a wonderful day!!
draco rated for Pinterest: Starts with C on Jul 10, 2020
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Comment: thank you. looks interesting

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Comments

bblue on Jul 27, 2020:

Thank you for the RAK of washi tape! They are great and will be put to good use.

user6937 on Jul 24, 2020:

Your 8 years on the 'bot RAK arrived today - thank you for the Washi tape! It's a generous gift :)

noname13 on Jul 17, 2020:

Thanks a lot for the tapes that I received today from your 8 Years on The Bot RAK! Have a nice weekend! Andrea

Poftoffel on Jul 16, 2020:

Okay, I am in LOVE with this book! It’s amazing!!!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 15, 2020:

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For the awesome RAK of washi tapes and congrats on your SB anniversary!!

wolfeagle on Jul 13, 2020:

Congratulations! again. 10 years anywhere is a big deal, but especially here where so many people come and go.
And, Thank you so much for the washi tapes. I look forward to using them.

Poftoffel on Jul 13, 2020:

Thank you for re-sending Kushiels Dart! I can’t wait to read it - it looks so interesting!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 13, 2020:

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For the lovely rak of washi tapes - love them!! And congrats on 10 years of mail fun, too much postage, and a lotta joy!!

Poohtat on Jul 13, 2020:

8 years RAK. Thank you for the washi rolls you sent to me. Lovely selection. Happy swapping!

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!

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