I had major surgery one month ago. I am still recovering and doing well, but I am not online daily. I am still hosting my monthly tea swaps and will only be participating in those until my energy returns.
A swap I mailed on 12 February was just returned to me by the USPS yesterday. Weird mail delivery issues and delays are persisting. I've already been in contact with my partner. This is more just to let you know that USPS seems to be having a lot of issues. Let me know if you don't get a swap - I'm always happy to resend.
There have been an unusually high number of swaps going missing in the post these last couple of months. Both for swaps I am receiving and swaps I'm sending. I don't know what is going on with the postal service, but if I haven't received a swap, I'm emailing my partner before rating. If you haven't received a swap from me, please let me know. I'm always happy to resend.
I pledge to rate! I open my mail in front of my computer, so I rate while I'm opening my mail. :-)
I always send my swaps! I prepare my swaps in front of my computer too, so as soon as I put postage on it, I mark them sent. I usually do this at night because I have a full time job, so they are picked up by the post office the next day. If you don't receive a swap I sent, please let me know so I can follow up on it. I will happily resend anything eaten by the post office.
Receiving Resent Swaps Every now and again, the USPS will lose swaps, so I advise my partners before rating. Always. I've had a few situations where I will get the resent swap, then I'll also get the original swap at some later date (Thanks USPS). When I end up getting both, I send a "Thank You" in the mail equivalent to the swap sent and received twice because of awesome swap partners. It just seems like the right thing to do. :-)
I live in Northern Virginia with my husband and three kitties, but would much rather live in the forest on a mountain. Perhaps when we retire! I work full time and spend most of my days on the computer so by the time I get home I usually stay away from the computer because I'm tired of it. In my free time, I like to make stained glass and fused glass. I also like to try new crafts.
I like to travel and play augmented reality games (like Ingress and PokemonGo) because I end up going to places I never would have otherwise. I've been on beautiful hikes, seen amazing gardens and museums, and been to really interesting historical places all because of these games!
I have a witty and often sick sense of humor. I cuss ... a lot. I enjoy many things geeky. I'm a Nerdfighter ... DFTBA! And I love playing games with friends and family - Munchkin, Cards Against Humanity, and Exploding Kittens are a couple of my current favorites.
I'm also a pagan who is comfortable talking religion to anyone. In my theological studies, I've come to realize that all major world religions can pretty much be boiled down to one thing: Don't be an asshole. :-) So I try not to be.
I am allergic to maple syrup. To be safe, please don't send anything that is even maple flavored. Thank you!
I do not like floral teas, blackberry/raspberry, ginger, lemon, licorice/anise, mango, any melons, rooibos, or mint flavors. I also don't like earl grey or anything by Ashby's.
I like plain black teas and I do prefer black tea over green. Darjeeling is my favorite black tea.
I also like flavored teas with peach, orange, strawberry, spices, vanilla, and apple and I like trying new-to-me flavors too.
I am always looking for Twinings Peach Black Tea. They appear to have quit selling it in the States.
Favorite Teas discovered in swaps:
I will always love to receive these flavors!!
• Ahmad Vanilla Tranquility
• Greenfield Vanilla Cranberry
• ICA Chai
• SPAR Aardbei Thee (strawberry)
• Stash Vanilla Chai
• Tazo Organic Peach Cobbler
I like chocolate, caramel, pecans, hazelnut, peanut butter, orange, toffee for sure.
I don't like almond, blackberry, coffee, ginger, lemon, licorice/anise, lime, kiwi, mango, melon, or raspberry flavors.
I don't like chewing gum.
I have been making stained glass and fused glass art since the 1990s. I can use MANY things in my glass work and like to use "weird" things whenever possible ... like sliced agate, river rocks, crystal points, sea glass, sea shells used bike gears, keys, antique glass plates, antique glass buttons, cabochons, chain, jewelry findings, empty bottles, metal stirrups ... I'll use anything! :-)
I have been making beaded jewelry since I was a child - my mother did macramé and taught me when I was little. I work with glass beads, gemstone/mineral beads, and metal beads. Specifically NO plastic.
I have really been getting in to making ATCs lately and I like receiving ATCs and supplies that I can use when making them.
I like trying new crafts and find that I can always use ribbon, Sharpies, origami paper, acrylic paints, metal jewelry findings, metal pendants.
I enjoy painting and decorating those plain cheap wood boxes from craft stores as well as other boxes too. It's nice to re-purpose boxes that are in good shape and make them into something prettier and then use them!
Every spring I make pysanki (Ukrainian Easter eggs).
These are things I'd love to receive in any form (ATCs, ephemera, goodies, stickers, etc.)
Washi (any, but I especially like purples, snowflakes, trees, leaves, moon and stars, rabbits, and cats.)
Favorite colors are purples, jewel tones, and saturated colors.
Snowflakes - One of my favorite websites is http://www.snowcrystals.com/ because they have beautiful pictures of snowflakes as well as a great science section about how snowflakes form and how the crystals grow in nature (2, 3, 6, and 12 points - Never 4, 5, or 8 points!).
Oy I hate to even have to keep track of this, but all it takes is one bad egg to ruin it for the rest of us.
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