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veronicallama

veronicallama
Date Joined: April 19, 2015
Last Online: January 20, 2021

Country: United States
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I'm Rhonda! I live in Oakland, California with my partner. I teach elementary school. Born in the mid 60's, I've been a member of the 50+ club for a couple of years now. Being on Swap-bot here with you makes me happy! I'm ready for some innocent fun!

IF you'd like some notecard envelopes (JUST envelopes, no notecards), please message me and I'll send 12 or 15 your way. A friend shared an estate sale find with me, but now I have way too many! US swappers only, due to postage.

My interests are varied. I like cooking, hiking, reading, cities (London has a special place in my heart), trees, dogs, and llamas. I've always been interested in politics and remain optimistic that democracy has a chance of working for the benefit of all.

Living in Oakland, I take advantage of being just a bridge away from the museums in San Francisco. I visit art museums frequently and like having the time to take in beauty and strangeness. I tend to enjoy more contemporary works than classic, but that's not a hard and fast.

I like cute stuff...slightly gothic stuff (think Edward Gorey)... I'm into Adventure Time and Bob's Burgers and Regular Show (cartoon watcher for life!)... I'm a sucker for animals of all kinds. I've loved dogs my whole life.

Colors that speak to me are candy brights of ALL shades; all pinks, from baby soft pastels to loud fuchsias -- Wait. Who am I kidding? I can't list all the colors I like! More is better, that much I can say!

When I was growing up, I'd spend all my money on records and concert tickets. I'm a rocknroll girl. These days, I listen to powerpop from the 70s-90s, roots rock and Americana, and singer/songwriter stuff. I love seeing local acts, like Chuck Prophet, Bart Davenport, and Crying Time.

I was very lucky to have seen Prince twice - once in 2011, and then again, just 3 months before he passed. Prince's music added so much excitement to my life, being a teenager in the '80s. I still find it so sad that his life ended as it did, far too soon. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson.

I was a literature major and the books I like most have interesting language, as well as an engaging story. I am a word nerd, for sure! I love that a Richard Ford novel is guaranteed to have words new to me on nearly every page. Junot Diaz and Philip Roth are also favorite authors of mine; their sentence and story constructions make me swoon.

Being a word nerd makes it easy for me to love poetry: in a good poem, every word is essential and leads to a perfect moment of "aha." Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Wendell Berry have all given me those moments for which I'm grateful.

Book last finished: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce ::: Currently reading: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki + Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr + The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin

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Postcrossing is what lead me to Swap-bot. Hooray! I started collecting postcards during college and would spend a lot of time arranging them just-so, putting them up on my bedroom walls. It's fun returning to a hobby I began as a much younger me.

Junk journals, zines, and pocket letters are all part of the paper-based fun brought into my life by Swap-bot. These new creative outlets bring a little nervousness with them - ME? I'm sending swaps of this sort out into the world? - because I'm far from naturally crafty but ... there's real satisfaction from trying something new and building confidence from there.

FAVORITE POSTCARD IMAGES include:

dogs! - paintings - silly/weird/absurd stuff - animals - black&whitephotography

FUN STUFF to make my MAIL HAPPY= washi tape::tea bags::blank postcards:: stickers::surprises !!!

Send to someone else: jasmine or chai tea & touristy postcards. Thank you :)

Ratings

kizzlets rated for Random Question Swap #6 on Jan 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing about the park near you area!
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I love all the fun decorations you put on it like the sparkly dragon sticker. I hope you are doing well and wish you the best for the New Year! ❤️
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Comment: Thank you! I completely relate to your trouble with understanding dogs' shapes on paper 😅 It was very fun to see Finnish-themed stamps, I was so surprised! Best wishes to you and Nala!
Response: Happy it made it all the way to Finland. Be well and -HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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Comment: Thanks for the postcards, I hope you are having a Happy New Year!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and the bookstore postcards! :) Your reading lists sounds really fabulous. Hope you had a wonderful new year!
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Comment: Thank you for the sweet and wonderful envie! The Eeyore tag is adorable, and I absolutely LOVE the Chalk Talk stickers! (Never send those before, but I'm going to have to find some more!)
Response: Glad you liked! I just went to Mrs. Grossman (.com) and typed 'Chalk Talk' into the search bar, and they came up. I belonged to their sticker club for a few years.
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Comment: Thank you for the fun variety of stickers!
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Comment: Perfect timing -- the very first happy mail of 2021. Thank you!
squince rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #20 on Dec 31, 2020
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Comment: Great selection!
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Comment: Thanks for the cute stickers!
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Comment: I like the little bears. Thank you for the stickers.
kittyhahahotbot rated for WIYM: DOG POSTCARD 12/2020 on Dec 21, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the hilarious doggie and the cool stamps!
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Comment: Thank you so much for this fun postcard! I loooove all those fantastic yellow stamps!! Have a lovely end of the year and a wonderful & bright 2021 :)
Response: Thanks! I just finished Terry Pratchett's first Tiffany Aching book and... I think I know the origin of your Swapbot name! Take care!
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Comment: Thank you ! Happy Holidays !
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Comment: Hi Rhonda - Wonderful items!! Thank you so much for the gorgeous notecards, shiny star stickers and vintage Christmas postage stamps. You made me happy ❤️🐿️❤️
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Comment: I have been using the library app too. I didn't have a current card when the closure happened so I was glad when the library let you sign up for a card online to use the online services. When I finally had more time to read it was nice to have more choices :) Thanks for the card!
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Comment: Thank you so, so much for your sweet mail. I loved all the bookmarks you sent me! My favorite one is the zombie bookmark. I am a sucker for them and now I have the perfect bookmark for all the zombie books I have to read in future. Thank you again. I wish I could give you more than one heart. Stay safe~
marclively rated for 📚Book-Themed PC Swap USA #1 on Nov 29, 2020
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Comment: Such a cute collection. Thank you.
Merimax rated for My Weekly Gratitude PC #2 on Nov 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. So wonderful to have friends back. Lovely card and stamps.

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Comments

baseri on Nov 30, 2019:

Rhonda, Thank you for the pretty postcard! It made my day! Will pop a note in the mail to you this week. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Dale Baseri

orneryswife on Aug 2, 2019:

I received your postcard and happy mail today! How fun! Thank you.

orneryswife on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you for the letter for the summer penpal swap. I will write back soon!

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

Came here randomly and just wanted you to know that you have a really cool profile :)

VivaLaDiane on Feb 25, 2019:

I was reading profiles of participants in my swaps that I haven't had the pleasure of knowing yet and I must say that yours is refreshing. Thanks for the smile on a cold Monday here. I am thrilled to have you in my swap. ♥

MNJoviGirl on Jan 6, 2019:

(Waves) Happy Belated New Year from Minnesota!

Jodie

jannieb on Oct 29, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap & for taking the time to send a sweet & thoughtful Halloween swap to Grayson. He really did smile from ear to ear. Take care & Happy Halloween!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 10, 2018:

CS: Doggie Deco :) Thank you for joining!!

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2018:

THANK YOU
Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

hamsterfarm on Jun 3, 2018:

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Thanks for joining instax photo - bright colors <3

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