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Hugsie86

Hugsie86
Date Joined: January 7, 2017
Last Online: June 29, 2022
Birthday: August 31
Country: Canada
Bookworm Penpals
Penpals Across the World (Ladies Only)
The Canadian Snail Mail Café

About Me

Hello Swap-Bot member!

Welcome to my profile, version 5.0. I am forever updating my profile, never satisfied, always wanting to describe the most recent version of myself.

I'm still a French Canadian woman in her thirties, though I am now approaching my mid-thirties. I'm still a full time teacher, but am now the mother of a preschooler and a newborn baby (both girls!).

I have been swapping for many years, mainly on Facebook, but also on Swap-Bot occasionally. I just love preparing something for someone I don't know and knowing it will brighten their day. Even if a swap is sender's choice, I often take a look at my partner's profile to make sure I don't send something they don't like. I can't always accommodate, but I try as much as possible.

I still take my swaps very seriously. I always send on time and I'll actually go out of my way to make sure that my swap is mailed by deadline. Should I have to be late (because it's happened a few times), I make sure that I send a message to my partner and to the host to inform them I sent a little late. For all these reasons, that's why I would prefer you contact me first and offer me a chance to resend my swap before rating me a 1.

For my likes and dislikes, see the sections below.

Happy swapping!

Favorite Books

I love reading and participate in a lot of book log swaps on here. My favorite genre are thrillers, chick lit, mystery novels, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction. But basically, if it catches and holds my attention, I will read it.

I read in both French and English.

I'm a Harry Potter fan! My house is Hufflepuff, but I sometimes get sorted in Ravenclaw.

Favorite Television

I watch a lot of French Canadian TV shows, mainly games shows and cooking shows. If I watch a series, it will be most likely American.

Some of my favorite TV shows are The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Superstore, Scrubs, Castle, Bones, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

I also like watching home renovation shows and makeover shows.

Favorite Crafts

I love paper crafting! Pocket letters (full and mini) and ATCs are my go-to crafts. I also do the occasional flipbooks when I have enough free time.

I also like cross stitching, I dabble in adult coloring, and I'm hoping to find some time in 2021 to get start on diamond painting. It looks like a lot of fun!

Swaps - Likes

Looking for inspiration on what to send me? Here are things I would love to receive:

  • Touristic postcards from your country or area
  • Magnets (touristic)
  • Embellishments/die cuts for paper crafting
  • Blank notecards (with envelope)
  • Anything Harry Potter (especially Hufflepuff, my House)

Here are other things I like to receive but have enough of at the moment (however, I won't say no to them if you decide to send lol):

  • Sticker sheets
  • Washi tape
  • Bookmarks
  • Small journals
  • Handmade envelopes

Swaps - Dislikes

I'm usually not picky when it comes to swaps, but here are things I would prefer not to receive:

  • No tea please. I prefer to buy my own tea bags.
  • Nothing violent (against ANY living creature)
  • Nothing religious. I don't follow any religion.
  • Nothing erotic/nude.
  • Nothing related to politics
  • Nothing vintage. I'm just not fond of those things.
  • Nothing I need to color. Sorry, just got too many of these things at home!

Stickers & Washi

I thought these deserved a section of their own. My wishes are just that... wishes. No obligation to send!

Stickers (likes): dolphins, butterflies, owls, and frogs

Stickers (dislikes): Disney, religious, children stickers (ie Paw Patrol, Spiderman, etc.), planner stickers

Washi samples: LOVE all kinds, but right now I am looking for themed samples (ie books, dolphins, butterflies, etc.).

Facebook Groups

On top of swapping here on Swap-Bot, I also admin a few Facebook penpalling groups. Come take a look and join if you are interested!

You can find the links at the top of my profile!

The Canadian Snail Mail Café - A pen pal group for Canadian residents. We also have weekly wishes, tags, and giveaways!

Penpals Across the World (Ladies Only 18+) - A safe Facebook group for women to find penpals worldwide. What makes us different is that we only accept members who are looking for penpals anywhere. Country specific posts (like UK only, or Canada only) are not accepted.

Bookworm Penpals - This group is still rather small, but it has started to grow. It is a penpal group for women who also LOVE to read! Join us and share your passion of reading with other members!

Ratings

All up to date with my ratings as of November 27, 2021

I feel like this deserves a spot in my profile because it seems like I don't rate the way people would like me to rate.

For type 2s and type 3s: I rate within a few days of receiving a swap. Sometimes it will take me longer, depending on life events, but I will always rate you. I keep my swaps together, in an accordion file, until I can get to them, so I don't lose them.

For type 1s: More often than not, I wait until the mailing deadline has passed to rate. I rate in bulk, meaning I will give my ratings once I have received everything or if the mailing deadline has already passed.

I have two young kids, I have other obligations, I'm not always online, and I don't always have time to sit down at the computer and do my ratings. I connect to Swap-Bot multiple times a week, but mainly to check on mailing deadlines to make sure I don't miss them. I do promise to rate and rate fairly, though. Just give me some time to get to it!

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the lovely email!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: Sorry for the late rating. Thank you for sharing!
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Comment: You finished a book, even with illness in the house! Good luck next month with your goal.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing! Happy reading in May!
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Comment: I hope May is nicer to you; so that you can read a bit more. Then again, maybe getting out and doing things outside is better? :D Have to see when May Check in happens.
03Scarlett rated for ESG: 3-2-1 on Apr 4, 2022
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Comment: Valerie, I totally enjoyed reading your answers .. thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations on doing so good in your online class, that's wonderful. 😃 Have fun on your upcoming trips with your family. 💕 💕
Jjean rated for ESG: 3-2-1 on Apr 3, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers.......
paperlover rated for ESG: 3-2-1 on Apr 3, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers. I enjoyed reading them
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: Thanks for sending---I like the quote you chose!
bblue rated for OIC: Mini Pocket Letter Swap on Mar 4, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for the cute owl pocket letter! It really made me smile.
Juniebird rated for PC from a Place I Don't Live #21 on Mar 3, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard, I would like to visit Germany someday as well!
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Comment: Thank you for the PCs!
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I LOVE that quote and my mom is reserving the book at the library! I haven't watched the new Queer Eye. I also read Reckless Girls this month!
Writercat rated for PC from a Place I Don't Live #21 on Feb 25, 2022
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Comment: Hi Valerie! Thanks so much for your nice postcard. That's the first time I've received a Swap Bot swap from a fellow Ottawa resident. Very cool! Fun about the postal code! Have fun digging out from all the snow from the big storm we just had. So much snow! Is it Spring yet? Cathy
LilacSilence rated for WIYM: Fan of Washi #1 (INTL) on Feb 14, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the washi. The collection is lovely.
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Comment: Hey Valerie, thank you for the lovely letter. I will answer it! :) Until then!
theshyone rated for WIYM: Fan of Washi #1 (INTL) on Feb 8, 2022
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Comment: Oh My Goodness! Could washi get any cuter!?! I'm in love, the bananas!, balloons!, puppers!, flamingos!, paper airplanes!, I could go on and on! Thank you for the amazing washi that I will not be able to use or swap elsewhere (or it would break my heart) ♥
Eulegirl rated for WTL: Six washi for two partners #5 on Feb 7, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the washi (love the foxes and owls!) in the orange envie!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 528 108 116
Completed Fives Threes Ones
379 734 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
153 152 74 0
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Comments

Unicornblitz on Mar 3, 2018:

Profile quote #12 (huge apologies - i am late!)

Those who look only to the past and present Will sure miss their future

J f kennedy

adaywithmom on Mar 1, 2018:

Profile Quote #12 From: April - (adaywithmom)

"Be strong you never know who you are inspiring." -unknown

Have a great day! 😊 April

ncnurse04 on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12: If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

Happiness in a nutshell. Who knew? Nice to meet you! Michelle

Scrapinitblue on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

krissyhead1990 on Feb 28, 2018:

For > Profile Quote 12

Here is one of my favorite (and true!) travel quotes... I hope you are inspired to travel as much as I am.

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

TB

bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

WritersSoul on Feb 27, 2018:

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

...well said...I like a man that's honest and crafty

Profile Quote #11

thebeholder on Feb 27, 2018:

"The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad? Alice: I"m afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

-Alice in Wonderland Profile Quote #11

MidsummerDream on Feb 27, 2018:

“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”— The Doctor, Doctor Who

Profile Quote #11

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