Date Joined: June 27, 2008
Last Online: July 29, 2021
Birthday: February 22, 1984
Country: United States
My name is Ana. I live in a small town, Temple, Texas (about an hour north of Austin). I'm a big grammar nerd, and I'm a proofreader for a large U.S. grocery retailer.
I was born in Chicago but spent most of my life in Austin. It's tough choosing between two beautiful and fun cities, but driving in the Chicago snow tipped the scale.
My views are social issues are pretty liberal, and I'm an advocate for women's rights/feminism, as well as other marginalized groups of people. A couple of years ago I decided to concentrate volunteering with organizations that deal with issues that are important to me.
I used to only swap ATCs on Swap-bot, but I've gotten more and more into other paper crafts and letters/writing swaps. I'm all for living simply these, so I am trying to get more into swapping supplies I already own (i.e., stationery, craft supplies) so as not to purchase more while having duplicates of certain items.
I studied abroad in Spain for a semester and love all things Spanish. While I was there I explored Paris, Florence, and Rome. I've only traveled solo to Toronto, Canada, and loved every minute of it. It was an accomplishment for me and liberating. I've gone to Peru, climbed Huayna Picchu, and explored Machu Picchu and the Amazon. We'll see what's in store next.
I love art history. Edgar Degas and Jesus Helguera (Mexican calendar artist) are my favorites. I can appreciate modern artists, too (i.e., Banksy).
Vintage patterns really catch my eye. Vibrant colors are great! Romantic and rustic styles are fantastic, too. Favorite colors are: royal blue and bright yellow.
I was a vegetarian for about 11 years, switched to pescatarian in 2018, and gravitated toward (lazy) keto since November 2019.
Music I love: Mostly female singers (i.e. Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga, Sia, Adele, Kate Nash, Cat Power, Jaymay, Regina Spektor, Etta James, Lilly Allen, Estelle, Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux, Lauryn Hill, Melody Gardot, etc). Juanes, Los Secretos, Pink Martini, Reverend Horton Heat, The Stray Cats...
Authors: Lauren Groff, Roxane Gay, David Sedaris, Chuck Palahniuk, Augusten Burroughs, Pablo Neruda, Natalia Sylvester, Lindy West, John Boyne, Samantha Irby, Junot Diaz, Wally Lamb, Jami Attenberg, Rainbow Powell, Mindy Kaling, Jenny Lawson, Maria Semple, Laurie Notario, Hubert Selby Jr.
Foreign flicks, especially British, French, and Spanish films. I love Tarantino's work. I heart Almodovar as well. I don't like typical, predictable plots.
Insecure, Fixer Upper, Master of None, New Girl, The Mindy Project, The Walking Dead, Workaholics, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Orange Is the New Black, Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, Bob's Burgers, Adventure Time, Drunk History, Louie
Scrapbooking, painting with acrylics, collages. Knitting and hand-embroidery (beginners for both). I'm trying to push myself to use my sewing machine finally. I like other paper crafts, too.
Teacher stickers, travel postcards (except vintage), random notepad pages, branded stickers or stationery, cut-out scraps
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