Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2024 10:43 pm


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Last Online: April 20, 2024

Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Robin, and so far I've been alive for over half a century.

Born and raised in Indiana, USA, I lived the first 20+ years of my adult life in Mexico City, Mexico, then in Costa Rica (Central America) for a couple of years, then in South Florida for 5 years or so, now in a small town in in my native state. I'm female, 100% bilingual English-Spanish, joyfully Roman Catholic, happily married to a man born and raised in South America. This is all pretty exotic for an introvert who grew up in a monolingual Midwestern milieu! [chuckle]

I've worked at quite a variety of jobs in my lifetime, including teacher of English as a foreign language at a college in Mexico for many years, airline reservations agent, direct in-home support to adults with developmental disabilities, big-box store cashier, clerk at a thrift store, call center agent, and church secretary. I would love to retire from a day job someday, but unless a major miracle occurs, that will not be possible.

In addition to the usual 9-to-5, I spent 7 years developing recipes and writing (in Spanish and English) about authentic Mexican food for thespruceeats.com. Now the hubs and I maintain our own blog, where we share recipes from North, Central, and South America: comboplate.net


Fluent in English and Spanish. Have studied some Italian, Portuguese, German, and Polish. I love language, languages, and linguistics! However, I am not usually very talkative at all -- go figure. I do tend to be more loquacious in writing, as evidenced by the length of this profile! lol

Miscellaneous LIkes

Likes/loves include

  • FOLKLORE, popular culture and festivals, local history and quirky local places, the history and traditions of HOLIDAYS of all sorts (I adore Groundhog Day, for example.)

  • Cooking, baking, COOKBOOKS; reading, talking about, trying and developing recipes.

  • chocolate (the darker, the better), MINT flavors (all kinds), teabags (black or herbal, green not so much), anise-flavored things (not licorice candy), real CHEESE, all kinds of cookies, avocados, aromatic herbs and spices, interesting hot sauces

  • TURTLES (freshwater), fireflies/lightning bugs, llamas, cats, lizards/iguanas, otters, honey bees, dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies, groundhogs, and robin birds (especially since my name is Robin). My husband is an enthusiast of sloths, pandas, and bears in general.

  • Sunflowers, DANDELIONS, suns, smiley faces, the color yellow and cheerful things in general

  • PUZZLES, crosswords, word search, mazes, jigsaw puzzles, kaleidoscopes, board games

  • visiting MUSEUMS of all kinds, also botanical gardens, conservatories, etc; also birdwatching and simple gardening, especially succulents and anything in containers.

  • ART and artistic and artsy craftsy stuff in general; ancient art, cave art, folk art, "primitive" art, and outsider / visionary art are particular favorites

  • artistic ATCs and all sorts of snail mail postal joy

  • Americana (USA) and anything Latin American and/or Caribbean

Occasional creative endeavors

Linoleum print carving, mini-zine making, drawing, painting, cross stitch, creative writing, adult coloring, zendoodling, woodburning, very simple sewing, papercrafts, floral arranging; would love to try a lot more things.

Not particularly into ...

I am totally not cool. On most days I'm pretty much okay with that, though I do apologize for any discomfort my dorkiness may cause. [winsome smile]

Sorry, but I am not really into gothic/dark, tattoos/piercings, girly things like make up and spa treatments, Disney, video games, cynicism, political bashing, anime, manga, New Age, erotica, vampies or zombies, kawaii, or gourmet coffee. I'm not big on shopping (except for groceries, I do enjoy grocery shopping! oh, and thrift stores) and I am working on being less sarcastic.

However, I'm really not at all as crochety and dour as I know that last paragraph makes me sound. :-) While I do strive to be the best me that I can be, I do not believe that perfectionism is healthy.

Rating, Flakers, and Flaking

I will always rate you for a swap I received. It might not happen the very same day that I receive your item (I can sometimes go a few days between visits to the site), but it will be within a week.

I've been a member here at Swap-Bot pretty much since the beginning of the site. The first swap here that I participated in was in March of 2006! My level/intensity of swapping activity has varied widely through the years. I've seen many trends come and go, as you might imagine.

In recent years it has become quite popular here to maintain a "wall of shame" or list of people who have flaked. I choose not to do that. There have been quite a few who have "done me wrong," and, yes, of course it's unpleasant, but I consider this an issue only between my partner and myself. I have given people low ratings when warranted -- and I consider that sufficient "punishment." If your views differ on this, I respect that. Please also respect mine.

As for my own (few and long ago--over 10 years now!) 1s and 3s: I am not proud of them, and I accept them without argument as fair consequences for my actions at the time. However, I generally don't discuss those ratings with anyone besides the people directly involved.

I Can Always Use

  • postcards showing a recipe or a typcial craft/costume/food from your country or region

  • anything particular to your city/region

  • zines or mini zines (relatively clean, please)

  • small denomination banknotes or coins from anywhere in the world

  • recipe pamphlets (like the ones given out for free with a food product) or cookbooks with recipes from real people (like those made for fundraising by churches and civic groups)

  • bookmarks, epecially handmade, related to your area (touristy or not), and the freebie ones given out by libraries, museums, bookstores, etc. (preferably not too childish)

  • lip balm in interesting flavors (not strawberry, bubble gum, or dill pickle flavored)

  • plant cuttings or seeds for succulent plants (with growing instructions)

  • Catholic miscellany (rosaries, old prayer books, images of saints, etc.)

  • cassette tapes (my 2002 Honda has a tape deck), any type of music, books on tape, etc. UPDATE: my beloved Honda has now passed to a better life, but I have acquired a boom box with cassette deck. I have settled on cassettes tapes as my absolute favorite format!

  • Any sort of souvenir cotton dish towel/tea towel from anywhere. I have purchased a few of these at thrift stores for around a dollar each (apparently people buy them as souvenirs and then don’t actually use them most of the time), and have come to love them. It doesn’t matter that I’ve never been to the location featured; I get to travel around the world each time I do something in the kitchen! New or used, retro or modern is fine, as long as they are not badly stained or full of holes (small stains/imperfections are no problem). I will be joyfully using any towel I may get.

  • "discarded" pieces of cross stitch/embroidery or old crocheted doilies/dresser scarves. It always kills me when I see a stitched picture for sale at a thrift store, because some poor woman worked hard and long on it only for someone else to go and throw it out/donate it. I do understand downsizing and all, but this is the type of valuable piece that can be used to create something else (pillow, pin cushion, greeting card, whatever), so I try to "rescue" these precious items when I can and the price is reasonable.


Mottilda rated for 3 Friendship Books #2 on Apr 20, 2024
Comment: Hi Robin, thank you so much for your swap :)!
ArtsyAbby rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #14 on Apr 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
fabiana962828 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #13 on Apr 17, 2024
Comment: Hey Robin. Thanks A hug Fabiana
Comment: I will make sure these keep on rotation. Thanks!
Tracykason rated for Friendship Book Swap 3/2024 on Apr 13, 2024
Comment: Love these FBs thank-you!
Comment: thank you so much loved everything note card and little yellow envie are great
reinerose rated for 5 Quick FBs (USA) on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you!!
Lisserz rated for Bad joke postcard swap #17 on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Restless Egg Syndrome. haha! Thank you for the postcard. The pink tulips are very pretty and springish.
Burger1girl rated for Tea for two, yum #16 on Apr 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the teas, I can't wait to try the crystallized ginger tea! That is unique! I def need a boost tea! The coffee stickers are perfect! Thank you very much!! And I love the card.
paperlover rated for Bad joke postcard swap #17 on Apr 4, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the pink tulips postcard, those are my favorite flower. The jokes made me laugh!
debbiespoms rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #13 on Apr 2, 2024
Comment: Hello to you Robin! Thanks so much for your so nice note and the recipes for Joy's Pear cake, Black pepper butter cookies, Zucchini cookies and Elf bites. I am unsure of the Black pepper butter cookies. As never heard of them and not a fan of pepper. But my dear husband is. I will give it a try for him. But I absolutely love Pears and I will be grocery shopping tomorrow and will pick up some pears, yum! Also, I'm looking forward to making the Elf bites. I love shortbread cookies, yum!. As for the Tried and true recipe exchange. I don't have anyone to send the copies to and my copier machine broke down over a year ago and no money to buy another, being I'm on SSD money. BTW, Does the recipe exchange have to be photo copied? Did you have a nice Easter? We don't really celebrate it here. But I did make a nice ham dinner just for us however.
MisplacedfromPA rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #12 on Apr 2, 2024
Comment: Everything you sent looks like something I will defiantly make. Yes, the soup looks amazing and will be something I will try soon, since its still cold here. The zucchini cookies, i want to make once my harvest comes in. Thank you so much for sending yummy recipes.
Eulegirl rated for Mega Easter Card Swap πŸ₯ on Mar 30, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and goodies. I hope your Easter is wonderful!
Comment: Hey Robin, thank you for the seed packets and Christian stickers. I love them all so much. Zinnias are also one of my favorite flowers, too. I love having several colors in my flower beds. Happy Easter!
vontakk rated for Mega Christian Easter Card Swap on Mar 28, 2024
Comment: Waiting to open on Easter, so excited!! God Bless and Happy Easter! πŸ₯
mejulia rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #12 on Mar 27, 2024
Comment: The soup sounds yummy and I always enjoy cookies. Thank you
Sagebrushs rated for Mega Easter Card Swap πŸ₯ on Mar 27, 2024
Comment: Happy Easter.
adawndria rated for Mega Christian Easter Card Swap on Mar 27, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
marinda rated for Mega Easter Card Swap πŸ₯ on Mar 26, 2024
Comment: Thank you so very much!
LindaW rated for Mega Christian Easter Card Swap on Mar 25, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the Easter Joy card. It's so cute with the colorful flowers. Thanks also for the tucked in items.

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yvonne401 on Apr 15, 2024:

AATW April, thanks so much for the pretty butterfly stickers and oh so cute cat stickers and for thinking of me!



heliogal on Mar 21, 2024:

Wow! Robin you totally spoiled me the wonderful, amazing things you sent me for the AATW March wish list!!! I am so crazy about every single thing you sent me! I appreciate your generosity and thinking about me! I hope you have lovely spring and a mailbox full of happy mail!! You really made my day!!!

LadyJo on Mar 20, 2024:

Thank you for the AATW March wishes of awesome handmade envelopes and the Make a Wish stickers! Love all of it! Thanks for making me put a smile on my face!

myancey on Feb 29, 2024:

Thank you for the bday card for hubby

Zefaniya on Dec 15, 2023:

Thank you for the Grinch card and goodies! (Dec. aatw)

Zefaniya on Oct 17, 2023:

Thank you so much for the August wish (AATW) for Fall stickers! So much cuteness!,

chimerix on Sep 29, 2023:

Thank you so much for sending a photo of the American flag skirt you made with that fabric. I just love seeing that you used it and that you are wearing it! Aloha!

simcoe54 on Sep 18, 2023:

All About the Wishes - August Wishes - Thanks for the package of stickers and banknote. I will be keeping the stickers with numbers and the coin stickers and the rest will be for my grand-daughters. I know they will love them. Also, a big thank you for the banknote. A new one for my collection!

thehappycow on Aug 10, 2023:

AATW august - THANKYOU so so much!!! I couldnt believe my eyes when i opened the package!! I cannot wait to get these passed along!! and of course the embroidery floss is much appreciated!

user6937 on Jul 27, 2023:

PH: WTA June - your postcards have arrived; I love the Glow in the Dark one, as well as the 3D turtle! Thanks :)

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