Date Joined: September 1, 2020
Last Online: May 10, 2021
Birthday: June 4
Country: United States
Hi! I'm Dana and that rhymes with so many things, but let's go with "tropicana". My name pronunciation is the Canadian female version - I was born in Montreal and moved to Hollywood, FL, when I was 11. It was fun at first and then it just got boring and I wanted to live in a city and I also wanted to study medicine. I love a good two-fer so I did the Six-Year Medical Program at Boston University. Being in Boston in the late 80s and early 90s had a huge impact on my aesthetic and worldview. I was going to be a radiologist (I love anything ~anatomical~ and anything to do with medicine in general and psychiatry and ~brains~ more specifically). This plan did not work because I have a weird eye disease and needed two corneal transplants and also I have bipolar 1 and I could not handle all the stress. So I am on disability after trying so many jobs in so many cities and always going manic under pressure. I used to be afraid to discuss the bipolar but you can see I'm over that, yay! I am all about ~mental health awareness~ and I'm here to help or educate.
So if any of that interests you, please let me know!
I listen to music every day and am very passionate about what I listen to. I'm serious fangirl.
These are faves right now:
Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna, Kesha, Adele, Taylor Swift, Little Mix, FKA twigs, M.I.A., Rina Sawayama
And some k-pop artists: Twice, Itzy, Blackpink, Everglow, 2NE1
Wilco, XTC, Pixies, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Cure, Pavement, Weezer, Prince
And bossa nova and Julien Doré and Tchaikovsky.
I am crafty but not artistic. My vision is getting worse and so it's hard to see what I'm doing and I'm often sloppy. Hey, mistakes are just design elements...
I like to do collage and mixed media, often using vintage dymo and tags
I have two smashbooks but I only add to one sometimes and I haven't started the second.
I love to add washi and stickers to my envelopes when I send card, letters, and swaps.
I love TV and we watch a lot in our house.
American Dad, Schitt's Creek, Ancient Aliens, Rick & Morty, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, The Americans, The Bold Type, House, Cells At Work, Japanese Style Originator (please let me know your thoughts on this if you watch! :-)
The pandemic severely affected my voracious reading habit. I can only read ebooks and I have to make the font huge. Luckily, my library has a good eBook system and I have gotten back into reading daily. If you have any recs, please pass them along!
Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (I cannot recommend this highly enough)
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Anything by Banana Yoshimoto
The Vanishing Half / The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo / Daisy Jones esp. but all her books are good
The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French
The Practical Magic books by Alice Hoffman and also The Dovekeepers by her is historical fiction at the siege on Masada with witchiness
non-fiction: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
~ My aesthetic is eclectic; I like cottagecore/cottagegoth and kawaii and retro and witchy stuff
~ Favorite color is any shade of purple but I prefer darker ones. I also love black.
~ I love dogs (we have a maltipoo named Baby) and penguins and foxes and most animals really
~ I love anything related to space, astronomy, astrology (I love being a bipolar Gemini), aliens, the paranormal
~ I love mushrooms and have some theories about fungi
~ I love nature in general except for snakes and wasps
~ I love paper ephemera
~ I love shiny things
~ I love anything cute and have a broad definition of kawaii - brands aren't important to me, I just enjoy adorable stationery! My favorites are Chococat and Hello Kitty but I like finding new characters to love
~ My favorite stationery is the letter set and I love an interesting note card. I don't do many postcard swaps but I like cool postcards
~ I drink a lot of tea and I like anything that doesn't have chamomile or stevia in it. I love trying new teas and have found so many new faves here!
~ ~ ~ ~ don't need any of these things:
~ bookmarks (I don't read print books)
~ sticky notes
~ memo sheets; to-do list and other list type sheets
~ ~ ~ ~ don't like any of these (a refresher):
I can go on... Thanks for reading and please contact me about anything!
I appreciate everything anyone sends me! Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me anything! You made my day!
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