Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2024 11:33 am


Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: February 23, 2024
Birthday: November 8, 1984
Country: United States

About Me

My day job is code monkey, but my favorite hobbies are low-tech.
Postcards are my #1 hoard! Six-year-old me would be so. proud. of my collection. Sometimes when I need to feel quiet and calm I sort my postcards into different subcollections based on theme.
I crochet off and on and I've been at it again lately, working on a bunch of Star Wars amigurumi. I knit poorly but it's a good fidget while I watch TV or visit with family. My knitting is limited to simple 10x16 security blankets for the local cat rescue. Maybe someday I'll try knitting a hat (but probably not).
Art journaling is another minor hobby of mine. I'm not the most original (most of my ideas come from Pinterest and Youtube, and I still do the found poetry thing) but it feels nice to play with techniques. I try not to worry about whether my pages are too basic, dated, or derivative. For me, making mediocre art in private is a radical act. By the time I graduated college, my instructors had started preaching the importance of choosing only one hobby, excelling at it, monetizing it, and using social media for self-promotion. So accepting that I have too many interests, and simply enjoying the act of doing them, is a way of rejecting hustle culture.
I also enjoy penpalling, so feel free to drop me a message if I seem like your kind of people!

Favorite Books

Lately I've been enjoying mysteries and Japanese novels, with an occasional Star Wars new canon novel mixed in here and there. A while back I read a listicle recommending several novels/authors from cultures other than my own, which got me back into the habit of reading. Now I read a bit every night as part of my bedtime routine. My Goodreads queue is intimidatingly long and keeps growing all the time.

Some books I've particularly enjoyed are Convenience Store Woman, Earthlings, The Midnight Library, There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job, the Aunty Lee mystery series, The Marrow Thieves, Jennifer Government, Real Food/Fake Food, The Dorito Effect, Civilized to Death

Favorite Television

The Handmaid's Tale, Game of Thrones, The Blacklist, The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Firefly, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Into the Badlands.

I also like anime, although I don't watch as often as I'd like. My favorites are Aggretsuko, Africa Salaryman, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Uchuu Kyoudai, Panty & Stocking, Beastars.

My Favorite Things

  • sticky notes
  • washi tape samples
  • cute notepaper
  • postcards
  • cartoony aliens/little green men
  • yeastken, rilakkuma, tarepanda, pompompurin
  • squirrels
  • cats
  • journaling cards
  • notecards (handmade or purchased)
  • galaxy/space themes
  • lime green, silver
  • metallic colors
  • recipes that don't rely on "tingly" ingredients... I manage a health issue by abstaining from foods that tingle on the tongue (like pepper, ginger, clove, nutmeg, mustard, etc)

Thank You, but I'd Rather Not

  • scents
  • tea
  • candy/food
  • religious items
  • ribbon
  • friendship books
  • kids' stickers
  • glitter


Favorite Themes
  • art
  • weird
  • funny
  • inappropriate
  • cats
  • squirrels
  • raccoons
  • feminism
  • US state maps
Prefer to avoid:
  • ad/free
  • handmade, unless that's what the swap is
  • real photos of sea creatures (illustrations like Dory and Nemo are OK!)


Tr3n1ty rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #41 - US on Feb 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much :) :) :)
monsbrick rated for FLL: InCoWriMo 2024 #2 on Feb 20, 2024
Comment: Hi April! Great to hear from you. This letter took a while to reach me though yesterday was a mail holiday.
Comment: Thanks again - love getting your letter and swap!
Comment: Thanks for the cute notecard, the fun read and the lovely extras :)
jandmterry rated for FLL: InCoWriMo 2024 #1 on Feb 15, 2024
Comment: I enjoyed your letter. I understand the snowy weather. We don’t have very much but I don’t like it.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envelope and lovely surprise inside. And now have great weekend.
Response: You're very welcome, hope you had a nice weekend too!
Comment: Lovely lovely swap! Thanks for a fun letter - I agree, black yarn is the worst:)
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you liked it!
susieq11 rated for IFM: Make a List #5-Animals on Feb 3, 2024
Comment: Thanks for your list, fun mail art envelope, and postcards! : ) I love all the animals you listed - we call our tortie cat a red panda, lol. Her tail is so huge and she always climbs on the bed’s headboard and looks like one. So cute! Whales are just incredible too. Hope you enjoy the weekend!!!
Response: OMG big tails are so cute! My gray cat has such thick fur that when she puffs her tail it looks almost as thick as my forearm!
MNJoviGirl rated for tLB: January 2024 Pen Pal on Feb 1, 2024
Comment: Fun postcards and such
Response: Glad you liked it, thanks for the heart! :)
hellojett rated for CPG - Happy New Year (Int'l) on Jan 27, 2024
Comment: Hello, thank you for the cute kitty card. I hope that you can improve your leg, must be frustrating but persistence is key with the physio exercises (I once broke my shoulder!). Sewing is something I'd like to do more of, if I had space to do it.. but I'll join a sewing class in Feb for 9 weeks, I want to finish a dress and make a yellow cardigan. I completely understand the wanting to bond with your cats, ours has been with us 3.5 months now and she just wants to play and gets whingy when we don't. I'd love her to be a snuggly cat, but it's slow going. Good luck with it. And thanks so much for the cute extras, I love them and will use them in my journals. :)
Response: You're very welcome! Haha I wish my troublemaker cat would want to play like he used to. Now he only seems to care about food, even though I offer him his favorite types of play often. (Poor guy has never so much as seen a crumb of food in his entire life, if you ask him....)
jeka396 rated for MAIL ART - Wrapping Paper on Jan 25, 2024
Comment: Oooh, I very much enjoyed the galaxy wrapping paper and your added space elements! Such a great envelope and I really enjoyed the PCs and sticker sheet you enclosed!
Response: Yay I'm so glad! It's one of my favorite themes :D
Comment: Great postcard thank you!
Response: You're very welcome, glad you liked it! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter! I really enjoyed reading it!
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you liked it! :)
LadyJo rated for IFM: 3+ stamps on a postcard on Jan 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard! That is neat you do fiber crafts! I am not too crafty like that!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm not exactly very good at fiber crafts lol but I do have a good time with it :D
Comment: I know what you mean -- and I have read too many not bad but not too good books! Last year I felt like this with the majority of what I read! Hope you find a really good one to make up for it. Thanks for joining and I love the Japanes art postcard! : )
Response: Oh no, I hope this year brings you only the most interesting books! I'm currently reading The Housemaid. It's much more gothic than the synopsis led me to believe, but not frightening (...yet?) and it's been keeping me up too late. :D
Highlander18 rated for Handmade Envelopes 01/2024 on Jan 22, 2024
Comment: ❤️❤️Thank you very much for the variety of papers and decorated envies and the paper labels to use with them.
Response: You're welcome, I'm so glad you like them! :)
Comment: Hi! Fourth Wing is on my TBR! I have heard great things about it!
Response: It's definitely addictive! Hope you enjoy it! :D
Comment: It’s definitely winter here in the northeast - only 29 degrees today! And I love the moon postcard, thank you!
Response: You're very welcome, hope you're staying warm! :)
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful envelope and goodies!
Response: You're so welcome! <3
Cindymt rated for FLL: December letter on Jan 14, 2024
Comment: I just got your letter! Thank you!
Response: You're very welcome, glad it made it in one piece!

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KarlaKC on Feb 5, 2023:

Hi April! Just an FYI that your IG link here on your Profile isn't working. SB included an extra https: in it that you'll need to remove for the link to work. I'd love to see your IG! Meanwhile I'm preparing a letter for you for WIYM. 😊

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:


lou on Nov 16, 2022:

Happy birthday month from WIYM group!

simcoe54 on Nov 8, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

heidiblooms on Dec 25, 2021:

🎄❄️Merry Christmas!❄️🎄

heidiblooms on Nov 26, 2021:

Paige1900 on Jun 16, 2015:

Welcome to The Postcard Place!

Would you please go to the group forum and read the requirements thread, then comment that you have read and understand. :)

Thanks and have fun!

@Paige1900 and @TerryF

Mugsie on Nov 11, 2014:

Happy (belated) birthday!

From all of us at "WIYM" group!

dardarbinx on Aug 18, 2014:

Omi on Jul 15, 2014:

FemShep is the BEST rolemodel ever. EVER. I mean, in the Crucible at the end, she hears Hackett and it's all "What do you need me to do?" I mean, she's already done everything! cough Anyway, yeah, who wouldn't want to be FemShep? I think even my husband would want to be FemShep. Hence why my next tattoo is going to be the N7. Also, looking at your profile, I think we might be kindred spirits.

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