Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2024 12:33 am


Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: July 19, 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!)


Cindymt rated for FLL: July Letter #1 on Jul 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing! I did watch some fireworks for the 4th! Also, I have heard of Little Kitty, Big City! My boyfriend likes video games and watched some people play it online.
acolytedog rated for FLL: National Pen Pal MONTH #4 on Jul 10, 2024
Comment: thank you so much for the letter !!! 🎉🥳 i loved getting to know you! i hope you enjoy your summer and will be able to go hike! please expect a letter in reply once i get more stamps :)
Maddashin rated for FLL: National Pen Pal MONTH #5 on Jul 8, 2024
Comment: Thanks ever so much for your lovely note and music paper!
shinyserra rated for FLL: National Pen Pal MONTH #3 on Jul 3, 2024
Comment: I hope you get your tummy troubles figured out soon! That sucks!
Tr3n1ty rated for CPG 10 Qs Pen Pal Letter #7 - US on Jul 2, 2024
Comment: Loved the envie and notepaper :)
ultracinematik rated for SP: Space Postcard #2 on Jul 1, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the nebula PC with your heartfelt note and the James Webb space telescope stamp. The images coming from the jwsp are astounding.
Comment: Thank you for the list, stickers and note card! The scrap/thrift store sounds so coo! Wish we had something like it here! : )
Comment: Thank you for the great galaxy postcard. Even after being a Teen Librarian for many years, I have somehow still never read a Sarah Maas book. Seems wrong. :)
shinyserra rated for FLL: National Pen Pal MONTH #2 on Jun 26, 2024
Comment: My sister collects pressed pennies. She loves them!
Comment: Thanks so much! Good to hear from you!
Comment: Great list! Thank you for the PC!!
feverfawn rated for UHM: World UFO Day 🛸 on Jun 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the UFO mail + all the stickers! I enjoyed reading your letter. No real plans for me either this summer either. I remember reading animorphs as a kid too! Those book covers were the coolest. I'm also a fan of The X-Files, it's a good show to have on while working on other things haha. I don't think I've finished an entire watch-thru yet myself, but I have a lot of the seasons on DVD...someday! I personally believe it's real (though maybe not in the way we think) and hope to have disclosure/proof in my lifetime.Thank you again!
bpl76 rated for CPG-Sticker slapped and flats USA on Jun 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you
susieq11 rated for Note on a Postalette 14 on Jun 18, 2024
Comment: I love the donut design and fun sticker/seal! It was nice reading your news! I love that you are reading a poem a day - as soon as you mentioned Mary Oliver, "When Death Comes" came right to mind!! I used to read a lot of poetry when I was younger. Should start again... We went to Michigan - Traverse City area a few weeks ago, and we will go to Florida too this summer. Thanks so much for joining my swap - have a great summer and hope you are feeling great! xoxo
mejulia rated for FLL: National Pen Pal MONTH #1 on Jun 14, 2024
Comment: Thank you, I enjoy your letter.
AuntieBlythe rated for fpe : wHAT'S nEW on Jun 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you
pynart2 rated for fpe : wHAT'S nEW on Jun 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you for your note and the great extras, My only thing is that I could not read your note, that is why I gave you only a 5 rating. I don;t know it it was your pen or the paper, just thought you should know. Thank you for your support and sending me your swap,
Comment: Thank you for the letter and stickers. Aspect is now 18. She had a problem last week and we had to go to not her vet, where she was too spicy to be diagnosed. They did get some antibiotics into her, and she's back to doing well. Also she started purring and being super sweet as soon as she was returned to me.
mchesser12 rated for PH: Something In Common #4 on Jun 6, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the coffee beans pc and sharing about your love of coffee. I rarely do flavored coffees.

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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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