Swap-bot Time: July 6, 2022 1:04 am


Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: July 4, 2022
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, My Cat From Hell.

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
  • zazzle if they're super-thin
  • real photos of sea creatures (illustrations are OK!)


Comment: All great choice -- love the buddha! Thank you. (corners in perfect condition!)
Comment: Thank you so much for such a pretty notecard with a wonderful quote !!! I didn't know that quote and have learnt something from it . Your handwriting was so pretty ! And thank you also for joining my first swap in the group. I wish I could give you a lot of hearts❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Your summer scavenger hunt sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you find / found everything you needed to!
Response: Thanks!
armadillogal rated for PH: 3+ Stamps on a Postcard #2 on Jun 28, 2022
Comment: Love the galaxy card. If you like scavenger hunts you should play Wallabee on your phone. It's collecting items to make sets and gets very addicting. I also geocache and play Munzee.
Response: Ooh that reminds me of Star Wars Force Collection which was a card collecting game where you did battle with the cards. I spent too much money on microtransactions and then it got shut down. 😬 Wallabee looks like fun and also like something I can't let myself have 😬
Comment: Hi April I apologize for the late rating, I love this postcard! Yes you are right about kitty cats, they make pretty much anything more tolerable lol! Thank you for a nice postcard and note!
Response: No problem I'm glad you liked it! :)
anicka22 rated for CPG Just a Note #6 - Global on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you. Your staycation sounds lovely. Wish you a wonderful summer!
Response: Thanks, you too!
AvianAine rated for FLL: Not on stationery on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the letter, April. I also like to read books from authors from different cultures.
Response: You're very welcome! :)
monsbrick rated for FLL: Getting to know you on Jun 20, 2022
Comment: Hi April, thanks for this swap wasn’t it fun?!! I love how you structured and organized / designed the layout of the answers!
Response: Thanks, I really had extra fun with this one! :)
Ettoad rated for FLL: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 19, 2022
Comment: I so enjoyed reading your letter!! And love the envelope decoration!! Looking forward to more letters with you 😺😸
Response: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! :)
Comment: Cottonwood Creek Park as in Frisco, TX? My parents live near there, I go on that running trail all the time!!
Response: The one in Colorado, actually! It doesn't have unpaved running trails, but it does have a nice disc golf course
Comment: Hi April, loved your envelope and your note and all the fun things you sent me, your kitties sound like fun --- hope you'll all have a great summer and that the weather conditions in CO will be okay, stay safe!
Response: You're very welcome, I'm glad you liked it!
Comment: Hi April. Thank you for the great postcard and for using your cool Moon stamp too and the stickers! Sky photos are always disappointing, arent they? UNless you have a super, duper camera.
Response: You're very welcome, I'm glad you liked it! :)
SatisHuman rated for PH: List 5 Series - Fears on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Great pc and very interesting fears!
Response: Thanks!
Vickyen rated for CPG QUICKIE: Summer PC - US on Jun 4, 2022
Comment: Hi April! Thank you for the fun summer pc! Not my favorite ride as well and now that I am older, I would need really chill stuff! LOL! Good for you on the pass for the state parks! I hope you have a wonderful time hiking! Back when our boys were younger, we did tent camping - now I like the comforts of a hotel or cabin! LOL! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Cabins are the best! No wifi, the cozy smell of using a wood-burning stove for heat, indoor plumbing... love it!
USAFwife rated for FLL: Teaching letter writing on Jun 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for your nice letter! :) I was in Barnes & Noble today and saw a book about how to write a letter. I grew up writing letters, so it seemed funny to me - a book telling you how to choose stationery, what to write, etc... - but it was interesting. :) If you grew up in the 'dark ages' with long distance phone calls, we are probably the same vintage. :) Though I might be a bit older b/c it was a while before we had home computers & could chat and message. It is a lot harder to find people willing to do 'old fashioned snail mail' now. But I've also seen several services now that you can pay a subscription fee to receive a letter each month! I never knew that was a thing - I think I've missed my calling! :)
Response: I'm too young to remember cheap concert tickets, and too old to understand tiktok. ;) And I never heard of a letter subscription service, that sounds kind of cool! I just googled it and I think I'm about to fall into a clickhole. :D
Lonestarchild rated for CPG Daily Q's #18 - US on May 31, 2022
Comment: Love the marimekko cards! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
IDASHi rated for CPG May 2022 SC PC - US on May 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Response: You're very welcome!
funstuff rated for PP - Nature Theme Postcard swap on May 27, 2022
Comment: The post card you sent was a beautiful mountain scene. I love the quote you added. It is a very true quote.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
Ettoad rated for FLL: Don't decorate it! on May 27, 2022
Comment: I agree it was weird to not decorate a letter! But also refreshing - I do sometimes feel the pressure to put a lot of attention/energy on the presentation of a letter, it seems to be the current culture of pen palling. I hope you had a fantastic staycation, both the archery and (hopefully) ghost walk!!
Response: Thanks, it was great!
Maddashin rated for FLL: Write On #4 on May 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks 🙏
Response: You're welcome!

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heidiblooms on Dec 25, 2021:

🎄❄️Merry Christmas!❄️🎄

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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.

abbyaguas on Jun 30, 2013:

Thank you for joining Random Postcard Swap #19

latentsmile on Jun 7, 2013:

Decorate my profile with hearts. Enjoy!

Rainsembellishments on Jun 6, 2013:

Decorate my profile with... #20 ~ Hearts

Aviehotels on Jun 6, 2013:

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