Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2022 9:42 am


Date Joined: June 2, 2013
Last Online: January 18, 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
  • kawaii
  • yeastken, rilakkuma, tarepanda
  • squirrels
  • cats
  • journaling cards
  • notecards (handmade or purchased)
  • galaxy/space themes
  • lime green, silver
  • metallic colors

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 nice gifts! Enjoy!
Response: Thanks, I hope you enjoyed your gifts too!
Comment: Good luck with your nice resolutions!
Response: Thank you!
Comment: I was born in Denver so I really like this card.
Response: Oh, small world! Glad you liked it.
Comment: Thanks for the awesome cat postcard!
dmwcheng rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #11 INTL on Jan 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Happy new year and happy reading. =)
Comment: Those are great resolutions! Good luck!
Response: Thanks, you too!
Comment: Pretty postcard. It makes me think that their souls are going to heaven. Tippy was my puppy/dog, my first, he still holds my heart. That was almost 50 years ago. I wish you love and health in 2022
Response: Your Tippy was a very lucky dog to be so well loved. I'm sure he knew how special he was to you. <3 Have a safe and happy New Year!
Comment: Thanks very much, for the cute kitty PC and your answer to Worst gift ever. Wow, What a slap in the face on the gifts you got ! Esp. from your stepmother. I had one of those once, a step-mother. Anyway, Real nice of her, to give you Happy meal toys at age 15 & a Perfect pancake pan. Not! Was trying to tell you something, with pancake pan? I would have been very irritated by that. You're lucky to get anything from step mother. My dad had remarried in 1969, when I was 8 yrs. old. I sort of love my father, who is still here earth & 81 yrs. old. But he let his 2nd wife run all over him. So, He was more of mouse than a man. She ( step mother passed away in 2006 ). Only one year for Christmas, did she let my dad me my brother, and sister something. My brother got a ball cap, my sister colored doll & we are white, and I got one of ink pens with different colors. After that, we got nothing for the following Christmas'. Pure rotten! I shouldn't speak ill of the dead. But she was one rotten woman! Well, I hope you have a great New Years!
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely card!
Comment: Thank you so much for my letter. I loved reading about your kittens, I was thinking... those names feel familiar... i can be slow off the mark at times Much like the postal service, what a journey your letter has been on. I wonder if its sister will turn up at any time?
Response: Phew, I'm glad one of them got there! Maybe the other will be like that 75-year-late postcard I heard about a while back, heh.
Comment: Such a cute PC! Chocolate butter cookies sound amazing!
Response: Thanks! They're really good but also super fussy - if you don't pull them out at just the right moment, they overcook and taste burned.
craftynut rated for PH: Happiness Is.... on Dec 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing about your cats.
Comment: Thanks so much! cant wait to reply! :)
Response: Thanks, I'll look forward to it!
Comment: Dear April! Words are not enough to describe how happy you made me telling about your cats! My mother has two Russian Blues, Leia & Leonard, I bet the Leias are named after the same princess :) I wish I had kitties myself, but am currently renting so no cats here! My family has several Russian Blues, not only my mom but my sister also has one (Olavi, officially Olaf after the snowman of Frozen), I love that they are social family cats that are curious about what's going on with the humans (and so vocal, they all have so many things to tell!). However, I'd be happy to adopt a kitty from a shelter too <3 I can see that we have some things in common (I'm a techie too with non-digital hobbies!), would you like to be penpals? Anyway, thank you for this lovely swap and the goodies, you made my day :)
Response: Glad you liked it! Your family's cats sound adorable, I've heard Russian Blues are almost as chatty as Siamese. And I'd love to be penpals, I'll drop a letter in the mail this weekend! <3
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Christmas card. Happy Holidays 🎄
Comment: Cool card and all things to be thankful for!
bpl76 rated for WIYM: OUTDOORS NAKED POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you
Comment: great list, many of which are also impossible for me (like hearing the words I'm reading in my head)
mejulia rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #11 INTL on Nov 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you much.
Comment: Thank you. I like Homeward Bound as well.

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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.

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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