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Date Joined: June 15, 2007
Last Online: August 11, 2016
Birthday: September 12
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a native California girl, born and raised on the central coast, though I've also done a lot of international traveling/living. I returned in late 2013 from nearly 10 years of living and working in Cambodia. It's been an interesting transition back into American life.

I'm an ESL/EFL teacher. I teach out in the community through the local college. Most recently I've had the opportunity to teach in our local state mental hospital and thoroughly enjoyed it. The men were wonderful, but challenging at times, to teach.

I also work as a classroom aide (paraeducator) during the day in special education. I'm with middle school students, which are my favorite, and have been placed with the more intense students with more severe learning, intellectual and physical disabilities. It can be very intense and rewarding at the same time. The key is to keep smiling and laughing.


I promise to rate when I receive something from you. I also promise to send out all of my swaps. If there is ever an issue I will send a message to inform or to inquire. All I ask is the same of my partners.

When in doubt, ask.

I am generally an organized, linear person (or at least I like to think I am). I always say that I should have been a math major because my mind works in a more logical fashion, with occasional jaunts on the less-than-logical side. I do surprise people with out of the ordinary behavior or words that they didn't predict would come out of me. Hey, I gotta keep people on their toes!

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I'm mom to 2 dogs, my "girls," rescued from the local animal shelter in April 2015. Tica (10.5 lbs, 1 yr 6 mos) is a terrier mix. I call her my mosquito and look forward to when she's out of the puppy stage.

Latte is my little sweetheart red chiweenie (7.5 lbs, 3 yrs 5 mos). She's a cuddler, but can flash her badger-fighting teeth when needed.

My boy, Jachi, is a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix (2 yrs, 8 mos), that I adopted in 2014 from the local Humane Society. He's super anxious, and it's taken a lot of work to get him over some of his fears. His first year of life was not good at all. He now lives with grandma who adopted him from me to help with her senior dog Daisy who's deaf & blind. Jachi helps guide her in and out of the house and get her out of bed.



  • kitchen gadgets for baking or cooking, or baker's twine

  • fun baking wrappers/liners that are seasonal that can be used for bread loaves or packaging cookies, etc. (NOT cupcake/muffin cups)

  • fun or seasonal address labels for my new address

  • yard-length cotton fabric in fun and simple patterns (not busy. think polka dots or stripes or small flowers) that I use for making collar scarves for my dogs.

  • fat quarters to start a collection for my future first quilt

  • sewing accessories or gadgets: fabric weights, cute pin cushions, fun stick pins, small scissors, spools of thread, or anything thing else a sewing officianado/expert/regular sewer would use.

  • Silver stars, particularly sparkly stickers that are holographic; star-shaped ornaments; or just about anything with stars on it

  • snowflake inspired items (see above for types of things).

  • homemade soaps

  • My kitchen has been a pinecone theme, so I like things with pine sprigs and pinecones on them.

  • cute little hedgehog or bunny themed items

  • scents: jasmine; cinnamon; apple/pumpkin spice

  • gift cards: iTunes, Walmart, Target, Amazon

  • Teaching things: whiteboard markers (especially Quartet brand), decorative/fun #2 pencils, Bic mechanical pencils, mini-highlighters,

  • postcard/greeting card-sized blank envelopes (without a card)

  • plain brown or sparkly bobby pins

  • Anything from my Etsy Favorites


The sweets: :: orange slices (the candy) :: vanilla Tootsie rolls :: orange Tootsie roll pops :: Mentos :: Sour Patch Kids (I know, below I say I dislike sour things, but these are a vice)

chocolatey things :: York peppermint patties or pieces ::dark chocolate (non-Hersheys & the higher the percent of cocoa the better! i.e. 70%+) :: Junior Mints :: peanut butter M&Ms :: Ritter Sport chocolate (marzipan, mousse, but not raisins!) :: soft homemade chocolate chip cookies :: snickerdoodles :: coconut filled chocolate ::

Other not so sweet things: Cheetos (Plain, Cheddar Jalapeno or Flamin' Hot) :: dry roasted & slightly salted almonds :: turkey jerky ::

Drink Stuff: :: Good Earth tea (sweet & spicy) :: English Breakfast tea :: PG Tipps / Tetley tea :: Hot Cocoa (but not flavored) :: Crystal Light water flavors: orange, white grape, green tea ::


  • scrapbooking supplies since I DON'T enjoy this hobby; same with bits of ribbon and embellishments

  • cutesy, girly things with lace, fringe, cartoon animals or baby animals, and pastel colors.


black licorice :: sour candy :: gum :: white/milk chocolate :: anything blueberry/raspberry flavor :: chocolate with peanuts, crispies or raisins :: fruit-flavored herbal teas (except blackberry tea)

Favorite colors

BLUE--just about any shade of it.

GREEN--particularly when it comes to nature prints or landscapes, or combined with blue.

RED--the Asian/Chinese red or a deep, dark red.

Even though I like most colors, purple by itself is NOT preferred. It's fine with other colors.

Places I've Been

In order of most recent. . .

  • Anaheim, CA (Nov 2015) - CATESOL conference & Disneyland + California Adventure
  • Eureka, CA (Nov 2014) - uncle, cousins and aunt & uncle for Thanksgiving
  • Washington D.C. & Arlington, VA (July 2014) - visited my sister, her son and several friends.
  • Las Vegas, NV (June 2014) - 1st time ever!
  • Madera, CA (Apr 2014) - Easter with relatives
  • Santa Barbara, CA (Feb 2014) - CATESOL Conference & Couch Surfing
  • Seoul, South Korea (Sept 2013) - 9-hour layover, so took a city tour
  • Battambang, Cambodia (Aug 2013) - drove 150 km roundtrip on my scooter
  • Preah Vihear temple, Cambodia (July 2013) - cliff top temple in far north
  • Pailin (April 2013) - last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge
  • Seoul, South Korea (March 2013)
  • Sihanoukville, Cambodia (Nov 2012) - school trip
  • Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (May 2012)
  • Kratie, Cambodia (March 2012)
  • Koh Ker & Beng Melea (Feb 2012) - remote temples in the north of Cambodia.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (Jan 2012) - to visit my sister for a week.
  • Banteay Chhmar temple (Sept 2012) - a very remote temple in the northwest of Cambodia known for its Community Based Tourism.
  • Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana on a road trip in July 2011. Saw Yellowstone National Park, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Wall Drugstore, The World's Largest Ball of Twine, The St. Louis Arch, and more!
  • Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand (Dec 2010 to visit a child I sponsor with Compassion)
  • Eureka, California (have been many times, as family lives there, but most recently in November 2010.)
  • Montara, California (to visit a former housemate and her new baby in July 2010)
  • Taipei City, Taiwan (September 2009, 1 day layover from Cambodia to USA)
  • Palos Verdes, California (May 2009, visited the Terranea Resort before construction was finished and open to the public. Awesome!)
  • Santa Barbara, California (been there many times, but most recently to the zoo & State Street in Jan 2009)
  • Santa Cruz, California (used to be my "2nd home" as I grew up visiting my mother's family there. Last time I was there was in March 2009.)
  • Cambodia (Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kompong Thom, Koh Ker, Beng Melea, Phnom Kulen)
  • Guatemala (Guatamala City & Antigua, December 2007)
  • Birmingham, Alabama (October 2007)
  • Reno & Carson City, Nevada, USA (My sister used to live there, but the last time I was there was in January 2007.)
  • Vietnam (Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City. August 2007.)
  • Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Ko Samet, Aranyaprathet, Nong Khai)
  • Malaysia (Georgetown, Penang; Kuala Lumpur, many times)
  • Singapore (many times)
  • Forrest Grove, Oregon, USA (only once in August 2004)
  • China (Beijing, Shanghai & Inner Mongolia, lived there in 2002-03)
  • Mexico (Ensenada, Tijuana, Cancun, Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan. cruises mostly, but also served & translated in Ensenada)
  • Alaska, USA (a cruise in 199?)
  • Vancouver, B.C. (same cruise to Alaska)
  • Ukraine (Kiev, Crimea)
  • Germany (Hamburg & Lubeck, 1992 & 1993)
  • Sweden (Malmo, 1992-93)
  • Denmark (Bornholm, AFS 92-93)
  • Rome, Italy (spring 1993)
  • Bloomington, Illinois, USA (Urbana '93)
  • Indianapolis, University of Indiana, USA (Phi Delta Kappa)
  • Arizona, USA
  • New York, USA (1992?)
  • Pennsylvania, USA (1992?)
  • New Jersey, USA (1992?)
  • Washington D.C., USA (1992?)
  • Maryland, USA (1992?)


The following items are things that I DO NOT NEED, and would prefer NOT to receive in a swap:

  • paper scraps
  • ribbons
  • glitter or confetti
  • craft supplies of any kind
  • fruity teas
  • milk or white chocolate, or any chocolate with fruit in it


I have discovered (with the help of Swap-Bot) that I love sending and receiving postcards. I host many swaps, including the "Places I've Been" series, monthly postcards, and the colored postcard series, as well as being the founder of the Postcard Lovers group.

I thoroughly enjoy sending, receiving and trading postcards. I have access to lots of different postcards from Cambodia that I am willing to swap in private swaps: UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, other Angkor era temples, countryside life, life on the lake, etc.

I LOVE to receive postcards from your area, country or hometown that show scenery, landscapes or historical sites; vintage cards of anything; and most art cards. I even enjoy the occasional ad card if it's actually interesting.

I prefer the postcards I received to be stamped with a message written on them and sent through the postal system (i.e. naked). But, I don't mind if several are sent together in an envelope for my collection. Check with me 1st!

I would prefer NOT to receive a lot of handmade postcards unless they are artfully and tastefully created. I really like when you create a beautiful piece of artwork through painting or drawing or collage. Just don't paste a magazine cut-out on it and call it homemade. Again, check with me 1st.

US State Map Postcards I'm still looking for:

  • Alabama
  • Hawaii
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

Things I like doing in my free

When I'm not at work or playing with my "girls," I'm usually in the kitchen or in the garden, or catching up on DVRd TV shows.

I am a developing sewer and I do pretty good at what I make so far. I've been enjoying my first Brother sewing machine that I bought myself for my birthday.

So far, I make collar scarves for dogs out of various bolts of fabric I buy on sale. I have seasonal scarves for fall/Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day, as well as many others for everday wear. My goal is to eventually make a quilt.

In the spring and summer you'll find me with my fingers in the soil. I planted a less than successful container garden this past spring, but my houseplants are doing much better. I think I'm better at flowering plants. The one's I've left at my mom's house have done fine.

I just made my first homemade jam during Labor Day weekend. I grew up eating homemade jam from my mom and always watched her make it, but this was the first time I was involved in the entire process.

We had a marathon day of making 12 batches of jam and ended up with over 50 jars of jam: all variations of strawberry-something. Strawberry-mango, strawberry-blackberry, and strawberry-blueberry. A couple batches were made with organic sugar, and one batch was no sugar strawberry.

Now I'm inspired to do more canning. I'm hoping to make some pickles. Right now I have some vanilla beans steeping in vodka for Christmas presents of vanilla extract. There's also some mint soaking in vodka for mint extract.

I'm planning to put together gifts of the homemade variety for Christmas this year. My mom always used to give out a loaf of her pumpkin bread, a jar of her jam and a cross stitched ornament, which was always loved by those who received it.

I like the idea of homemade gifts and re-purposing things to avoid filling the landfill.

I like to experiment with new recipes, especially for my slow cooker/crockpot or that I need to use my KitchenAid mixer to make.

Dahlias are my favorite flower of all time! I love the variety, the colors, the size, everything!


Comment: Thanks for passing on the cards, Nikki!
Comment: Thank you Nikki!!
Comment: Thanks, I will pass these along in the next round.
Comment: Thank you!
skippydancer rated for What I'm Reading PC on Apr 21, 2016
Comment: Hi Nikki, Thank you for the awesome PC. I LOVE maps! I thought it was a riot that I just finished "Killing Patton." I read it to my husband in the car. He loved it, too! Happy swapping! ~ Dianne
Response: It's a much better book than I was anticipating. Now I want to read the others in the series.
Swan rated for What I'm Reading PC on Apr 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you, great postcard and interesting quote!
Response: The book is a surprisingly interesting read. There's so much more than just information about General Patton.
goinjenny rated for Postcard Seek and Find #13--Smoker on Apr 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you
EmilyT rated for Postcard Seek and Find #12--Fire on Apr 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you, interesting and unique pc! And I'm not sure if I yet have one with a photo of an event at the World's fair!
Response: It was a unique postcard that I bought in a bookstore years ago. Thank you!
Dorilee rated for Postcard Seek and Find #10--Flower on Apr 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and the nice note too. I'm anxious for the flowers too.
mamajoy rated for Postcard Seek and Find #8--Rain on Apr 1, 2016
Comment: Hi Nikki. It's been a while since we swapped. Love the postcard. I was in Seattle one day. LOL. Really, just passing through from an Alaskan cruise. It was sunny that day. ~ Joy
chrissybaby rated for Postcard Swap - Food on Apr 1, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your nice strawberry card! Love strawberries :)
mejulia rated for Postcard Swap - Flowers on Mar 19, 2016
Comment: thank you
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Small Town International on Mar 14, 2016
Comment: Thanks Nikki! I LOVE places like this!! Truly lost in time!! Have a great week!! Gabi
Comment: Received and I'll keep it going. Thanks for the extra postcard.
Comment: Thank you. I really like the card!!
Comment: Wonderful PC. Thanks. Jennifer
BubbLeGumGirLie rated for Memories of My Grandmother on Mar 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you for this cute memories with your grandmother.
Cha13 rated for Memories of My Grandmother on Mar 10, 2016
Comment: Lovely memories, thank you xx

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carmen on Apr 15, 2016:

Hi Nikki! I haven't been on SB forever. Looks of love.🙌😻💑🍦🍩🍰🍪

fishsteak on Sep 30, 2015:

Thanks for the postcard from your city for my CPG September wishlist. I'd love to see that swinging bridge one day!

crimsonrivulet on Mar 26, 2015:

Thank you!! I received my postcard back😊 one day I hope to make it to California! I don't care where! At this point anywhere in California! Thank you for doing that for me!❤️

Tjace007 on Dec 25, 2014:

Merry Christmas, i was able to wait till today to open my goodies, And I am so glad I did. Thank you so much for everything. i am truly grateful for your thoughtfulness. PS. this is the first time that I have had something in my stocking to open.. On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas Swap..

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myshoesdontmatch on Dec 9, 2014:

I want to say thank you for joining my On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas swap! This was the first public swap I have hosted and it was a huge success!! I hope you enjoyed it, thanks for trusting a newbie host, it means a lot to me! Merry Christmas!! xoxo

queenelisheba on Jun 16, 2014:

Nice to have you back in Ca!

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