last profile update 26 July 2017
I've been struggling with a major depressive episode, so I've been absent for quite a while.
My home is kitty-loving and smoke-free.
I've been married since April 1998 and I have 2 boys, 2 girls, 1 cat, and 1 dog.
I'm a nerd, and I love books and words. I declared an English major in college (didn't finish, though). I'm your stereotypical Shakespeare-loving, dictionary-reading nerd. I'm a slightly techy/geeky Hibernophile that is proud of my Irish heritage, and very, very tired.
I live with mental and chronic illnesses. My Major Depressive Disorder was recently changed to Bipolar Disorder. I also live with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Chronic Tension-Type Headaches, and Fibromyalgia, which is why I have been sticking to Pinterest swaps for the last two years. The depression and pain have left me unsure from day to day if I will be able to do what I set out to do, and I don't want to let anyone down. I am slowly adding in a flat mail swap here and there because I miss receiving happy snail mail.
I'm fascinated by tattoos and their stories. Please feel free to share pictures or your tattoos and tell me the stories behind them! I gave myself my first tattoo as a birthday present for my 39th birthday. It's a triskele on the inside of my left wrist.
I generally love to crochet, craft, read, and play Scrabble and Words With Friends (username 3stairs - feel free to start a game with me!). Lately, I especially love to nap!
I lead a multi-level Girl Scout troop that includes my daughters and serve on the Committee for my son's Boy Scout troop. I am now participating in Cub Scouts with my youngest son as a Tiger Scout.
I enjoy giving gifts - that's why I joined Swap-bot. Nothing makes me happier as a swapper than when a partner is thrilled with what I sent. I'm open to private swaps; just send me a message with your swap idea!
I believe in Scouting. I encourage all families to have their children participate in organizations that teach citizenship and service, whether it is Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts, Trail Life, American Heritage Girls, or any others. I think MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Operation Christmas Child are incredibly awesome organizations.
I like to learn about other religions. Please feel free to share your beliefs with me so I can get to know you more. I am Christian, and I respect your right to your own beliefs. I read profiles for religious preferences, and usually don't send anything religious unless you state that you are Christian.
crochet, cardmaking, papercrafting (bookmarks, cupcake toppers, recipe cards, valentines), ATCs, digital ATCs Note: Swap hosts, please indicate digital ATC acceptance in your swap descriptions! Thank you! I sometimes create digital ATCs, taking several hours to perfect them. They will usually be printed and mounted on cardstock or recycled packaging ATC backs without further embellishment.
I currently bullet journal in a spiral, lined notebook between A5 and A4 size. I like to use washi tape, stickers, ribbon bookmarks, and anything else that is in arm's reach to decorate it. I have a special affinity for puffy stickers.
puffy (I love the ones that smell like pool float vinyl - I'm weird, I know), three-leaf shamrock, Irish, Doctor Who, Pusheen, Hello Kitty, fall or woodland themed (owls, foxes, hedgehogs, deer, trees, leaves), sketch style (reminiscent of Beatrix Potter), plaid, American patriotic
muted, rustic greens in light and dark shades - (AKA cypress, thyme, moss, lichen, putty, olive, avocado - Here's a Pinterest board that illustrates the greens I like.) The picture below captures the range of greens I like - pretty much anything but lime and neon/fluorescent. ;)
pale gray, beige, khaki, and white to go with the greens
Teas: Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast, Chamomile, Mint Medley, Sleepytime
Candy: Peanut M&Ms, Mr. Goodbar, Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs, Mounds, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Dark Chocolate and raspberry, Ferrero Rocher, Andes Mints
ATC Themes: Seuss, Owl, Irish/Celtic, Doctor Who, Pusheen, JW Waterhouse, Kinkaid or similar cottages, Zentangle
Metals: silver, antiqued silver, copper, gunmetal
Jewelry: tiny stud earrings, dangle earrings, charms for a charm bracelet
Scents: vanilla, french vanilla, apple cinnamon, cucumber melon, green apple
Sports: Dallas Cowboys football, Mineola Yellowjackets football (my alma mater - colors are citrus orange and white), Texas Rangers baseball
Music: Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Grace VanderWaal, Piano, Celtic, Contemporary Christian, Glee Cast. My favorite Pandora station is Family Road Trip Radio. Style similar to: Fun, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Plain White T's, Adele
Books: Non-fiction, Christian Non-fiction, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Classics
Movies: The Princess Bride, Empire Records, Sense & Sensibility (Kate Winslet/Emma Thompson), Anne of Green Gables (Megan Follows), National Treasure (all), When Harry Met Sally, Serenity
American Television: Glee, Arrow (I ship Ollicity), Flash (I love Cisco), Once Upon a Time (I ship Captain Swan and have a twisted crush on Mr. Gold), Reign, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Big Bang Theory (I love Leonard), Firefly (Mal and Kaylee are my favs), Shakespeare Uncovered
British Telly: Merlin (love Merlin and have a crush on Mordred), Sherlock (Sherlock's curly hair does me in), Doctor Who (11 is my favorite, Rory is my favorite companion, love the TARDIS and River's journal)
BritComs: Black Adder (the Third is my fav - couldn't really get into Goes Fourth), Red Dwarf (I love Kryten and the male Holly), Waiting for God (oh, to be so sharp as Diana!), Vicar of Dibley (Jim and Owen keep me rolling), Keeping Up Appearances (poor Richard!), Are You Being Served? (Mrs. Slocombe), Mr. Bean (Rowan, naturally.), Chef (the insults!), As Time Goes By (Dame Dench)
Cats, Yarn, Argyle, Plaid (think tartans), Dr. Seuss, Floorplans, Old Aprons, Scrabble tiles, puffy stickers, Tea, Cottage Style, Celtic knotwork, Old handwriting, Mary Engelbreit, Miniature anything, Renaissance Faires, J.W. Waterhouse images, Thomas Kinkade cottages, Cables in knitting or crochet, Tiny floral or vine print fabric, Storybook or Cotswold architecture, Shamrocks (prefer three-leaf to four-leaf), garden roses (NOT florist roses), Graphics Fairy images, Hello Kitty (not Kawaii, just Hello Kitty - I grew up with and love Sanrio Hello Kitty), Triskeles
pocket letter based on any of my likes, lockets, Irish charms, Doctor Who charms, Doctor Who planner stickers (I love the picture stickers in this set), Doctor Who stickers, Pusheen planner stickers, Pusheen stickers, puffy stickers, washi tape (samples or rolls), Red Heart Scrubby yarn in any color, Barry's Irish Tea, Sanrio Hello Kitty, Dr. Seuss, Celtic knotwork, Triskeles, Mary Engelbreit, pictures of Thomas Kinkade cottages, Scrabble tiles (especially "C" - altered or not), Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother
New to me, but I'd like to see
Button Fairy, Pocket Letter
No, thank you
strong smells - I'm sensitive to them and get headaches, chai or spiced tea, makeup/perfume, neon colors, Halloween / gore/horror / scary, Happy Bunny, reward stickers
Favorite Shows: Star Trek (all series), Persons of Interest, Orphan Black, The Blacklist, The Americans, Gotham, MARVEL's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Bang Theory, X-Files, Lost, Doctor Who, anything apocalyptic or dystopian. Currently binge watching Designated Survivor
Interests: chess, science fiction, dystopian movies, apocalyptic movies, diabetic treats
Favorite Color: royal blue
Brandon (born 2000)
Favorite Characters/Shows/Movies: Star Trek (TOS, TNG), Star Wars, Doctor Who, Super Mario Brothers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Adventure Time
Interests: drawing, video games
Favorite color: Kelly green
Sarah (born 2002)
Favorite Characters/Shows/Movies: Best Friends Whenever, Casey Undercover, Bunk'd, Spongebob Squarepants
Interests: art, coloring, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, plays flute in marching band and interested in color guard
Favorite color: seafoam green
Bethany (born 2005)
Favorite Characters/Shows/Movies: Hello Kitty, Winne-the-Pooh, Aristocats (Marie), My Little Pony, Pingu
Interests: stickers, coloring, rubber stamping, drawing, learning to play flute in school band
Favorite color: pink, purple
Samuel (born 2011)
Favorite Characters/Shows: Paw Patrol, Blaze, Speed Racer, Signing Time, Little Einsteins, Octonauts, Blue's Clues, Pocoyo, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Tom & Jerry, Woody Woodpecker
Interests: cars, trains, stickers, drawing
I'll be listing partners and users who went above and beyond that deserve so much more than just a 5 and a heart.
profile surprise and assorted buttons
Hello Kitty surprise & Profile surprise
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