15 June 2018 FYI, though the outlined situations below appear to be outdated, they are ongoing issues that I still face on a daily basis.
29 January 2018 Due to my tenants moving out with ZERO notice, I will be busy over the next few months with repairs, showing the rental house, etc. I (most likely) will not be swapping until it's rented out again - financially and time management wise, it's the most responsible thing I can do right now. (Who else hates adulting!?!) It's a bummer, but I'll jump in quick swaps if I feel I can handle 'em on top of all else :) I'm still around so don't hesitate to reach out.
7 November 2017
I am slowly re-entering the world of swap-bot. Currently, my main focus is my health and ongoing recovery from a head injury so I have slowed down a lot, but I am indeed present :) Slow and steady, as they say! :)
CURRENT COLLECTION / PROJECT
When two of my cats and my rabbit passed in a matter of months, I found solace in photographs of pets belonging to my penpals and fellow swappers. I began a photo album, which I would love to fill. If you're looking to send extras or to send a RAK, please consider sending an addition to my album! I'm also willing to private swap. :)
In my family, ideas pertaining to giving have been handed down from one woman to another. My Gma instilled in my Mum, and she in me, that giving, truly giving, should hurt a little bit. It's easy to send away or give the things that we do not like or do not want. It may be as small as using my last piece of favorite stationery to write you a letter or as big as sending you something I'd really love to keep for my own collection, but I hold the aforementioned giving rule near and dear, and therefore, my swaps always hurt me a little bit. Why do I share this with you? Because you deserve to know that when I send my outgoing mail, I have invested my time, my energy, and myself into it.
5th Annual Dash for Dogs 5K - April 29th, 2018
Safe Voices 5K - June 2nd
Friends on the 4th 5K - July 4th, 2018
Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - 2018
Beach To Beacon 10K
10th Annual Dempsey Challenge 10K - September 29th, 2018
Maine Marathon - Half Marathon - September 30th, 2018
I am a crafter by hobby, and I so enjoy making little gifts for family, friends, and my pen pals. My favorite crafts are those I create with duct tape. I also love perler beads, embroidery floss, loom bands, latch hook, and quilting. I also quite enjoy paper crafts, especially making my own envelopes! I have recently started to learn how to knit and crochet and origami as well. I also love to color!
I am a voracious reader! I wish I had more time to devote to my extensive reading list/book collection, but I have many hobbies demanding my time and attention. I do make time daily for reading; I have a book, in progress, in just about every room of my house!
Ironically, I do not have a favorite book . . . yet! However, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness comes close! One of my favorite authors, also a Mainer, is Stephen King. Other favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Joe Hill, and John Saul. I love the horror genre, true crime, and the classics!
I have recently discovered and am absolutely wild about graphic novels! I'm (off and on) reading The Sandman, Locke & Key, and Wytches.
I have been dedicating more of my time and efforts to my Goodreads account: updating my progress, rating books, and writing reviews.
-Bag of Bones
-20th Century Ghosts
-The Woman in Cabin 10
I can read notes, and I play the flute. I'm teaching myself the guitar and the ukulele! I listen to music (almost literally) ALL of the time. I have a varied taste, but I respect all genres even if I don't tend to listen to them often. A couple of my favorites are Eric Clapton and Joshua Radin (who I've had the pleasure of meeting twice)! I have Radin lyrics in one of my tattoos :)
Some of my absolute favorite things in life . . .
PLATYPUS (my absolute favorite animal), peacocks, owls, cats, dogs, cows, sharks, octopus, UNICORNS, flamingos, and any big-eyed animals.
Notes, symbols, lyrics, instruments.
ANYthing nautical and under the sea related: anchors, mermaids, sharks, octopus, helms, and knots especially.
I fell in love with NYC and can't wait to return!!
I love the unusual, creative, and inappropriate. (Language and the human form do not offend me - colorful language and nudity is encouraged! lol). Though I am not easily offended, I still prefer not to receive anything blasphemous in nature.
Creepy/eerie, horror, supernatural, mythological. I love the color pink! I love pickles! I also love sugar skulls and pin ups, pineapple and banana decorations/themes (but no flavors or scents of)
Stationery: letter sets, memo sheets, and sticker flakes. Favorite character: Kamonohashikamo.
My favorite postcards to receive:
Other animals: Peacocks, cows, owls, cats, unicorns, ANY animal with BIG eyes, DOGS, monkeys, esp. orangutans, unusual animals
-Nautical / under the sea: especially mermaids, anchors, octopus, ships, helms, knots, SHARKS
-Police and/or crime related
-BRIGHT colors, PINK
-Music: sheet music, instruments, treble and bass clef
-Odd/inappropriate/unique/weird/funky: I am NOT offended by nudity, language, etc. I know that sometimes we come across such cards and never know who to send them to... ME. Send them to ME :D I happily accept profanity and nudity.
-Pineapples and bananas (it's kind of a joke because I can't stand the smell or taste)
-Military, esp. Navy
-Note about homemade cards: I like homemade cards when it's been made FOR me especially.
My name is Amy Elizabeth, I am 32 years of age, and I live on the east coast (Maine!) of the U.S. I was born and raised here; recently, I moved from the city to a small town with less than 3,000 people! I have BAs in Psychology and Criminology and CJ; professionally, I am a crime analyst. I may be behind the scenes, but I too bleed blue.
I don't exactly dance to the beat of my own drum, but there is that pesky drumline following me around :) I am quirky and accepting of such. I am clumsy and not so accepting of such. I am compassionate, friendly, driven, motivated, organized, perhaps a bit selectively obsessive-compulsive, shy, sometimes self-conscious, vibrant, creative, affable, a perfectionist, optimistic, probably annoyingly enthusiastic, and slightly neurotic regarding to-do lists.
Hobbies: I am an avid snail mailer and pen pal extraordinaire, a runner and athlete, a bibliophile, musician, crafter, collector, and a novice blogger.
I am content and happy with the life that I live, though I oftentimes daydream about more time in my day so that I can accomplish all of my loves.
If you do not receive a swap from me, please message me before rating me poorly. Also, human error does happen despite precautions. I ALWAYS have my swap mailings weighed at the post office before I mail them out. If there is ever an issue, please do let me know, but be kind and suggest a resolution. Swap-bot can be a very fun experience but only if everyone is treated kindly and with respect.
I mark 'sent' after I've compiled a swap and it's ready to go out on/during my next PO run. I go to the post office DAILY, with the exception of Saturdays.
I always, always, ALWAYS rate. If you're waiting on a rating from me, it's because I have not received your swap. I log in to swap-bot and rate as I open my mail. If you are waiting for a rating from me, message me, and I'll double-check to be sure that I have not received the swap.
Admittedly, I'm not fantastic at responding to the ratings that I receive. However, I assure you that this does not make me any less appreciative :)
Items I always love to receive (in good condition, of course). This is by NO MEANS a demands list or a list that implies that I would not like items that are not featured/listed here. I just know how useful it is for me to read what my partners love the most, especially when it comes to de-stashing type swaps!
LOOM BANDS!! I create bracelets to send to various children's hospitals each month, whatever I can get made in a month's time. SO, supplies for this endeavor are always welcomed!! :)
Duct and washi tapes
Pens (esp. gel pens!)
Project Life cards
Pins and magnets
Tea (Favorites: mint, chocolate, lady grey, darjeeling, spicy).
Sealing wax and wax seals
Decks of cards
Shaped paper clips
I LOVE the dish towels that go on sale for $1 when they're out of season
Notes of motivation/encouragement/humor that I post at work.
Pineapple & banana (Not to smell and / or eat though, please!)
I'm fair when it comes to dishing out ratings, and this applies to poor ratings too! You need not fear that I will rate you poorly just because life happened and a swap was late or lost during its voyage AS LONG AS YOU CONTACT ME. If you've ignored my attempts to contact you, and you have not been online for 1-2+ weeks since the swap deadline, then I am going to rate as is appropriate - at that point, it's on you because I've done my part.
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