My name is Amy Elizabeth, and I live on the east coast (Maine!) of the U.S. I was born and raised here; I live in a small town with less than 6,000 people! I have BAs in Psychology and Criminology and CJ; professionally, I am a crime analyst. 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, always 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.
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. :)
My fur baby, Radin
I am currently seeking private swaps with fellow reliable swappers.
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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.
Dash for Dogs 5K - April 28th, 2019
Special Olympics: Law Enforcement Torch Run - TBD
Safe Voices 5K to End Domestic Violence - June 1, 2019
Moxie Day 5K - July 13, 2019
David Payne Memorial Run - July 23rd, 2019
Beach to Beacon 10K - August 3rd, 2019
Corporal Cole Memorial Half Marathon - August 18th, 2019
Dempsey Challenge 10K - September 29, 2019
Maine Marathon - Half Marathon - October 6th, 2019
Run The Year - 2,019 Miles in 2019
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! Stardust also ranks quite highly on my love list! One of my favorite authors, also a Mainer, is Stephen King. I collect King books in languages other than English
Other favorite authors: Neil Gaiman, Lars Kepler, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, and John Saul. I love the horror genre, true crime, and the classics! I'll give any book and any genre a try, tbh.
I have been dedicating more of my time and efforts to my Goodreads account: updating my progress, rating books, and writing reviews.
-After the Fire
-A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones #3)
-Missing 411 (East Coast)
-Outrunning the Demons: Lives Transformed Through Running
-Fairies, Robots, and Unicorns? Oh My!
-The Dark Game
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 :)
I am a crafter by hobby, and I so enjoy creating! I'm elated at the prospect that my creativity may bring joy and happiness to others. My favorite crafts are those I create with duct tape, perler beads, embroidery floss, and loom bands. I also enjoy latch hook, origami, and quilting. I have recently started to learn how to knit and crochet, and ATCs are new to my repertoire as well.
I am particularly proud of my perler portraits (see one below) (:
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
-Greetings From ...
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.
-Naughty Little People
-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.
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.
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!
Paper straws! OH, how I love paper straws (in wrappers / packaging though).
Pens (esp. gel pens!)
Pins and magnets
Tea (Favorites: mint, chocolate, lady grey, darjeeling, spicy).
Sealing wax and wax seals
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!)
Although I am difficult to offend, I do prefer to NOT receive blasphemous themed
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 before the send by deadline. 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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