Swap-bot Time: November 23, 2017 12:32 pm


Date Joined: October 3, 2007
Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: November 6
Country: United States

Favorite Music

Moby, Morcheeba, Massive Attack, Faithless, Citizen Cope, Tricky, Tech9ine, Mazzy Star, Citizen Cope, Major Lazer, G-Eazy, Post Malone, Fetty Wap, Fugees, Wyclef, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Russ, 6lack, etc...

Favorite Books

Favorite book of all time: Veronica by Nicholas Christopher

I also like: Short stories by O. Henry, anything written by David Sedaris or Miranda July, The Little Prince, The Glass Castle, Love Walked In and Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos, Garlic & Sapphires and other books/articles written by Ruth Reichl, anything by MFK Fisher, "Stories" by Brian Andreas.

Favorite poets: Virginia Hamilton Adair and Nicholas Christopher

Favorite Movies

All time favorite: Bottle Rocket (and I like most all other Wes Anderson movies like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Royal Tenenbaums)

Closely followed, in no particular order, by: Groundhog Day, What About Bob, Run Lola Run, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Little Miss Sunshine, Elf, Station Agent, Birth, Nobody Knows, Amelie, Celestial Clockwork, Lost in Translation, Anchorman, Punch Drunk Love, Pieces of April, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, About Schmidt, I Heart Huckabees, Love Actually, Dough, Demolition Man, Oscar shorts (LOVED Stutterer and Le Femme et le VTG).

Favorite Television

Arrested Development, At Midnight, Ozark, Flight of the Conchords, Nathan for You, Top Chef, Chopped, Big Brother, Insecure, Amazing Race, The Mole (miss it), Parenthood (also miss it), Impractical Jokers, Billy on the Street, Flea Bag, Catfish, The Missing, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Master of None, The Affair, any and all ATP men's (tennis) tournaments, NFL Football (Go Chiefs!), any and ALL documentaries (Something's Wrong with Aunt Diane is a fave), anything having to do with true mysteries/mysterious disappearances (Disappeared, Gine, Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, etc)...ID Channel is a new favorite!

About Me

路 I live in Portland, Oregon but have lived in other parts of the US as well (Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and California).

路 I have been a personal chef in the past, but after I adopted my kids , I went back to freelance writing. I have written all kinds of stuff professionally, but right now I am an astrology writer for horoscope.com, plus I do tarot readings and astrology charts. I am working on a memoir.

路 I love art (especially book arts like journal making, paper making, etc.), color, design and all kinds of packaging...

路 I like bright colors like pink, fuscia, white, turquoise, lime green, periwinkle (esp. in the Spring/Summer) and black/white combo, deep reds, deep blue and purple.

路 Autumn is my favorite season and dusk/twilight is my favorite time of day. Sunset and sunrise are magical times, I try to appreciate them daily...

路 I love cooking, wine (especially sparkling/Champagne and Rose), giving gifts (especially the wrapping part!), reading, listening to music and getting surprises in the mail.

路 I love glossy cooking and art magazines!

路 I love to laugh (sarcasm, dumb jokes, bad puns and other variations of word play are the best way to get me to crack a smile). I am not easily offended.

A Few of My Favorite Things...

路 the ocean 路 poetry 路 hotels and hotel minibars 路 things that smell good (vanilla, spices, exotic/spicy perfumes, Autumn air, baby powder) 路 bonfires 路 NFL football (Go KC Chiefs!) 路 sunsets 路 moonlight 路 dusk (favorite time of day) 路 Moomin 路 the moon 路 potato chip cookies 路 Carmel California 路 Thai food 路 cool/interesting restaurant menus 路 islands 路 tennis 路 Champagne 路 animals (especially dogs, cats and squirrels) 路 art and cooking magazines 路 peanuts and other salty treats like smoked almonds and cheese popcorn 路 hummingbirds 路 passionflowers 路 magnets - interesting stickers 路 interesting quotes 路 fancy sweets (good caramels, truffles and macarons...yum) 路 Joshua trees 路 Cuba 路 congas 路 Carribean food 路 Candlelight 路 Tiny things 路 Words/word etymology/learning new vocabulary words 路 Gift wrap 路 Interesting packaging/food packaging 路

路 Don't really care for goth, "country/Americana" or Kawaii stuff, but I am open to it if it is something you are passionate about. Just tell me why you love it when you send it!

Things I Love To Get

路 Art/design/cooking magazines

路 Unique ephemera

路 Sweets (love fancy caramels and turtles)

路 Wine or food packaging labels (like clean candy wrappers/labels off cans/boxes, etc...)

路 Poetry

路 Zines

路 I collect funny/unusual/interesting obituaries, so if you see one in your local paper that fits that description I would LOVE it if you cut it out and sent it to me!

路 Black and White Photos

路 Old letters

路 Found receipts/shopping lists

路 Handmade Papers

路 Anything with Squirrels on it

路 Things related to the Moon and/or Stars

路 Articles about mysteries/disappearances

路 Interesting takeout/restaurant menus

路 Jokes/sarcastic humor

路 Flipbooks (my new favorites thing to make)

Private Swaps

I love to do 'profile surprise' or similar interest type swaps with other non-flaky swappers. PM me if we have stuff in common and you'd like to set something up!


Comment: Aunt Diane had to have been a closeted alcholic, right? Maybe? I鈥檓 still stumped on that one. As I write this note to you I鈥檓 watching 鈥 11/8/16鈥漮n Netflix, which follows voters (on both sides) on Election Day. It鈥檚 interesting to watch it knowing the outcome, and knowing that these folks don鈥檛 for most of the film. Your box rocked! Gimme all the greens and dots! I will certainly start using these fab notecards this weekend and I absolutely love the sticky note album. It鈥檚 truly perfect. Your letter may have been my most favorite among these favorite things. I feel like we should be pen pals! I鈥檒l be catching up on some letter writing over the holiday weekend. Mind if I send one your way? This private swap was so fun and winning was like winning the big Bingo jackpot. Thank you so much for the invite! 鈽猴笍
CENDING rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you. =)
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the resend!
Response: Whew! Sorry the first one got lost; if it ever shows up, let me know ;-)
Comment: Your fantastic and you send such fab things, so I apologize for being absent minded with this swap =)
Comment: Such a wonderful box of goodies! Thank you for including some items for Phoebe and Penny 馃槉 I LOVE the flipbook packed with awesome stuff鈥攅specially the Steve Zissou pins!!! (That happens to be one of my favorite movie quotes EVER) 鉂わ笍 So wonderful to swap with you, and I hope you would like to swap again!
Response: I'm so with you on Steve Zissou...it's funny we both sent Wes Anderson items...you really nailed the theme on yours though! It was a truly fantastic (Mr. Fox) box! I forgot to ask you where you got your stationary; that is so very cool. I need that! Check your inbox for my next idea ;-)
Comment: thank you for the awesome swap. I love the envelope
nully rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Awesome envelope of goodies! thanks!
ndfrost17 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Oct 31, 2017
animal87x rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute goodies! Love your Envelope! :)
Comment: Thank you for your swap. I liked the way you packaged it. I also like the postage you used. And the items inside were very awesome also. Thank you!!!
uhohbabyos rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Oct 30, 2017
emilynhr rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: Happy Halloween!
jlink rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: thank you for all the wonderful items. Definitely time to start crafting
Comment: Thanks!!
Comment: hi Mary! what a cute package! i especially love the "envelope" it came in, and the darling tiny sheet music envie! i have to tell you this crazy story.. for 3 -4 weeks I've had this huge, beautiful writing spider (it's what we call them, but most call them garden spiders, like my yankee boyfriend lol) who made her web under my mailbox. I'm careful not to disturb her.. she even got upset with me once & came after me which was scary.. anyway i named her Charlotte, and i drive by her several times a day.. but for 2 days she's been gone.. then your package came and there she was on a stamp!!! i took a picture of it 馃槩馃挏 thank you for all the goodies, & i hope you get mine soon! it's still the only one that got returned. 馃巸馃巸馃巸
Response: What an awesome (creepy haha) story; thanks for sharing! I'm glad you have a keepsake of Charlotte in case she doesn't return ;-)
Comment: Such cute things! Thank you!!!
jenlovespsu rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Happy Halloween! :)
MelfromNC rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: Thanks for everything!

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lawchick on Nov 9, 2017:

Putting together your parcel! Planning to send early next week! :)

CurlyTea on Nov 6, 2017:

LittleDonnaGirl on Aug 30, 2017:

I have had such fun putting your package together for our swap! :-) I do need to ask for a little extension with the deadline as we are having fires again and bad smoke has filled our area. If it clears up enough by Saturday, I will go to the post office then, otherwise I hope to take it on Tuesday since Monday is a holiday. So sorry about the delay. It smells like I am surrounded by campfires. :(

SilverD on Aug 28, 2017:

Hello Mary, I received your parcel for the Wacky, Silly & Unusual Holidays-September swap today, thank you so much! I really appreciate it that you thought of me to send to! I will open the gifts on the holiday. Next month is my birthday month so it will be nice surprises all month! I am very grateful for your angeling on this swap, you're awesome!!! 馃挏 馃挆 馃挍

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

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Roseg on Feb 3, 2015:

Hi EmJayBe, I received the 100 questions swap you angeled for me in today's mail. Thank you so much for being kind enough to do that for me. I enjoyed reading your answers and thank you for the neat envelope you sent. I have rated my original partner a 1. I wish I could rate you because you deserve a 5 with a bunch of hearts. Thank you:)

Sarahjroc on Jan 12, 2015:

You're too sweet! Thank you! :)

TereDiane1954 on Dec 5, 2013:

Hello from a little east of you: Sandy, Oregon, the Gateway to Mt. Hood.

pahasiga on Nov 7, 2013:

Happy birthday!

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