Swap-bot Time: April 9, 2020 3:47 am


Date Joined: June 27, 2018
Last Online: April 8, 2020
Birthday: January 29
Country: United States
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About Me

I restarted my blog, Hungry Like the Wolfe. It only has a few entries right now, but I'm setting a goal of doing 1 a week! Please check it out and follow me.

Please be careful when mailing flat things that might move around in an envie. The mail supervisor for my region is VERY PICKY. If anything bunches up in the envie, and I mean stuff as small as a few teabags or one magnet with a circle or a paperclipped collection of items that could be 3/4" thick, then he will tag it and make me pay the package rate to collect my mail. This has happened 3 times in the last month. :( I love the gifts and thought that goes into them--but not having to pay $3.25 to get what looks to me like a flat envie with a tiny bulge.

I got 2 more postage due mails on March 6. Please, please take your mail to the post office and have it checked and approved. Even if it seems flat to you (and probably me), it WON"T to Super Picky Postal Supervisor

Yes, I received a 3 on 2 July 2019. I had an irresponsible streak. It is not a fixable 3, as in I can't go back into the past and send in a timely manner. I do take pictures of all of my swaps. I mark sent when the swap is ready to go to the post office. I do contact people when a swap is going to be late. I learned from my mistakes. Most people are accepting of that, but I also now have a 3 from someone who did not accept my explanation of why a swap is late. I contacted all of my partners as I had the swaps completed but had been carrying them around with me unable to get to the post office because of back to school meetings. I don't know how to fix that, as I was being as responsible as I could.

As for my most recent 3, I will in the future contact all swap partners if something will be EVEN 1 DAY LATE. I am currently trying to make sure to send swaps out before the swap date (and am on a streak where I am several days ahead!) If I am permitted to do any swaps in the future (I must recognize that at some point I will allowed to do nothing because I have failed to be timely 4 times in the past.), I will continue this streak. If not, I will contact my partner.

If a swap does not arrive, please contact me before rating me a 1. I will do all in my power to fix it.

I'm an English professor. I also enjoy reading, cross stitch, cooking, board games, Magic the gathering.

I love cats. I have one cat, Aspect, who has been my best friend for 13 years.

I also like owls.

The website link will take you to my food blog Hungry Like the Wolfe

I'm a big fan of coffee and tea. I like a wide variety of both. I'm very interested in trying new kinds of tea and coffee! I can use loose leaf and bagged teas.

I also really love hats and fascinators. I don't really do ball caps, but I have the look that allows me to wear Derby type hats or English facinators (basically tiny hats on a headband). I also enjoy tiaras and other fun headpieces. I find a lot of these sorts of things at Halloween at Michael's or at stores like Claire's at the mall.

I really like large mugs for all of my hot beverages. I think delicate little tea cups are cute, but I want to drink more than a tea sample :) Oversized mugs are my favorites.

I like stickers, and I've decided that I will once again join into some sticker swaps. I do get a lot of my stickers from Current which has HUGE sticker sheets, like 9x13, so those might be cut into smaller chunks and/or should count as more than one sheet. But they have gorgeous stickers!

I also have been finding myself drawn to things with the stars and galaxies and suns and moons lately.The sky and the universe are so beautiful!

Favorite Crafts

Baking (especially at midnight)

cross stitch (I'm working on a huge dragon writer piece right now)

I also enjoy making my own body products like bath bombs and shower cream and shampoo. I love to use my essential oils in all that I do.

Weird Jobs

I'm a mystery shopper, which means I go into stores and ask questions and write about what happens in the encounters.

This results in people asking me weird questions sometimes like how to use a prison credit card at the gas pumps. I also get asked if I would like to join the army.

I have photographed bathroom graffiti so I have picture proof that something isn't supposed to be there.

Favorite Music

They say that most people are nostalgic for the music of when they were young adults. I am no exception. I am a little stuck in the 90s and early 00s I love the Lilth Fair set (Tori Amos, Alanis Morrisette, Indigo Girls, etc)

I also listen to a community radio station that plays music you don't normally hear on other radio stations. Carbon Leaf, for example. Or blues or such a wide variety!

In tv, I really miss Firefly!

Favorite Books

I'm an English professor, so you might have guessed that I do love to read. I am usually reading 3 books at a time--one fiction or nonfiction, 1 romance or mystery, and 1 young adult, science fiction, or fantasy. I am also usually listening to an audiobook, which I download from the library app.

I also like to read and write about food. I'm a poet, so I also read and write poetry.

I love Harry Potter and think it's the sort of thing worth rereading.


Fuzzy socks

Things that smell good. Love scented items. Favorite scents include lavender, fall scents, mint, floral, woodsy

purple and orange are favorite colors

olive drab is a color that looks really good on me

trees, though I prefer non-evergreen

I'm addicted to lip balm. I make my own and I also buy lip balm all the time

bath products. I think the best .way to end the day is with a bath and good book. Baths are best with something scented in them--bombs, salts, bubbles, oils

I geek out over stationary and pens and stickers

I LOVE puns and wordplay!

Glitter. I know it gets everywhere, but I still love it!

Please Don't Send

Recipes that require zucchini (I'm allergic). I am allergic to all kinds of squash, pumpkin, and zucchini. I have learned that pumpkin can usually be switched to sweet potato and turns out yum, but I don't know how to substitute for zucchini

Winnie the Pooh

Please no things that smell like smoke. This seems mostly to be an issue with thrift store swaps, but applies in all cases. I don't deal well with smoke smells, and I can't always wash it out/off. Then I have to throw away a gift, and that makes me sad.

Postcard Preferences

I like a wide variety of postcards. I enjoy the touristy ones, but I really like the non-touristy ones, too. I like pictures of owls, dragons, fantasy, some of the art cards, B/W photography. Things with sparkle and glitter are fine. I enjoy nature, particularly trees. Cats are wonderful on postcards.

Not a big fan of postcards with just a couple of words on a background, like "sweater weather" for fall. Would rather have a scene. That said, I got a postcard that said "Your sparkle has not gone unnoticed" in bright glittery colors, and I loved it. I like bright colors. Sometimes I love the random postcards. I like vintage ones, too, and I can get these at a local store, which is fun.


My kitty, Aspect, is 13, but still has a lot of energy. Her favorite toys include those balls that look like soccer or golf balls and are made of Nerf/sponge material or ones that are like big pompoms.

When she was a kitten, she had a bat toy. It was her favorite ever, though it quickly became 2 toys: bat head and bat body. She LOVES bats. And glitter. I tell her all the time that it's ok to love glitter and Bojuka Bog (a magic card--it's ok to have a girly side and a competitive side) She also likes a catnip mouse now and again, especially the grey ones. She loves pipe cleaners and string and her laser toy. She'll run down the hall and jump to get that red dot!

Specti loves treats of most kinds.

She does not like hard plastic balls with bells in them or toys shaped like springs. I try to keep her away from too much catnip as she gets angry instead of mellow when she's had too much. She had a cactus once, as she loved to rub against it and use it a comb....until she tried to take it to bed. Then I had to confiscate the cactus. I was also recently reminded that she wants to eat Mardi Gras beads, so please do not send them to either of us. They must remain closed in a box at all times because they are shiny and she wants to eat them.

Like most kitties, she'll love the box as much as if not more than the toy :)


Karen07 rated for R&W: Favorite Female Author on Apr 8, 2020
Comment: Enjoyed your letter Maryann. Thank you! I plan on checking some of your favorites out. Love the postcard too. Stay safe in a difficult time.
nanadiana rated for Christmas Cards In April on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card and postcard. It's been fun getting Christmas in April! Stay safe!
Response: It is fun. I think we all need a little brightening these days. Thanks for the heart!
CraftyShana76 rated for Christmas Cards In April on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
craftyAnnaLu rated for Christmas Cards In April on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and lovely kitty PC!
Response: You're so welcome! Thanks for the heart!
basykes rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #83 on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: trying to lick the PC, but the chocolate doesn't come through.
Response: Hahahaha! I'm glad you liked the PC. Thanks for the heart!
C3lemon rated for Christmas Cards In April on Apr 6, 2020
Response: Thanks for the heart!
JJcrafty rated for WIYM: Gabi's Scavenger Hunt! on Apr 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Cindymt rated for Tea Swap! on Apr 6, 2020
saturnsrings rated for Floral washi sample swap on Apr 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the flowery washi!
wittmert rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #83 on Apr 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
pattiairel rated for MAE - Your Choice on Apr 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks for a very nice envie selection.They are made very nicely.♥♥♥
Loosefolia rated for Tea For Thee # 37 on Apr 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the tea! I can't wait to try them out! I lovee the bird card that you sent me. My favorite birds are sparrows because they're brave little things, but owls are very wise and majestic. The kestrel on the card is also very beautiful. I'm in love with it! <3 Anyways, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who has trouble distinguishing left from right XD Thank you again for the awesome swap! I hope you stay safe and healthy! <3
SoberMermaid3 rated for Scatts PC Swap - P - US Only on Apr 4, 2020
Comment: Great postcard and answers! Thank you!!
Comment: Thanks for the recipe and tea. Hope all is well for you. Happy swapping.
theevidenceisme rated for Coloring Collab 2020 #3 on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sending this card my way and for the extra sticky notes!
Comment: Thank you for the postcards Maryann - I can definitely use some of these in future swaps! I hope you are well and having a groovy day!
debbiespoms rated for Tea Swap! on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much Maryann, for the 2 yummy tea and the 6 stickers. Love love love them!
Comment: Thank you for the Stripes and Dots washi
Comment: Thank you for the great pc's
yarnigras rated for WIYM: Send me a tote bag on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for my cute tote and goodies! I adore snowmen so will be glad to use it next holiday season!

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chimerix on Mar 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wonderful dragon book mark for the profile tag on our SMT group. It is really lovely and I love how you used the magazine page mixed with papers to create your own stationary. Very cool. Aloha

Kirkdebb on Mar 9, 2020:

I LOVE the red turtle you sent me for Tag: Something Red!! Thank you!!

grammypammy on Mar 5, 2020:

Thank you for the cactus from the Cactus TAG in SMT. I love it! How often do I water it and does it need sunlight? Thank you so much!

Hugs, Pam

thisismeAXiD on Jan 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:

Wild 'n' Wacky Holiday Swaps

Hugs, Pam

Copperyn on Sep 25, 2019:

You can also substitute eggplant for zucchini :)

ablev92 on Jul 30, 2019:

Friendly note to drop by and say hi and that I put one of your completed coloring pcs in the mail this am so you should have it by the end of the week hopefully:)

myancey on Jul 23, 2019:

rcvd #2 blueberry chunk . ooh sour milk is never fun :(

hollycm6 on Jul 11, 2019:

You can sometimes substitute apple or carrot for zucchini I think. :)

Zefaniya on Apr 21, 2019:

That’s a good idea for everyone to do! Happy swapping! 🧡

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