Date Joined: August 9, 2012
Last Online: September 20, 2017
Birthday: December 3
Country: United States
I live in Vancouver, WA (that's USA, not Canada). I have a husband and two adorable furbabies, both dogs, named Henry and Lucy. My husband and I both love to travel, but we don't do it as much as we'd like. I'm especially interested in going outside of my American boarders and crossing the big oceans because I never have.
When I was younger, I had a friend whose family travelled for a living, so we would write back and forth while she was away. There was no greater joy for me than going to the mailbox and finding a letter addressed to me. Nowadays the only mail I get are bills or political campaigning. Not quite as exciting.
I love getting stuff in the mail, but my husband is tired of me buying random stuff off the internet just so I can recieve something once in awhile, so I thought this might be a fun and enlightening alternative. I'm excited to start making new friends out there.
I am a Christian. While I don't require any religious type stuff, I do ask that consideration be given to the appropriateness of things being sent or said. No naked people, drug/alcohol/cigerette related, or sacreligious things please. In return, I will promise not to preach or push my beliefs on anyone who does not share them. I believe in respect above all things.
I do not joining swaps arbitrarily; I choose swaps that I know I can get done and get them out as quickly as possible, usually within a day or two of being assigned a partner. If I join a swap that requires time to be put into it, I put in that time long before the sign-up date so that there is no chance that something won't get out. If I feel I won't be able to get it out within a day or two after being assigned a partner, I drop the swap BEFORE they are assigned. I recognize that I had some trouble in the past and I have done everything I can to fix it, but I have no intention of letting things get out of hand again.
I've been scrapbooking forever (since before it was THE craft to be doing). Recently I picked up photography as a hobby. I'm still pretty much a beginner, and I don't know much about lighting and composition, but I do know my scrapbooks have been better for the practice. And I enjoy writing. Especially when I get to share my writing with other people. I mostly write for my scrapbooks, so I guess I'm a journalistic writer, although, I do enjoy the random creative writing class now and then.
Don't let all that creativity fool you though. I have quite a head for numbers. Sometimes in my free time, I take random math classes "just for fun". Geeky, I know, but hey, it's me. :)
My favorite show on TV right now is Criminal Minds. I'm fascinated about how the mind works and that show always gets me thinking.
My favorite show that used to be on TV is Sex and the City. Yep, I'm a girlie-girl. And yes, I envy those shoes.
My husband and I enjoy watching How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory together. It's fun having a laugh together.
Other shows I love watching (both old and new, thanks to TV on DVD and Netflix): Once Upon a Time, Law and Order, Boy Meets World, Cold Case, Last Man Standing, Community and American Horror Story.
I love to read books. I prefer fiction (most non-fiction bores me), especially stories about children or dogs. I love, love, love the Harry Potter series, just discovered The Hunger Games trilogy (LOVED IT) and have found several neat "unknown" authors and stories with my Kindle.
My favorite author is Ted Dekker because he's a really interesting story-teller and most his stories have a Christian theme to them that isn't heavy-handed, or sometimes obvious at all.
I love stories with magic or ghosts, but I stay away from vampires and zombies.
I love music. I prefer to have it on around me at all times if possible. I like almost everything, but my favorite is more Alternative Rock. Stuff like Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Vampire Weekend, Nirvana, AWOLNATION, Green Day, Weezer. . . I think you get the point.
My favorite band, however, is Matchbox 20. LOVE them! I got to see them in concert once when they come to my area. I'm hoping they come again sometime. I'd love to see them again.
I like trying out new music. My radio station does this segment called "New Music Heaven" where each week they feature a new, mostly unknown artist. During the week, they send out a link for a free download of the song they are featuring that week, so my MP3 player is full of stuff a lot of people haven't heard of yet. I also have a lot of the newly popular bands before they are widely known (Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees, and Foster the People were all New Music Heaven features at one time).
I'm not a big fan of country music. I do appreciate the occasional song (Taylor Swift is one I usually always like), but I can't handle more than one or two country songs at a time.
Strange, but true: Even though I listen to mostly contemporary stuff, my very favorite song in the entire world is Moon River. Especially as sung by Henry Mancini. My husband made sure it was playing when he proposed and I walked down the aisle at our wedding to a piano version of the song. To me, it's the most romantic song ever.
I love girly things: pink, sparkly, flowers, shoes, shiny. . .
I love Disney! I'm a fan of the cartoons as well as the movies. I also love Pixar. My favorite movies are Beauty and the Beast (the cartoon and the movie), Cars and Cars 3, and Inside Out. I'm also a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh. I love his easy-going nature and general cuddliness
As I stated before, I love my dogs and probably scrapbook them the most (since I have no children of my own), so anything dog related is welcomed. I especially love cute dog themed stickers and quotes about dogs. Henry and Lucy specific items would be jerky treats (actually, any kind of yummy treat); rawhide bones; soft, floppy,unstuffed animals; strong ropes for tug-of-war; and maybe a ball (Henry likes ones that don't squeak and ones he can tear the fuzzies off of, like a tennis ball). They are not really that interested in plastic or squeaky toys (however, he has some doggie cousins they'd be happy to share those things with.)
I love taking pictures of the details of life and love looking at interesting angled pictures. Is that considered abstracts? Not sure, but some of my favorite photos from my wedding were of things like my shoes, my dress, and the decorations on the tables. My husband doesn't get it.
For male friends who do not understand the girly stuff, I am also a fan of the Boston Red Sox and my husband is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Portland Trailblazers fan (how's that for a little baseball, football, and/or basketball relief?)
I'm not a big fan of the color green and I hate talking politics.
Give me a puzzle to figure out and I'll be happily employed for awhile. I especially love puzzles that involve logic and/or numbers. (Just a bit of random trivia: I can actually solve a Rubix Cube)
I like fun socks, especially seasonal ones, but I hate the ones that sit below the ankle. I also despise the toe socks.
I enjoy swapping post cards. I never did get a collection started, but I've always wanted to. In particular, I want to get one from every state in the USA (as well as from other countries). City, state, and landmarks are great; if I can't actually travel there, I might as well have the post card from someone who has. :) I also love beach scenes, sunsets, and those romantic black and white scenes of couples. But then on the other hand, pretty much anything sent to me makes me happy: animals, buildings, flowers, strange images, artwork. . . I just love receiving postcards. :)
I'm fascinated with England. It's the place I most long to travel to.
My favorite flower is the tulip. I don't care for sunflowers.
My favorite chocolate candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, my favorite movie candy is Sweet Tarts and BottleCaps, and my favorite drink is Coca-Cola (not that I would expect THAT to come throught the mail. It's just FYI stuff).
The college I work at has a penguin for a mascot, which also happens to be my favorite animal.
I scrapbook EVERYTHING, so anything that is sent to me with the consideration of it fitting in my books would be extra thoughtful and most appreciated, but I'm creative and can make pretty much anything work. In fact, my preference is anything I can put in a book: pictures, postcards, letters (single-sided, although, I can make double-sided work), small trinkets that fit in bags or pockets, notecards with inspirational quotes or bible verses on them, comic strips, bookmarks (I read on a kindle, so I don't usually use bookmarks, but they are fun), drawings (by children or adults), fun, interesting and/or creative stickers, etc. . .
I am allergic to buckwheat and excessive garlic.
Neither my husband nor I drink coffee, but I do enjoy a nice cup of tea, especially in the fall and winter. I prefer chais over herbals, but you can never go wrong with a green tea. I'm a big believer in the health benefits of a white tea and tend to reach for that over anything else, especially when fighting cold and flu season. I love my tea sweet. My husband prefers good hot chocolate to tea (especially dark chocolate or a mint chocolate kind), so I also welcome that for him (since I'm the one who gets all the good mail these days).
Speaking of my husband, if you want to share the love to my man, he's into the Blazers (basketball) and the Buccaneers (football), karaoke, and Jr. Mints. He loves to dress up in silly stuff when doing karaoke (silly hats, big glasses, gaudy bling, wigs). His favorite brand of Hot Chocolate is Steven's.
I'm so easy-going that pretty much anything makes me happy to receive. But in case you can't find something from the rest of the profile, here's a small list of on-going easy wishes:
** Jeff (my husband), Henry and Lucy (my dogs) are the most important people in my life and I love sharing my fun and goodies with them, so any surprises sent to me for one of them deserves an automatic heart in my book. **
Jeff likes: * hot chocolate * junior mints * the Buccaneers and Blazers * cheap, silly items such as hats, sunglasses, scarves, inflatable instruments, wigs, etc. that he can use as props when doing karaoke * Iron Man
I try very, very hard to get my swaps out as quickly as possible (usually within a day or so of being partnered up when I can). There should always be plenty of time to contact me so I can resend if you feel too much time has gone by since I marked "sent" and you still haven't received anything.
I work an 8:00-5:00 job Monday-Friday, which leaves only Saturdays for me to battle with the Post Office lines. Most of the time I opt to just use the Self Service Kiosk to save me the hassle. This means that for you stamp collectors out there, my letters and postcards will be pretty lame and boring. Which is why I will avoid doing any swaps asking for fancy stamps be placed on the outgoing mail.
I open my mail as soon as I get home from work in the evening and do so at my computer so that I can rate immediately. I appreciate being rated in a timely manner so I try to do so also.
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