Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2019 8:22 am


Date Joined: July 14, 2007
Last Online: January 13, 2019
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
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About Me


my name is irene, but just about everyone who knows me calls me reenie. (i recently changed my name since my divorce and am now back to my maiden name.)

i'm returning to swapbot after about five years away. there have been a lot of changes in my life and i feel that going back to doing the things i enjoy is good for me right now.

i was born in los angeles, california on december 24th to my parents, who divorced 18 months later. my mom was in the us navy for 12 years and we moved around a lot. i've lived all over the usa but am settled in the pacific northwest, specifically, washington.

i was married to a navy submariner for 16 years. we divorced in june 2015. i am still struggling with my current situation and while i still feel poorly and often sad and angry about it, i am trying to stay positive.

currently it's just me and my cat, baer. he's the love of my life, well, the cat of my life. baer is a sleek black kitty with gold and green eyes. he was adopted from my local animal shelter in 2010 when he was just a wee baby. he's incredibly affectionate, intelligent, and stubborn. he loves heavily scented catnip toys (the more catnip the better!), crunchy cat treats in just about every flavor, although tuna is his favorite, and just about any flavor of canned food except turkey. he's my silky kitty and i adore him.

i adore snail mail, pen palling, reading, swapping (obviously), gardening, although I don’t have a yard of my own, photography, and journaling.

things i love: my mom. my friends, local and far away. disney. winter nights. disneyland. faeries. the magickal and mystical. bubble baths. bath & body works. christmas. manatees. greeting cards. twizzlers. cloudy, thunder-stormy days. fruit punch. the beach. amy brown's artwork. caramel apple lollies. scented candles. glitter pens. stationery. snail mail. lilacs. barbie. butterflies. stila. mac. bonne bell. good luck bear. hydrangeas. candy-cane tootsie pops. starbucks. vanilla milkshakes. flip-flops. stickers. music. perfume. makeup

swap preferences: if end up being my swap partner, here are some things you can take into consideration when sending. anyone who sends me packages of the gevalia cappuccino specials toblerone, anything with daim in it or cadbury jelly popping candy shells candy bars will forever be my bestest friend!

i would prefer to not receive any handmade items unless it's specifically related to my profile.

stationery: i like any and all sorts of notecards, postcards, and greeting cards.

  • kawaii letter sets
  • colored sharpies (med. point)
  • greeting cards
  • postcards
  • gel pens
    i'd love the marbled gel pens, as i've been having a tough time finding them lately.
  • stickers
    this includes sticker sheets & sticker sacks.

beverages: i love hot drinks, especially flavored hot chocolate, and unique or exotic teas. please do not send any dietary drink mixes.

  • flavored hot chocolates
  • plain hot chocolate
  • coffee
  • tea

candy/sweets: i despise white chocolate, so please do not send it.

  • starburst
  • m&ms
  • twizzlers
  • jelly belly jellybeans
  • chocolate
  • swedish fish
  • daim

miscellaneous: just a handful of random things i'm always happy to receive.

  • wrapping paper
  • wrapping ribbon
  • wrapping bows
  • unused greeting cards
  • bubble wrap pockets
  • anything with faeries
  • postcards
  • picture frames
  • bookmarks

please do not send the following:

  • white chocolate
  • dietary drink mixes
  • recipe cards
  • religious items
  • conservative/republican items
  • toys
  • eyelets
  • beads
  • gems
  • buttons
  • embroidery materials
  • knitting materials
  • atcs
  • erasers
  • potpourri
  • linen or floral scented anything
  • romance novels
  • jewelry (handmade or store-bought)
  • napkins/tissues/hankies
    i have an allergy to cigarettes, including the scent of them, so if you're a smoker, please make sure that the items you send do not smell like smoke.

everything else: i’m not especially picky but i do detest anything that's obviously cheap. i love trying new recipes so please don’t hesitate to send me printed versions of your favorites. mix cd’s are also welcome although i know we're not supposed to send them.

if you still have questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Favorite Books

i love books. bookie-book-books. noms. i am an avid reader of just about everything, but historical fiction/non-fiction, specifically from the tudor- and elizabethan-eras, is often what i read most. i also enjoy reading mystery, fantasy, and some science-fiction. some favorite authors include anne rice, robin maxwell, philippa gregory, margaret george, alice munro, juliet blackwell, amy tan, anne mccaffrey, mercedes lackey, marion zimmer-bradley, linda lay schuler, alison weir, octavia butler, sue harrison, jean m. auel, wally lamb, isaac marion ,jodi picoult, chuck palahniuk, and half a dozen others.

i loathe romance novels so please don't send them.

Postcard Preferences

i am a keen collector of postcards. while i'm happy with most kinds of posties, i do have a few types that i would give you a heart for sending including:

  • state maps
  • disney; characters & parks
  • paris
  • austria
  • greece
  • flowers
  • faeries

please, nothing cheap or tacky. please send me a postcard you would like to have in your collection.

Angels / Flakers / Non Raters

i suppose you're no one on swapbot until you've been flaked on. and more than once. flakes seem to run especially rampant in the kawaii community, and a lot of my flaked swaps involve kawaii.

- swapbotfool for the beauty wishlist
my list can be found on the swap page.
- MIZZb0obo0 for the hello kitty lovers
- lilpinkymaloof23 for the pick 6 kawaii items #1


Comment: Thank you! The envelope paper is so pretty!!
Comment: They have arrived safe & sound!
Sessalouise rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #22 on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: I got your journal today. It's awesome! My daughter is named Lillian Irene, Irene after her great grandmother. And her birthday is Dec 20. Pretty neat. :) Have a wonderful evening!!
Response: It's loverly to doscover another Irene. I was named Irene Elizabeth after both my great-grandmother and my grandmother. Tell your daughter she has a beautiful name. :)
Comment: Hello Irene, I just got your cards. Thank you for the extra! Have a wonderful weekend!
mamarochat rated for WIYM: PINK POSTCARD on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you. I love the postcard.
Comment: I received your postcard and enjoyed your comments about my profile! I often think it is too long and that I should pare down much of it, yet I think it is an accurate depiction of who I am---a very multi-faceted "young" at heart woman. I am having a bit of a challenge facing up to that next April 18 when I will be 70! Fifty and 60 didn't bother me in the least. In fact, for 60, one of my Comp I classes surprised me with a "Tres Leche" cake in class on the 18th. They could not believe that I was 60! I guess I need to find all of them again and have a "70 Years Young" party with another of those luscious cakes!
AshCash rated for First and last lines No.4 on Aug 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks! The last line makes me want to read the book. : )
joybookpages rated for Book Sentence POSTCARD! on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: Nice postcard, the book sentences have me intrigued....
Comment: Thank you Irene!
CaptiveofIowa rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (July 2018) on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thumbs up on connecting my likes to your home land. Hopefully one of these days I can head up to see the Northwest again
Cupcake436 rated for Pick 3 Swap (INTERNATIONAL) on Jul 19, 2018
katmandu rated for Easy Postcard #5 on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Perfect quote for the PC! And a great quote besides. Thank you!
MMark rated for Cat Postcard Swap USA #6 on Jul 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the PC. I had a black cat that i adored. Definitely good luck. 🖤
Comment: Received the pcs, and the extra was beautiful!!! Thank you so much!!!!
Comment: What a beautiful postcard! Thank you so much :) And thanks for the book tip - I'll put Invisible Monster on my list. I've read some of Chuck Palahniuk's books in the past and really enjoyed them :)
fbresnah rated for Cat Postcard Swap USA #6 on Jul 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute card! I didn't know that about black cats in Japan, very interesting!
Tracykason rated for Fridge magnet swap on Jun 27, 2018
Comment: Just home from vacation (thus the late rating). Thank-you so much for the orca magnet - I love it.
Faith2001 rated for First and last lines No. 2 on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Loved fairy postcard it is one of my favorites in my collection so far thank you!
AmericanHeiress rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #15 on Jun 18, 2018
Comment: What a pleasant surprise receiving some new to the swaps journal in my mailbox this afternoon. Loved you writing and flow too. You did a great job and can't wait to answer your question and send on in the next round!!!!
Response: Thank you! I was pretty nervous about how this turned out. :)
dreamlady66 rated for Fridge magnet swap on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Ty, quite diversified-one...❤

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spinjenny on Jan 5, 2019:

Hi Irene! Thank you so much for the thoughtful notecard and the cute stickers. They were a lovely surprise!

isabellasnow on Dec 1, 2018:


bstrong on Oct 27, 2017:

Hi there. I hope all is well with you and you just haven't been on because your life is going great. I have been watching and sending you emails to find out if you had received 'let's be random PC' that was sent on August 2. So when you come back on if you could send me a quick note or just rate me quickly so I can take it off my files I would greatly appreciate it. Meanwhile I hope you're having a fantastic time.

MissTullie on Jul 8, 2017:

Thanks so much for the wonderful goodies you sent me for the CPG June wishes. I love the postcards, note card, stickers, washi tape and the adorable Kawaii memo notes. I am delighted with everything....you really made my day!

susiescottsdale on Jul 6, 2017:

Thanks so much for the Birthday RAK you sent me today! I LOVE the lil Palm box with TH ink pad in my fav color and the other lil goodies you sent me! You are so sweet! =0)

RyeRye on Dec 24, 2016:



lou on Dec 7, 2016:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

reader44ever on Jul 31, 2016:

Hi Irene! Thank you for a really cute postcard! (It arrived yesterday but I wasn't able to pick up the mail until today.)

I would love to swap with you again. I'm sorry if I forgot to respond in the positive, if you asked me if I'd like to swap again. As far as I'm concerned, you can set one up whenever! Just shoot me a message and I'll be there. :-)

~~ Jen

RyeRye on Jul 7, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

reader44ever on Jun 17, 2016:

Hi Irene! Thank you for the profile "hello"! I just stopped by to return your friendly greeting with a wave, and I hope it shows up! (It's my first time posting a picture. . . Can this box be edited if it doesn't work? haha Here goes. . .)


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