Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 6:57 am


Date Joined: July 14, 2007
Last Online: June 24, 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 pals, reading, swapping (obviously), gardening, although I don't have a yard of my own, photography (i have a canon dslr, which i refer to as big daddy, and an instax), and journaling.

things i love:(for ideas) my mom. my friends, local and far away. disney. winter nights. disneyland. faeries. the magickal and mystical. bath & body works. christmas. manatees. greeting cards. twizzlers. cloudy, thunder-stormy days. fruit punch. the beach. amy brown's artwork. caramel apple lollies. 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 you 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 , old city/state starbucks cards, 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
  • washi tape
  • unused greeting cards
  • bubble wrap pockets
  • anything with faeries
  • postcards
  • postcrossing id number stickers
  • instax picture frames
  • bookmarks
  • anything decorative for adding to my journal.

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 am 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 cds 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


Fabriqueen rated for Touristy postcards on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the touristy postcards. We visited Seattle about 10-12 years ago. I had a friend living in Kent at the time. We enjoyed everything about Washington state. Looking to make it to DC one day soon. Hugs, Diane
Comment: Looks interesting. When I lost my first cold I'd have tried making a snow child if I could. Hope there is a happy ending.
SkaGirl rated for First & Last Lines No. 12 on Jun 18, 2019
tentmari rated for Touristy postcards on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing the great postcards. Your segue from one Washington to another was great. I enjoyed reading about these two places since I have never visited either if them. Thank you also for the extra goodies! 😊🌷💙
Comment: Thank you! Love the extra PCs!!
armadillogal rated for WIYM: Not My State PC - US only on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great card. I have been there but never gone up in the arch.
Comment: What perfect postcards and you know I love the Christmas postcard, thank you.
Comment: Thanks a lot for the postcards :)
AmandaThePenPal rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #2 on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
mag rated for ☆ FULL ENVELOPE #11 ☆ on May 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
vacths95 rated for Happy April on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful moon postcard :)
PeliKat rated for WIYM: Favorite Pet Photo with note on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: Irene, I love the photo of your fur-baby Baer! He's so beautiful and it's obvious that your mama loves him. It's cute the way he puts his head back for the forehead kisses! Thank you for the extra goodies you included too, although the photo alone would have gotten you a heart; I love black cats! Happy swapping to you!
Comment: Thanks for all these "pretty nifty" postcards! Thanks too for the extra! My DH loved the "sparkly" envie you sent it in! I love the stars too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
CHOWEFACE rated for POSTCARD: I don't live there! on Apr 1, 2019
Comment: Nice! I was actually in Gig Harbor today and got lost when my GPS stopped working 😅
knittymarie rated for Not your country PC on Mar 30, 2019
AmandaThePenPal rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #1 on Mar 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
mejulia rated for POSTCARD: I don't live there! on Mar 27, 2019
Comment: thank you
Rainydancer rated for Vocabulary from my book, PC swap on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: I went crazy when I saw this postcard! I adore old school care bears! Thanks so much. I've read that book too and like it!
Response: YAY! :)
Comment: thanks so much for the cool postcard!

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Sessalouise on Jan 22, 2019:

Hey. :) Messaged you about your address if you don't mind checking please.

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!

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