May 20th: I know it seems like I'm not around much, but I'm here, I do the bare minimum to keep my swaps going and that's all I can handle at this point =( Keeping up with drama and groups and all that is too much to ask right now. I'd love to talk to you guys one on one, but I really don't know who would understand how I'm feeling right now. I hope most of you haven't got a clue! I try to be somewhat normal, but a weekend of being social leaves me completely out of order for 1 1/2 weeks, so it's not easy. (it was totally worth it!) Spent an hour in an MRI machine earlier this month, hopefully that will give the specialist I'm seeing soon some answers about my leg pain, but that's not what's really bothering me, it's just an "added bonus"...
March 6th: In serious pain, adding a new diagnosis to the list... Brain fog unavoidable, please let me know when (not if) I f*ck up something.
READ THIS BEFORE CONTACTING ME:
Know that I suffer from Fibromyalgia and answer messages sporadically. I never know how much pain I'm going to be tomorrow or next week. You can read more about this further down in my profile, just know that I'm not ignoring anyone on purpose, me logging in to check on things does not mean I'm up for answering messages =/
If I send mail late on Friday it's probably not postmarked until Monday. You would think that with our postage prices everything would go quickly, but it's just the opposite =(
Try to communicate with your partner before contacting me as the host.
I do not need to know about swaps that are being sent on time, but if you are going to send late I need to know up front.
If I haven't rated I haven't received. Asking about it won't help with that ;P
Read the site FAQ if you don't know how this site works. I'm not an admin, and I'm not a helpdesk. I will not, and can not, help you swap. You have to make an effort!
If there is something else; contact me, please =)
I take swapping very seriously. Much of my time here on swap-bot is spent hosting swaps, and keeping up with the goings on so I can protect the participants in my swaps safe from flaking and drama. I'm part of the SB Detectives group and I'm a very active member of the Flakers and Other Problem Swappers (also known as FOPS) group. I don't do drama, I do honest swapping, and if you can't do that, just stay away from me and all my swaps and groups.
Swapping is about trust. If I don't feel like I can trust that someone will behave themselves and/or send their swap on time and according to the swap requirements, I will ban them. I despise flakers, double profilers, drama queens and self absorbed bitches like you wouldn't believe it, but if you REALLY want to piss me off; just lie to me. I can hold a grudge forever and a day, so don't even try it.
If you have a problem with how I host, please write it on a piece of paper, fold it nicely and shove it up your @$$.
My address is no secret:
My e-mail is: email@example.com
If you need a phone number for a shipment trough a needy carrier, use: +47 90788378 (replace the + with any number of 0's needed if it doesn't handle the + or has to have a certain number of numbers)
I'm a sci-fi loving, crafty, full time geek (and crazy cat lady), married to another strange individual (crazy cat man), with no kids (by choice), but of course a lot of cats that makes me crazy. We have found our limit at four cats at once, after trying to live with six at a time for shorter periods of time.
Most of the time I like my cats, but a lot of the time they are like this:
Cats only a really crazy cat lady could love. I'm not always crazy enough.
I live in Norway, a weird country in northern Europe, where everything is expensive, everyone is a socialist and the winter is 6 months long. Moving from Norway is not an option, but I do need some nice, long vacations to warmer places.
I LOVE Christmas, although we celebrate Jul, which is kinda the same with gifts and food and lights and trees and all, but we open our gifts in the evening on the 24th and it has nothing to do with religion. I love advent calendars with gifts in them. I give out lots of them to friends and family, so I use a lot of time and effort on that during the year. Shopping for them is an all year event, I can't help myself! Thankfully I've met some just as crazy people here on swap-bot that likes to swap advent calendars with me =)
Defining my love of life: ** Sleeping cats ** Games where I have to build something ** Android ** Star Trek, Stargate and other long sci-fi series ** ASMR videos ** Norwegian (hot) chocolate ** Strawberries ** Animated movies (not Asian) ** Bathing in a tub of a bit too hot water ** Chewing ice cubes ** Dogs that does not know me, but loves me anyway ** Walking out of a plane that just landed in a place that is 30C warmer than where you departed from ** Fulfilling a week long craving ** Cold water on a hot scalp ** A cat purring so hard you can feel it in your whole body ** Fresh linens on a warm body ** The “5 more minutes” of sleep ** Opening a present ** The owl in The Sword in the Stone (Disney) ** The last stitch on a huge cross stitch project ** How predictable my cats are ** Big German cars ** Eeyore mugs ** Watching fish swim in an aquarium ** Traveling to London ** A finished Sumdoku board ** Capybaras ** New craft supplies ** Living in a place with no natural disasters ** Green and purple ** Spoiling others ** Reading in the bathtub * MAIL!
I've now been a member of swap-bot for over three years!
This is my stats for the first year:
Completed 328 swaps with 496 ratings of 5. Perfect 5.0 rating score, 367 hearts and 101 stars.
My stats after two years:
Completed 1196 swaps with 1565 ratings of 5. Perfect 5.0 rating score, 1247 hearts and 606 stars.
My stats after three years:
Completed 1911 swaps with 2620 ratings of 5. Perfect 5.0 rating score, 2089 hearts and 1155 stars.
If I get an item in a swap I don't feel the need to keep, either because it's not my style, I don't have space for it, I have too much of the same thing and so on, I will send it to someone else. I am not a hoarder of things I see no use for in my future, that is why I'm swapping! I expect others to do the same, and I will not get mad if I get something back I've sent out before. I try not sending something back to where I got it from, but I can't guarantee it not happening.
I also reuse packaging, not so much because of the earth needing saving (the planet is fine, it's the people that are f*cked), but it saves money. EVERYTHING in Norway is expensive.
If you get a swap from me you are not happy with what you got: please contact me. But remember: Norway is one of the most expensive countries on the planet. You can hardly get anything worth sending for 5$ here. It's very hard to know what someone expects to get for $5 when you haven't even been to the US. Example: One big glass bead for jewelry making will cost more than $5 here. I'm not trying to rip someone off, I just need some guidance from time to time!
Postcards - I have stopped doing postcard swaps other than a few animal card swaps and Christmas themed ones, and that leaves me with a lot of cards I don't need. Let me know if there is something you are looking for, I have a lot of different themes!
Tea bags - I've got tea from all over the world, but I don't collect.
Drink mixes, hot and cold - Got a lof of these from all over the world too!
Norwegian book pages - Unlimited supply!
Postage stamps - I have loads and loads of Norwegian postage stamps, more than you can imagine, and I've also got a LOT of stamps to trade by theme; Olympic Games, Christmas and all kinds of animals.
Almost anything from my Etsy-like store (it's a Norwegian site) is up for private trade! Link at the top of my profile! I'm hoping to add new stuff to the shop quite often in 2013! Here are a few photos from that shop:
I do a lot of arts and crafts:
And a lot more! I make about 90% of all Christmas presents I give to friends and family, usually a big box with different items for decorating and using around the house for Christmas.
Not at all into: All things that include yarn (I’m hopeless at it all!), baking pretty things (food should taste good, doesn’t matter what it looks like to me), all things confetti (what a mess...).
I read a lot, 4-10 books every month, mostly crime and thriller novels in bed, and short stories and cartoons in the bathroom. The more gory and horrible the better when it comes to crime and thrillers... I also adore the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, and I've read the Stephanie Plum series which I loved. I've also read the House of Night series, really liked it, but one vampire series is enough for me thankyouverymuch. Right now I have about 40 books in my "read this"-list on my Kindle, and 2 meters of book-shelf to get trough, so I'm not really searching for new reading material at this point. I've got a goal to read 100 books by 2014, so hopefully I've managed to make some room by then.
I love books about animals, mostly cats, and I have a quite large collection of cartoons, mostly from Norway and USA. Combine the two and I'm in heaven =) Like Simons Cat!
I can't stand romance novels, books that don't get a chuckle out of me at some point in the first 50 pages, and series where the "hero" is in life threatening situations all the time, because you know he will survive.
I'm the kind of music lover that annoys the crap out of most people working with music, I usually never like more than one or two songs on an album, and that's not enough for me to buy the whole thing ;P
Common for most of the songs that I love is that it has either very good lyrics, or a good baseline that keeps me moving. My favorite songs fluctuate from month to month, so I'm not giving you a list, but I'm into almost all genres, heavy metal, country, classic crooners, techno, soul, pop and rock. But if I have to choose a decade I'd go with the 80ties.
Listening to music has become harder, I don't have VH1, last.fm does not work in Norway anymore and I'm not driving too much.
I love Disney Classics (have almost every single of those), other animated movies, sci-fi, thrillers, action and some old classics. I also like musicals (old and new), and long sci-fi and detective series.
I don't have many funny DVD's, so that would be great to receive =) I do NOT need any subtitles/subtext, as long as the spoken language is English/Norwegian/Swedish/Danish, and my DVD player is zone free, so it can play DVD's from anywhere in the world without a problem. (if you google your own DVD player's make and model you will probably find a code to make it zone free too!) We also have a BluRay player =)
We watch a lot of TV, much of it news on news channels (mostly CNN and the Norwegian Nyhetskanalen) and VH1, some sports but also a lot of TV series. Here is a list:
Sci-fi. Chrime and thrillers. Sci-fi. Reality like Kate + 8 and Sister Wives (people who have very different lives of our own). Sci-fi. Science without fiction And a bit more sci-fi. Did I mention sci-fi?
Of course, all my favorite shows are canceled. Because they are sci-fi! Stargate and Star Trek are most missed, but my collection of DVDs are growing. One can always see it again and again and again and again...
I'm not very well actually... I've had pain in my arms since I was 12, back since 15 (although my mom insists that this started much earlier, I don't want to listen) and the rest has just followed... I have the irritating diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, which is like having the flu all the time, just not any snot. You feel terrible, need a lot of sleep, everything is painful and you can't do stuff you want to, and there is the trouble of not knowing what days are going to be good or bad. Planning is hard. Some days my only activity during the whole day is a trip to the toilet. I usually manage to get out of bed, to the couch, but getting out of it again is harder. In february 2009 I fell down some stone stairs in a shopping mall, and broke my spine. That is not helping with anything... I have to take lots of pain killers, some of which numb my brain. But it's -so- worth it, if I don't take them I just cry and cry and cry. I'm not getting any better, the fracture in the spine probably did some nerve damage, and fibromyalgia isn't possible to cure. I was also hurt in a fire in our house in december 2009 (what a year...) My burn wounds are going away, as of now all my wounds (both arms and face) has healed nicely, except some scars on my left hand that I probably will have to live with.
So... I can't work. And I can't do much of anything else really. But since I have a lot of hobbies and friends I don't get bored. I can chat with my friends online, and make stuff when I have a good day. I can't sit still on a chair for long, but I manage to get some things done anyway =)
I have to concentrate on the little things in life, and getting mail is one of my favorite things in the world =) Swap-bot makes my days better!
This wish list is long. I’ve sorted it into themes, I’ve also got a Please don’t send-list, it's at the end. With a wishlist that long I would be quite disheartened to get something from my don't send list...
NO THANKS! PLEASE DON'T SEND!
When sending a package to Norway it's important to add a custom declaration sticker, and fill it out right. There you tell what is in the package, and it's value. If the value is to high (above 30 US dollars) I have to pay taxes if it's not marked properly as a gift. And if there is no custom declaration someone will open the package and sort trough it to see if I have to pay for it. As you can imagine; that takes a lot of time. If you can't get these stickers; let me know, I'll send you some =)
I also ALWAYS send out the packages, mostly as soon as I get my partner(s), or save up to send a huge batch at once, trying to save on postage in case I get the same partner for more than one swap (that happens very often!). So if you haven't received a swap from me; tell me! I will resend if it's a month since I sent it, no worries =) Unless I'm dead (or in a coma) you will get your package, one way or the other. I think I proved that in 2009 while I was badly burned and left homeless by a fire and still managed to get everything in order.
Communication and trust is very important here at swap-bot. I know that many are afraid of the drama and hostility that is involved with rating down to a 3 when the swap has been sent too late according to the send by date, but there shouldn't be any drama involved at all. If a swap isn't sent on time it didn't meet the swap requirements, and that's the end of it. It doesn't matter if you have a reason for sending late or not, your partner might give you a break, but don't expect it, especially if your partner has no idea that the swap is late before he or she see the postmark on the envelope/package. Rate fairly! It is the most important tool we have here at swap-bot.
NO FLAKERS (yet) IN 2013 ;P
Hall of shame (not angeled swaps) from 2012:
@starrynite4ever - QUICK paper craft swap #44 (at least 5 different paper craft items, about $5 value)
Hall of shame (not angeled swaps I would still like to get) from 2011:
@ILOVEbuttons - No-Spending Swap, at least 5 items and value of $10
@sickodoodle - Scrapbooking Supplies - at least 15 different type of things for scrapbooking
@sickodoodle - QUICK Cross stitch charts swap #10 (at least 2 medium sized charts)
@VanillaBabe - QUICX-mas Cross stitch kit swap #19 (medium sized kit)
Thank you @Lizard , @Miabiff , @avarenity , @rhynah , @keahirada , @patumma , @toothteri and @Marryth for angeling swaps from 2011 at some point in 2012! And extra thank you's to @Miabiff for continuing to make this list shorter and shorter in 2013 =)
There are a lot of people that are making this site so much more enjoyable for me! I'll list some of them here =)
@notme78 - Her help with the QUICK swaps keeps me sane!
@Miabiff - Most awesome advent calendars, and angels in 2012!
@TC - What would this site be without you? We don't want to figure that out. Ever. If you ever leave, it's over.
2013 extra lovely swaps received:
Peas 2013 Sweet-Pea swap #1 from @Pazia82 - Sent the most awesome craft supplies and a water bottle cozy. The beads where so pretty I wanted to eat them. (that could have been interesting, but I didn't ;P)
QUICK 5 somethings #52 from @Lizard - Did not only send the most awesome selection of awesomeness (cat book, paw stickers, pet shampoo, travel themed paper, a set of the cutest little ornaments, funky big buttons and a necklace), but also angeled 4 swaps in the most heartwarming way =)
not-so-QUICK Happy mail x2 #29 from @anicka22 - The lyrics to my version of "these are a few of my favorite things" song would include 6/0 seed beads, chipboard alphabet and Knorr Burritos mix =) Happy mail indeed!
not-so-QUICK 50 stamps x5 swap #120 from @Yahen - Sent more than 50 stamps for my collections, mostly Olympic themed stamps, and I hadn't even seen any of them before! Doesn't get any better than that when it comes to postage stamp swaps =)
QUICK Happy mail #30 from @Eveline - Sent a bit of everything that I love, stamps, craft supplies of all sorts, burritos, and totally made that day for me. Some days you need happy mail more than others, and this was absolutely one of those days.
QUICK 5 Somethings #57 from @lexfrog - Sent a truly great package with aida, beads, 3D paper flowers, travel themed embellishments, ATC sleeves, buttons and the coolest cat fabric ever!
not-so-QUICK flat destash x2 swap #63 from @ReneeK - By far the most useful flat destash ever, with lovely craft supplies, envelopes and just the kind of stickers I love the most to use on my mail =)
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