If you don't get any swaps from me please message me before rating. I almost always send on time and I try to message if I'm going to be late. I don't mark sent until after a swap has left my hand, phone or computer. Though after that time I have little control with what happens to it.
I suffered a stroke a few years ago where I spent 12 weeks in the ICU and then 6 months in rehabilitation recovering. Though I'm 75% recovered I do still have issues walking, with my memory and continued seizures. Therefore though I was finally able to return to work 2 years ago on modified duty I still travel by paratransit. Also I occasionally do wind up in bed or worst hospitalized due to ongoing migraines, balance issues or seizures and therefore without internet access for a few days. This has also affected my hand strength and whenever possible I try to type because my handwriting can be illegible.
I say all of this to say bare with me. I love swapping so I don't want to give it up but sometimes I may end up sick and unable to get online or to the mailbox for a couple of days. I have never or will ever flake on a swap but I may sometimes be a day or 2 sending or marking a swap as sent.
11/22/2018: My mother recently retired so I've been forced to learn how to mail my own packages. It's a learning curve. Everytime I think I have it down then something else happens. So bare with me if you get a package with incorrect postage or if your package is late.
Since I can't make it to the PO easily anymore my mother does almost all of my package mailing for me so the day that I mark something mailed is the day that I give it to her but she sometimes does not make it to the PO for 2 or 3 business days so please understand that the day I mark something mailed is not necessarily the day it is postmarked. Postcards and letters I generally mail myself from a mailbox near my job.
Also I live in a low income urban community. The mailboxes in the building are not secure so I get all of my mail sent to a PO BOX but I can only check it on Saturdays and if its a busy weekend then it might take me a few days to get thru my mail
Also the PO has the bad habit of putting mail into the wrong boxes. So sometimes I have mail especially postcards disappear. I've spoken to them about this but they deny it happening though I have gotten other people's mail in my box before too. So if I haven't rated something in 2 weeks after you've sent it please contact me to follow up
The same goes for outgoing mail. Sometimes it takes major detours so please contact me if you haven't received a swap within 2 weeks since it was sent. Please contact me before giving me a negative rating. I'm desperately trying to raise my score up but have had no success due to problems with my mail and e-mail.
Here are a couple of an articles I found explaining what's going on at the local PO so glad to know at least I'm not alone in the struggle.
My email account tends to sometimes trash things without me seeing them so please send all pinterest and email swaps (unless the swap says otherwise) to my swap-bot account. Also it will sometimes hold outgoing messages for awhile until I notice them and resend them.
2/1/18: I got a bag of mail postmarked from the last 3 months today. I'll get thru it by the end of the week
8/18/18: Yesterday I received a big bag of bills, junk mail and swaps postmarked from May-June with no explanation where it's been hiding all this time. I'm slowly rating swaps so bare with me and don't be surprised if you get rated for something from months ago.
6/16/18: Due to the end of school and some health issues I'm currently a couple of weeks behind on tackling my mail. So if you've sent something since Mid May and it hasn't been marked received yet please don't give up hope just yet.
3/27/18: For once I am caught up to date on my swaps. So if I haven't rated you that means that I haven't received it. I will start archiving swaps from the past year so I will contact you if I haven't received a swap. Type 3 swaps from 2017 or earlier I'm just going to archive without contacting you. If you haven't been rated for an older swap and would like to resend please let me know. I will not give out any 3's or 1's for a swap that old though.
12/2/17: Can someone please explain why whenever I attempt to follow the instructions from 3&1 group on how to adjust my ratings I get blocked. Are there just that many insensitive people on swap-bot? Especially ones who claim to be Christians. People get petty over items that are emailed or posted a couple of hours after the deadline and about items where the postmarked date doesn't match the exact mail by date. I swear people take swapping way too serious. Isn't it supposed to be fun? I can understand if I was a week or two late but an hour after the deadline is a little ridiculous. And since we did it become acceptable to complain to people on their boards. I thought you were supposed to voice your complaints and issues with late swaps via ratings or PMs where people actually see them not profile comments.
12/1/17: I'm currently without a computer so since I can't easily do profile comments from my phone I'm not going to do those for awhile rather than risk more negative ratings.
11/30/17: I'm sorry for the delay with any swaps during the last week. My stepfather passed away from cancer. It was somewhat expected but still difficult. My brain really hasn't been into swapping during the last few weeks.
11/28/17: I found out today that everything I dropped off in the mailroom at work to go out last week didn't actually go out until today so if you see a delayed postmark on your swap that's why. I'm so sorry about that. I didn't realize that the person the runs the mailroom was out on FMLA or I would have taken everything to the post office myself before going out on bereavement leave.
5/1/17: Also a couple of months ago something went wrong with my email and I was unaware of it but it began sending all my outgoing mail into an outgoing folder instead of sending it. A few weeks ago I discovered this problem and updated my password and my email then sent out all of the messages that were pending in my outgoing mailbox. So it made it look like some messages including some swaps were "sent late" when they were actually originally "sent" on time but they just didn't leave my mailbox on time. I have since updated my password and I think that that fixed the problem but if you still haven't received a email or pinterest swap from me on time please drop me a swap-bot message.
Also I know pinterest swaps are supposed to be done by computer but during the week the only computer I usually have access to is my work computer which allows me to access swap-bot but not pinterest. Though I can access pinterest from my phone but not swap-bot. I love doing pinterest swaps though so I'd love to continue doing them though I can only do them thru email but now that my email issue is fixed it should be running smoothly. I SN:I have an amazon fire now so that problem has basically been fixed now.
4/19/17:Also I recently found a bag of mail from when we moved last year so I have slowly been going thru that so if I suddenly rate you for something from 2015 or 2016 that's why. It was in a box that wound up in my storage room with my portable nebulizer, back ups of all of my medications and so important documents. I've been looking for that box for a year and thankfully finally found it. Yahoo !!!!!
4/10/17: I'm slowly getting thru my mail from the last 3 weeks so please have patience with me. Btwn illness and holiday preparation I've been a little behind.
3/6/17: I recently found a bag of swaps from the summer/fall 2016 so this weekend I've started updating the swaps. So if you see an old rating from me that's why. I deeply apologize for that. I hope by next weekend to have all past and current swaps updated. I'm so sorry for the delay in rating.
I love chick lit, Christian fiction, cozy mysteries, paranormal romances, dystopian fiction and memoirs especially parenting or medical ones. The best books I've read recently are The Real Life of a Pediatrician (Kaplan Voices: Doctors) and Coming Back To Me by Caroline Leavitt. Lately I've been reading alot of e-books based on real life medical dramas and Robyn Perterman's paranormal novels.
I love romantic comedies. My favorite movies are Just Wright, Love and Basketball, Crazy/ Beautiful, Grease, Dirty Dancing, You've Got Mail and Save the Last Dance
I love R&B and 80s/90s music. Back when the lyrics actually made sense.
I love reality shows, some comedies and medical based shows. My favorite shows are ER, NYMed, Friends, Facts of Life, Family Ties, Small Wonder, Doogie Howser, Mad About You, Blackish, Modern Family, SVU, L Word, Queer as Folk, 19 Kids and Counting, Kate Plus 8, Raising Hope, Guys with Kids, Baby Daddy, The Chew, Chopped, Guys Grocery Games, Food Network Star, Trauma: Life in the ER, Blackish, Grownish, Fresh of the Boat, Single Parents, I am Jazz, The Kids Are Alright, and Modern Family. And yes I know majority of those show are now off the air but that's because I loved the 80s and 90s TV, movies and music. And I've recently discovered and become addicted to Chicago Med. It's ER all over again. Also recently discovered Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Good Doctor.
I used to scrapbook and make cards and bookmarks all the time but lately I just haven't found the time to do it. Though I did make my own Christmas cards again a couple of years ago. Once I get my living room organized I want to start cardmaking again and possibly scrapbooking since I have nothing done past the first 3 months of my daugher's life because that's when I fell ill. I love stickers especially chipboard, cardstock 3D or dimensional ones. I've started to get into ATC's and pocket letters (thanks to swap-bot) and really enjoying them. So I can always use 2x3 papers for them and tiny alphas, washi tape and other small embellishments
Address Labels (I'm not picky about the design as long as its not nasty or demonic).... these are always needed
Notecards & Greeting Cards
Reusable shopping bags
Italian and Thai food
Tea (mostly fruity tea or Chai. I'm not too fond of apple or banana or licorice flavors or green tea.)
Crystal Light Drop-ins
Scrapbooking paper (any size from 2x3 on up)
Peppermint Flavored gum
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Cooking magazines and cookbooks
Shopping on Ebay
Food Network and TLC
Bright or funny post-it notes or note pads
Magnets from Different states/countries
White Chocolate (especially Godiva)
Pot Holders and dishtowels
K-Cups -flavored coffees (nothing BOLD) or tea or hot chocolate (Again no green tea, licorice, banana or apple flavors)
Stickers especially 3D ones
Postcards from beautiful places (new and in an envie are preferred whenever the swap allows)
Coke Rewards and Pamper Points
B&BW Hand Gels and B&BW samples and travel sized products
Stress balls and other items for working the hands
The color turquoise and neutral colors like beige, black, brown, tan, khaki and white
Things with stripes or polka dots or animal or geometric prints
Neutral colors like brown, beige, cream and black
Ann Geddes type images of babies
Pocket Letters and items to make them
Atcs and thing to make them like 2x3 paper, washi tape, tiny alphas and tiny stamps
Those fat advertising pens. You know the thick ones. The free ones that you get from different companies. They're easier for my hand to hold with the nerve damage than regular pens
Adult coloring books
For calendar swaps: I like scenic or ocean or cute babies or puppies or cartoons or funny comics
For ornament swaps: I prefer novelty(such as the hallmark ones rather than traditional ones (like snowmen, Santa and reindeer). I also like well made homemade ones (just please no paper) and I prefer to not have delicate, fragile easy to break ones since I have a 3 year old. My colors are turquoise and hot pink but please don't stick to this color scheme. Basically if its cute and funny then I'm bound to love it
Coupons: We could use: Coke, Pampers Wipes, Lactaid, Pull-Ups, Good Nites, Depends, Poise, Poland Spring, Plum Organics, Earth's Best, Taco Shells, Mexican Foods, Other Ethnic Foods, Slimfast, chicken, any juices, pastas, sauces, rice, tofu, frozen dinners, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Weight Watchers, Lunchables,. Tylenol, Advil, Day Quil, Other OTC medications, lunch box snacks
Also in terms of stores we can always use giftcards/coupons for:
Olive Garden, CVS, Rite Aid, Carters, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Old Navy, Whole Foods, Chick Fil A, Burlington, Carters, Bath and Body Works,
My daughter Gabriella is 6 and her birthday is 12-2
Fidget Toys (she's autistic so she needs something to work with her triggers)
Her favorite subject is science but she hates reading so we"re working on changing that
Anything with sight words or rhyming words or level 2 (G-J) reading books
Any types of science or art kits (ones that would be appropriate for a 4-5 year old)
Hair accessories especially in pink, purple, green or blue (Her uniform colors are green and blue)
Necklaces or bracelets or clip-on earrings (please just get cheap ones from the dollar store or Claire's because she just takes them off and loses them)
Cute pencils, erasers and sharpeners
Her newest obsessions are Shopkins, LOL Dolls and any of those little surprise toys
Puppy Dog Pals
Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (especially Minnie Mouse)
Thomas the Train
Shimmer and Shine
Fresh Beat Band (but not band of spies)
Basically anything on Nick Jr, PBS Kids and Disney Jr
The Good Doctor (I can't figure this one out but she makes me DVR it so we can watch it on Saturdays... maybe because he has autism like her??)
She's also recently become addicted to the old ER TV show (she would rather watch that than cartoons). It's only on reruns but maybe she'll become a doctor one day
She also loves all of the Chicago shows
Her toy kitchen and play food
She loves those little water growing creatures. (the ones that grow like 10x their original size or the little capsules that you put into water)
Bubble baths so anything fun for the tub... toddler/ preschool tub toys, children's bubble bath, magic washcloths, bath beads for kids
Fisher price little people (she can never have too many of those either current or vintage is fine)
Little figures either the 3"-4" kind we had in the 80s or the current tinier ones are fine. Basically any figure that's small enough to fit into her pocket
Surprise bags or eggs and kinder eggs
Computers and her electronic toys or games. The only device she has is an amazon fire.
Fruit Snacks, Animal Crackers and pretzels
Jammy Sammys (Really anything to do with peanut butter)
Zone Perfect Kidz bars
Puppies (but only figurines.. please NO MORE stuffed animals)
Dolls & Baby Doll Clothes (or used baby clothes up to size 3 months)
Baby Alive Food and Diapers (or preemie size infant diapers)
Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, superheroes and basically any boys action figures with no tiny pieces
Playing Doctor and tea party with her dolls
Toy Cars and trains especially Thomas
Dollie & Me Outfit sets in size 7/8 or larger
Barbie (she could definitely use more Ken dolls)
Anything to do with dress-up except for shoes, fake nails and actual kids make-up (definitely no lip balm.... I can tell you horror stories about that). Pretend make up pallets are fine
Anything to do with princesses especially the Disney princesses
Also she wears a uniform for school and uniforms can be really expensive and get stained and torn way too easily. So if you have size 7/8 navy blue bottoms that you can pass on they would be very appreciated.
For any mail for her you can address the package to her: Gabriella Meyers so that I know its for her and can let her open it
Please nothing to do with dairy products or apples due to allergies
Also at the moment we don't need any more puzzles coloring books, stuffed animals, crayons, lip balm, bubbles or PLAYDOUGH
My husband is 39 and his birthday is 11-26.
He's a bit of a geek and loves:
subway systems thru out the world
colors blue and black
low sodium snack foods that are not gummy
Unique pens in black ink
Axe body products
Sarcastic t-shirts in size 3X
Hooded Sweat shirts in size 3X
Comic themed movies
Politics and the news
He's also lactose intolerant and allergic to cigarette smoke and bananas.
Also last year he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, hypertension and sleep apnea so recipe and health tips/books would definitively be appreciated.
I wear a 24/3X and size 12W shoe
My daughter wears a Girls 7/8 and size 1 kids shoe
My husband wears a size 2X/3X /48 and a size 15 shoe
We're more than willing to accept any clothing donations since money's always tight .
I love almost all postcards. I prefer them blank and unwritten unless the swap calls for otherwise My favorites are:
Oceans and beaches and the animals that live in or on them
Urban postcards (especially night time ones)
Sculptures and modern art
African American and Latino art and artists
Cute babies and puppies
Dislikes:(I won't rate you down if you send one of these) but:
Regency or historical postcards
Black and white or sepia tone
No Vintage, Free, Rack or Ad cards
Paintings and other artwork except see above
People including actors and other celebrities except see above
Farmland and other rural pictures
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