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Mrrranda

Mrrranda
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Last Online: June 15, 2017
Birthday: August 9, 1975
Country: United States
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About Me

I moved! Again! If you still have my address on SE 27th, don't use it - I am now living on SE 36th. PM me if you need to double check.

There are THREE R's in Mrrranda! If you emailed me and it bounced, please check your spelling!

Generally speaking: non-monetary commerce, scrap/recycled materials art, temporary autonomous zones, alexithymia, cabinets of curiosities, botched taxidermy, stop-motion animation, making monsters, making messes, unauthorized installations, unsafe toys, unrequited love, unintentional surrealism, the uncanny valley, koyaanisqatsi, beautiful trees, scary trees, sleeping in trees, seed pods, skeleton leaves, bugs that look like plants, psychopomps, milagros, hearts, hands, eyes, tiny organic ephemera, kittens, foxes, bats, birds of prey, little creepy-crawlies, deep sea creatures, lovely March hares, Golden Nature Guides, cicada recipes, horror manga, Drinky Crow, Angela Carter, Joseph Cornell, Ernst Haeckel, Tim Hawkinson, Hans Bellmer, Kiki Smith.

Often a day, occasionally two days, can pass before I read (or am even aware of) PMs or emails. I do try to respond within 24 hours, but please allow two days for me to answer your PMs and/or emails.

Feeling angelic? I got the flakes, and I don't mean dandruff:

I was never rated:

Most overtly religious stuff makes me very uncomfortable - PLEASE DO NOT SEND IT. I do appreciate Inuit, Buddhist, Bön, and some Hindu art on an aesthetic level. Don't wear perfume or much make-up, currently well-stocked on lotion and lip gloss. Not interested in most girly-pastel or cutesy-wootsey stuff, but I get a kick out of kawaii things that veer into insanity (Beer-Chan, Nyan Nyan Nyanko). Love indie and experimental animation, and I like some Disney/Warner Bros., but I can do without all the Happy Meal toys and stickers and related debris.

If you're getting a journal or story or even a list from me, it won't be a Tourette's-like stream of profanity, but yeah, there might be some cursing and weird slang - unless I'm on the job, I tend to write how I talk.

I have a fifteen-year-old longhair tuxedo cat named Mr. Friendly, which he is. Whiskers grow out of his neck; he looks like a sea urchin. He vertically scales my shelves, eats any treat that is offered, destroys every toy he is given, and is still living life to the fullest.

For sweets swaps: much love for coffee, green tea, marzipan, dark chocolate, peanut butter, ginger, durian, pumpkin, sweet potato, lavender, rose hips, hazelnut, maple, Meiji Apollo strawberry chocolates, Trolli strawberry puffs, foreign Kit-Kats, Kinder Hippos, boozy cordials. Most big-brand American chocolates don't do much for me, but I like Reese's Pieces and peanut butter cups, Chick-O-Sticks, and Krackle bars. I like old-school clove gum, too. Please, no black licorice or suuuuuper-sugary stuff (Pixie Stix, rock candy).

For tea swaps: lapsang souchong, green (esp. genmai cha), and "sweet" flavored black teas, like vanilla, hazelnut, maple, etc. For fall and winter, I like orange- and apple-spice teas. That being said, pretty much anything except licorice/anise tea would be cool.

Cooking is a lot of fun to me. I love kneading dough, mixing by hand, and food that's meant to be set on fire. Sometimes I set a dishcloth or potholder on fire too - you know, just for yuks. I like Asian (especially Japanese and Thai), Indian, and starchy, buttery "comfort" foods like mac 'n' cheese. I'm an omnivorous opportunist who appreciates food from many sources, though I'm trying to be more conscious of locally-grown and free-range choices. I'm sorry that I got fat - I will slim down. I've happily eaten mealworms and cicadas, and I love durian - yes, REALLY. I have a small but treasured collection of 1950's cookbook-pamphlets, most featuring medleys of once-edible objects embedded in aspic.

My favorite color is static, but I also like black, wine/cranberry/ruby reds, greens (most shades but esp deep/hunter tones), amber, bronze, orange, dark/chocolate browns, earth tones in general.

Favorite Music

Foetus/J.G. Thirlwell, Firewater, Calexico, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Colleen, Yma Sumac, Susumu Yokota, Amon Tobin, P. Miles Bryson, The Caretaker, Martin Denny, Steve Reich, The Residents, The Tiger Lillies, The Misfits, Mandible Chatter, Matmos, Andy Stott, Big Black, Gogol Bordello, Gang Gang Dance, Serge/Charlotte Gainsbourg, 1920-40s jazz, most bands on the Leaf label, most bands on the NorthSide label, the bottle return at Meijer Thrifty Acres, and every single slightly-malfunctioning gaudy automaton at House on the Rock. I have little soft spots for accordions and singing saws, much like fontanelles.

Fun fact: I once charmed my way into a sold-out Sixteen Horsepower show by presenting the band with a fresh-baked strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Favorite Movies

The Holy Mountain, Cat Soup, Tamala 2010, Hausu, The Mascot, Street of Crocodiles, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Akira, Alice, Conspirators of Pleasure, The Devils, Black Lizard, Blue Velvet, Guy Maddin, Hayao Miyazaki, Ray Harryhausen, Godzilla and his kin. Not favorites, but most recently impressed by Embrace of the Serpent and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

As much as I love horror movies, modern ones like Wolf Creek, Saw, etc. are so mean-spirited and focused on realistic suffering that they really put me off. Sorry, kids - I just don't "get" the torture porn explosion, and it troubles me.

Perhaps incongruously, I dig some brutal art-house offerings and ludicrous Grand Guignol/grindhouse stuff... and that first prison yard fight scene in Riki-O cracks me up every time.

I also don't like movies that expect me to be REALLY @#!% EXCITED by cars.

Favorite Television

The Singing Detective, The Venture Brothers, Cowboy Bebop, Kemonozume, The Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, (the original) The Prisoner, (the original) Iron Chef, Green Porno, Food Party, Rick & Morty, Bob's Burgers, Stairway to Stardom, Twin Peaks. Not big on TV, here.

Favorite Books

The Stain (Rikki DuCornet), The Mouse And His Child (Russell Hoban), Thirst for Love (Mishima - very underrated early work), A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil (Max Ernst), The Gas (Charles Platt), Image of the Beast (Philip Jose Farmer), Angela Carter, Ray Bradbury, Leonora Carrington, the poet Ai. Hoban's Riddley Walker gives me a vaguely precognitive hinx....

I'm not as voracious a comic book reader as I once was, but I'm reading Fatale, Saga, and Revival, still follow the B.P.R.D. and a few manga (Berserk, Claymore, MPD Psycho). I love most of Junji Ito, Kazuo Umezu, Shintaro Kago, and Hideshi Hino's work, just picked up the recent English translation of Kitaro, too. When I need a break from trippy, blood-soaked nihilism, I turn to Andy Runton's charming, all-ages comic Owly.

Cookbooks, books on sustainable living and DIY, surrealist and decadent lit are always welcome. As you've probably guessed, romance, mainstream mystery/thrillers, Chicken Soup, and novels about 30-something-onwards women coming to terms with... things... are not.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media, shadowboxes/assemblage, collage, handbuilt ceramics, dodgy wee beasties, surrealist party games, trepanning, paper mache. I don't crochet, knit, or quilt, and I've put my stuffie-stitching on hold.

I enjoy making ATCs, but usually more than I enjoy receiving them! I might be up for a one-on-one ATC swap, but if you want one from me, feel free to offer other things in trade too.

What I Can Find/Make for You

I'm short on time for making things right now, but I'm certainly up for custom purchases. The Portland area has a couple excellent, large Asian supermarkets. I can get several kinds of Pocky and Pretz, squid jerky, octopus-flavored chips, durian and pandan items, MANY kinds of furikake... ask and I will look. If you want mainly Japanese stuff (rather than Chinese or SE Asian), it might take a little longer to get as the best place requires a trip to the 'burbs.

I've also found a couple places here that sell UK candy like Coffee Crisps and Aero Bars, as well as Branston Pickle, clotted cream, etc.

And I'm near the lovely Tao of Tea!

The Ubiquitous Wishlist

I've had... really bad luck with some "profile surprises," so I strongly prefer to set up swaps for specific items. I'm open to suggestions, but please run 'em by me before sending. Here are some safe bets:

  • gift cards to Fred Meyer, Safeway, Walgreens, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods - not a very fun wish, but a sincere one.
  • LEDs or short lengths of El-wire suitable for customized light boxes. Or short strings of "fairy lights" like these. Think you have something? Better yet, think you can make me some wall-mountable light boxes? PM me, let's discuss a trade or sale.
  • X-acto or scalpel blades, NIP please
  • ephemeral oddments from the woods, fields, and sea: seed pods, skeleton leaves, strange seashells, intact insects (or carefully packaged butterfly/moth wings), tiny bones and teeth
  • field recordings you made yourself, or any unusual field recordings, like the amazing collections of bats, deer, and frogs on the Sittelle label, or walk-throughs of amusement parks or Bangkok markets
  • pretty much any of the Asian compilations from Sublime Frequencies
  • Tamala 2010 merch
  • Nyan Nyan Nyanko or Neko no Panya stuff
  • this stuff too
  • or make a donation to Freeform Portland or the IPRC!

If you want to do a one-on-one swap, and you have something I haven't mentioned but you think I'd like, just PM me.

Ratings

SassyGreen rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Feb 7, 2017
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Comment: Sorry for rating late. Thank you for sharing! Many new songs for me to listen to!
XFoxgloveX rated for Winter tea X3 on Jan 28, 2017
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jeufr27 rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 17, 2017
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Comment: I loved your playlist it had lots of amazing songs that i hadn't heard before!!
vickysounio rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 11, 2017
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Comment: Thanks!
Janevey rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 3, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for sharing! That goat versions of Holy night was hilarious, I loved it :) And it was interesting that you had included one Finnsh song also :)
bluecrayons rated for My Playlist in December 2016 on Jan 2, 2017
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zurdoswifey rated for Winter tea X3 on Dec 22, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for the teas and super cute card ...Merry Christmas 💜
Taliesyn rated for Winter tea X3 on Dec 19, 2016
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Comment: Thank you!
greygooselime rated for Happy Halloween Swap (USA) on Nov 18, 2016
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Comment: Love the napkins. My son liked the wolf and the hairy spider. Thank you!
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Comment: Thanks for the fun treats! :)
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the goody bag!
denisedecker58 rated for Pouch of Potions on Oct 20, 2015
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Comment: Thank you so very much for this awesome swap! You did an amazing job with it!!
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Comment: Your October sounds like it's going to be full of cool adventures. Loved the postcard. Thank you!
HelenG6 rated for Top 10 Scary Movies on Oct 14, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for resending the e-mail. I am not familiar with the choices you had, but great to see another variety. I'm timid to watch them, as gory movies I'm too sensitive on. The links are appreciated. Maybe I'll try to view them!
Response: No worries! The Innocents, Kwaidan, and Call of Cthulhu aren't gory. Kwaidan has a couple artsy, unrealistic set pieces depicting ancient Japanese battles, otherwise it's all atmosphere. The Eclipse and Pontypool aren't gorier than, say, The Shining... I want to say AM 1200 isn't too bad either, but I'd need to rewatch it. The Babadook has one brief explicit bit near the end, but it's not a film I'd call gory.
Francella rated for Halloween Tea on Oct 13, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for the card, the tea and ATC - and the poem too :) I cannot wait to try these teas.
paraxparaxnoia rated for Top 10 Scary Movies on Oct 2, 2015
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Comment: There were a lot of unknown movies for me on your list and what better time than October to watch some horror :D Thanks for the tips, I'll definitely check these out :)
MissBowie rated for Top 10 Scary Movies on Sep 24, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for your top 10. I did not know any of the movies, so thanks for that! =) I love seeing new stuff, I will check out some of the movies you've sent.
fiicus rated for Simple and Quick Tea Swap #3 on Jun 16, 2015
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Comment: Thank you very much Miranda for those 4 teabags. I can't wait to try them ^_^
catz1ct rated for Country Treats on Nov 16, 2014
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Comment: Thank you, I picked my package up today. There are some really interesting things I'm looking forward to trying. :o)
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Comment: What an awesome package! I loved everything you sent - especially the little toy body parts and the shrunken Barbie head (I just realized how this has to look to anyone reading your profile...LOL) Thanks so much and have a very Happy Halloween! :)

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Comments

LittleDonnaGirl on May 30, 2017:

Thank you for the flower seeds! I will definitely be using them (April Wishes). :) Made my day!

mejulia on May 15, 2017:

Thank you so much for the great wishes from my April wish list. I think gingerbread people are timeless.

OrigamiGrace on Jan 8, 2017:

Thank you for the fruit leathers from my December wishlist!

theaterfan23 on Jan 4, 2017:

Thank you for the yummy teas from my December Wushlist!!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 3, 2016:

Thank you so much for my Nov wish from Wishlist!

tha

TeaNi on Nov 15, 2016:

thank you

for granting an October wish for me with the very nice cosmetic samples! :)

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

RyeRye on Aug 9, 2016:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

LLL

RyeRye on Aug 1, 2016:

Happy Birthday Month!

LLL

sweetpea22 on Jul 5, 2016:

Thank you so much for thinking of me & sending the boxtops and labels for education. I am still collecting them for next school year! :o))

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