Date Joined: August 28, 2017
Last Online: May 9, 2018
Birthday: July 8, 1973
Country: United States
7th March 2018 - Taking a break from Swap-bot for a while. I have education requirements which require my attention, not to mention a mountain of pen pal letters which are very overdue for replies. All outstanding feedback on swaps will be taken care of in a timely manner as usual I will not be signing up for new swaps and there will be delays to private message replies. Thank You!
Profile last updated: Jan 2018
Hello all, my name is Janine. I'm in my mid-40's. I'm happily single and live alone. I work as a critical care RN and am busy taking specialty courses and working on my BSN. My sweet kitty cat, who I had for 16 years, died this past summer (July 2017) leaving me cat-less. It will be a while until I feel ready to adopt again. I still love cats, and pets in general, so feel free to tell me about your special animal friends.
I would appreciate it if you could use my real name instead of my user id on my swaps. NiniJae is just a screen name made up of an old nickname and my initials (itâ€™s also an imperfect anagram of Janine).
When I find some free time, my main hobbies are pen palling, reading, and writing in my journal. I've been pen palling for over 15 years and write to ladies all over the world. I am interested in a great many subjects and activities. If only I had time for it all! I find that my hobbies and interests tend to change from year to year as I discover new things, and rediscover old ones. See my Likes/Dislikes section for specifics.
Actualmente estoy tratando de aumentar mis habilidades en el idioma espaÃ±ol. Si eres fluido o tu estudia y desea escribir su nota de intercambio o comentarios en espaÃ±ol, sentirse libre. Me obligarÃ¡ a practicar. Gracias.
I'm currently trying to increase my Spanish language abilities. If you are fluent or learning and wish to write your swap note or feedback in Spanish, feel free. It will force me to practice. Thank You.
Postmarks: I place my outgoing mail in my mailbox for the postal worker to take when delivering to my building. Delivery is anytime between 2 and 5 pm so my mail will not be postmarked the day I send. Also, the postal service will randomly choose days to not deliver any mail at all to my building, delaying by a day or more. I have no control over this, so if you are someone who likes to carefully check post marks please keep this in mind.
Swap-Bot on the Envelope: Please DO NOT PUT â€œSWAP-BOTâ€ OR MY USER NAME ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE. I live in an apartment building. I also have some nosy neighbors. There are no locks on the mailboxes, and the mailboxes are just inside the building door, which also doesnâ€™t lock. Anyone from the street or my building can steal my mail. In the last few months, Iâ€™ve been finding some of my mail with the envelope flap open. This always happens when the envelope is not taped shut, it has swap-bot written on it, and I was not able to get the mail as soon as it was delivered. I have no way of knowing if anything was taken or not. Due to this I also will not be writing swap-bot on my outgoing mail anymore, even if the swap asks me to do so. Iâ€™ve noticed that I have a much higher number of re-sends for swaps which request swap-bot be written on the envelope. (I wonder if they ever really made it out of my building.)
My Sendouts: I try my best to send something you will like based on your profile and what I have in my stash. I try to send profile based even for most senderâ€™s choice, blind envelope, and random swaps, too. If you don't think I lived up to my end of the bargain based on the rules of our swap, please message me and I'll try to make it right. If you don't get any envelope at all, again, please message me and I will be happy to resend.
My Stash: I get most of my stash from places like thrift shops and an occasional yard sale. Some items may be older/vintage but I will not send out anything that is less than good condition.
Messages From Me: If I donâ€™t receive feedback after a certain period of time (depending on if the swap is domestic or international) I assume you didnâ€™t receive it and you will get a message from me asking if you need a resend. Iâ€™m not trying to bother/harass you for feedback. I just want you to get your swap. For me, re-sending is not a big deal, itâ€™s just something you have to expect sometimes when dealing with the postal system. Iâ€™ve been really surprised by how many people react negatively when I message offering a resend.
Ratings From Me: If you havenâ€™t received a rating from me, I havenâ€™t received your swap. I rate within 24 hours of swap receipt.
Refusal of Postage Due Mail: The postal service in my town does not bring postage due mail to my door and I do not get to see the envelope/package. I get a notice in my mailbox with the amount due. I then have the option of leaving the amount due for the postman (and re-delivery several days later), or I can go to the post office to pick it up. Unfortunately, I never have the cash to leave in the envelope (I just donâ€™t do cash in this day and age). I also rarely have time to go to the post office during business hours. My policy is now to mark â€œRefused/Return to Senderâ€on all Postage Due notices put in my box.
Email for Electronic Swaps: Please put Swap-bot in the subject line of any emails sent to me. This will ensure that my filter captures the email and puts it in the correct folder. Otherwise, it may end up in Spam.
Handmade Items: I love nicely made handmade items. If you would like to send me a handmade card for a greeting card swap, feel free to do so even if the swap specifies store bought. Other handmade items very welcome for other swaps.
Friendship Books and Sheets: I am a low volume swapper of FBâ€™s. Please DO NOT SEND EXTRA unless you have contacted me and I have confirmed I am able to take more than the swap requirement. I do not want piles of these sitting here for months as it is rude and unfair to the owners of the books/sheets. I do not mind Homers at all. It is OK to send me more than one in a swap. However, I consider Homers to count in the required swap total.
I read a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction. Anything that catches my eye, really. My favorites tend to be books that have humor/make me laugh, or are long epic stories that I never want to end. I also discovered audiobooks a few years ago and now listen to a lot of them while driving, cooking, and doing things around the house. I find that non-fiction, and previously read books work best for audiobooks. Some books I especially like:
I love horror (suspenseful horror, not unseemly gore), post-apocalyptic, mystery/suspense, an occasional action/thriller, comedies and comedy hybrids (i.e. comedy/drama, comedy/romance, etc.). Some of my favorites, both current and past:
I donâ€™t listen to music very often. I have to be in a specific mood for it and have the time to pick through my music tracks. Maybe someday Iâ€™ll find a way to better organize my music and find what I want to listen to. I like a lot of different types: Rock, pop, metal, classic, alternative, electronic, dance, darkwave, blues, big band, and more. Not a fan of country (really dislike it all), gansta rap, or bluegrass.
I love tea! I also like packets of hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and True Lemon/Lime brand flavors (I use these with my sodastream to make flavored seltzer waters).
I am Allergic to Coffee!! (That's coffee, NOT caffeine. I can drink caffeine just fine.) Please do not send me any food or beverage item which contains coffee!
Tea Likes: My favorite brands which are available here in the USA include: Republic of Tea, Twinings, and Stash. Please feel free to send any brand. Iâ€™m not a tea snob and am always willing try new teas. Through my tea swaps, I have discovered a few new flavors not available here. If anyone can send me anything on my International Wish List below you will earn a heart and my gratitude. (I will consider private swaps to trade for those teas.)
My favorite types of flavors
International Wish List (Teas I discovered and loved through swapping, not available here.)
Please note that I do not collect anything. Yes, you read that correctly. I have no collections. I am here on Swapbot to enhance my pen palling hobby and look for useful items for that purpose.
Things I can use/Like to receive:
Things I Cannot Use - Please Do Not Send Me These Items:
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