Swap-bot Time: August 25, 2019 1:07 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: August 23, 2019
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Intro & mail

Updated & current as of July 26, 2019

Hi there! I'd like to start off by saying that I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's with Friendship Books and the like, but I wrote to family members starting when I was about 3! Snail mail it is one of the few constants in my life. I love that with a note or letter, I can learn about a new country, custom or life style, meet a new person, and the world gets a bit smaller and less scary. I've been on and off Swap-Bot for a number of years, and think it can be a really great site.

But I'd like state that - swap-bot isn't my life. It adds to my life, but my world does not revolve around it. I have yet to host or sign up for a swap and not complete it, I've rated everything I've received - or haven't received. But I don't immediately reply to a PM or comment. I'd love to hear from you, feel free to send me a PM or comment on my profile. But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days.

I'm not looking for drama or complaints, no accusations and hurt feelings. This is my fun hobby.

I learned about the Write On Challenge a few years ago, and I LOVE it. Can't wait for April! (Completed 47 letters in 2019 during April and can wait until next April already!)

Just recently learned of the InCoWriMo 'vintage social media' challenge for the month of February and completed 28 handwritten, mailed letters in 28 days for my first year!

I'm a member of the Letter Writers Alliance and I founded a group here on swap-bot Reading & Writing for those who, like me, enjoy reading (or listening to) books, creative writing, and journal experiments. I love to join and take part in International swaps when possible just to hear about your part of the world. Even if it's in the US. :)

After coming across the Unread shelf Project 2019, I started a group called TBR Bookshelf as well, to keep me on track with my TBR as well as find others in the same situation. :)

I'm usually open to ideas for Private swaps as well, US or International. Just send me a PM! And I will do private swaps with new swappers from time to time. Just ask!

Please don't feel you need to add tuck ins, if not specified in the swap. I'm perfectly OK with no tuck ins. Actually, I'd prefer no tuck ins unless it's Garfield!


If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap.

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy!

I hate Face book. I do have an account, and I remember to check it about once a year. I'm fully anti-social media. Please don't ask me to be 'friends' or whatever on such sites, I don't use them. I recently heard a comedian say it's amazing how I can have 750 'friends' but no one to help me move the couch! That's how I feel.

About Me

So, about me & mine:

I'm turning 43 years old in January, married 23 years now, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force) We are currently in Western Massachusetts, but moving to the Tacoma WA area in 2019 I'm not thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. :) I have read a lot and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I am "LGBTQ friendly"

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Ben is a Turkish Van cat, Jack is an orange tiger cat, and Falcon is a Husky mix dog. I'd love to have a hamster, but Ben is just too predatory for small animals. :(

I'm afraid of owls. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it. I'm also afraid of deep water and drowning, but I doubt you'll send me a pool, so that's probably ok. :)

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related. I also love Disney's Aladdin!

I re-use or re-purpose as much as I can, prefer used books, and LOVE any paper that's not made from trees. Love the Leaning Tree line of cards and products. Bamboo paper is the best!

Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Sanrio's Gudetama, Adventure Time. Regular Show. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat!

Please, NO OWLS of any kind

please do not send:

Items that smell like cigarette smoke (I have to throw those away, outside, as they will give me very bad headaches), also please no scented candles, air fresheners, etc. for the same reason

Owl paper, stickers, washi, etc .... I'm afraid of them, so it's actually traumatic.

Patriotic & 'God Bless America' type items - we are a military family, but do not care for those type of items.

Favorite Crafts

I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do some journal swaps. I've made some Pocket Letters, but I think I prefer regular letters. My 'mail art' is usually limited to washi tape and/or stickers - or printed paper, as I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible.

Planners I'm not a planner person, but have a Passion Planner - I do like that style more, the binding, size and basic design - as well as a traveler's notebook. Recently started a Bullet Journal and enjoyed The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll so much, I just bought my own copy of the book! Just doing the basic journal at this point, though. Not adding art and charts.

Favorite Books

I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. Gave up on the 'book journal' as I do so many swaps for my lists and reviews, I was making several different copies. :(

I'm not a 'collector' of books - I like to practice 'catch and release' - I read it and then trade or donate it. I prefer to use the library and save the money!

Some of my favorite authors are:
Agatha Christie, Stephen King , Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, Sarah Rayne, Sylvain Neuvel, The Grimm Brothers :) Rick Riordan (LOVE the Percy Jackson series and off shoots)

Some favorite Children's books are Where the Wild Things Are, Harry the Dirty Dog, Sweet Pickles series, Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree, Raggedy Ann books, many Little Golden Books.

Enjoy books about: Haunted houses, ghosts, and fairy tales, mysteries, cozy mysteries, historical fiction or mysteries. I read some biographies and memoirs, but don't care much for self help style books. And don't read many sci-fi or fantasy. And really not a fan of Harry Potter.

Favorite Television

TV & Movies

Some of my favorite actors are: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant

TV shows I watch & like: Are You Being Served? (Old BBC show), Supernatural, Sherlock, Dr Who, Northern Exposure, Broadchurch

Favorite Movies: The Mummy, The Haunting, Brother's Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue;
Disney's Hercules, Disney's Emperor's New Groove, Disney's Aladdin. Although I'm not a huge Disney fan, I do like enjoy many of the movies and have re-watched them all several times.

Favorite Music

Favorite Music The Monkees,Imagine Dragons,John Mayer, Katy Perry, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma,Billy Joel, Daft Punk,Dar Williams, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers).

Also like to listen to the PG Comedy channel on Pandora. Some favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan.

Stickers & washi

I still love stickers! :) Stickers I would enjoy:

Lisa Frank, Garfield (any, they are the only ones I actually collect & don't use), Scooby Doo, rainbows, books, coffee, flowers, stars/moon/sun, fall/autumn, trees, unicorns are ok, realistic animals like dogs, cats, llamas, giraffes, sloths. I have been a fan of Sloths, Llamas, and Giraffes for many years, and am happy with the images that are gaining popularity now. :)

No owls

Cartoon types I'd enjoy: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, Muppets, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Muppets, Snoopy/Peanuts, Ziggy, Sesame Street (esp Big Bird and Cookie Monster)

I'd rather NOT receive: holidays, teachers rewards, little kid themes, big- eyed animals, OWLS!!!, hearts. Please do not send American flags or 'God bless America' or the like items.

Washi Tape I would enjoy tapes with coffee, books, cats, sloths, giraffes, unicorns, rainbows, llamas, stars, moon, trees, butterflies, snowflakes are ok, and I like snowmen. Blue, purple or silver colored. I prefer silver to gold. I don't mind glitter washi tape, as long as it won't "shed" on the paper or in the envelope.


Gold rated for Love Your Bookshop Day: E-Swap on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Wow That's amazing
tentmari rated for TBR: July update! on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Wow! You really pared down. I think I need to pretend I'm moving so I can move some physical books out, too. Even after my recent *konmari* purge I still have too many. I love that you revisited several children's books last month. I still own a bunch of these books from my childhood and I enjoy just paging through them sometimes. Hope things settle down for you and your family soon. πŸ’—
AZmom875 rated for Love for Bookshop Email swap on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: What a super fun bookstore that you wrote about.
Comment: Wow, so many well known authors from Massachusetts! There must be something in the water ;) Except for Poe and Hawthorne, I didn't read from anyone else, although I know many by name. Thank you for sharing!
Response: Well, Massachusetts is an OLD state, so we've had plenty of time, right? :) After I sent the email, I realized I forgot one that I'd meant to include - Aaron Mahnke is the host of the Lore podcast and has written several books. Not only do I enjoy the folklore, but he's just got my type of sense of humor, so it's fun to read and listen to! :) But, yes, LOTS of authors from MA! Thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: Thanks a lot for your project life cards, I like them and it will ad some new designs and patterns for my collection. I'm very new to them.
fiorellaione rated for TBR: July update! on Aug 3, 2019
Comment: Even though you DNF'ed several books, the list still remains impressive =) Thank you for your update!
Bucket rated for R&W: In June I read ... on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: You sure had a busy reading month. Too bad that so many of the books you tried weren't great, but that's part of the fun when you roll the dice with free books. Sorry for the delayed rating!
Bucket rated for TBR: May update! on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the rating delay, and thanks for the update!
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter. Will write you beck soon.
Comment: Wow....your week does have some challenges! :) Hope it gets better! Thanks for the stickers!
monsbrick rated for TBR: July update! on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Hi Cindi, you sound very organized!! Good luck with all the organizing you are doing right now.
Comment: Thank you for the great journaling cards!
IDreamOfAfrica rated for Pen Pals Over 35 on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Cindi, thank for letting this newbie participate in your swap. It was a lot of fun. Thanks for the kitty stickers! You did not have to do that, but it is sincerely appreciated. Until next time...Lora
Comment: thank you for the fun selection of journal cards!! I love the purple unicorn!!
Bucket rated for TBR: June update! on Jul 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the update!
Comment: Thank you for the super cute journal cards! They’ll go great in my daughters baby book (if I ever get it done).
jessnewson98 rated for Private Swap: She-Ra Postcard on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: OH MY GOD THANK YOU X A MILLION, THANK YOU EVEN MORE THAN THAT! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS! Honestly, thank you so so much - no amount of words can express how much I adore this! I opened it up this morning and I seriously fist pumped the air, it was that incredible! Seriously, tell Annika her art is stunning and utterly beautiful! Thank you so so much for this, gah, I can't thank you enough! I hope you both have the most amazing day! Stay lovely xxx
monsbrick rated for TBR: June update! on Jul 3, 2019
Comment: Congrats on getting the unlimited Kindle! If you are interested in mysteries and you haven't checked out Poe, he was a new discovery for me. I never thought that I'd like his work but I found his works less horrible and more intriguing than I had expected!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: June update! on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: I don't know how many times I've read The Little Princess and watched the movie as a kid. Not so far ago I found it on tv and watched it again x'D classics never die... I hope the moving is going/went well!
postedparcels rated for Envie of stickers on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks again, this was a lot of fun!

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IDreamOfAfrica on Aug 6, 2019:


Cindi, Thanks so much for the awesome letter! Lora

LizzyJo on Jun 22, 2019:

My Seuss stuff arrived today. Thank you for all the goodies.

Rainydancer on Jun 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for all the lovely paper for the RAK! This will make so much!

neva on Jun 17, 2019:

Ooops! Thank you for all the stickers too. I missed them until I really unpacked everything yesterday! I really am spoiled!

neva on Jun 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for all the pages and the blank journal. I feel so spoiled. All the pages are beautiful and I love the journal too.

Since you asked about blackout poetry it is when you take a page and find words you like on the page and then either black out the rest or do artwork over it, to make a poem. By nature the poem must be kind of short I think, unless you have a large page.....It really forces you to think outside of the box.

lizzmathwhiz on Jun 14, 2019:

I came home to a wonderful package this evening! Everything was wrapped and packaged with such care. Thank you for your generosity with the DeStash trade (basically rak πŸ˜›) from the PF.

Katti on Mar 18, 2019:

Hello Cindi! Happy St. Patrick's Day! β˜˜πŸŽ©πŸŒˆπŸ’°

uliaya on Feb 19, 2019:

Dear Cindi! Thank you so much for angeling Happy Holiday Card Swap! I absolutely love all things you sent to me. Thank you very much again and wish you a wonderful week!

mrsD on Feb 4, 2019:

thank you for angeling the HHCS I was flaked on! so kind of you. cheers!!

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