I ALWAYS send and I ALWAYS rate! I will always give people extra time, like two weeks at least after the swap deadline, longer for overseas, especially if the person answers my message that I might send - I will wait even longer in that case. And I WILL send a message before I give a rating. I know that sometimes the mail is slow, sometimes things get lost in the mail, and in cyberspace, and sometimes unexpected things come up - Just let me know. I hope that people will do the same for me. But Please read and answer my message to you when I send one. I usually get my mailings out within a few days after the partners are assigned. I DEFINITELY get out my swaps before the Swap Deadline! Contact me BEFORE you give a bad rating - the item could be lost in the mail, or in cyberspace, and I always want to make things right ! I would send you another one!
I am a happy, positive person and hope everyone will treat me kindly and respectfully.
I live in a cozy little house in the country near Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. I have three adorable cats, Sparky. Shakti & Pumpkin. I was born in Massachusetts and have lived in several other states including, New York, Nevada, Iowa, Missouri, California, and now New Mexico.
I work at a small college library, sometimes I still do Web site design and love playing/working on my computer and on the Internet.
I love postcards from other states and countries! I would love pictures of your town, buildings in your town, natural settings in/near your town or country. I love nature pictures. I like pictures of cemeteries. I also love anything to do with the stars, planets, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe, the Beatles, fireworks, castles, lighthouses. (See other favorites below)
I love postcards and bookmarks, and pictures by email; I love writing answers to lists of questions by email, so these will be the swaps I will mainly sign up for; for now anyway. I would prefer postcards that are written on and with postage. It gives it more of a personal touch, as much as is possible through the Post Office. Certainly, if you've made your postcard or it's really cool and you want to protect it or you want to include something else, then feel free to send it in an envelope. And, of course, if I join a swap where it's required to send in an envelope then certainly do so. Regarding bookmarks: I prefer to NOT get Book Thongs. I like regular bookmarks the best. Hand made postcards or bookmarks are Great. Like painted or drawn-on or collage or something else that you like to make that is creative.
Some of my favorites: Twilight, Adventures in Babysitting, The Thomas Crown Affair, Waking Ned Devine, The Core, The Craft, Don't Say a Word, Fly Away Home, The Fifth Element, Freaky Friday, Queen of the Damned, Interview with the Vampire, Grosse Point Blanke, Harry Potter (all of them), Lord of the Rings (all 3), The Others, Romeo Must Die, Armageddon, Runaway Jury, Twister, Ultra Violet, Dead Man, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Dead Poets' Society, Secret Window, The Game, The Skeleton Key, Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, etc., etc.
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings (all three), The Secret Life of Bees, The Creative License, Somewhere Child, Dancing with Cats, Why Cats Paint. Pagan, Ghost, Witchcraft, spiritual books, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda; books about astronomy with lots of pictures. Books that have anything to do with ancient Egyptian stuff. Books with pictures from different parts of the world. Some books by Ursula Le Guin, books by Madeleine L'Engle. The Da Vinci Code, anything by James D. Doss, Art books including art history books with lots of pictures. I made an altered book; I liked doing that! See some pictures of it are my DeviantArt account (see link above). :-) I am a member of paperbackswap.com and I love swapping books.
Colors: My absolute favorite color is fire engine red. Some others: violet, blue-violet, royal blue, yellow, bluish-greens, bright colors. And black; yeah, go figure.
Blue skies; sunshine, seashells - about anything from the sea/ocean, anything Egypt, anything India, I love flowers, butterflies, coins from other countries, old coins. A really heavy rain shower where after it stops everything outside is shiny and new and clean feeling; Birds singing; Listening to good music. Walking in the forest; Walking by the ocean. All kinds of Flowers, Flower scents, particularly the smell of Lilacs. Cats & kittens; Horses; Most baby animals - the cute ones.
Smelling the beautiful fresh air where I live at 8000 feet altitude; Pizza; Hot Chocolate; Good Chocolate in general; Good yummy food from many countries; Google Maps; Favorite cars: Porsche, sporty BMW, 1960's Corvette. Our Beautiful Planet; Our Beautiful Trees and other plants; Anything Pagan, Egyptian, Mayan, Aztec or Celtic. Tarot Cards (I have Tarot cards but don't do readings except for myself and my husband and family and friends), crucifixes, Blank Journal books.
Death in Paradise, Father Brown, Castle, Broadchurch, Blue Bloods, Bones, NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, Numb3rs, NYC-22, Alcatraz, CSI-NY, CSI-Miami, The Closer, The Mentalist, Supernatural, and NYPD Blue.
I'm not VERY crafty. As of right now, the only crafting that I might do are, making an altered book (I made one large one and I'm working on another), making bookmarks (I've made a few - should make more) and making my own postcards (sometimes); if I make them myself I do enclose them in an envelope, haven't had much luck mailing them "naked" - which means not in an envelope.
I also like to draw an occasional zendala, which is a combination of a zentangle and a mandala. Look it up on Deviant Art (link above) or on a Google search if you don't know what a zentangle or mandala is and want to find out.
I have now made 4 Painted ATCs and I've started another one. I've also made three others, not painted, and plan on making more eventually. They are fun!
Check out my DeviantArt link above to see some of my creations. :-)
Michael Jackson, The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Loreena McKennitt, Flyleaf, System of a Down, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Ace of Base, Alanis Morrisette, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Jethro Tull, Donovan, Santana, Savage Garden, Marilyn Manson (sometimes), 30 Seconds to Mars, Fall Out Boy, Placebo, Tori Amos, and many other types of music. I have pretty varied tastes in music. I also like music from India and music from other countries.
Nothing Political or Military. No Elvis. Nothing with teddy bears. Nothing violent. Nothing with people crying. Nothing sad. No babies. No ugly bugs. I don't mind religious items occasionally, even though I am not religious, but I don't like people trying to sell me on their religion. I am spiritual, not religious.
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