***NOTE: I have been absent from Swap-Bot for several months, I essentially took time off because I knew I would be too busy to put time and TLC into my swaps, which is important to me I don't join one unless I'm going to give 100%. ***
Hi, I’m Anne, and I’m so happy to have found this great site! I’m 44, have been married 19 years to a wonderful man, have 3 great kids, 4 silly cats and a goofy dog. We live in Kingwood, Texas in the U.S.A.
I love reading, writing letters, penpalling, journaling, Postcrossing, cooking, listening to music, and birdwatching. I’m slowly making our backyard into a bird “oasis” - it’s such fun to sit on my back patio in the mornings, drinking my coffee and watching their antics! I also love coloring mandalas and just hanging out at home with my family.
Although I have a B.A. in Psychology (Texas A&M University),I am a stay-at-home-mom/homemaker, and I love it.
I have rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, but I have it pretty well controlled with IV biologic meds (thank you science!).
My husband and kids and fur-baby pets are the total cornerstone and foundation of my life - they bring me so much joy and I feel tremendously blessed.
I love art of all kinds, and make it to museums as often as I can. My favorite artists include Andrew Wyeth, John William Waterhouse, Andy Warhol, Renoir, Degas, and Jackson Pollock, to name a few - but most art “moves” me.
I love dancing, but most of all I LOVE belly dancing! The exotic, beautiful costumes, the fabulous music - it's so powerful, yet feminine and enchanting.
I’m a Leo (born in August) and love anything about lions and also anything with a sun symbol or the Leo symbol.
I'm a HUGE football fan - college, my favorite team is of course my alma mater: Texas A&M Aggies (whoop!). NFL, my beloved Houston Texans! I'm not a fair weather fan. Good or "bad" season, I'm always cheering!
Global, classical, Middle Eastern (belly dance music), some current pop music, pop, soft and hard rock hits from the 70’s and 80’s are my favorites, but I’m always open to new stuff too.
I love both non-fiction and fiction. My bachelor’s degree is in Psychology, and I’m still intensely interested in any book or article related to that. I also love biography, history, books about animal behavior, books about other cultures, and self-improvement type books. Oh, and any book about autism is high on my list (my 13 year old has moderate/severe classic autism).
Fiction, well I’m all over the map. Recently I discovered Kate Morton's books and I'm in love with them! I also enjoy dystopian and post-apocalyptic genre. And I like a good thriller or horror book.
Top books of all time are: “Gone with the Wind,” "Sea Biscuit," "It," "Animals in Translation," "Making Peace with Autism," “Lolita,” “Brave New World,” "Alive," "Surrendering to Motherhood," and “Rebecca.”
I love movies! Too many to count! Not really that into romantic comedies - with the exception of “When Harry met Sally” - which is in my top 10 for sure). Oh and if it has Sandra Bullock - I love her!
I really enjoy comedy like “Bridesmaids,” “21 Jump Street” - I love to laugh. I also enjoy horror and thrillers. And biggies like “Titanic” and “Gladiator.” All time favorite movies are “Gone With the Wind” and “Rebecca.”
Kind of a Star Wars geek and I LOVED "The Force Awakens" : )
My husband and I love to chill on the couch together after the kids go to bed watching TV shows. All time faves: “24,” “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” “The Walking Dead,” "Psych," and the latest -- “The Blacklist," “Downton Abbey," "Modern Family," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "The Middle."
(My personal TV "vice" is watching the horrifying trashy stuff on ID Network, lol. )
I sure wish I was “crafty” but that is sadly not a talent I have. I channel my creativity through things like coloring mandalas, writing, and doodling over all my lists and calendars. Oh and stickers. Stickers can make just about anything happy. : )
What follows is NOT a “gimme list” - I’m excited as a kid to get ANYthing in the mail, trust me. I'm easy to please : )
~The colors Red and Yellow and Gold
~bath and pampering stuff - all scents and kinds!
~ALL things related to letter writing: stationery and note sets, envelopes, etc.
~Cute stationery is something I have a really hard time finding!
~Lion themed anything!
~notepads, notebooks, journals - all styles and sizes
~animal themes - I love birds (esp. blackbirds and owls), peacocks, lions and big cats, domestic cats, dogs, all wildlife...if it’s an animal or it flies, I love it (yes even bats are cute to me!).
~deco tape/washi tape - love, love, LOVE!
~Holiday themed anything - I'm nuts about holidays (all of them: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's, Easter...)