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Date Joined: April 15, 2013
Last Online: August 8, 2016
Birthday: August 7, 1970
Country: United States
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About Me

***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!

Favorite Music

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.

Favorite Books

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.”

Favorite Movies

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" : )

Favorite Television

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. )

Favorite Crafts

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. : )

Loves & Miscellany

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!


~inspirational quotes

~refrigerator magnets

~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...)


Pouffia rated for Quick Matched Interests Pen Pal Swap on Mar 24, 2016
Comment: Hi Anne, I received your letter ages ago but totally forgot to rate! Thank you for the lovely letter, an answer is on its way to you (if it isn't already there)!
Tina78 rated for Quick Matched Interests Pen Pal Swap on Feb 6, 2016
Comment: Thanks for your lovely letter!
Comment: Thanks for such a nice letter. I will return one to you as soon as I get caught up in life. Love the idea of you putting a return address in side. Have a great Sunday.
flyingfox rated for Handwritten Long Letter Pals on Mar 14, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter and the beautiful postcard! Will try to write back soon!
Response: So glad you liked the stuff! Thanks so much for the rating - hope to hear from you : )
Astridsdream rated for Handwritten Long Letter Pals on Mar 14, 2014
Comment: I loved your stationary & thanks for the stickers!! I enjoyed reading your letter and will be writing back soon!
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart! Hope to hear from you : )
Comment: Thank you! *****
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the rating and the heart! : )
Cicely321 rated for Cheap & Happy HAPPY mail! on Feb 23, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the HaPpy Mail. Love the panda stickers, they are so cute. My son's going to share the stickers with his classmates. I like the things that make you happy.
Response: So glad you liked the stuff! Have a great day, and thanks so much for the rating & heart : )
KellyS rated for 100: 10 Lists of 10 Each. (Round 2) on Feb 21, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the great lists! They were fun to read and I like the local map :) ETA - I was putting away my swaps and realized I forgot to thank you for the fabulous postcards you sent! They are awesome!!
Response: So glad you liked them - thanks for the rating and heart! : )
Jamnj rated for Pick 3 Swap - February on Feb 10, 2014
Comment: First I loved the envelope! I am sure my mailman is beginning to wonder about me! I loved loved loved the stickers!then I opened it. I felt like it was Christmas! The notecard was so nice. I am going to look up the poet. The postcards are naked on both sides. I can now join another kind of a swap! I found the aquarium postcard very cool. I will write down the name of the sea anemone and will look for one at my next visit to an aquarium. I especially liked your letter! I could tell immediately you were a penal! Thanks so much for everything, but especially for inspiring me to do more with everything in my swap pack. I look forward to the journey! happy Valentines day and thanks for sharing the love!
Response: You just made my day with this rating and comment - you have no idea! I'm so pleased you enjoyed my swap, that makes me very happy. It was my pleasure - Happy Valentine's day to you too! : )
institches rated for I Love My Crockpot - February on Feb 9, 2014
Comment: The recipes sound yummy! And the soup one would be good right now, warm and comforting in our cold and snowy weather! Thank you for them and thanks for joining the swap!
Response: I'm so happy to hear you think they sound yummy! I tried to go by your profile, so hopefully they'll turn out great for you. Stay warm! : )
cherrihurt rated for ~~Be My Valentine~~#2 on Feb 8, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Snoopy Valentine!!
Response: My pleasure, glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating, and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Goldstar2014 rated for New Year, New Penpals on Feb 6, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and card. I hope to reply soon! :)
Response: You're so welcome! Thanks for the rating and heart. : )
thetrinketmarket rated for 10 things that cheer me up on Jan 27, 2014
Comment: Sorry for my late rating and comment. I've been so busy. Thank you for sharing the 10 things that cheer you up! Hugs!
Response: I understand busy, totally - no problem. Thanks for the rating and have a great day! : )
IezzySupardi rated for 10 things that cheer me up on Jan 27, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the email :) loved reading it :) I also share the same interests like you have :) I do love Pinterest and am also on Postcrossing :D
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Have a cheerful day! : )
Comment: Thanks so much for the re-gifts. I love the notebook and can always use more shower gel and my nieces will definitely wear the jewellery. I also appreciate your book recommendation. You're the first person to recommend one to me - I was starting to think no one reads that genre. Thanks again!
Response: You're so welcome! Wished I could have sent more but that's all I could get into the package, lol. Thank you so much for the rating and heart, much appreciated. : )
LoveAnnie rated for Whats on your mind/heart? #2 on Jan 24, 2014
Comment: Anne! Thank you so much for the letter and the wonderful art cards! I am gong through a lot of what you are, and I could use a sounding board. I hope you don't mind me writing back =) thank you again!
Response: I would love to hear from you! You can vent away, anytime at all. And, thanks so much for the rating and heart, you made my day! : )
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard! Good luck on meeting your great goals. I love game night!
Response: thanks for the rating! Good luck with yours as well. : )
muthiaw rated for -New- Let's Swap Happy Mail! on Aug 16, 2013
Comment: Hi Anne got your package today! OMG YOU MADE MY DAY!!! Thank you soooo much Anne!!! You deserve a billion hearts, oh no.. more than that :p I'm sorry you have to pay a lot to ship the package here. Hope you'll get anything best in return!!! Lots of Love ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ - Muthia
Response: Oh you just made me smile!! Thanks so much for the kind words and good rating and heart! Have a wonderful day!
magicinker rated for August Birthday card swap on Aug 13, 2013
Comment: Got your card-So sweet ! Thanks for the gift...I loved it !
Response: You're welcome, so glad you liked it!
SassyStephenie rated for New Pen Pal! on Jul 24, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the peacock card, I love peacocks!
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating and heart. Happy Swap-Botting : )

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biasbabe on Jan 24, 2014:


takehimaway on Sep 4, 2013:

Would you email me your address? I keep losing it! jamielovesweeping@gmail.com Yes, I'll write soon.

takehimaway on Sep 4, 2013:

I don't remember how to post a picture, but wanted to show you I wore the awesome socks you got me skating on my birthday! Harmony, who is now called Serenity, has been wearing them lately.... LONGER LETTER LATER.. LOL.


takehimaway on Sep 4, 2013:


takehimaway on Aug 29, 2013:

I'm home -- for now; no need to swap addresses -- was gonna go up to Harmony's mom's.. [Can you keep up with all the crazy ladies in my life?! LOL] So much to tell you. Am sick-ish; pain meds make me nauseous. Got your package today; thank you so much! Gummy bears are my favourite!

takehimaway on Aug 19, 2013:

Yes, this week, and next week, but not the following month. I'll hopefully be gone from 9-5 to 10-5!

takehimaway on Aug 19, 2013:

Would you be interested in joining my 100 Hearts and Birthday Swap! I turn twenty-four in just a few days, and was hoping you might be willing to join my first swap that's bigger than just one sheet to two peeps. ;p Thanks so much for considering!

http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/156044?new=1 -- USA

http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/156045?new=1 -- Intl

takehimaway on Aug 18, 2013:

AFTER OUR /NEXT/ ROUND OF LETTERS, I'm gonna have a DIFFERENT ADDRESS to send THE NEXT TWO rounds to. However, unsure how I'm gonna write to you -- due to not having a printer, long story -- will explain in next letter.. Welcome to the crazy life of Dane!

takehimaway on Aug 16, 2013:

Now, you tell me that that isn't the best granola bar you've ever had. I ate fourteen of them in one day last week. NEVER eat fourteen granola bars in one day. EVER. Good call; listen to Aces Up! I'm gonna put them on whilst I clean/organize. Ughh. Sounds fantastic.

takehimaway on Aug 16, 2013:

Anne! I'm so glad you loved it! I really want a Texas Magnet if you can find one! Hope you are feeling well today! Take time if you need it! I will still be here! I worried about one part of my letter being a little risque, but we're all grownups! ;p Hope you have a fantastic day; eat that granola bar; it's delicious!! ♥

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