Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2019 10:34 pm


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Last Online: October 20, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Robin, and so far I've been alive for somewhat over half a century.

Born and raised in Indiana, USA, I lived the first 20+ years of my adult life in Mexico City, Mexico, then in Costa Rica (Central America) for a couple of years. I now reside in South Florida, where I delight in the mix of cultures and cuisines (Cuban, Dominican, Haitian, South American, New York/Jersey, and more). I'm female, 100% bilingual English-Spanish, joyfully Roman Catholic, happily married to a man born and raised in South America. This is all pretty exotic for an introvert who grew up in a monolingual Midwestern milieu! [chuckle]

I've worked at quite a variety of jobs in my lifetime, including teacher of English as a foreign language at a college in Mexico for many years, airline reservations agent, direct in-home support to adults with developmental disabilities, big-box store cashier, clerk at a thrift store, and call center agent. I would love to retire from a day job someday, but unless a major miracle occurs, that will not be possible.

In addition to the usual 9-to-5, I spent 7 years developing recipes and writing (in Spanish and English) about authentic Mexican food for thespruceeats.com. Now the hubs and I maintain our own blog, where we share recipes from North, Central, and South America: comboplate.net


Fluent in English and Spanish. Have studied some Italian, Portuguese, German, and Polish. I love language, languages, and linguistics! However, I am not usually very talkative at all -- go figure. I do tend to be more loquacious in writing, as evidenced by the length of this profile! lol

Miscellaneous LIkes

Likes/loves include

  • FOLKLORE, popular culture and festivals, local history and quirky local places, the history and traditions of HOLIDAYS of all sorts (I adore Groundhog Day!)

  • Cooking, baking, COOKBOOKS; reading, talking about, trying and developing recipes.

  • TURTLES (freshwater), llamas, cats, lizards, otters, fireflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies, groundhogs, and robin birds (especially since my name is Robin); now learning to love all kinds of tropical wildlife. My husband is an enthusiast of sloths, pandas, and bears in general.

  • SUNFLOWERS, suns, smiley faces, the color yellow and cheerful things in general

  • PUZZLES, crosswords, word search, mazes, jigsaw puzzles, kaleidoscopes, board games

  • visiting MUSEUMS of all kinds, also botanical gardens, conservatories, etc; also birdwatching and simple gardening, especially succulents (currently just in containers as we live in an apartment)

  • ART and artistic and artsy craftsy stuff in general; ancient art, cave art, folk art, "primitive" art, and outsider / visionary art are particular favorites

  • artistic ATCs and all sorts of snail mail postal joy

  • Americana (USA) and anything Latin American and/or Caribbean

Occasional creative endeavors

Linoleum print carving, mini-zine making, drawing, painting, cross stitch, creative writing, adult coloring, zendoodling, woodburning, very simple sewing, papercrafts, floral arranging; would love to try a lot more things.

Not particularly into ...

I am totally not cool. On most days I'm pretty much okay with that, though I do apologize for any discomfort my dorkiness may cause. [winsome smile]

Sorry, but I am not really into gothic/dark, tattoos/piercings, girly things like make up and spa treatments, Disney, video games, cynicism, political bashing, anime, manga, new age, erotica, vampies or zombies, kawaii, or gourmet coffee. I'm not big on shopping (except for groceries, I do enjoy grocery shopping! oh, and thrift stores) and I am working on being less sarcastic.

However, I'm really not at all as crochety and dour as I know that last paragraph makes me sound. :-) While I do strive to be the best me that I can be, I do not believe that perfectionism is healthy.

Rating, Flakers, and Flaking

I will always rate you for a swap I received. It might not happen the very same day that I receive your item (I can sometimes go a few days between visits to the site), but it will be within a week.

I've been a member here at Swap-Bot pretty much since the beginning of the site. My level/intensity of swapping activity has varied widely through the years. I've seen many trends come and go, as you might imagine.

In recent years it has become quite popular here to maintain a "wall of shame" or list of people who have flaked. I choose not to do that. There have been quite a few who have "done me wrong," and, yes, of course it's unpleasant, but I consider this an issue only between my partner and myself. I have given people low ratings when warranted -- and I consider that sufficient "punishment." If your views differ on this, I respect that. Please also respect mine.

As for my own (few and long ago) 1s and 3s: I am not proud of them, and I accept them without argument as fair consequences for my actions at the time. However, I generally don't discuss those ratings with anyone besides the people directly involved.

I Can Always Use

  • cassette tapes (my 2002 Honda has a tape deck), any type of music, books on tape, etc. UPDATE: my beloved Honda has now passed to a better life, but I am working on getting a boom box with cassette deck. I have settled on cassettes tapes as my absolute favorite format!

  • postcards (especially showing a recipe or a typcial craft/costume/food from your country or region)

  • anything particular to your region

  • nice stickers (no reward or tiny) or washi tape samples

  • zines or mini zines (relatively clean, please)

  • large blank unused notecards or greeting cards, blank inside or with a general cheery message (5x7 inches is ideal)

  • small denomination banknotes or coins from anywhere in the world

  • your very own tried and true favorite recipes

  • recipe pamphlets (like the ones given out for free with a food product) or cookbooks with recipes from real people (like those made for fundraising by churches and civic groups)

  • bookmarks, epecially handmade, related to your area (touristy or not), and the freebie ones given out by libraries, museums, bookstores, etc. (preferably not too childish)

  • lip balm in interesting flavors (not strawberry, bubble gum, or dill pickle flavored)

  • plant cuttings or seeds for succulent plants (with growing instructions)

  • Catholic miscellany (rosaries, images of saints, etc.)

  • address labels (not picky about image)

  • "discarded" pieces of cross stitch/embroidery or old crocheted doilies/dresser scarves. It always kills me when I see a stitched picture for sale at a thrift store, because some poor woman worked hard and long on it only for someone else to go and throw it out/donate it. I do understand downsizing and all, but this is the type of valuable piece that can be used to create something else (pillow, pin cushion, greeting card, whatever), so I try to "rescue" these precious items when I can and the price is reasonable.


ovenbernt rated for 🍁re-stock your tea stash #2🐿 on Sep 22, 2019
Comment: thank you for the wonderful teas
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful assortment of teas ...can’t wait to try these
mistowls rated for Finally Use Your Randoms on Sep 10, 2019
slf881006 rated for Trash to Treasure Bookmark Swap on Sep 10, 2019
dreamlady66 rated for Bookmark Swap 6 on Aug 31, 2019
Comment: Ty, quite diversified ones ❤
Kokoxo rated for Succulents and Cacti Swap #2 on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: THANK YOU! I absolutely love everything you sent! The cacti pendants are perfect for a swap i'm currently in, and almost everything, I plan to use right away :) Thank you again, I hope to see you in another swap soon ~ God bless ~ xoxo ~
Hyshu rated for Bookmark Swap 6 on Aug 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the bookmarks. I especially loved the Spanish Vocabulary one! Thank you for joining my Swap!
Comment: Thanks for participating in my swap! How great to be an original member! I love creating and so glad that we have swap-bot to be able to share our creations with others!
agirlnamedfriday rated for Finally Use Your Randoms on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I’m glad that birthday card was finally able to go to a good home, haha. Also, thank you for the recipe exchange. I’ve never participated in one because I still can’t cook for the life of me, but I may participate.
Comment: I am DELIGHTED with the personalized bookmarks you made! The snow one is so refreshing as I’m growing quite weary of heat & humidity and the A/C conked out! Perfect timing! The speckle one is so cute. I’ve written your name on them so I think of you when I use them. Thank you, Robin! 💕
Comment: Great bookmarks! I gave you a heart for the Snoopy one you made!!!! Thanks so much!!!
Comment: Thank you! I love the bookmarks!
MelbourneGirl rated for Christmas Cards in June on Jul 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card (love the pop-ups) and all the extras ❤️ Merry Christmas :) :)
mb58ca rated for Lenticular Items 2 x 2 International on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: Awesome awesome AWESOME!!! Love these items :) And the map bookmark -- creative. Thanks so much.
papercraftkath rated for Christmas Cards in June on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and the teas! I look forward to sipping a taste of Christmas this summer.
LilysMama rated for Patriotic Postcard USA #2 on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, love the picture and the quote!
LilysMama rated for Red, White, and Blue Recipes (USA) on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the tried and true recipe as well as the others. I love getting new recipes to try, I also checked out your blog :)
Comment: Thank you for the Red,white, & blue yummy recipe and the summertime ones. I love trying new things! And, You are most welcome, that I had joined your swap.
Tricia22 rated for Patriotic Postcard USA #2 on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Happy 4th of July🎆🇺🇸🎇

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MawBella on Sep 10, 2019:

Hello. Got the wonderful book for August Snowflake book RAK. It is pretty cool. Thanks again.

jannieb on Oct 29, 2018:

Grayson enjoyed receiving your Halloween card. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Happy Halloween!

BabyBee78 on Oct 14, 2018:

"For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart."

•Hebrews 4:12

jaimierandolph on Oct 14, 2018:

Newbie Friendly- Profile Bible Verse #3

Exodus 14:14

14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

katmandu on Jul 30, 2018:

Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells!



Deck the palms with bows and holly!


You do not have to shovel sunshine!



Merry Christmas in July in Florida!


mariewilliams810 on Jul 5, 2018:

Thanks so much for the bonus patriotic postcard and the kind words! I hope you had a wonderful July 4th!

jannieb on May 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for the cookbooks you sent me for the Swap Tag USA. I love them!!

Mye on May 12, 2018:

Hi Robin! Thanks for the used postage stamp grabbie you sent for me! Thanks for the stickers too :)

PinkFluffyUnicorn on Feb 2, 2018:

Ground Hog Day profile decorations!





emeraldawn on Feb 2, 2018:

Did he see his shadow? Is winter still sticking around? Only the groundhog knows.

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