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Last Online: June 17, 2024

Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Robin, and so far I've been alive for 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, then in South Florida for 5 years or so, now in a small town in in my native state. 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, call center agent, and church secretary. 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, for example.)

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

  • chocolate (the darker, the better), MINT flavors (all kinds), teabags (black or herbal, green not so much), anise-flavored things (not licorice candy), real CHEESE, all kinds of cookies, avocados, aromatic herbs and spices, interesting hot sauces

  • TURTLES (freshwater), fireflies/lightning bugs, llamas, cats, lizards/iguanas, otters, honey bees, dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies, groundhogs, and robin birds (especially since my name is Robin). My husband is an enthusiast of sloths, pandas, and bears in general.

  • Sunflowers, DANDELIONS, 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 and anything in containers.

  • 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. The first swap here that I participated in was in March of 2006! 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--over 10 years now!) 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

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

  • anything particular to your city/region

  • zines or mini zines (relatively clean, please)

  • small denomination banknotes or coins from anywhere in the world

  • 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, old prayer books, images of saints, etc.)

  • 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 have acquired a boom box with cassette deck. I have settled on cassettes tapes as my absolute favorite format!

  • Any sort of souvenir cotton dish towel/tea towel from anywhere. I have purchased a few of these at thrift stores for around a dollar each (apparently people buy them as souvenirs and then don’t actually use them most of the time), and have come to love them. It doesn’t matter that I’ve never been to the location featured; I get to travel around the world each time I do something in the kitchen! New or used, retro or modern is fine, as long as they are not badly stained or full of holes (small stains/imperfections are no problem). I will be joyfully using any towel I may get.

  • "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.


nathalieswap rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #39 on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the yummy teas and for the beautiful Valentine's card :-)
GattaGitan rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #24 on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the delicious recipes, Robin! You won't believe it, but I was just talking about my Abuelita's salpicón a few days ago, and then your recipe showed up—it felt like fate! I appreciate you including the Tried-and-True Recipe Exchange. I've already mailed my recipes and can't wait to share and try out new ones!
mle rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #22 on Jun 10, 2024
Comment: Great recipes once again! Thanks.
TiffBln rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #23 on Jun 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the recipes! I look forward to trying them. I love salads in the summer.
AlexysBellew rated for Black & White Postcard Swap #5 on Jun 9, 2024
Comment: Very cute thank you! :) Sounds like it was an amazing weekend for you. We just got back from a 3 night camping trip!
Comment: Thank you!
andee73 rated for Pass Along Bag Swap Numero Uno on Jun 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
Ryder rated for Lists Galore! on Jun 5, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
HexG rated for Sticker sheets swap 2 Of 2 on Jun 5, 2024
Comment: - Thanks so much for everything! I am sorry for the late rating as I have been crazy busy and disorganized, thanks again!
Comment: Fun swap! Thanks for sharing! :)
MrsCrafty rated for Lists Galore! on Jun 4, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing your lists with me - and even some extras! I really enjoyed reading!! (:
Comment: Thanks so much for the card!
Cocpufffs rated for Sticker sheets swap 2 Of 2 on Jun 2, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the stickers and the extras of FB. I appreciate it.
marclively rated for Let's get these bags moving! on May 31, 2024
Comment: Many thanks! Marc
LadyMalchav rated for Black & White Postcard Swap #5 on May 31, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard!
Tracykason rated for Friendship Book Swap 5/2024 on May 30, 2024
Comment: Great to receive after a long work day - thank-you.
HausOfImps rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #21 on May 30, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the 3 great recipes! I am definitely intrigued by your selection. I will continue the recipe swap once I have access to a copier, lol. Also let me know if it's ok to send you a couple recipes regardless. The pickled jalapeno carrot slices made me think of stuff my grandma made that I think you'd like.
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart.I would be honored to receive any recipes your grandma used to make! Thank you for being willing to share those with me.
stephanieM rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #3 on May 29, 2024
AlexysBellew rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #18 on May 28, 2024
Comment: Hello! :) Thanks for all the recipes! Ill be participating in the swap too!
msjoana75 rated for Pass Along Pals : Sticker Bags USA on May 28, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for your swap.

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fighterangel on May 4, 2024:


Oh my goodness! You went above and beyond for my wish for April!!! I love everything and really look forward to using everything. Thank you so, so, SO much for all the wonderful goodies!!!!

April '24 AATW Wish

lilymonmomma on May 1, 2024:

Mailed your envelope today for the Blind fun swap

Mystyne on Apr 24, 2024:

AATW April 24 wish. Thank you so much for the Temu order. I couldn't believe you were so generous. I love it all. The charms are perfect to add on to bracelets I bought for my co-workers. Thanks again.

yvonne401 on Apr 15, 2024:

AATW April, thanks so much for the pretty butterfly stickers and oh so cute cat stickers and for thinking of me!



heliogal on Mar 21, 2024:

Wow! Robin you totally spoiled me the wonderful, amazing things you sent me for the AATW March wish list!!! I am so crazy about every single thing you sent me! I appreciate your generosity and thinking about me! I hope you have lovely spring and a mailbox full of happy mail!! You really made my day!!!

LadyJo on Mar 20, 2024:

Thank you for the AATW March wishes of awesome handmade envelopes and the Make a Wish stickers! Love all of it! Thanks for making me put a smile on my face!

myancey on Feb 29, 2024:

Thank you for the bday card for hubby

Zefaniya on Dec 15, 2023:

Thank you for the Grinch card and goodies! (Dec. aatw)

Zefaniya on Oct 17, 2023:

Thank you so much for the August wish (AATW) for Fall stickers! So much cuteness!,

chimerix on Sep 29, 2023:

Thank you so much for sending a photo of the American flag skirt you made with that fabric. I just love seeing that you used it and that you are wearing it! Aloha!

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