Last Online: November 17, 2017
Country: United States
My name is Robin, and so far I've been alive for somewhat over half a century.
I was born and raised in Indiana, USA. I spent the first 20+ years of my adult life in Mexico City, Mexico, moved back to the Midwest for 8 years, then lived in Costa Rica (Central America) for two years. I now reside in southeast Florida (Ft. Lauderdale area).
I´ve worked at quite a variety of jobs in my lifetime, including teacher of English as a foreign language at a college 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 someday, but unless a major miracle occurs, that will not be possible.
I spent 5 years developing recipes and writing (in Spanish) about authentic Mexican food for About.com: comidamexicana.about.com . Now I contribute to the English-language Mexican food site on The Spruce: https://www.thespruce.com/mexican-food-4128356
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.
--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, otters, fireflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies, groundhogs, bluejays, cardinals 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
--crosswords, mazes, jigsaw puzzles, kaleidoscopes, board GAMES
--visiting MUSEUMS of all kinds, also botanical gardens, conservatories, etc; also birdwatching and simple gardening (mostly in containers—we live in an apartment)
--bookmarks, epecially handmade or the FREEBIE ones given out by libraries, museums, bookstores, etc.
--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
Linoleum print carving, drawing, painting, cross stitch, creative writing, woodburning, very simple sewing, papercrafts, floral arranging; would love to try a lot more things.
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 into gothic/dark, tattoos/piercings, video games, cynicism, polical bashing, anime, manga, feminism, new age, erotica, vampies or zombies, kawaii, or gourmet coffee. I´m not big on shopping and I don´t often enjoy eating steak.
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.
It has become quite popular here on Swap-bot 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 don´t usually discuss those ratings with anyone besides the people directly involved.
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