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catlingmex

catlingmex
Original Member
Last Online: February 18, 2020

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

Languages

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 and am delighted that 2020 is a leap year, 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), llamas, cats, lizards/iguanas, 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 a small 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. 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) 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 am working on getting 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.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome Leap-day post card and message and also the extra tea, can’t wait to try them!!! This was such a fun swap!! ❤️❤️
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Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard and teas! I love the quote from Emerson.I cant wait to try one of the teas tonight to calm down...nice! Thanks.
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Comment: That dolphin card is amazing! Thanks for the great pc & suggestions.
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Comment: Thanks for all the photos
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Comment: Thank you for the yummy soup images!
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Comment: Loved all the pics! Thank you!!
me2az50 rated for Oh the places I’ve been PC Swap on Feb 3, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard . Some of the places you listed sound interesting.
AussieHorse rated for Questions - Questions Email on Feb 2, 2020
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euniceq rated for Groundhog Day profile decorations on Feb 2, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the images! That's one cute groundhog!
Rosa1 rated for Groundhog Day profile decorations on Feb 2, 2020
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Comment: Happy Groundhog Day! (and one of my favorite movies too!) also loved your cupcakes :)
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Comment: Happy Groundhog Day!
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Comment: What adorable cupcakes! Thank you for the images!
euniceq rated for National Groundhog Day Profile Deco on Feb 1, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cute pictures! Those cupcakes look awesome!
TammieM3ENF rated for Questions - Questions Email on Feb 1, 2020
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Comment: Thank you, Robin, for your detailed and interesting answers to the questions, I very much enjoyed reading your message! :)
Itti rated for December Holiday Mini-zine on Dec 20, 2019
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Comment: Original, I like it!
NaitomeaMinx rated for Sending 3 Christmas Cards on Dec 16, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and my family thanks you for the lore on the Poinsettia! We love to learn new trivia or cultural information about things other families love too at Christmas.
BMitchell1978 rated for Sending 3 Christmas Cards on Dec 12, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card Merry Christmas 🎄
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Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I loved the bookmarks, and your note was really nice to read, but above all- Thank you for all the fortune cookie slips!!!! I audibly gasped, they made me so happy <3 <3 <3 I hope to swap with you soon!!
Response: Your kind and enthusiastic rating made it all worthwhile. Thank YOU.
IDreamOfAfrica rated for Stickers and Thankfulness #2 on Dec 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the genuine and meaningful handwritten BIBLICAL themed Thanksgiving card that required some of your undivided attention and quality time. I am deeply touched. The beautiful handmade mini-zine is very cool, the recipes read delicious, the pig poem is hilariously my favorite, all the autumn themed stickers are adorable, and the two tea packets look delightful! I am truly humbled and honored to have been your partner. A special place has been created to showcase your beautiful swap. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. 💖❥💞❦💕❧💗♡💓♥️❤️❤💘ღ💝❣💘💚💟💙💜💛 εїз Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❤ ƸӜƷ εїз
Response: Aw, your many kind words are humbling. Thank you for the love. <3
denisedecker58 rated for Random Questions #2 ! on Dec 5, 2019
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Comment: You did a really good job on this Robin! I enjoyed reading your answers and loved all the enclosures and card!

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Comments

zombiina on Feb 3, 2020:

National Homemade Soup Day Profile Deco _ I choose to share some of my favorite soups with you. Enjoy!!

euniceq on Feb 3, 2020:

❉ National Homemade Soup Day Profile Deco ❉

mysmashbooklife on Feb 3, 2020:

Hi! This is my message for the National Homemade Soup Day Profile Deco! I hope you like the picture i choose!

Homemadesoup

Homemadesoup

Homemadesoup

nancylee on Feb 2, 2020:

Groundhog Day profile decorations

Staten Island Chuck and Phil say spring,

Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal say winter

Those are the four closest to me - Happy Groundhog Day 2020!

SunflowerRose on Feb 1, 2020:

national groundhog day

hope you enjoyed! Growing up we had a groundhod that lived under the smoke house that looked almost like the last photo. we would feed him table scraps so he would not eat my moms garden. he even knew his name when we yelled that the food was dumped.

Kirkdebb on Feb 1, 2020:

National Groundhog Day Profile Deco

mysmashbooklife on Feb 1, 2020:

Hi! This is my message for Groundhog Day profile decorations swap. Happy Groundhog Day! I hope you like the picture i choose!

Groundhog

Groundhog

mysmashbooklife on Feb 1, 2020:

Hi! This is my message for National Groundhog Day Profile Deco. Happy Groundhog Day! I hope you like the picture i choose!

Groundhog

Thought this Star Wars one was cute! Haha.

Groundhog

Groundhog

BlueberryLady on Jan 26, 2020:

Loved reading your Profile info.. especially the last part about Thrift store crochet, doilies, cross stitch Finds.. I can't pass Those either.. Edgings on Dresser Scarves and pillow cases too.

grammypammy on Jan 6, 2020:

RAKS ONLY USA

Thank you for the RAK of lip balms, I absolutely love them! Raspberry is one of my favorite fruit scents. Thank you for thinking of me!

Hugs Pam

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