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Last Online: June 3, 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


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 donโ€™t actually use them most of the time), and have come to love them. It doesnโ€™t matter that Iโ€™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.


AnnaL rated for Another Snoopy Swap !! on Jun 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks Robin for making me the Snoopy bookmarker which I love to read. Too cute Snoopy bandaid. Also, thanks for all the extra goodies. Have a wonderful Crafty Week. AnnaL.
CherryBlossomLady rated for Share your favorite prayer on May 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing with me. I love those prayers. Thereโ€™s nothing wrong with the basics that we learn as children. Itโ€™s exactly how we are encouraged to come to Christ. I love that you love those prayers. ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜‡
EverydayAngels rated for Why is my mailbox so empty?? on May 27, 2020
Comment: LOVE the magnetic butterflies and all the goodies. Cannot wait to drink the teas, especially cinnamon and the Peanuts bandaids are precious. My youngest boy needs a bandaid daily, so perfect! THANK YOU
Comment: OMG! Your stick figure art is soooo good!! Mine looks exactly like my 11 year olds! HAHAHA! Thank you for the tea and cross bookmark- LOVE THEM BOTH. You are right- we need to stick together! I hope to swap with you again in St. Michael's-- there are new swaps there now!! Join one!
Peanutbutterrhino rated for Snoopy Stationery Swap on May 26, 2020
Comment: Hi Robin! Thank you for the Snoopy Goodies! And the recipes were a nice bonus๐Ÿ˜Š I have you for the second swap- you may see something similar in there, as I love making bookmarks too! Thank you for the โค๏ธ
QtPie rated for Why is my mailbox so empty?? on May 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the swap.. The butterfly magnets were so cute.
Comment: Thank you so much! Loved the card. Hope you are staying healthy.
megan1230 rated for Tea For Thee # 47 on May 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much ! I can't wait to try the tea!
smartymartyky rated for Quick Pick 3 Swap #6 on May 16, 2020
SkaGirl rated for Anything goes~BOOKMARKS! on May 15, 2020
Comment: I love the bookmarks, thanks!!!!!
Journeyoften rated for Bible Verse swap #11 on May 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the envelope full of encouragement and hope! I love the verses on the separate cards, I can use them as bookmarks! Thank you also for the cool magnet bookmark. I enjoyed being your swap partner! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for a great PC to add to my collection. I am curious why you lived in Mexico City? My 17 year old daughter have plane tickets to go there in a.week and now won't be going because of this pandemic. We are devastated.
Comment: That sounds like a lot to be grateful for. Thanks for the cute postcard!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful bookmarks!! I love them all!! As an artist I love the bookmark with paint colors! ANd the "Where to look when", that will stay in my Bible journal!. Thanks again!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and verses and also the tea set notecards and bookmark! I love them all! Have a great day and stay safe! Hugs, Diane
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Tea For Thee # 46 on May 7, 2020
Comment: What a surprise!!! I love all those tea flavors, but haven't tried those brands yet! I'm excited! The book mark is lovely. And the Costa Rican currency was such a delight to receive! Thank you so much! My profile is sure a lot to read through to find a couple clues, but you nailed it ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! My husband is still working and I'm super grateful for that!
Comment: Great postcard. Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for sharing youโ€™re grateful for your full-time jobs during this pandemic on a rustic-looking FL state flag postcard! You and โ€œhubsโ€ are certainly some of the fortunate ones! Thanks for participating in the time capsule swap! Best regards ๐Ÿ˜‰
manaelsa rated for What's in a name? Electronic swap on May 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your username story with me! It was such a privilege to read and message you.

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Ukucaitie on May 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the highlighter RAK! I love these and will be fun to use. I also loved the postcards you included too. :)

CherryBlossomLady on May 12, 2020:

Welcome to St. Michael's! Thanks for joining our group and swap!

Lonestarchild on May 12, 2020:

Thanks so much for the fun NC for the WTA Weekly 4/29-5/5 WTA. These are fun!

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:

โ‰ National Homemade Soup Day Profile Deco โ‰

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!




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!



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