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Last Online: November 17, 2017

Country: United States

About Me

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.

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, 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

Occasional creative endeavors

Linoleum print carving, drawing, painting, cross stitch, creative writing, 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 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.

Flakers and Flaking

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.


tatntole rated for Pinterest: Pumpkin on Oct 3, 2016
Comment: Sorry to rate late, I thought I had already done that.
KathyB rated for Bookmarks' Swap (June) on Jul 5, 2016
hobbitwife rated for Bookmarks' Swap (June) on Jun 26, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the bookmarks. I really enjoyed reading about where they each came from and love that you sent one from 3 different places you have lived in. Also, the banana paper envelope is very cool! Thanks :)
Response: So glad you like it! :D
Comment: received on 6/14/16 - received late
Response: Yes, time got away from me and I was late sending out the link to my board. Once again, I apologize. Let me know if there is anything I can do to make this up to you. :)
MonkeyHouse rated for Pinterest- Watermelon on Jun 23, 2016
Comment: I really like your watermelon board, there are a lot of unique recipes. Thank you for sharing!
Response: Thank *you*! <3
Johndeeregurl44 rated for Pinterest- Watermelon on Jun 23, 2016
Comment: Thank You! I loved your board!
Response: Thank you so much. <3
rarjones rated for Pinterest- Watermelon on Jun 23, 2016
Comment: thank you for sharing your board. Summer foods are great and I love watermelon!
Darkestlina rated for Pinterest: My favorite... Drinks on Jun 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you a lot of these look good,
Comment: Thank you. They all look so good!
Response: Thank YOU for your kindness.
Jjean rated for Pinterest: Cake!! on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: Wow, I have never seen such wonderful & so different cakes....will have to try the Boston Cream Angel cake....they all looked so good...thank you for sharing.... :)
reader44ever rated for Pinterest: Cake!! on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: Wow! your cake board has made me VERY hungry for cake! Only. . .Where to start? Which one should I make first? *haha* Thank you for sharing! :-)
tatntole rated for Pinterest: Garlic on May 31, 2016
Comment: Great board. Thank you.
Vanillacreamteas rated for Pinterest: Garlic on May 31, 2016
Comment: Thank you for sharing!! I love cooking with garlic! it smells very strong, but in my house we love to eat it a lot! its very healthy too!
MCGalaxy rated for Pinterest: Garlic on May 31, 2016
Comment: Thanks for sending your board so quickly. I love cooking with garlic too
Comment: Thanks for sharing your board!
Sallyo rated for Coin Swap C on Oct 5, 2015
Comment: Thanks so much for your letter and coins from your Costa Rica. We also LOVED getting a 1000 bank note:) My son is in heaven!
Comment: thanks for sharing your board! I understand about falling behind but being ready to go:) It happens to all of us from time to time. Have a good week!
Comment: Great board!
phgloria rated for One Postcard from One Country #9 on Apr 12, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for your nice postcard! This is the first time u receive postcard from your country, I am so happy!!

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Elliepatterson on Jan 2, 2015:

image May 2015 be your best year yet! blessings, ellie :-)

anrtist on Dec 29, 2014:

WELCOME to the APDGroup!

You are an officer so you may host some fun swaps for us too! ;-) Hope you Have a HAPPY & Blessed New YEAR! cc

katenotfound on Dec 29, 2014:

Your Xmas album is wonderlful!

I very liked the wooden decorations and the little white lama! Also the cat in nativity is super cute ♥

You'll deserve 5heart! Thank you so much for sharing!

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Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2015 made of joy and peace!

Ladybird2490 on Dec 6, 2014:

Thank you for sharing your pinterest banana recipes with me they where great. If you would like to check mine out here is the link: http://www.pinterest.com/katied2490/food-banana/

MonkeyHouse on Nov 20, 2014:

Thank you for sharing your pineapple recipes! What a nice bonus :0)

Tiiamaria on Dec 27, 2013:

Hello! You sent me a birthday card. What a surprise! Since I'm not able to rate you (you would deserve bundles of hearts!) I wanted to than you this way. Happy New Year to you :)

rachelcdoyle on Sep 11, 2013:

roaddummy on Aug 4, 2013:

I am always happy to send them home! I have received a few of mine home, too. I agree, people who send them home make it more fun for the rest of us! I am glad it arrived safely back to you.

Jan218 on Jun 30, 2013:

Thank you for the swap sheets! This is the first I've seen of these and I will try to keep them moving :)

fruitbat5150 on Apr 26, 2013:

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the goodies you included with the Get My Excess FBs! I'd never thought of comic books as a way to learn to foreign language (only regular children's books), but DH and I both want to learn Spanish, so we'll give it a go before I take it apart for art. What an amazing experience that must have been for you; thanks for sharing a bit of it with me!

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