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Date Joined: February 3, 2012
Last Online: September 6, 2012
Birthday: April 19, 1990
Country: United States
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UPDATE #4 After being extremely sick from morphine/fetanyl withdrawls, I am finally feeling a little bit back to my old happy self. I've been kicked from two of my favorite groups for being in the hospital which of course sucks. I have met some very unforgiving swappers, but I am SO thankful to every single one of you that has been understanding, helped me with a swap, sent me a get better message, or sent good thoughts my way. You guys have helped me out more then I can say. I am taking a break from swaps for a bit so I don't have to be late in sending since I may end up back in the hospital, but many of you don't even know how much just a simple "hope you're feeling better" message makes me smile. Thank you to my SB family! I'll hope to be back, caught up, and rating all the amazing items I've received within this week.

UPDATE #3 Very sick. Will get up to date asap.

UPDATE #2 I have been coming off of the heavy narcotic pain meds I've been on for intense pain for two years and the new medications are making me extremely sick. I have lost 10 pounds in the last week and a half and have no appetite. I had to get IV fluids and pass out and/or see stars whenever I stand up. I promise all swaps WILL be sent out. Just please- give me a little patience. (Turns out my blood pressure was extremely low and I was very dehydrated. I ended up fainting in the shower and on my way to the hospital. I am off the medication causing my blood pressure to drop and am feeling a lot better then I was).

Update! I have been a bit behind this last month. I have had medical problems for a while, but these last few weeks have been horrible. I've hardly had the energy to get out of bed. All swaps, WTA prizes, and tags will get out A.S.A.P. According to recent bloodwork, my B12 levels were at a "critically low" level - as were my Vitamin D levels. My white blood cell count was very high and a few other results were very high.I just had my 6th endoscopy on July 25th and am currently awaiting results on the biopsy. As soon as I'm back on my feet, I'll be back on SB full force. Any good thoughts would be appreciated!

My name is Cerena Leigh, but I also will gladly answer to Cerena or Rena. I'm a 22 year old journalism and photography major from New York- just outside of NYC.I'm from an Irish, Native American and Italian heritage and can speak both English and French fluently. I am so in love with my boyfriend, Anthony. We've been together for over 6 years and I still get butterflies over him. I have been a vegetarian for 5 1/2 years and have the ability to make vegetarian food that self-proclaimed "carnivores" mistake for actual meat after eating. I fight for the rights of animals-always have and always will.

I love writing - from stories, to pen-pal letters, journal entries, and everything in between. If there is not a pen in my hand, its usually because my Nikon D3000 has taken its place. My goal in life is to be a published author and my dream job would be working as a photographer and writer for a magazine. I am very much into tattoos and body modifications.

I'm also very much in love with my two rescue chihuahuas; Lola and Peewee, and my two cats that I hand raised after they were abandoned at 2 weeks old; Luna (yes, HP reference) and Miracle.

I have a love for owls, octopi,cupcakes, and pin ups. I also love to go on thrift store hunts for antique books, antique cameras, and Russian nesting dolls.

I have quite the nerdy side and I am proud to let my geek flag fly. Most people find it hard to believe, but I am a quite the gamer. Some of my favorite games are Portal 1 & 2, Modern Warfare 3, Minecraft, Assassin's Creed;Brotherhood , and Black Ops. I also love anything having to do with zombies. I'm currently half-way through reading The Walking Dead comics because I'm going crazy waiting for the new season of the show to start.

In my spare time, I send care packages to deployed soldiers. I'm always looking for fun things to send them. Two soldiers that I became close with and have kept in contact with their entire deployment have both arrived home safely after their year-long deployment! Welcome back home, Rob & Denise!

*I will rate the day that I receive a swap letter,package,etc.! *

Favorite Music

If I could only listen to one musical artist the rest of my life, it would hands down be Florence + the Machine. I've been in and out of the hospital a lot and my longest stay was for almost two months straight. Her music kept me sane. She can instantly make me happy.

I also love Kill Hannah, Evanescence, VNV Nation,Lindsey Stirling, KoRn, Blink 182, Blue October, R.E.M, Mumford & Sons, The Birthday Massacre, Blaqk Audio, AFI, etc..; I'm also a 90's kid, so N*SYNC & the Spice Girls will always have a place in my heart.

Favorite Books

I'm a proud book worm. I literally have 100's of books in my room alone.I love the "Wreck This Journal" series. I'm currently working on mine.

Some of my all-time favorite books are The Outsiders, The Postsecret Series, The Lovely Bones, The Complete Works of Robert Frost, The Walking Dead Comics, Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Twilight Series (before everyone and their mothers knew about it), Harry Potter, Catcher in the Rye, Romeo and Juliet, and the Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe.

-Currently Reading; The Hunger Games & Dearly Devoted Dexter.

Favorite Movies

I'll make this short and sweet:

  • The Boondock Saints I & II

  • The Matrix Trilogy

  • The Crow

  • Remember Me

  • Sucker Punch

  • Paris Je T'aime

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Edward Scissorhands

  • All of Tim Burton's Movies

  • The Hunger Games

  • Law Abiding Citizen

  • Batman;The Dark Knight

  • Batman ; The Dark Knight Rises

  • Fight Club

  • Inception

  • Taken

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Love & Other Drugs

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • The Sound of Music

  • Every Disney Movie in Existence

  • The Usual Suspects

  • Source Code

Favorite Television

The two shows that I have watched religiously every week are Dexter & The Walking Dead. I am going a tad crazy waiting for the new seasons to start!

I also own all 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and can beat anyone in a trivia contest about the show.

I was a big Lost fan! (Sawyer was major eye candy)

I also love:

  • House

  • The Buried Life

  • The Office

  • Attack of the Show

  • X-Play

  • Storage Wars

  • 1 Girl 5 Gays

  • Long Island Medium

  • Face Off

  • Sister Wives

  • Glee

I also will admit that I have a total guilty pleasure for all those ridiculous reality shows like Jersey Shore and Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Things I Would Love!

*I wanted to give a long list just so it is easier for the profile-related swaps I'm in! This is NOT a shopping list/list of demands! *

Honestly, almost anything can make me smile.

In case you're not sure what to send, here's some ideas of things I love:

  • Stationary/Cards: I have amazing pen pals from around the world and I go through stationary so quickly.

  • Purple and Turquoise (My favorite colors. I also love black, but people will argue its not a color. About 75% of my clothes are black and my entire room is black and white.)

  • Anything with the "Soft Kitty" song from The Big Bang Theory

  • Postcards (written on, naked, vintage, unused, in an envie,.. basically any kind!)

  • Origami Paper

  • Cute Kawaii Plushies or Amigurumi

  • An Inexpensive Etsy Fave or an Amazon Wish (used is fine too!)

  • Anything for My Jeep (funny magnetic bumper stickers, air fresheners, etc.)

  • Anything with Pin Up's like Marilyn Monroe or Bettie Page (I also love Gil Elvgren's Pin-Up Artwork & Flash-style Pinup Art.)

  • Any items related to body modifications-especially tattoos!

  • Angels. I lost my best friend, Grace to Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2007. I like collecting angels and having them near her photos in my room.

  • Owls, Octopi, or Cupcakes! :)

  • Hello Kitty, Sentimental Circus, & Chococat items will make me jump for joy.

  • Russian Nesting/Matryoshka Dolls

  • Deco/Washi Tape or Stickers are always needed and loved!

  • Shirt Size : L-XL (usually XL because I like my shirts to be loose and I'm a 36C bra size on the verge of D, so its hard to stuff those puppies into tighter shirts..)

  • Banksy's Artwork

  • Toe Socks! The crazier the colors, the better!

  • Mermaid or Sugar Skull Imagery

  • Artwork By You! In my room, I have some amazing pieces that my friends have drawn/painted. I love having art sent to me. (drawings, paintings, ATC'S, handmade cards, dotee dolls, zines, etc.)

  • Personalized Address Labels or "Swap Cards" (ones I can put into future swaps saying "this swap is from Cerena-Leigh from the -blank- swap")

  • Books! I am a total book-worm. (either in English or French) Antique thrift-shop books are amazing too.

  • Bookplates/Book Labels

  • Portal-related items. I adore the video games! (turrets, potato glados, wheatley, etc!)

  • Zombie Anything!

  • Any Rolling or Catnip Cat Toys (Miracle and especially Luna love things they can chase!)

  • Dexter, The Walking Dead, or The Boondock Saints related items!

  • Unused Forever Postage Stamps (even just one or two thrown in with a swap would make me SO happy!)

  • (cruelty-free) Chap Stick/Lip Gloss

  • Incense

  • Foo (Fu) Dogs or Lucky Cats (Maneki Neko)

  • Dreamcatchers!

  • Paris/London themed items

  • Penguin Bars! Maybe the most delicious chocolate bars that I can't get in the U.S!

  • Japanese Cherry Blossom scent from Bath & Body Works.

  • Garden Gnomes

  • Scrapbooking/Postcard/ATC-making Supplies (stamps, ink pads, cut-outs, paper, stickers, etc..)

  • ATC blanks (any color!)

  • Antique Cameras (I collect them, but I love images of them as well ex; die cuts, etc)

  • Any Excess FB's, SB's, LB's, etc.. (I also love taking homers!)

  • Spoon Rings

  • Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Orlando Bloom, and/or Norman Reedus. If anyone can find one or all of these beautiful men and send them to me for a swap, I would give you a million hearts and one heck of a 5 rating. :)

The Few Things I Can't Have

  • Tea (not a fan.Just the smell alone makes me nauseous. I'm probably the only person on SB who doesn't like tea.)

  • Anything with caffeine (I have bad panic attacks and caffeine just makes them worse)

  • Coconut (I cannot stand it, but my boyfriend LOVES it! Opposites do attract!)

  • Diddl & San-X (with the exception of Sentimental Circus & Tarepanda!)

  • Non-Disney Princess items like Mickey or Winnie the Pooh.

  • Any Food/Food Products that are unpackaged

  • Henna (very allergic)

  • Hair dye (I know its very unlikely that I will be sent hair dye, but I am SEVERELY allergic. When I dyed my hair at a professional salon, my face swelled up and my throat closed. At least my hair looked nice at the E.R.)

  • Knitting/Crochet supplies; I never got into knitting or crocheting much.

  • Anything not cruelty-free (leather, fur, certain cosmetics/body lotions,etc..)


pyropae rated for Shared journal experiment #20 on Oct 24, 2012
Comment: Did not receive anything. Was angeled by swap coordinator: @JenL (who is awesome). I will re-rate if I do receive.
bluerose3 rated for Profile-Themed Happy Mail #4 on Oct 24, 2012
Comment: I will re-rate when I receive something. Hope things are getting better for ya.
ideawriter rated for PROFILE PACKAGE SUPRISE #1 on Oct 23, 2012
Comment: Sorry I have to rate a 1 but I never received anything and you havent answered my messages!! Will re-rate I receive anything!
ideawriter rated for QUICK Happy mail #14 on Oct 23, 2012
Comment: Sorry I have to rate a 1 but I never received anything and you havent answered my messages!! Will re-rate I receive anything!
Comment: I will rerate when I receive.
Yoshi rated for Snail Mail Kit Swap on Oct 17, 2012
Comment: Sorry I have to rate a 1 but I never got anything and you also didn't answer my message.
Comment: Hey girl...I know things have been rough for you...I hope you are feeling better and when you get hte chance to send something I will re-rate:) HUGS!!!...Charlene
kopijs rated for The Shared Journal Experiment #19 on Sep 28, 2012
ladyaries7 rated for Random 6x9 Envie Quick Swap on Sep 17, 2012
Comment: Nothing recd for 3 months but i will definitely change rating once item is rec'd.
shortmommy23 rated for Puppy Love on Aug 25, 2012
Comment: Thanks
Response: you're welcome
jannieb rated for I Hate Butterflies ATC Swap on Aug 21, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC :)
Response: you're very welcome! So happy that you like it!!
tnwidow rated for Surprise Your Partner on Aug 20, 2012
Comment: Thank you very much.
Response: you're welcome. I hope you, your grandchildren, and your parents enjoy all the gifts.
anicka22 rated for QUICK Happy mail #15 on Aug 11, 2012
Comment: It arrived!! Love the cute ribbon
Response: I loved that cupcake ribbon! : ) I hope you liked the little kawaii memos as well. I had a lot of fun putting this together for you! And I'm happy it made it there safe!
grannysimpson rated for Profile Surprise (July) on Aug 9, 2012
Comment: nice package thank you very much
Response: you're very welcome! : )
ladyaries7 rated for EOTPF: June $1 bin swap on Jul 30, 2012
Comment: Thank you :)
Response: enjoy!
Comment: Ok, I'm done contacting. This was finally "re-sent" to me JULY 25th. And I don't know where you get your kawaii but 12 mini-memo sheets and a pinch full of flakes isn't even close to $3. Sorry. I'm not sure I want to bother with yet another re-send but if you'd rather have a 5 then feel free. (EDIT:) I'm changing to a 5 since you bought from etsy, even though it was supposed to be $3 BEFORE shipping, not including shipping. I'm very well aware how much Kawaii costs as I buy it quite often. I could get an entire mini-memo pad for $2.25 much less 12 sheets.
Response: That was from etsy.com - I am sending out something to you that you should receive in a few days!
terrimamma rated for Thriftstore Swap #27 - USA on Jul 24, 2012
Comment: thanks!
Comment: I completely understand and thanks for the message about being sick ..... Thanks for Package that arrived today 7/21.2012..Love everything in the cute Floral Lunch Bag... and your Theme of Floral for the items inside... I can use the Recipe Cards and the Bear Stickers.... Could hardly wait to open the package when it arrived...
Response: Wow! That got to you quick! I am so happy that you like everything! : )
nasreen rated for 65 Roses ATC swap beginner friendly on Jul 21, 2012
Comment: Thank you for my atc, I will treasure it always.
Response: It was hard parting with it! I'm very happy to know that it has been sent to a loving home!
annndie rated for QUICK Happy mail #11 on Jul 11, 2012
Comment: Thank you soo much I loved the package. Sorry it took me forever to log it!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It was a lot of fun to hunt for your "happy" items :)

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Barbi on Mar 6, 2013:

Sorry but had to remove you from USAswaps until you get your rating back up. I do wish you the best and hope you're feeling better!

SabrinaDeeBerry on Dec 11, 2012:

Wishing you happy holidays and a fantastic new year!!

Linda52156 on Nov 28, 2012:

Sorry but had to remove you form Gentle Hugs and Swapping Anything and Everything Groups till you get your rating back up.

racheljohnson on Sep 4, 2012:

This is a bit late, but thank you soooo much for the pretty flower postcard and kind note you sent as part of the "Thank You Swap-bot" Swap. Users like you truly make Swap-bot great! (Crusher says hello/woof to your chihuahuas!)

Beckster on Sep 3, 2012:

Thank you for the postcard from my RAK list. I hope you feel better soon.

ladydy5 on Sep 2, 2012:

You just get well. If I can help; out with any swap let me know.

kiddomerriweather on Sep 1, 2012:

I'm so sorry. Painkiller withdrawals are the worst. I'm glad that I could brighten your day. I figured you needed a little cheering up. Your comment made me grin from ear to ear! <3

Animatarian on Aug 27, 2012:

TPD AUG. WINNER TAKE ALL: You are very welcome. So happy you like it!

gothbarbie on Aug 27, 2012:

Thanks for the wishlist items and WTA items!

ladyb on Aug 25, 2012:

Thank you so much for all the NYC touristy goodies (CPG -cheap postage tag) I love everything especially the brochures from The Met & 9/11 memorial. Oh and love the postcards and the keychain and really love the origami cranes. The kids put them on their dressers. Oh and don't forget the maps. LOL...thank you so much for everything. Now I really want to visit and yeah the first thing on my list and that is....a broadway show. :o) Thanks again. I loved everything!

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