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.! *
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.
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.
I'll make this short and sweet:
The Boondock Saints I & II
The Matrix Trilogy
Paris Je T'aime
The Nightmare Before Christmas
All of Tim Burton's Movies
The Hunger Games
Law Abiding Citizen
Batman;The Dark Knight
Batman ; The Dark Knight Rises
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Love & Other Drugs
The Wizard of Oz
The Sound of Music
Every Disney Movie in Existence
The Usual Suspects
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:
The Buried Life
Attack of the Show
1 Girl 5 Gays
Long Island Medium
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.
*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!)
Cute Kawaii Plushies or Amigurumi
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..)
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.
Portal-related items. I adore the video games! (turrets, potato glados, wheatley, etc!)
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
Foo (Fu) Dogs or Lucky Cats (Maneki Neko)
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.
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!)
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. :)
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..)
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