Date Joined: September 15, 2016
Last Online: October 19, 2017
Country: United States
Hi! I'm from Oregon!
Update September 2017
Although August was great at work, I was laid off as of the end of September. I went out with great references, memories, and opportunity for better things. Currently searching for work. Picked up another great swap - Stationery! Very exciting, sharing my collection. Wife and I have been helping with a friend and her new baby. Weather is thankfully cooler in the Pacific northwest.
Update August 2017
August was a good month at work - best in a long time. Also, we did a trip to Mexico, this time crossing the border by car, and driving down the coast towards Ensenada. Seems like a lot of pen pals are taking the summer off, so alas...i've had an empty mailbox. Going to start looking for another pen pal or two.
Update July 2017
June brought more instabilty and intrigue with my work, so I'll be taking a short break from SB. If all goes well, I'll keep my job or get a better one. A good friend of mine sent me a lovely giraffe themed birthday package from overseas - feel so blessed! Haven't gotten up to the Falls yet, instead picking up extra work hours. Started fundraising for Mexico in June as well.
Update June 2017
May was better! Got in the swing of another department at work, and still another boss. Hosted a missionary friend for a couple days - very good time with him. Pen Pal holiday card - May Day & Mother's Day, floral design. Best swap - angel for a swapper in Australia - packed with color and goodies. In June, I plan to ignore my birthday, and instead hike up Multnomah Falls - a favorite spot! Looking forward to returning to Mexico in August, as well.
Some hobbies of mine are road trips, writing, and baking treats. I work full time, and am frequently "on-the-go"...busy.
Most of my time is devoted to regular pen pals both foreign and domestic. However, I do like swapping things (mostly domestic), which is why I joined swap-bot. Also, I do prefer handwritten letters if possible.
Other fun facts - I haven't been to many places, so I'm definitely interested in contrasts/comparisons of other states and countries.
Hobbies & Interests: Baking treats, alcohol infusions for gifts, Xbox Gaming. I really enjoy Skip-Bo, Cribbage, and Scrabble.
Papercrafting - not much (artsy-wise), except a lot of DIY envelopes. Recently I assembled a Portland/Trimet themed one filled with flat goodies. It's really fun for me. I also make basic envies out of assorted card stock, etc. I've also made other themed stuffed envies - pub related, donut themed one, and yet another PDX.
Swap-Bot is helping me rub shoulders with crafty people, so I'm branching out a bit.
I also treasure scenic country drives, in contrast to my partner who loves the city. I grew up in a large metro, so the country hills and hollers are a nice break.
TV Show: Master Chef Youtube Channel: Noreen's Kitchen Phone App: Pinterest
Favorite Music: Country, movie soundtracks, R&B, especially 90's era music.
Favorite Movies: Bourne Identity, what Dreams May Come, Secondhand Lions;
Favorite Poems: The Eagle (AL Tennyson) IF (Rudyard Kipling) The Cold Within Richard Cory
Actors: Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks,
Favorite TV Shows: COPS, Law & Order, Local News, Jeopardy, SNL
Favorite Books: Where The Red Fern Grows, The Giver, Black Like Me; The Bible, Black Like Me
Authors: Dean Koontz, Lee Child, Dale Carnegie,
Favorite Quotes: Too many to list, besides a few:
Full battle array! - Planet of The Apes
The Navy's not here to negotiate - Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
You, with the red bag! Stop right there! - Embassy Guard in Bourne Identity
Jesus Wept - The Bible
CLOWNS!!! - these are for a dear friend. Older the better...think Barnum.& Bailey or Ringling Brothers (he's never been to a circus).
Washi - any kind
Long, frequent letters
Home cooked recipes
International currency in any form
Motivational phrases and themes
Postcards blank, unwritten, inside envelope
Themed (anything) letters or packages
Subtle, stylish stationery
DISCLAIMER If our swap has any of the below items, the swap ranks OVER my dislikes (i.e. if it calls for a dusty, religious postcard - just send it.)
Postcards in general (I prefer a letter or nice stickers)
Regular white paper/ envelopes / lined paper
Hole punched paper
Hard to read ink (silver on white, yellow on white, etc)
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