Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2019 7:24 am


Date Joined: December 27, 2015
Last Online: September 10, 2016
Birthday: August 14
Country: United States

About Me

I'm in my mid-20's and recently returned to my home base in Virginia after several years of roaming around the country, experiencing different places and different ways of life.

I went to school with the intention of eventually becoming a history professor, but by the time I finished undergrad the economy had made a career in academia a distant hope, so I took a different path, learned to bake bread, used that skill to do some traveling, and I'm now working at a bakery in my hometown and branching into making pastry. If I ever have the opportunity, both financially and time-wise, I would love to go to grad school as I had originally planned, even if only for me and not as a career move.

I'm a combination of outdoorsy/active and extremely nerdy. I love history, science, books, hiking, rowing, running, traveling, researching family history, taking long naps, cooking, gardening, discussing politics and philosophy, playing with pets, music, tech and gadgets, and being a devoted autodidact; I'm always in the middle of learning something.

I've been a member of Postcrossing for a while and heard Swap-bot mentioned frequently by members of the PC forum, so I thought I'd check it out.

Academic/Nerd Interests

Super duper extra favorites in bold :)

History: colonial US, Southern US/Virginia, US westward expansion, Native American, pre-1066 British Isles, ancient Germanic and Scandinavian, Soviet-era Russia, Age of Discovery, Age of Sail, environmental and agricultural, medical history, North American and Caribbean pirates

Science: agriculture, oncology, genetics, soil science, astronomy, paleontology, evolution

Linguistics: German, Swedish, Old English, invented languages, historical & comparative linguistics

Misc: maps, antique/rare books, archaeology, criminal, abnormal, and developmental psychology

Favorite Music

A lot of classical, classic rock, folk, country, bluegrass, blues and soul, and Broadway soundtracks

Favorite Books

The Discworld series and The Lord of the Rings own my heart. I mostly read non-fiction (lots of history and biological science), but I also enjoy fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and mythology and folklore

Favorite Movies

I watch a lot of fantasy, adventure, comedy, documentaries, musicals, and historical dramas. I also like foreign films. I've tried and failed many times over the years to compile a complete list of my favorite movies, so here's a sampling:

Out of Africa, Amadeus, The Matrix, A Christmas Story, Airplane, the Lethal Weapon series, Star Wars, most of the Disney and Pixar catalog, any opera or Broadway recordings I can get my hands on

Favorite Television

My first and greatest TV love was (and still is) Star Trek, especially The Next Generation and DS9. I also really like Vikings, Black Sails, The Big Bang Theory, The 100, The West Wing, Rome, Deadwood, Mythbusters, Penny Dreadful, and a bunch of others that I'm probably forgetting to mention

Favorite Crafts

I'm fairly new to crafting, but I'm learning to knit and crochet (I eventually aspire to make amigurumi), and do more advanced sewing than replacing lost buttons. I also want to learn calligraphy and make my own greeting and holiday cards

Stuff I Like

Anything related to Discworld, The Lord of the Rings (books, not movies), or mountain lions

Favorite colors: purple, blue, green, and gray

Favorite patterns: argyle, plaid, polka dots

Favorite scents: florals (especially daffodil and honeysuckle), fruit, anything atmospheric (ex. rain, ocean breeze, evergreen forest, etc)

LGBT (and all the other letters) related things

Postcards, stationary, washi tape/decorative tape, pens, stickers (except teacher & reward), notebooks, memo pads, note cards, envelopes, rubber stamps, etc. Anything for writing or correspondence

Food, especially regional or country-specific items and salty snacks. I like tea and generally prefer fruit, herbal, mint, and white teas, but I'm always up for a new tea experience

Small souvenirs, socks (US 9/10, EU 40, UK 7/8), used books, Christmas ornaments, small decor items, cooking and baking supplies, flower, herb, and vegetable seeds, candles, wax melts/tarts, bookmarks, sewing supplies, coloring pages

Bath and body products (especially lotion and lip balm; I go through both like crazy). I also love bath salts and bombs

Book, movie, and music recommendations, maps and flags, currency (paper and coins)

Postcard Wishlist

A special section for postcards, since they're one of my favorite things. I like almost all cards, but do have some particular favorites and a few that I'm not very fond of.

Favorite postcard themes:

Places/tourist cards. Show me where you live, used to live, want to visit, or some random place you have a card from. I love armchair traveling

Mountain lions

Animals in general


Discworld/Terry Pratchett.

Lord of the Rings/Tolkien (books, not movies)

The Greetings from... series from Postallove


I have nothing against Zazzle cards or quality homemade ones

Postcard themes I'm not a big fan of:



Stuff I Don't Like

Food with coconut (allergic), spicy food, or coffee

Anything that smells like vanilla, sugar, baked goods, or pumpkin

Cheap jewelry (skin reacts badly)

Super cutesy or girly stuff and kawaii

Religious lecturing or attempts at conversion. I enjoy learning about different religions and belief systems, but I'm perfectly happy in my current status of non-believer


mellyrose89 rated for Summer Reading Program on Sep 26, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the list of books and the extras!!
Lonestarchild rated for NH: Single postcard swap on Sep 10, 2016
Comment: My forwarded mail finally came from Cambodia and there was a great B&W card with a book rec from you! Thanks so much and my apologies for the late rating!
CraftyCathy31 rated for Fill My Stocking ~ July on Aug 1, 2016
Comment: I couldn't wait--I opened it and can use this "bling". TXS!
Sammoning rated for Animal Postcard Swap on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card and the a-moose-ing anecdote on the back :) I would be scared of them too haha. Loved the stamps as well!
Comment: Thanks for forwarding the postcard.
Comment: Thanks for nice tea. I like it. And all 3 are new for my collection
ladyjbug rated for NH: Single postcard swap on Jun 27, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and beautiful stamps! Your trip sounded interesting, thanks for sharing.
ladeebug rated for Fill My Stocking May & June on Jun 22, 2016
Comment: Hi got june package today, saving till christmas, Thanks.
keyasa rated for I HATE this postcard #1 on Jun 22, 2016
Comment: i understand why you hate this postcard ;-) anyway , i can see that redfish lake looks beautiful . thank you very much for the lovely stickers and stamps <3
Comment: I really liked that poem, because I love rhymes. And I was thrilled that it was by Neil Gaiman! Thank you for reading through my profile and sending something that you knew I'd love. <3
tynesha rated for Ugly Postcard! YUCK! #1 on Jun 17, 2016
Comment: Lisa, thanks for the card! Hahahaa I agree about the font and the grainy quality! I know they can do better than that, but why do they decide to distribute it? Anyway, nice message, and I'm sure you're happy it finally is at a new home!
Irene rated for Represent Your State: Oklahoma on Jun 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard.
momoeight rated for Represent Your State: Oklahoma on Jun 13, 2016
Comment: thanks for the interesting info
JaneInSD rated for Dog Postcard Swap on Jun 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the nice dog pc. The English Setters are so pretty!! I have a French bulldog and she's just a joy. :-)
Mark63 rated for Lighthouse postcards on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your PC that arrived today. Regards Mark
institches rated for Fill My Stocking May & June on May 25, 2016
Comment: Waiting until Christmas to open. Not a problem on size for me, I have a box...lol
Rita rated for Fill My Stocking - April on May 17, 2016
Comment: Got it! Thank you.
marinda rated for Horse Postcard Swap on May 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you! I love the postcard!

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institches on Jan 25, 2017:

I just got a chance to open my gifts today. I want to thank you for the gift you sent to me for the Fill My Stocking - June Swap. Thank you for the Shopping Tote for my collection! Thanks again and thank you for joining the swap!

chaari on Apr 28, 2016:

Just because

Thanks for being a part of my group :D

chaari on Feb 21, 2016:

Welcome to the Electronic swaps Group! I hope you'll have fun joining the swaps and visiting the forum.

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