My profile is mostly in list form because I just think it's easier to read that way from my end, like when I go to a partners profile to see what they like for a swap. And it's long because I hate going to someone's profile to see what I can get/make for them that they'll love and finding a very vague list of likes or none at all, or just in general no information about what they might like.
Private swaps are always welcome! I'm currently especially looking for anyone outside of the US & Canada who would want to do regular or one time private tea swaps of 10 or more bags at a time, and/or sometimes loose tea. Also, anyone who can send European Starburst or Kinder Eggs in exchange for something I might have
what I'm doing most right now:
other stuff I do:
I love dark/macabre things, and sickeningly cute things, and they're even better when they mesh with each other.
some pop and kawaii characters I enjoy: (in no particular order except for Smurfs being number one)
things I collect:
not much really, as I'm not big on clutter...mostly collections that I've carried over from my childhood.
colors/patterns/themes I like:
I don't read nearly as much as I used to, actually not much at all these days, but I love... Cometbus, Plath, Bukowski, Orwell, John Green, The Devils Dictionary, per-zines, themed zines, vegan cook-zines, Henry Rollins, Seuss, Francesca Lia Block, Augusten Burroughs, Dave Eggers, Kerouac, beat poets, other poets, Palahniuk, Joyce Carol Oates, classics, non-fiction, coming-of-age stories, memoirs (mainly from regular people, not celebrities so much, but some celeb memoirs are good), vegan cookbooks, humor, short stories, some in the bizarro genre, and of course art/craft/diy type books...I hate most popular fiction, like John Grisham, Danielle Steel, etc. I'm not into Twilight or Harry Potter, or Hunger Games, thanks. If I don't feel like I can't put a book down after reading the first 20-30 pages, then I usually won't finish it. I love antique or vintage vegetarian cookbooks, and etiquette or beauty books or pamphlets. Also, pamphlets about the dangers of drugs or alcohol from the '70's and '80's. Oh, and old cookbooks put together by churches or community groups and the like.
my last.fm profile, which I went for a long period not using, so it isn't quite accurate as far as newer stuff that I like, but you get the general idea. There's also a lot that just doesn't get scrobbled b/c it's on vinyl.
lots of old movies, musicals, & rat pack stuff...I love old hollywood. indie, foreign, suspense, silliness, bad horror, zombies, so-called cult movies, Jim Jarmusch, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry, Hitchcock, Coen bros...
Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, Jason Schwartzman, Kevin Spacey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gene Kelly, Steve Martin, Audrey Tatou, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Parker Posey, Maggie Gylenhall...
Jimmy Fallon, Criminal Minds (Spencer Reid is my dream man), Weeds, South Park, The Office, Community, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, What Would You Do?, various cooking/food shows (Cupcake Wars!!), The Middle, The New Girl, Big Bang Theory, Two Broke Girls, Glee, iCarly (seriously, it's cute & hyperbolic), Project Runway, that's about it. Older tv: I Love Lucy (and other Lucy shows), X-Files, Gilmore Girls, anything from Joss Whedon, Dead Like Me, Golden Girls, MSCL, Monty Python's Flying Circus, MST3K, Carol Burnett, classic SNL ('70's to mid '90's), Kids In The Hall, Mr. Show, Family Ties, Blossom, Daria, Freaks & Geeks, Seinfeld, Friends...
I've been vegan since 2000, and vegetarian since 1992. Honestly, in terms of swapping, I feel that this should be treated as an allergy. It's not just a dietary choice. It's a lifestyle & ethical belief. As far as swaps, fabric & food would probably be the only issues, so that means no wool, leather, feathers, silk, angora, mohair, other fur...I know those last three aren't very likely, but just in case. Click here for a pretty comprehensive list of the most common animal ingredients to watch out for in food items. I don't join many food related swaps unless they're specifically for veg'ns, b/c I always feel like I'm being a pain in the ass with all the exceptions, and most people aren't as well-trained in ingredient reading as us silly vegans. :) Recipe swaps aren't a big deal, b/c I can easily veganize almost anything or just pass the recipe on to someone else I know or re-swap it. If you have any questions/concerns about the veganism of something you want to send me, please just ask. I don't bite. Well, unless I know you really well. ;)
tea and other drinks
I join a lot of tea swaps, so I thought I should add a section devoted to tea. :)
what I DON'T like:
Trying to think of things that come in small packages...
For any drinks (or food), if the packaging is written in a language other than English, please let me know what it is/what the ingredients are.
...my cat. :) She likes almost any toy that she can fit in her mouth to carry around or fetch (yes, she plays fetch), anything made of fun-fur, random ribbons and yarn or things made of/with them, and she loves anything that makes noise, and of course she loves 'nip. She only eats top quality food & treats or canned tuna/chicken/sardines/etc. for humans, but mainstream stuff is fine for swaps too because I feed some local ferals and make frequent donations to the local humane society.
things I'd love to see in my mailbox, in no particular order:
things I wouldn't be so thrilled to receive:
The first two are the only ones I'd be kind of annoyed with. Of course, I'm not terribly picky, b/c I can always pass things on to someone else who'll enjoy them, but it's always better to get stuff you love & will keep, right? :)
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