Swap-bot Time: October 28, 2020 6:44 pm


Date Joined: December 6, 2013
Last Online: May 1, 2015
Birthday: November 28, 1975
Country: United States

About Me

Hi there!

I've taken about a year break from swapping, but I'm ready to get back into it again :)

I'm a mom to a 10 year old boy and two lovely cats. I have taught Physical Anthropology classes at local community colleges (bones, genetics, fossils, that sort of thing). I'm a pretty science-y person, and I find wonder and beauty in scientific knowledge about the universe. I have eclectic tastes, and few dislikes. I love gardening, though sometimes I'm just as fascinated by the "weeds" that sprout up as I am by what I planted, so my plots never look very neat! My son loves Minecraft - a lot! Also we both love Adventure Time. His favorite TV show is The Munsters, while mine are anything Star Trek, Dr Who (old and new), and Brit-Com.
I am a giant nerd, and proud of it :) dr who logo I love to read and I read a great deal to keep pace with my many and varied interests. I also enjoy hiking in the wilderness and traveling and teaching my son to identify the bones in owl pellets. I also love fencing and dancing, though I don't have the opportunity to either much since I've been out of college. I'm seated in the upper left in this pic of my college fencing team, ca. 1995 :)
haverford college fencing

Favorite Music

Favorite Music: I have pretty eclectic tastes. I adore early (Renaissance, Medieval) music and Baroque music and Classical. My new favorite singer/songwriter is Marian Call. I love Janelle Monae, Florence and the Machine, Sarah McLaughlan, They Might Be Giants, B-52's, Basia Bulat, Sia, Cyndi Lauper, Heartless Bastards, to name a few.

Favorite Books

I love sci-fi and fantasy when it's well written (or at least well plotted with good characterization). I'm currently reading anything and everything by Iain M. Banks, who is brilliant. I love Ursula K. Le Guin and JRR Tolkein and Isaac Asimov and Jasper Fforde. I also read a lot of non-fiction, including books on math (Ian Stewart is a fantastic writer), astronomy, green living, and homesteading.

Favorite Television

In no particular order: Dr Who (old and new), Star Trek, Sherlock, Nova, Farscape, Adventure Time, Catherine Tate show, Vicar of Dibley, Monty Python, How the Universe Works, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mythbusters, MST3K

Favorite Crafts

I've been known to make stuff in crochet (dishcloths are a perennial fave of mine - so easy and useful!), I can do an eensy bit of knitting (I can make a scarf!). I'm a boss at origami and beadwork. I have dabbled in sewing, but my machine broke and hand sewing drives me bonkers.

Just started (Jan 2015) making ATCs and am loving it!

Just recently (Jan 2015) my boyfriend started teaching me how to use his big metal mill and lathe, so I'm learning the new craft of metalwork and feeling very much like A BOSS!

About my son

Z is currently 10 years old and in the 5th grade. My son loves MINECRAFT. A lot. We both love Adventure Time and Lord of the Rings. His current favorite TV show is The Munsters. Yes, the black and white TV show from the 1960's! He likes Dr Who, Red Dwarf, and Star Wars and Star Trek as well. He's really into the Hobbit.
He's very good at building stuff out of cardboard and tape as well as legos.

He started taking Karate last summer, and loves it! Also he loves Jackie Chan movies :)


In no particular order:
bright colors, muted colors, well, all colors really! Steampunk, rainbows, stickers, Hello Kitty, fantasy, sci-fi, dragons, Harry Potter, astronomy, nature, farming/gardening, herbs

All kinds of postcards

Buddhist quotes/themes (love me some lotuses!)

Hand fans

cats, owls, foxes, hawks, butterflies, wilderness, mountains, oceans, whales, dolphins, porpoises

Studio Ghibli films like Totoro and Kiki

Science. I teach human evolution, so anything having to do with bones, fossils, and archaeology (including Indiana Jones). Old stuff, Victoriana, old pictures and postcards

Fountain pens, old typewriters (I have 2 working ones, a 1930's Royal and a 1950's Smith-Corona) Fencing, swords, Shakespeare

Tea: Love all kinds of tea! All flavors!

Yarn: All kinds! All colors! All flavors!




I'm a really easygoing person, and there are few things I dislike, but I do have a few:

~overly religious themed stuff

~Not that into sports (except I like fencing, obviously wink).

~I have allergies to dairy and gluten

Honestly, though, I will most likely enjoy anything you send. If it is meaningful to you, then I'll appreciate it :)

Favorite Movies

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Curse of the Wererabbit, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Blade Runner, Harold and Maude, The Yes Men, Bowling for Columbine, Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Singing in the Rain (yes, the Gene Kelly movie! I love classic movie musicals!), City of Lost Children, Time Bandits, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service

Since my son started Karate, we've been watching lots of kung fu movies, and I especially love old Jackie Chan films. Sammo Hung is also awesome (Magnificent Butcher has amazing fight scenes!)


Comment: If you send I will change the rating. Hope you are okay.
Comment: marked sent, I double and treble checked and I did not receive, if it comes I will re-rate sorry. :(
stephietot rated for NH: Blackout Poetry for Beginners on May 25, 2015
Comment: Swap was not marked as sent and have not heard from this swapper.
Comment: I hope you managed to do them all.
lilsiyh rated for weekly goals postcard swap (no.36) on Apr 28, 2015
simcoe54 rated for QUICK 5 postcard swap #174 on Apr 27, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards. They will go nicely in my collection.
Melumebelle rated for APDG ~ Earth Day on Apr 25, 2015
Comment: Thank you!
Neenarneenar rated for APDG ~ Earth Day on Apr 24, 2015
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Hi Erika! Thanks for the great pc! How fun that you have a working knowledge of IL and that not everyone lives in or near Chicago! LOL! Yes, time does fly, enjoy all of your sweet son's activities because before you know it they are grown and you are no longer a part of the day to day stuff - sigh! Wishing you and your family all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Whippet rated for QUICK: Touristy postcard #6 on Apr 21, 2015
Comment: Love the postcard you sent me showing the colorful map of California Natural Wonders! Going to show this PC to my Mom, may become a part of her PC wall. Happy Spring!
JessRoussos rated for APDG ~ Earth Day on Apr 20, 2015
Comment: Thanks : ). The whale is awesome.
Shanoya212 rated for :) ~ Good Vibes ATC on Apr 6, 2015
Comment: Gorgeous atc! Thank you so much, I love the quote
Response: Thank you for the heart :) So glad you enjoyed the ATC and quote! Happy swapping!
MiRdLHWY43 rated for NH You'll never walk alone on Apr 5, 2015
Comment: Wow, what a great letter! I love that you used a typewriter too and you're in the bell choir. I was also when I was young! I'm happy that you have found peace in your life and your letter was truly inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing and for the cool postcard, love it and the fun stickers too! 💓 Laura
Response: Thank you so much, you are very kind (~blushes)! Glad you enjoyed my letter and the pc and stickers :) I love typing on that old typewriter. I am always amazed it works as well as it does after 80 years! Hope you have a lovely spring! Happy swapping!
Comment: Thanks for the stickers. Nice envie too and loved the stickers on the envie. Blessings!
Response: Thank you so much for the heart :) Glad you enjoyed the envie and sticker! Happy spring!!!
sarahk rated for weekly goals postcard swap (no. 33) on Apr 2, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the post card! Keep up the walking, it really pays off!!
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Yeah, walking is awesome! I've been lax b/c I've had a terrible cold for most of this month, and I miss it. Happy swapping!
Comment: thanks, very summery
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it :)
TC rated for NH: Easter Egg ATC on Mar 27, 2015
Comment: Thanks, Erika! Isn't it fun to try new techniques? I'm glad you joined the swap. :)
Response: Thank you! It was fun :)
VaGrammy66 rated for APDG ~ For the love of Geek on Mar 23, 2015
Comment: Love the pictures! Thank you!!
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Glad you liked them!
qltnrt rated for Book Review Postcard March - USA only on Mar 23, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the card and book review.
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Glad you liked it!

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lloydp on Nov 26, 2016:

Happy Birthday Erika


lou on Jun 22, 2015:

Erika, please read your private messages!

1happyday on Jun 1, 2015:

Hello, I see you haven't logged in in a while. Hope all is ok. I was just wondering if you received my WIYM: Time to Color swap. If you ever re-appear, I'd appreciate a rating. :)

TerryF on May 24, 2015:

You have not marked this swap as sent yet, and have no logged on since May 1. Would you please contact me asap to discuss? Thx.

nancylee on Apr 22, 2015:

APDG ~ Earth Day

We recycle regularly, our whole city has paper glass and metal pick up. We voluntarily run two home composers in our garden and drop off usable goods at community swaps.

mariewilliams810 on Apr 22, 2015:

Happy Earth Day! Earth day is one of my favorite holidays. For me, I love to upcycle as much as I can in clothes. I almost never buy new and I also prefer to buy items that can be reused instead of things that need to be thrown away for example I use reusable paper towels instead of traditional paper ones. It is green and sure saves green!

MCGalaxy on Apr 22, 2015:

I recycle my plastic bottlles, metal cans and news papers. The way I see it it its a little less in the local dump plus it preserves some natural resources

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 19, 2015:

Extra bunny luv Earthday swap.

Amace on Apr 5, 2015:

Happy Easter!

♥From the FRIENDLIES : ) GROUP!♥

michellegarrette on Mar 23, 2015:

Hello! Enjoy your APDG ~ For the Love of Geek! pics:

I hope you enjoy the geekiness!

And a bonus:

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