Swap-bot Time: April 14, 2021 9:17 am


Date Joined: April 25, 2011
Last Online: April 13, 2021
Birthday: June 21
Country: United States
Lightly Lumay (YouTube)

About Me

I am a child-free, non-religious (but fascinated by religious artifacts, texts, and history) non-conformist, liberal, feminist who likes a bit of quaint and tradition.

Prior to returning to Pittsburgh (for family reasons), I lived in NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens); Beekman and Manhasset, NY; Philadelphia, PA; New Orleans, LA; and Seattle, WA. I studied in Manchester, England and Florence, Italy.

Plant-based (eat honey) Minimal-ish lifestyle (Essentialist?) I love 1930s - 1950s fashion. However, given that my work commute is a three-mile walk (each way), I opt for fairly basic and practical clothing over precious vintage clothing!

My hobbies include reading, letter-writing, and hunting for goodies in thrift and vintage stores, and travelling. I love knitting, but I have been on a very long hiatus.

I love to explore places near and far. Japan, Sweden, Iceland, and Australia are on my far places travel list. I want to see Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. My fantasy trip -- The Orient Express!

Favorite Movies

Hollywood classics are a favorite! Dinner at Eight, His Girl Friday, Auntie Mame, Charade, Stalag 17, Rebecca, and Sunset Boulevard, etc.

When it comes to modern films, I like a bit of atmosphere. In fact, I can forgive a multitude of plot sins if there is ATMOSPHERE. (I am looking at you, Crimson Peak!).

I like horror films, but I prefer the atmospheric ones -- Swallow, I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, Rosemary's Baby, Rear Window, Darling, etc.

Other favorites: Amelie, The Usual Suspects LA Confidential, Ghost (with Casey Affleck), The Crow, Cold Fever

Favorite Books

I tend to read non-fiction about yoga, fashion, capsule wardrobes, beauty, and mindful/simple living/minimalism. Your Beauty Mark, Eccentric Glamour, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, Buddhist Bootcamp, Escape from Domestic Perfection, and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up had significant impact on my life.

Fiction: I enjoy mysteries, especially the British ones. I enjoy a good cozy (but not too cozy) mystery now and then.

Favorite Television

I do not own a television, but I watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube. On YouTube I watch videos about minimalism, simple living, cottage life, zero waste, vintage style, etc.

In the current climate (COVID-19 pandemic, racial profiling, protests, etc.), I alternate between dark shows and more escapist fare.

Queen's Gambit, Hollywood, Ratchet, Agatha Raisin, Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders, Marvelous Mrs. Maizel, House of Cards (US), The Servant, The Alienist, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, The Killing, Deadwood, Hannibal, Orange is the New Black (seasons 1-3), Orphan Black.

YouTube channels that I follow: TheCottageFairy, Nicki Positano, Benita Larrsen, Chef AJ, Bernadette Banner, Emily Wheatley, Balancing Laura, A Small Wardrobe, Vested Interests, and From the Mind of Christine McConnell

Favorite Music

Goth, punk, and alternative music from the 1980s-1990s! Ministry, The Smiths, Morrissey, Sinead O'Connor, The Sisters of Mercy, Ghost, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Gogo's (it pains me to add that incorrect apostrophe!), etc.

Metal, rock, traditional folk music, and singer-songwriters with beautiful voices -- Sarah McLaughlin, The Chicks, etc.

When I need to relax and prep for sleep, I listen to Takashi Kokubo or other deep relaxation music.

Yoga & Fitness

I have a solid morning practice (thanks to Covid-19 working from home), and when it comes to getting bendy, I prefer slower Hatha flows, Yin, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Restorative Yoga.

For fitness, I prefer low-impact and more gentle options such as walking, hiking, Pilates, Barre, Ballet Beautiful, Bellydance, etc.

I really like Ellen Barrett's workouts, but I have been less about hour-long DVD workouts and more about 20-minute long YouTube workouts!

Favorite Crafts

While it's been a few years since my last project, I do knit. I was miserable at beading (sadly).

I love stationery and pens! I love vintage-style prints, steampunk, illustrated botanicals, floral, dark, gothic, and minimalist styles. I am not keen on the cutesy stuff, but I wouldn't rate down.

I just started a bullet journal. I am investigating hand-lettering and art journalling.

Food & Tea

Tea: I love pretty much any tea except for cinnamon teas. I like the spice in foods, but I simply do not like it in teas.

Coffee: I used to love coffee and espresso drinks, but my stomach cannot tolerate them now. :-(

Food: Plant-based/vegan Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Burmese, Italian, Polish, some Mexican, and interesting fusion foods

I love a good pizza -- no cheese and lots of red sauce!


CWUmom rated for Fun Friend Message #3 on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: I was just in your area a month ago. pretty place.
concxrde rated for Fun Friend Message #3 on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing, nice to meet you :) <3
moonmold rated for Fun Friend Message #3 on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the message. I'd be a terrible pet parent too. I also like exploring my local area, although I don't live near a big city. That sounds fun.
me2az50 rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 28, 2021
Comment: Yoga was a good idea during this pandemic. Sorry I Forgot the heart.
simplyjeannette rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 27, 2021
LondonWriting rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 27, 2021
Comment: Working in yoga pants is definitely a perk of working from home instead of the office. Good luck with finding that multi-task wardrobe for when you have to go back.
armadillogal rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: I got the DVDs for Body Groove but I haven't tried them yet. It looks like fun. I should be walking too but just haven't got out there yet.
Response: Hello! A friend of mine loves Body Groove. I don't know if she has the streaming service, or if she follows the YouTube videos and then expands upon them. Thank you for reminding me about this as a fun workout option. I like workouts that don't feel as if I'm exercising! Take care, and have a wonderful day.
FranciscaKarsono77 rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: During my freetime either I will spend my time with my family or crafting. Crafting makes me happy. I enjoy watching Youtube, especially crafting channels and Netflix as well while enjoying my iced coffee / frappe.
Kairbear rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 26, 2021
mymerakidesk rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 26, 2021
pinklilly rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Gina, I also love walking in the beautiful nature and hearing the birds singing for you! I adore nature!! Plus it's a form of exercise too! I also love watching U-tube for crafting, diy's and other things. Thank you for your comments!
Dervla124 rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! on Mar 26, 2021
neecie rated for Write a Letter quick swap #5 on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: hello! i appreciate your wonderful letter & in fact, am writing back now ~ so do not be surprised to see another seattle postmark in your mailbox! > have a lovely week :)
Response: I am looking forward to it! Have a wonderful day.
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter. Happy to know you've been to my city, although it's changed and grown a lot since you were here last . I will write back to you!
Response: Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.
Bhindblueeyes rated for Pvt. SOC on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter! What beautiful handwriting!!! The tea is also much appreciated. Thank you for joining in the SOC fun :) I am taking a hosting break for a few weeks, but I'll be hosting more of these soon! :)
Response: You're welcome! I am so glad that everything made it to you!
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I love the bee stationary! I will work a reply this evening. 💗
Comment: I loved your letter! We have so much in common! I'll def write you back!
Response: Fantastic! I look forward to hearing from you.
JDiFani rated for Random Question Swap #7 on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: I loved receiving your letter. Thank you for sharing with me!
Comment: You made my day. I loved your letter. We connect in many ways. I shall respond.
Response: I look forward to it!
Chechel2 rated for December Pen Pal of the Month - USA on Jan 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the letter! I’ll be relying soon! 😊

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leynaaaa on Apr 1, 2021:

Fun Friend Message #3

Hi! I’m Leyna. I love eating sweets, watching anime, and playing video games. I have two chihuahuas. They’re both very old but still very energetic for their age! I’m still pretty new to Swapbot but my favorite thing about Swapbot is finding new pen pals. I love getting mail and reading letters! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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