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Date Joined: July 30, 2013
Last Online: July 14, 2014
Birthday: September 23, 1972
Country: Canada
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IMPORTANT NOTE Like many people experience from time to time, my life is in a bit of an upheaval at the moment. My swaps will be sent out on time but I may not get around to rating in a timely fashion - and am, in fact, running a bit behind. Please be patient. I will rate everyone eventually. If you have sent me a swap and it's been a while, please let me know. I'm sure there have been ratings I've forgotten to make. My sincerest apologies. I will also be severely restricting the number of swaps I am participating in for the time being until things settle down. Edited March 22, 2014.

On my quest: to learn something new every day, be a little happier than I was the day before and to leave the world just a little bit better than the way I found it. Want to join me?

OK... it is so difficult to ad lib a snapshot of who I am. I tend to be the listener rather than the talker so I can struggle with describing myself. Let's start with the basics: I'm a 40 year old who feels like I'm anywhere between 5 and 55 - depending on the circumstance. (Though I spend most of my days feeling like 20 year old!) I have one biological son who's 18 and a stepson who's about to be 12. I've been in a relationship for the past 7 years with an old high school sweetheart of mine. We plan on getting married - someday. I have two dogs and a cat (all rescues) and they bring me joy each and every day - and aggravate me only on the rare occasion. I've been a lab tech for about 15 years now and I absolutely love my career. I'm Canadian and have recently moved to our nations capital and am excited to experience all it has to offer.

10 Favourite Movies (in no particular order):

  1. Shawshank Redemption
  2. Rudy
  3. Stand By Me
  4. The Help
  5. Bridesmaids
  6. Braveheart
  7. Forrest Gump
  8. The Silence of the Lambs
  9. Home Alone
  10. October Sky

Great Movies that I've NEVER seen (but plan to).

  1. E.T. The Extra-terrestrial
  2. Gone With the Wind
  3. Star Wars (never seen any!)
  4. Casablance
  5. Finding Nemo

Worst Movies EVER! (IMHO)

  1. No Country for Old Men
  2. Men Who Stare at Goats
  3. The Grey
  4. The Breakup
  5. The Blair Witch Project

Fave TV:

OK, let's be honest here. I have a bit of a television addiction - but I'm working on it. Thanks to my DVR and Netflix I rarely watch network t.v. My absolute favourite show ever is "Law & Order" (original, followed by SVU then Criminal Intent). Others that make my list are:

  1. Dexter
  2. Orange is the New Black
  3. Big Bang Theory
  4. All in the Family
  5. Nurse Jackie
  6. The Closer
  7. Damages
  8. The Golden Girls
  9. NYPD Blue

Fave Music

I like pretty much everything except for jazz. I listen to music when I'm in my car or when I'm doing housework but it's more of background sound than something I actively do. Does that make me odd?

Fave books (again in no particular order):

  1. The Help
  2. Harry Potter
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. Like Water for Elephants
  5. The Shipping News
  6. The Davinci Code
  7. The Joy of Cooking
  8. Anne of Green Gables
  9. Little House on the Prairie
  10. The Book of Negroes

... and a book that I absolutely HATED was "Life of Pi"! I don't know how it ever won any awards!)

Fave Crafts:

Let's put it this way... I love crafting but it happens more in my mind than it does in real life. I have many intentions to get projects done but most of them end up being ideas rather than coming to fruition. On my to-do list:

  1. Learn how to quilt
  2. Learn how to do native beading
  3. Learn how to sew

I do dabble in crochet, cross stitch and cookie decorating but I'm not an expert in anything. I like to do holiday projects that take up my attention for one day then I can move on. If it requires weeks or months to complete, I may never finish it!


My only real collection (which was accidental) is my book collection. I have amassed a large amount of novels and cookbooks and even though I keep weeding through them I always end up with more and more. My favourite cookbooks to collect are the fundraising cookbooks that schools and churches put together AND the old flyer types that were put out by companies to sell their products (think Kraft, Crisco, Crosby molasses, and so on.)


I like and appreciate everything and if I don't like it, I probably know someone who will.

Thea in a Nutshell:

  1. I am a procrastinator (I'm working on it but it's still always there.)

  2. I am addicted to Pinterest. Seriously.

  3. I love yard/garage sales. I get up on Saturday morning and make a list then program my GPS to bring me to my highlighted route. I should probably attend a support group.

  4. I have lost 155 lbs in the past year and a half. I'm still a little fluffy but not nearly as much as I once was. Now I'm a little (actually, A LOT!!) more jiggly than I was before.

  5. I love Twizzlers and sour candy - but chocolate doesn't really impress me and ice cream makes me ill.

  6. I am into retro anything - especially things that remind me of my childhood: Peanuts, Sesame Street, or anything from the 80's.

  7. I love card and board games.

  8. The stupider the joke the louder I laugh (a bad pun can send me into convulsions.)

  9. I love to cook and bake - especially if I have someone to give it to.

  10. I have a love/hate relationship with Candy Crush!

HUGE NEWS I just bought my first sewing machine and I don't have a clue where to start - though I'm excited to jump right in. Any and all of the following would be graciously and greatly appreciated: * thread/bobbins/needles * fabric (even small pieces/scraps) * any other sewing paraphernalia * patterns * links to simple projects * tips and tricks


yolomba rated for Recipe Journal Swap #5 on May 19, 2014
Comment: Cool recipes, thank you very much, will probably try out that meatloaf soon!
Pouffia rated for Recipe Journal Swap #4 on May 15, 2014
Comment: Hi Thea, I've received Neenarneenar's new journal. It's really pretty. I'll add my recipes and send it back to you XD haha
Comment: Thanks for your great recommendations! I don't bake much, but I know several people in my family who would love the cake, so I might try it. But I really need to clean my oven, and my dog would love those cookies, so I'm likely to try those two really soon! Thanks so much again! This swap was, as you said, time consuming (and I didn't finish some that I was trying in time for the swap), but it was really fun and educational, too!
lexi83 rated for Who's Got Oscar Fever? on Apr 28, 2014
Comment: Great reviews. I agree on American Beauty winning too.
Comment: I've thought about reading The Help as the movie is very good. I also have The Giver on my TBR as the movie is coming out later this year and I've heard it was the "origin" of all the dystopian landslide of popularity. thanks!
Comment: hah! I have a hard time liking most of King's work as well, but I did enjoy reading The Shining. it's probably the only one I like of his so far. Glad I'm not the only one out there! :) thanks!
Comment: thanks so sharing your reading log with me; that's a lot of books! I like that you're not afraid to say you hated some of the books!
Comment: Thank you for the list - we have a couple in common. Thanks for the interesting recommendations.
hg08 rated for ♡ Book markers ♡ on Apr 14, 2014
jaz1yn rated for What's on my plate! #1 on Apr 14, 2014
Comment: Wonderful photos and descriptions! I bookmarked the pork and shrimp mini burgers recipe and the Ferrero Rocher cake recipe. Sorry for the late rating!
junemoon rated for 1st Quarter Reading Log Swap 2014! on Apr 14, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the notes and books. We have several things in common about reading. I think I'll drop you a brief PM instead of list them here.
Comment: Sorry for my late rating! I love your answers and am happy to meet another fellow library lover ! How can people live without a library? To me its my 2nd living room :-) I tend to judge the book by the cover oo ;-) And YES, I want your list.... Thanks !
jjhere rated for Color Association ATCs #6 - Orange on Apr 8, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the ATC! Very creative to use the paint chips. I may have to borrow that idea... ;)
sammie91 rated for Mega ATC Swap on Apr 4, 2014
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Round is a shape...I know it well ha ha! Last time I was flat as a board I was 35 and people thought I was dying! I actually recognized some of the songs in your list. Thank you for the positive zine.
Comment: thanks for the email! sorry this is a bit late in rating, but I wanted to spend some time and personally respond! 1) yay for goodreads! I don't know how I organized my books before that site! :D 2) The Glass Castle is on my TBR list, glad you liked it then! 3) Water for Elephants was a book I didn't expect to like either, but did!
Comment: You think The Longings of Wayward Girls is confusing, try One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There are five or six women with the same name, LOL! Nice survey! A heart for you.
Keshet rated for Mega ATC Swap on Apr 1, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the ATCs :)
Comment: Your secret is safe with me.
knclodge rated for Mega ATC Swap on Mar 31, 2014
Comment: Cute ATCs thank you so much!! Yes, it was a lot of work to make that many, I agree...

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Candyn29 on May 5, 2014:


user2637 on Apr 7, 2014:

Hiya! I sent you the Carpe Librum ~ Books for a Book Club #3 a week ago but you haven't rated me yet. Can you let me know if you didn't get it? Thanks!

mosesduo on Feb 18, 2014:

Hi, not sure if your stepson is interested in ATCs or not, but I still sent you an invite to "ATCs for the kiddos". Have a good day!

hyperoma on Jan 21, 2014:

Ooh I also love that our birthdays are only 3 days from each other!!

VaGrammy66 on Dec 30, 2013:

Thank you for joining my New Year Card swap!

racheljohnson on Dec 23, 2013:

Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas tree card and all of the wonderful goodies you included. I've already hung the ornament on our tree and I can't wait to try out your fudge recipe. Thank you for being such a kind member of Swap-bot. Merry Christmas and happy 2014!

PukeFacedFreak on Dec 4, 2013:

Thanks for joining My Drunk Penpal!

ZzMonstruozZ on Oct 25, 2013:


Hi there!

Receive a warm welcome from all the members in the vegan voices group! We're glad to have you on our boat!

Please don't be shy, enter in our forum and express yourself.

Have fun!

Cubsfanjennie on Oct 25, 2013:

Hello, Thea!!!! I am working on your journal!!! I want you to LOVE it.....

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