Date Joined: August 28, 2012
Last Online: March 23, 2018
Country: United States
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I think too much. It is a struggle for me to get through a grocery store. I have a big sloppy heart as well. (Yeah, I'm one of those people -- annoying, right?) I cry at the drop of a hat, but I'm getting over it.
Favorite colors include blues, grey, coral, teal, yellow, orange and green, also black and deep reds. I love batik and intriguing patterns, especially geometric and organic ones.
I adore my kids. My daughter is fourteen. She is passionate about her fashion, music and writing interests, writing, inspirational quotes, and social justice. Also, rolling up her shorts and explaining why lip gloss is different than lipstick. She is immensely clever (good at math!), and good at making sure that I keep my faults in mind. She plays the piano when not avoiding practicing, sings loudly and dreams of living in New York, California, or anywhere other than the Midwestern US. Currently she is focused on vocal music and is trying out for a number of groups. She hopes to compete as a team player in a gymnastics group.
My son is seven and loves animals (cats, rabbits, squirrels, dogs, and chameleons, as well as a variety of birds), buses, fire trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, semi trucks, pickup trucks .... and convertibles. He also likes skid loaders. He is very fond of purple trucks, followed by red and blue ones. He loves tools of any sort (from spatulas to screwdrivers), gears, pumps, and gadgets. He also likes Minions, Dancing With the Stars, and cooking shows on TV. We have a shared passion for diecast cars. He loves talking to people about all the details he notices in his environment. He is quite a dancer and is learning to play drum set. His brain is rather lively (he has diagnosed ADD and autism), so it can be fun when he gets stuck.
My garden is turning over. We are moving and I am leaving 15 years of perennials and fruit trees (the sour cherry trees were my "babies"). Hopefully, something new is on the horizon. I've already purchased the fall Allium bulbs and they are stinking up the work space, waiting to be planted in our new garden once we move.
I will listen to just about anything. I turn on Hawaiian music, New Orleans, African Jazz, funk, and samba to relax; Southern Rock, soul, gospel, and classic rock and country when I am alone; electronic and French cafe music to think; medieval European and choral music to be meditative before sleeping. When I feel low, I listen to my quirky 80's pop and feel happy. My son and I both enjoy classical Indian music and bhangra, while my daughter and I listen to Broadway and 80's pop.
Terry Pratchett is my favorite author. He just about says it all. The man understands humanity :) I am now beginning to appreciate Neil Gaiman -- branching out :)
I also like detective novels, the Flora Segunda series, diary of Samuel Pepys, Jasper Fforde, Jane Austen, Robert Rankin, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Ogden Nash, Steve Martin, Carl Sandburg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Langston Hughes, poetry to recite, Archie and Mehitabel, the Moribito series, Dante's Inferno, and the Odyssey. It's easier for me to listen to recorded books and the BBC iplayer. I appreciate all book suggestions, especially those with a bit of humor, however dark :)
Manga/ Manhwa: The Color of Earth/ Water/ Heaven,Gintama, Library Wars, and especially Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture.
Nonfiction: DIY and small house living, shabby chic/ vintage/ flea market decor, art, sewing, printmaking, history, knitting, felting, watercolor, cooking (Pan-Asian, particularly Southeast Asia and Korean, Mexican and Indian/ Nepali are my favorites, along with Mediterranean, French and gasp! British. Also baking, although I am terrible at it unless I completely go by instinct.) Belle Armoire and all of the Somerset Studios magazines!
My daughter enjoys novels about growing up and dystopian fiction.
My son likes (surprise) books about vehicles and animals. He appreciates the very detailed pictures of Benedict Blathwayt (The Little Red Train) and Richard Scarry.
Studio Ghibli (I cannot pick a favorite, but I admit to wanting to hug the cat Jiji in Kiki, the radish spirit in Spirited Away, the last robot in Castles in the Sky, the fishie Ponyo, and every version of Totoro and the cat bus, too :), The Blues Brothers, Persuasion (actually my favorite Austen book), Up!, Rio, and just about anything by Pixar, dark comedies, anime, Alien, Grumpy Old Men, slowish films about nothing in particular. I like Youtube movies by random folks. One of my favorite movies of all time is called "Shower" -- it is a Chinese film about the final days of a family-owned bath house. It's absolutely beautiful.
Dr. Who (my daughter and I both love Peter Capaldi). We also watch mysteries (Death In Paradise is a favorite), baking and cooking contests, and Moone Boy. My son and I are big fans of Odd Squad (Agents Olive and Otto! Interrogating a unicorn! Ms. O as Agent Oprah!) and Wild Kratts. Fun fact: Danny John-Jules from Death in Paradise played Cat on Red Dwarf ...
Random likes: I like Cambozola cheese. I like to go plane and harbor-spotting. I used to find sneaky ways to watch Monty Python as a kid -- the fish slapping dance and Ministry of Silly Walks still make me laugh :) I love diecast cars like Hot Wheels. I love odd miniature tokens. I love boats, and the character of Ratty in Wind in the Willows. Did I mention that I like the 1970's? So optimistic and full of promise, and some really good and really bad music! I love the movie Crooklyn. I love heroes who Do the Right Thing (classic Speed Racer) and heroes who Are Still Here Despite It All (Gintama -- love, love, love Gintama and the music and the jokes), also the Heroes Who Are Not Really Heroes/ Annoying Heroes (Godzilla, Arthur Dent, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Shiro Yamaoka from Oishinbo -- THE classic foodie manga :). Dr. Who kinda fills all those categories at times, as does Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork Watch.
I am a huge fan of BBC radio i-player, also the World Service, National Public Radio's On the Media and AltLatino.
I have been into watercolors and pen and ink lately, as well as using these in mixed media. I would love to try more gouache, and mixed media painting. I love fibers and stitching on paper. I love collage. I love trying new things. I love making books, although I am not super skilled at it. Fused plastic, combining fibers and paper, a little of this and that, paper dolls, puppets, paper hats .. you name it. I do enjoy making minizines, postcards and ATCs as well. I like writing letters, mainly on the typewriter, and doodling on them. Sewing wise, I make a lot of pillows and bags and love to make dolls. I also make dolls with paper clay.
have really fond memories of travels in Quebec along the St. Lawrence, Seoul, Hawaii (the food! the people!), France, Mexico, and Ireland, Lake Superior, Iowa, southern Utah and northern Arizona. I wish I could go to, well anywhere, but I think I would especially like to visit California, India, Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, West Africa, the Mississippi River from north to south, and ...well, anywhere with an ocean, lake or sea ... big skies and open water.
I love swap-bot because I get to see a little of what makes my swap partners happy and inspired. I am especially fond of *small dolls and figures *cars and vehicles *geology *astronomy science *math *printmaking/ screenprinting *painting *drawing/ pen and ink *watercolors *world cultures *textile art *modern art *dance *engineering *architecture *vehicles (modern and antique) *humor *silliness *history *notes about your life or someone else's life *bridges *water and boats *Quebec *Canada *South Korea *Mexico *the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence seaway *Hawaiian history *shipping *recipes, the more adventurous the better! *ham radio *the "maker" movement *agriculture *urban and rural landscapes *patchwork *batik *indigo dying *graffiti *pop culture: Monty Python, Speed Racer (classic), Godzilla (classic), Route 66, Dr. Who, K-pop, K-drama, doughnuts, and Where There's Tea There's Hope :)
Confessions: I am a fan of touristy anything, from just about anywhere, but Canada, Quebec, Korea, Mexico, southern France, and the St. Lawrence Seaway are special loves :)
I love recipes.
I am currently looking for positive images of modern and historic Asian, Latino and African American men and women. I'd love any names of artists/ photographers, etc., or links or images -- thanks!
Finally, we are moving at the end of September. I've been wrapped up in getting my house packed up and keeping all the threads of selling and buying a home together.
I have a project that I am working on after the move ... involving the library and postal mail :)
If you happen to be sending me postcards, I would love to receive the 2 standard sizes of smaller cards 3.5" x 5" and 4" x 6" -- new storage system makes it easier for me to file and enjoy them. If you are sending a larger card, no worries :)
Also, due to new filing system, I will probably be doing more ATC and APC style swaps. Minizine size as well. I am working with older file card drawers, and would be interested to know if anyone else is doing this!
Stingrays, seahorses, sturgeon, nautiluses (what is the plural of nautilus?), octopi and paddlefish fascinate me. I have a very small stingray collection, consisting of a vase, a plushie, a postcard, and a nice stingray painting from a Swap-bot member; also a stingray ocarina. My daughter used to call them "pancake fish" when she was little and how I still think of them -- I just love the way that they move. Cats, dogs, ducks, geese, turkeys, sheep, chickens, pigs, goats, foxes, otters, hedgehogs, badgers, squirrels, tapirs, any kind of bird, draft horses, any kind of fish with spots (or without spots), whales, camels and llamas (although I find them a little intimidating!) I found an awesome postcard of a tapir wearing a Santa hat that I will cherish forever.
Nigella, squash (other people's -- I fail to grow them yearly), nasturtium, marigolds, amaranth, rhododendrons (other people's, of course), Rugosa roses, anenomes, ranunculus, redbuds, narcissi and daffodils, magnolias, poppies losing their petals, your grandmother's garden plants, Japanese and Korean maples, Virginia creeper, kale, potatoes, prairie plants, fall gardens, cottage gardens on the edge of being unruly, tea house gardens, Zen gardens, container gardens in the middle of the city, gardens after the first fall harvest, gardens that are just a little bit sad / alone / tough / wistful/ surviving, gardens with wandering chickens and some tomatoes missing after being stolen by chipmunks ...
In houseplants, I like those that I find difficult to kill - sanseveria and Norfolk Island Pine, and one palm tree and one cactus and one pothos. I think that all the rest have died. Probably due to natural causes...
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