Date Joined: February 9, 2010
Last Online: October 22, 2017
Birthday: June 15, 1981
Country: United States
My name is Kristin. I'm a newlywed as of March 25, 2014. My husband is Mark, and we drove to Vegas to tie the knot. :)
Where I live: Currently living in Colorado Springs, CO. My hometown is Farmington, NM.
Current job: I'm a 7th grade English teacher. I feel like the only person on earth who loves that age group.
Religion: I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon).
All things Orange. Just the color makes me happy. Everything from a post-it note to a hunting jacket! laugh It is my favorite color and makes me extremely happy!
Karaoke! It is something I can't get enough of. I even use it as a time to grade papers. :) And I am still a sometimes host to make a little extra money.
Journaling - I am absolutely obsessed with it. I buy journals in the anticipation of filling them. I actually was directed here by someone who did a journal swap. I love journaling. I have journaled something every single day since 2008. I am a text-journaler. I do a lot of "tape the ticket in," but my journals are 95% text and those are also the type of journals I like to receive when possible. Art journals don't speak to me.
Salad - this is my favorite food. I love veggies. My favorite salad dressing is Light Basalmic Vinaigrette I don't think I could get tired of salad ever. Yum!
Chocolate. Ok, I'm female; therefore, this is a given. ;) I'm partial to M&Ms and Hershey with Almonds.
Candy in general: Strawberry sour punch straws, sour Starburst, Mambas are pretty good. Fun dip. Plain M&Ms. Hersheys and Hersheys with almond. And don't forget Hershey kisses! ;)
Menstrual Cups - ok, a funny thing to put here, but I really believe they make the world a better place! :) I know, I'm a nerd. If you are looking for an alternative to tampons or pads, this is the way to go! You can even get them in your favorite colors! Seriously, google them! There's an awesome comm on Livejournal for all these Cup related! You are always welcome to ask me any questions about cups if it peaks your curiosity. I love to spread the word.
Mountains - I've lived near them my whole life. They are beautiful and majestic. I love looking at them. I've even climbed a Fourteener twice!
Lilacs - Beautiful flowers. We had a huge bush in the backyard in Utah. Ah, memories.
Hot Chocolate - I really only like Starbucks hot chocolate, but I recently discovered Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation. I know, that makes me picky. It's just that the rest of it tastes like I'm drinking a cup of sugar. Way too sweet! I'd love some of the Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation packets. :)
Altered books - I noticed this is something I should probably bring up here. It seriously causes me pain to see any type of book ripped apart, something glued in it, torn, scribbled on, or hurt in any other way. I understand some people see artistry in it, I really do, but I just don't enjoy it myself. It makes me kinda sad.
Another thing I noticed I should probably say here: I don't like tea. There is no flavor that will sway me. :P In related news: I don't like coffee either. I am, however, addicted to Starbucks Hot Chocolate.
Profanity - I find it an unintelligent way to communicate. I'm not saying I haven't dropped a few words in my day, I just don't like it.
Nudity/teh pr0n - I'm 100% prude. Tis true!
Blue ink pens - I think my handwriting looks worse in blue ink, so I don't like writing with it. I don't care if you use them, of course. I just don't like writing with them! Because I'm weird.
Ok, I was trying to not be picky, but I've been getting a lot of scrapbooking and paper craft supplies. I don't really do any of those crafts, so have no use for them. I like stickers, but punch outs and tags don't really jive with anything I do.
That's really all I can think of. I'm really not picky. Just excited to be swapping with you fine people.
All My Children - I watched it from when I was conceived until it was cancelled in 2011.
Cold Case - This was such an incredible show. I wish they could get it approved for DVD. Vera is my favorite character and I don't "ship" anyone.
Big Love - I loved this show so much while it was on. It makes me sad the seasons are so short! Love the drama! Margene is my favorite wife. I do not ship Margene/Ben. I recently binge watched the series two times in a row. Because I have a problem.
The Walking Dead - I was a fan of the graphic novels first. But the TV show is incredible and waiting until October is going to stink!
Modern Family - Hilarious!
Community - Joel McHale and crew were amazing!
Spongebob - Yes, I'm 12. I still enjoy Spongebob. sigh
Dark Angel is my favorite 90s show. I watch it at least once a year. I am a Max/Logan shipper.
I Love Lucy - is there a more perfect sitcom out there? I think not.
Dick Van Dyke - Incredibly funny! Love the classics.
This is a difficult category for me because I love movies. The following list is in no particular order.
And a TON more! I love movies. :)
I have 7 favorites and then others I just like.
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding - this book is about a foundling child who is raised by a rich Squire. Tom Jones is a bit of a rapscallion, always causing and getting into trouble. He is in love with his neighbor Sophia, but because he is base-born, the match is not eash. It's really an incredible read from a witty and intelligent author.
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - a dystopian world where Fireman burn books! Books are essentially illegal and people are obsessed with screens on the wall (sound familiar?).
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson - a beautiful novel about a man who is seriously burned in a fire and as he recovers, meets a woman who believes they have been bonded together through several lives and she tells him about their previous lives together.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - a sad and beautiful novel about a girl who is murdered. The story is told after she has gone into the afterlife, but is watching the lives of those she knew after she has gone. The writing in this novel is beautiful.
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb - this novel is about Helen, a light (ghost) who finds herself being seen for the first time since she died. This book can be found in the YA section, but I actually think is more suited to late teens and older. The prose reads like poetry. Every word is beautiful. I knew this would make my favorites list 12 pages in to the book.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - the story of a young man who becomes immortal when he wishes his portrait would age instead of him. But his obsession with beauty and pleasure lead him down a rather immoral path. It's a wonderful novel about the nature of man.
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne - the story of a man who makes a wager that he can circumnavigate the world in only 80 days. He ends up being tailed by a detective who mistakenly thinks he is a criminal. I love reading this and feeling the anticipation of "will he make it!!?". No movie has even come close to how great this book is.
Books I like:
Twilight series - As most of you know, this is a teen paranormal romance series about a girl who falls in love with a vampire. I am not a Twihard, I just like them as the literary chocolate they are. I think they are very poorly written. I am a 100% Jacob/Bella shipper and can't stand anything about Edward. shudder
Hunger Games - These books are based in a dystopian future when children are forced to compete in last-man-standing contests under the rule of a corrupt government and all that happens when Katniss refuses to play their way. I am a Katniss/Peeta shipper, but I think the books are so much more than the stupid teen drama. That's just one small part of them.
Gone series - The cover of this books states something along the lines of, "What if Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies?" In this world, everyone over the age of 15 simply vanishes into thin air. And the children are left to take care of themselves and others. Throw in some kinda mutant powers and you have an incredible series that just keeps me biting my nails with every page.
Why is all the best writing in the young adult section?
I try and read 40 books a year. I read all sorts of different books, not really sticking to any one genre in particular. Sometimes I'm even in the mood for nonfiction! Who knows what I'll read next?
Genres I do not generally enjoy: romance, historical romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror...
Ok, really I just enjoy the general fiction area of a bookstore. I see so many books I want to try. There are just too many! But try to keep it general. Delving too deeply into one of the genres in the not category might make me put the book down.
I like 80s music, in general
I'm generally an all-around music kind of gal with the exception of gangster rap-type stuff and really hard metal. Even within those categories there are exceptions.
Orange pens: I use them for grading school papers. :)
Return address labels
Arm warmers/Fingerless gloves
anything related to the media I like
fun colored/designs bandanas
interesting types of stationery / any stray sheets of stationery you have lying around. I need some!
If you must send Twilight, please send Team Jacob
interesting words/images from magazines
articles related to journaling
Starbucks hot chocolate! Mmmmmmmmmm!
I join a lot of postcard swaps, so thought I'd add this section to my profile. I am not picky about the pcs you send me. I, of course, will always appreciate pcs that have something to do with the "likes" on my profile.
But otherwise, I'm really more interested in your words. So, if you are looking for a way to dump your "ugly" pcs, write something interesting on the back and send them to me. :)
Handmade pcs are a-ok with me. :)
I prefer naked, written on, and stamped. But always happy to accept blank postcards as extras in a swap if you are so inclined.