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Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: March 19, 2018
Birthday: February 24
Country: United States
Smadronia's Place

Steph In a Nutshell

Profile Updated 4 December, 2017

I'm Stephanie, a former long haul truck driver. Now I drive local, which means my hours are usually long and often unpredictable. I live in my childhood home on a cattle ranch with my partner of 13 years, who also drives; my grandmother, a retired English teacher; and Mozzie, my fluffy white cat. There are 2 tanks of fishi n the house, one goldfish, one live bearing tropicals. We also have a German Shepherd, Kody, who's tennis ball crazy.

At the end of September, we acquired another dog, Kya. She was mt mother's boyfriend's dog, and after he passed away, there was no one to take her. So, she's our doggo now. She'll be 12 in March 2018, but acts like a young dog. Starting to go blind and deaf, but plenty of energy. And farts. Oh man, the farts.

Also, my mother is here on Swap Bot now, as @starhiker

I make a concentrated effort to keep all pet hair out of my swaps. Mozzie has fine white fluff that gets into everything, and Kya has short black hair. All swap items are inspected and wiped down (if they can be) before boxing, and I keep packaging away from the pets.Be warned though, that a few hairs may still slip in.

Mr. Mozzie Mozzie On His Leash

Being on the road meant that I had to give up pretty much every hobby I had, minus anything that could be done on a laptop. It's tough to have hobbies or crafts when you live in a space smaller than a walk in closet with someone else day in and day out. Now that I'm home, I've taken up fused glass, often called kilnformed glass. I make a lot of small tea dishes, and occasionally art pieces with it.

I'm most active here doing book related swaps for my Book group, Carpe Librum.


I'm new to Zentangling, and I think I'm hooked!

My old likes was mostly in paragraph form, and I think people might have been tired of reading it. So I'm going to try for a list this time

  • Purple
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red, especially dark red
  • Rainbows
  • Sun/Moon/Star themes
  • Forests
  • Flowers (all kinds)
  • Rivers/Lakes/Oceans/General bodies of water
  • Sparkly Things
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Washi Tape (deco tape is fun too)
  • Cows
  • Buffalo (American Bison)
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Cats (big and small)
  • Dogs (especially German Shepherds)
  • Butterflies
  • Dragons
  • Mermaids
  • Keychains
  • Zentangle
  • Bandages/Plasters (all colours and styles)
  • Pinups
  • Fireworks (photos, postcards, etc)
  • ATCs
  • Hand crafted Items
  • Book Themed Items
  • Classic Cars
  • Big Trucks (semis/tractor trailers/big rigs/18 wheelers)
  • Tea (all flavors)
  • Hello Kitty
  • Jetoy
  • Postcards (all kinds)
  • Notecards (all kinds)
  • Video Games (classic 80s especially)
  • World of Warcraft - Horde & Alliance, Night Elves, Pandas, Warlocks, Priests, and Monks especially
  • Fallout Universe (Only played 4, but I love the world)
  • Heroes of the Storm, and other BLizzard games
  • articles on writing
  • pens (all kinds)
  • notebooks
  • Fuzzy socks (those one size fits most fit me fine)
  • Pagan related items
  • Things associated with Buddhism

I aspire to be a published writer one day, so writer related items are always welcome. Right now I'm trying to write in the Young Adult genre, but that may change in the future.

I also have to list quirky items, and funny ones. That's kinds of subjective, but I do like things that are offbeat or oddball. One of my favorite items I have is a square beaver made of felt, and one of my favorite postcards is a 1950s era photo with the words "he couldn't be a distant memory soon enough."

I'm also not offended by coarse language or nudity. I'm a truck driver, I talk like a truck driver, and my household is well over the age of 18, so we can handle nudity.

Dislikes/Please Don't Send

Thankfully, this listis pretty short. I'm allergic to scented things, and artifcial sweeteners. If you can avoid sending either, I would appreciate it. I understand I'll run into these things from time to time, especially in sender's choice swaps, and I do regift these items to friends and family members where appropriate.

I've worn the same earrings for 13 years now. I don't generally change them out, but if you send me earrings, I have a 21 year old cousin who will probably get them & love them.

I hate Sponge Bob with a vengeance. I have no idea why.

I don't sew or embroider, so those items (fabric, lace, ribbon, floss) are lost on me. I do try to regift anything like that, so it won't go to waste, but it usually sits around gathering dust for a while before I find a home.

I'm an eclectic pagan, so I'd appreciate it if you didn't send me religious items, unless the swap calls for it.

My family doesn't do much with Christmas, that season has been filled with a lot of trouble and loss for us. However, I know many other people do, and so when the Christmas season rolls around, I am not surprised, nor am I offended to get religious things. It's part of the season. The rest of the year though, I'm not a fan.

For these things, if you miss this section and send me something that I'm not able to use, I'm not going to rate you down for it. I do have limits though, if it's a goodies from your profile swap, and someone sends a Jesus head air freshener, sugar free candies, and and note telling me I'm going to hell, then I'll take offense.


I go through a lot of books: paper, ebook on my nook, and audiobooks. Being a truck driver means I spend a lot of time driving, and a lot of time sitting around, waiting to get unloaded. It's prime listening/reading time. I average 4-6 books a month, mostly fiction, although I try for a non fiction book every month, usually around homesteading/survival/self sufficiency.

I'm one of those people who has very few favorites, not because I love so many books I can't choose, but because I just don't. However, I have settled into a pattern of what I like to read:

  • Paranormal
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Young Adult

Young adult is vague, as so much goes on there now. It's also why I read it: most of the interesting things are happening in the Young Adult market right now. I have a soft spot for paranormal and dystopian young adult novels.

Want to know which authors I like best? The names in parenthesis are book titles Adult Authors:

  • Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel's Dart) * This is the closest thing to a favorite book for me

  • Lyda Morehouse (Archangel Protocol)

  • Richelle Mead (Succubus Blues)

  • Karen Marie Moning

  • Mercedes Lackey (Magic's Pawn)

  • Kelly Mccullough (MythOS)

Young Adult Authors:

  • Richelle Mead (Bloodlines)

  • Tamora Pierce (Alanna)

  • Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)

  • Roald Dahl (Matilda)

My book dislikes are short. I'm not a fan of literary fiction, the symbolism and meaning goes right over my head. Horror stories are not my thing either, I don't like to be scared. I'm not a huge fan of modern romance novels. I also dislike Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey.

I'm a co-founder in Carpe Librum, a group dedicated to books of all kinds. If you like book themed swap, please come join us!



There are a few things I would really love to receive, but I don't expect anyone to send.

  • Truck Things (postcards, notecards, stickers, etc)

  • Johnny Cash Postcards (sent naked or in an envelope)

Mailing etc

If you haven't received anything from me, and a reasonable amount of time has passed (3 weeks US, 6 weeks international) please let me know. I don't mind doing a resend.

Waiting on a rating? Let me know. I try to set my mail on one part of my desk, and rate on the weekends when I don't work, but sometimes mail falls off my desk, or someone brings the mail and sets it on my couch, which likes to eat it. I'm not trying to ignore anyone purposefully, so just drop me a message and I'll go hunt your mail down.

Swapping is supposed to be fun, but it's also a commitment we all need to follow through on. If you're going to be late sending, please let me know before the swap deadline has passed. I understand that everyone is human; sometimes things come up and you can't send on time. I'm willing to be cool, within reason. We can work something out in most cases, although if you don't hold up your end, I reserve the right to rate according to Swap Bot rules.


iamred rated for WOW: Washi Sample Bags on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: got this today! =) thank you so much ♥ can't wait to pass it on!
Fenix825 rated for Cuss Symbol Mail Art - #@$*&! on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much!
Comment: Oh, I love the idea of the cats! This is going to be fun to do!!
Response: Thanks for the rating! I loved seeing the card when I opened it up. Mu mind just whirled at all the possibilities
Sandara333 rated for TSJ: A Book To Teach Yourself US on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: I cracked up as I opened up the package and saw the title. When you mentioned the book I thought it might be a spooky crafting book, OMG, it turned out to be spooky alright, but in a whole different way!! LOL! Pantyhose Crafts!! You couldn't have done better for me. Oh lord, I'll treasure this book, thank you for a real winner. Plus, I just loved your letter inside. It made the swap extra special.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I just knew someone was going to enjoy that scary 80s cheese :)
Comment: I love the cute dog/dad card! LOL. And yes, I'm a dog person, so it's a win. :)
Response: I turned it over, and my first thought WAS "Well, I hope she's a dog lover." So I went to your profile and saw dogs mentioned, and relaxed. Although, it might have been funnier if you hated dogs? Thanks for the rate and the heart
Comment: Thanks for the cute Waldo postcards!
Comment: Thank you so much for my fabulous samples loved them!!!!!
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I especially enjoyed your thoughts on The Gender Game, as I too have seen it advertised *everywhere* and added it to my TBR because it sounded interesting.
Response: Thanks for the rate! I wanted to like The Gender Game so much more than I did. I
Jjean rated for CL: January Reading log - Electronic on Feb 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing...interesting...
Comment: Thank you for sharing your books with me!
Comment: Stephanie, Thank you so much for the washi tapes! Amazingly, I don't have any of them :-) How fantastic is that? Thank you also for the extra washi. All will be lovingly used :-)
Comment: Thanks for the bag!! It was easy to choose three to take. :) And thanks for the purple and orange washi too, I'm assuming that's an extra gift right? It's even extra awesome because I randomly don't even have any purple washi!!
Response: The purple and orange was extra for you :) I made it up for a swap, forgot I had, and made another, so I had extra :)
Artistic rated for CL: 2018's Reading Resolutions on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: I like your reading resolutions. Since I'm in a new city, I'll see if I can find any little free libraries here.
Comment: Received the postcard - it's pretty cool so far! And thanks for the coloring postcard, now I can join one of those swaps!
AZBobbi rated for CL: December Reading log - Paper on Jan 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter.
armadillogal rated for TSJ: For The Love Of Glass US on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Cute little dish. Thank you.
KSENiA rated for CL: December Reading log - Electronic on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I myself had an uneasy start of the year. I was ill before Berlin and even more ill after. And work is super intense, because I do work in IT and the system is definitely not fool proofed. I hope both you and your grandmother feel better.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your books with me! I added several to my to-read list.
Comment: Thanks for sending the extra postcard---cute!
squince rated for ACL: Cat Christmas in a box swap-USA on Dec 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome package! The 3d printed toys were so neat!! And loved the kitty wrapping paper you used on mine!! So great!!!

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Sandara333 on Feb 27, 2018:

Hey, I’ve tried leaving a rating for you (5 times)...it’s not working. I’ll try again tomorrow...we’ll, as many days until it sticks! I mean, I just loved the book you sent me.💖👏🏻🍸

DeAnnaVarela on Feb 14, 2018:

I found you via the upcoming cussing swap...love your profile and I love Johnny Cash too!


crescendo on Dec 21, 2017:

~~~Happy Winter Solstice~~~

ChrisAnne on Dec 18, 2017:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous art glass necklace from your 5 year Annv RAK. It is beautiful!

anrtist on Dec 15, 2017:

THANK YOU SO MUCH For the LOVELY Art Glass Necklace you sent me for your 5 years on the BOT RAK!!! ;-)
It reminds me of a peacock feather & I know thats why you sent it my way! LOL

Merry Christmas & Blessings! cc

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

ittybittykitty on Nov 4, 2017:

WOW I just got the coolest Halloween PC from you! I love it! You totally made my day - thank you!

starhiker on Nov 4, 2017:

Thanks for the neat PC babe! You have a fun holiday, love ya. yo Momma

ittybittykitty on Nov 3, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful space washi! (Themed washi tag) I’m already wringing my hands like a cartoon villain, thinking about how I can use them! :)

Hell0Z0mbie on Oct 31, 2017:

Best part of doing profile checks today was looking at your handsome kitty. So much fluff!

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