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smadronia
Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: July 18, 2018
Birthday: February 24
Country: United States
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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.

Likes

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.

Books

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!

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Wishlist

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.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for this PC! I will add to it and pass it on! Please remember to write the bname of the swap on these. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
TamiTam55 rated for Top Swap PC on Jul 16, 2018
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Comment: We'll forgive your wife this once for putting her foot down. Just sneak a kitty in every now and then. :)
ariestess rated for CL: June Reading Log - electronic on Jul 15, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I haven't read any of Lackey's work in YEARS!
renmagpie rated for June Fiction - 2000 words on Jul 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for this amazing story. I love your style and it left me wanting to read more from you.
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart! I really want to expand it out into a bigger story, and see where it goes. It probably won't be a full novel, but a longer short would be fun :)
ahren rated for Weird Ransom Note on Jul 2, 2018
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Comment: Brilliant brilliant card! I;m showing this to everyone, it makes me laugh a lot! I would love to do this again!
JadeFan rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 9 on Jun 28, 2018
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Comment: Your swaps came to me both.They are amazing. you are a great partner.Thank you.
KSENiA rated for CL: April Reading Log - Electronic on Jun 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for CL: March Reading Log -Electronic on Jun 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: Thanks for the tea and cute card!
iamred rated for WOW: BIG 25 Washi Tape Sample Swap on Jun 18, 2018
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Comment: fantastic tape selection! thank you so very much! the moon phases were my most favorite! ♥
Nserviam rated for TWW: This Month, I want to... on Jun 18, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for swapping! I didn't do too hot on my goals either. But at least we did something, right?
DaiziDruke rated for WOW: Washi Sample Bags on Jun 12, 2018
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Comment: Hi, received the washi sample bag and will happily send on in the next round! Thank you for the lovely sampler of washis you included as an extra....loved the rainbow colors!
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Comment: She came home :) (I'm assuming it's a she) She's the first 3-D printed being that I or my husband saw firsthand, & my Mother-in-law was educated about waht 3-D printing is, today. She's beautiful. The grey material & her numerous facets are reflecting different amounts of light, & she is the piece of art she is intended to be. We marvelled at her for quite sometime. I really appreciate your taking so much efforts & expense! When 3-D printing becomes the standard process, we'll still cherish her :) :) :) We still don't get the whole process, though. How is the shape decided? Is it like writing code in a computer programme? Is an x-y-z axis co-ordinate provided for each vertex? Did you design her yourself? (I'll come up with a name) (Hope the too small one is happy in its home!)
ScottishLass34 rated for TRANSPORT POSTCARD SWAP -MAY on May 23, 2018
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Comment: Thankyou for the intriguing postcard and I thought your Star Trek stamp was cute! Lol
Response: I figured it would be a nice touch, a transportation stamp (of a sort) for a transportation card :) Thanks for rating!
Fenix825 rated for Mixed Media Boners on May 17, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much for the ATC!
Response: I'm glad the resend made it to you! I'm sorry it took so long and the original went missing
USAFwife rated for CL: April Reading Log - Paper on May 16, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for your reading log. :) You read a much different type of book than I usually do, so all of the titles and authors are new to me. I'll keep them handy when I need a switch up. :) And thank you for hosting, AND not canceling when I was the only other one to sign up! :)
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart :) I thought about canceling since there were only two of us, but decided not to. The short stories are available online if you're looking for a quick read of a different type. Both were out of my usual reading order, but interesting.
Hugsie86 rated for CL: April Reading Log - Electronic on May 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your log. Will take a deeper look at it later, but I did see some promising titles.
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Comment: thanks :)
MichelleKemper rated for OSS: Senders Choice PC #2 on May 13, 2018
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Comment: Such a beautiful PC Stephanie, thank you :)
Highlander18 rated for OSS: Senders Choice PC #2 on May 12, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the Kushner card, yes, could be a quilt!

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Comments

Holunderfee on Jul 17, 2018:

Stephanie, thank you so much for the gorgeous RAK card. I love it.

carol on Jul 13, 2018:

Thanks so much for the RAK cool pulp fiction PC. I love it!

sherba31 on Jul 12, 2018:

Thanks for the Sharon Tate Polanski pc for your 70 PC RAK. Such a sad story but receiving the pc was happy mail indeed.

sabbysteg on Jul 7, 2018:

Thanks for the Sigmund Freud postcard, it's super cool. :) Appreciate it!

Buecherwurm on Jul 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for your RAK, I love the javelina postcard! I love anything with pigs and this one is especially cute :) Also luckily the postcard didn't get damaged in the post so I might hang it on the wall sometime. I hope you have a wonderful day :) Best wishes and happy swapping!

Ikran3 on Jun 24, 2018:

Thank you so much for the RAK postcard! Ilove it - one day I'm going to visit Seattle!! <3

wolfeagle on Jun 24, 2018:

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Congrats on making it 6 years. And, thank you for the postcard.

RooBaRoo on Jun 24, 2018:

So, happy 6th Swapversary! 💐❤

simcoe54 on Jun 19, 2018:

Naked Postcard RAK - Thanks so much for the postcard you sent me. It is perfect for my collection.

marinda on Jun 15, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful Postcard of Norway! I love it. 💙💚💛

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