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smadronia

smadronia
Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: April 27, 2017
Birthday: February 24
Country: United States
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Steph In a Nutshell

Profile Updated 20 February 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 11 years, who also drives; my grandmother, a retired English teacher; and Mozzie, my fluffy white cat. We also have a German Shepherd, Kody, who's tennis ball crazy. Also in the house, 2 tanks of fish.

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. Since the dog is mostly outside, or upstairs, he's not much of a problem but Mozzie has fine white fluff that gets into everything. All swap items are inspected and wiped down (if they can be) before boxing, and I keep packaging away from my cat. 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
  • 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 11 years now. I don't generally change them out, but if you send me earrings, I have a 19 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!

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

shinyserra rated for 4X4" Artist Tile - Zentangle on Apr 23, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you. I love it!
Mamabemus rated for WOW: Animal Washi Tape! on Apr 23, 2017
5
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Comment: love the washi, especially the elephants
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
iamred rated for WOW: Patterned Washi on Apr 21, 2017
5
rating
Comment: thank you so much for the washi! =)
CraftyMommaonaBUDGET rated for WOW: Send some blue on Apr 18, 2017
5
rating
Comment: AWESOME!!! Thank you
KSENiA rated for CL: March Reading Log - Paper on Apr 11, 2017
5
rating
Comment: thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for CL: March Reading Log - Electronic on Apr 11, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for the log. I'm glad you liked Symbiont Seeking Symbiont. You should give it a try to her Space Opera series. The first book is called Fluency. I couldn't finish the 1st book of Throne of Glass, but it's nice you enjoy it.
susieq40 rated for TSJ: Please Send Souvenirs! on Apr 9, 2017
5
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Comment: Thanks for the cute little shot glasses.. Happy Spring
Response: Woo! glad you liked them. Thanks for the rating
Laney520 rated for Secret Swap on Apr 6, 2017
5
rating
Comment: My lips are sealed.
Response: Thank you, for the rating and for the comment. Appreciate it
turtles27 rated for Cat ATC #6 on Apr 6, 2017
5
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Comment: Wonderful ATC! Your note cracked me up. 😀 I don't know how people get such perfect images. Of course half the time I have a cat or two helping me which makes it even harder.
Response: Mozzie likes to assist me, although the embossing... gun? The heat tool. He hates that.
Germanbaby77 rated for Asian themed ATC on Apr 4, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic ATC! LOVE IT!! thank you also for parting with those stunning materials. it was very kind of you!
Response: I'm glad you like it, thank you for rating! I knew I had to do something with those wonderful papers.
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Comment: Thank you for participating in this round. I love this swap and highly enjoy hosting it :) Thank you for you review. I wish the book was more toy your taste. Hope the next time I get to choose for I'll do a better job :)
reader44ever rated for NH: Decorated Postcards on Mar 23, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for this neat - and neatly decorated! - pc featuring Hollywood, Stephanie. I haven't been there in years, but used to live only 30 or so [40; just checked] miles away (in my childhood). It used to take me about 24 hours to drive straight through from home in Pomona/Montclair to college in Pullman (~1,400 miles). :-) Thank you for sharing!
Ahana rated for NH: Decorated Postcards on Mar 22, 2017
5
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chabbywabbit rated for Bragging Rights on Mar 21, 2017
5
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Comment: Hi, i got the postcard one...so let me just rate you on that first. :D it's an awesome card btw!
sec7974 rated for OMGAYSWTG? on Mar 18, 2017
5
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Comment: ....STILL watching hahaha
Sassa rated for NH: Easy Postcard #14 on Mar 18, 2017
5
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Comment: Hello and thank you for the card you sent ... hope the flood did not ruin to much for you .... Best wishes
KSENiA rated for CL: February Reading Log - Electronic on Mar 16, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing. It's always a pleasure to read your reviews.
5
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Comment: Thank you for the extras!
HannahEnilk rated for CL: February Reading Log - Paper on Mar 13, 2017
5
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Comment: 8 books in a month! Well done. Had NO idea Stephenie Meyer had written another book! Have been wanting to read the gender-swapped Twilight for kicks. ETA: I find glasswork fascinating and am impressed by your experience!

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Comments

sweetpea22 on Mar 20, 2017:

THANK YOU so much for the Awesome goodies in the RAK~~ Flat Rate Box O Stuff - US Only!!

Lexidh on Mar 20, 2017:

Oh my, your kitty is gorgeous. My Rufus is a bit more black in his fluff, but has the same black markings as your Mr Mozzy, even down to the chin blob! =)

craftyone on Mar 4, 2017:

Hello and thanks for the small flat rate box of stuff RAK in the PF! I love all the washi samples. Have a great day!

starhiker on Feb 16, 2017:

Thank you ladies for the sweet V day card its the only one I got lol.

daichki on Jan 23, 2017:

Thank you for the bookmarks from Who likes? tag.

starhiker on Dec 24, 2016:

Love you Babe!

btbeth on Dec 19, 2016:

I know I rated you, but I had to also leave a comment. The ornament is just gorgeous and I will hang it on our tree as soon as it is up. Thank you again for such a thoughtful, beautiful gift!

Paige1900 on Dec 16, 2016:

starhiker on Oct 3, 2016:

Hey dear, love you! ; )

Lady on Oct 2, 2016:

Here's a cat for you:

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