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Last Online: November 8, 2011
Birthday: May 12
Country: United States
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About Me

I live in a well-shaded cottage overlooking a man-made lake in the middle of Tinstletown with my husband, dog and cat.

I am a dogged news gatherer. I work in an historic building in downtown Los Angeles.

I'm originally from New York and came out to SoCal after graduating from a women's college in Massachusetts.

My first few years in L.A., largely due to lack of wheels, I didn't appreciate L.A.'s vastness and wealth of microcommunities. Then I started cluing into local blogs and wonderful writers (i.e., Jonathan Gold, Manohla Dargis - she may write for NYT but she's LAT born n' raised) who provoked me to dig into L.A. and dig into off-beat restaurants, neighborhoods, indie cinemas, farmer's markets, mountain trails, galleries, freakish expos, swap meets, etc.

I've travelled in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Thailand, Viet Nam, the Phillipines, Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan. I go home to see family in NYC and Baltimore once or twice a year.

I don't craft but I have huge admiration for other people's handiwork -- including my husband's.


  • sour/sweet
  • robots
  • open source
  • lemon, lime, cherry, grape, root beer
  • twinkly lights
  • intricate
  • cartoons
  • black & white
  • flowering trees
  • bees
  • cameras
  • little boxes, pouches, frames
  • rain, snow, hail, sleet
  • mice
  • candy-coated fennel
  • chocolate banana muffins
  • Mexico City
  • mushroom hunting
  • dim sum


  • dead batteries
  • licorice
  • potholes
  • relentless sun
  • pretzels
  • melon
  • sport drinks
  • pecan sandies
  • City of Industry
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Kraft Singles

Favorite Music

The Frames and Marketa Irglova, Lauryn Hill, The Pharcyde, Aloe Blacc, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ornette Coleman, Jill Scott, Mark Ronson remixes, The Staple Singers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Heart, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, The Pixies, Diamond D

Favorite Movies

Once, The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei), Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Cléo de 5 à 7, Amelie, The Lives of Others, The King of Hearts, The Brother from Another Planet, Orlando, The Rose, Eve's Bayou

Favorite Television

The Deadliest Catch, Sopranos, Big Love (Chloe in JCP!), The Wire, My Super Sweet 16, The Monks of New Skete, Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations [it's a love-hate situation], Project Runway [I own a Diana Eng Black Box necklace that I cherish]

Favorite Crafts

Yours, felt, plush, pickled stuff


Comment: I am very disappointed because not only did I not receive anything for this swap, I never got a response after sending a message kindly enquiring about the status of my swap package...
user8344 rated for Make-up Your Mind! on Jul 24, 2007
Comment: Beautiful package, thank you!
shopandbid rated for Party Favor Bag on Jul 20, 2007
Comment: sorry for not rating you sooner. I just f.ound the box in my trunk. It's been back there for weeks, I'm sorry. great items thanks again
squintgrad rated for Party Favor Bag on Jun 22, 2007
Comment: thanks for the goodies
celia rated for Make-up Your Mind! on Jun 20, 2007
Comment: Amazing!!! Amazing!!! Amazing!!! Have no more words for such a wonderful package!!! I have already used my Bad Gal yesterday night and went to see the "Cabaret" musical with my friends, isn't it just glam????? lol... Thanks so much! My best ever swap!
Response: That's great! I'm sure you looked + felt fantabulous. That stuff is magic.
TinaM rated for Weekend Newbie Surprise Swap #4 on Jun 20, 2007
TíaBel rated for Party Favor Bag on Jun 20, 2007
Comment: Yeay! Fun party favors, especially the wrestler. Though the ninja made me laugh and the ring is so cute and....
Response: Ninjas rool! Thanks!
mysterygirl rated for Weekend Newbie Surprise Swap #4 on Jun 19, 2007
Comment: AWESOME swapper. I love Ninjas, and everything else you put in there. Thank you SO much for putting all that thought into this swap. You rock.
Response: Thx!
mere rated for Party Favor Bag on Jun 18, 2007
Comment: I love everything. I felt like a little kids!! Thank you
Response: Thanks!
TryshaH81 rated for Party Favor Bag on Jun 18, 2007
Comment: SO CUTE! I got my package and everything was perfect for my babies (the whole reason I actually done this swap)!! They were thrilled! Thanks!! Patricia
user8255 rated for Weekend Newbie Surprise Swap #4 on Jun 9, 2007
Comment: Thank you so much for the package of goodies. it was such a nice surprise in a swap where so little was required. i especially love the sparkle ninja gum (i have a secret love for ninjas!) and the chicken leg candy-- hilarious!
Response: Chicken leg candy.... ummmmm..
Comment: Holy guacamole, I'd give Shay four or five hearts if I could! Sheer delightful swapalicious goodness -- THANK YOU! I sure hope to get you in a future swap so I can reciprocate.
Response: Glad you liked! That tea is delish. Tell me what you think.

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babysingsing on Jun 25, 2007:

Love Mark Ronson. La-la-la-la, lalalalalala Oooooh weee, ooh wee!

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