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veronicallama

veronicallama
Date Joined: April 19, 2015
Last Online: March 8, 2021

Country: United States
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I'm Rhonda! I live in Oakland, California with my partner. I teach elementary school. Born in the mid 60's, I've been a member of the 50+ club for a couple of years now. Being on Swap-bot here with you makes me happy! I'm ready for some innocent fun!

IF you'd like some notecard envelopes (JUST envelopes, no notecards), please message me and I'll send 12 or 15 your way. A friend shared an estate sale find with me, but now I have way too many! US swappers only, due to postage.

My interests are varied. I like cooking, hiking, reading, cities (London has a special place in my heart), trees, dogs, and llamas. I've always been interested in politics and remain optimistic that democracy has a chance of working for the benefit of all.

Living in Oakland, I take advantage of being just a bridge away from the museums in San Francisco. I visit art museums frequently and like having the time to take in beauty and strangeness. I tend to enjoy more contemporary works than classic, but that's not a hard and fast.

I like cute stuff...slightly gothic stuff (think Edward Gorey)... I'm into Adventure Time and Bob's Burgers and Regular Show (cartoon watcher for life!)... I'm a sucker for animals of all kinds. I've loved dogs my whole life.

Colors that speak to me are candy brights of ALL shades; all pinks, from baby soft pastels to loud fuchsias -- Wait. Who am I kidding? I can't list all the colors I like! More is better, that much I can say!

When I was growing up, I'd spend all my money on records and concert tickets. I'm a rocknroll girl. These days, I listen to powerpop from the 70s-90s, roots rock and Americana, and singer/songwriter stuff. I love seeing local acts, like Chuck Prophet, Bart Davenport, and Crying Time.

I was very lucky to have seen Prince twice - once in 2011, and then again, just 3 months before he passed. Prince's music added so much excitement to my life, being a teenager in the '80s. I still find it so sad that his life ended as it did, far too soon. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson.

I was a literature major and the books I like most have interesting language, as well as an engaging story. I am a word nerd, for sure! I love that a Richard Ford novel is guaranteed to have words new to me on nearly every page. Junot Diaz and Philip Roth are also favorite authors of mine; their sentence and story constructions make me swoon.

Being a word nerd makes it easy for me to love poetry: in a good poem, every word is essential and leads to a perfect moment of "aha." Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Wendell Berry have all given me those moments for which I'm grateful.

Book last finished: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett ::: Currently reading:The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett + The Heads of Colored People by Nafissa Thompson Spires

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Postcrossing is what lead me to Swap-bot. Hooray! I started collecting postcards during college and would spend a lot of time arranging them just-so, putting them up on my bedroom walls. It's fun returning to a hobby I began as a much younger me.

Junk journals, zines, and pocket letters are all part of the paper-based fun brought into my life by Swap-bot. These new creative outlets bring a little nervousness with them - ME? I'm sending swaps of this sort out into the world? - because I'm far from naturally crafty but ... there's real satisfaction from trying something new and building confidence from there.

FAVORITE POSTCARD IMAGES include:

dogs! - paintings - silly/weird/absurd stuff - animals - black&whitephotography

FUN STUFF to make my MAIL HAPPY= washi tape::tea bags::blank postcards:: stickers::surprises !!!

Send to someone else: jasmine or chai tea & touristy postcards. Thank you :)

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Comment: Hi Rhonda, thank you for the awesome swap and for the lady grey tea! Can't wait to try it!
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Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! My daughter is a third grader. This has been such a weird school year! We just started Spring Break. Thanks so much for the cute sock monkeys stickers!
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Comment: Thanks!
Coss rated for SMSUSA: STAMP IT! Mail Art on Mar 3, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the fun envelope. It almost looked like it came that way it was so nicely formatted. Thanks for the goodies too.
mchesser12 rated for Expand my Vocab PC USA #28 on Mar 2, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the resend and sharing the words. Wild boar have been rooting in my boyfriend's mom's garden.
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Comment: Oh Barbara! What a fab story! and a thank u for all the beautiful postcards. Have a happy happy 2021.
thecolorofinfinity rated for Oversize PC Swap - USA on Feb 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the very cute card, and congratulations on your discovery of Sloan! If you get the chance to make it to one of their shows sometime definitely do it, they're so great live!
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Comment: Hi there Rhonda~! I got your swaps. The first envelope came last week and I got the 2nd one today. It's weird, sometimes you get both at the same time. But other times, days apart. I have had that happen more than once. Thank you very much for the 5 very pretty note cards, that some of came from your friend. And, for the very pretty flower & the heart stickers. Love all of them!
Response: Glad it worked out, Deb. Thanks for the heart!
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Comment: Thank you for such a fun mix of stickers!
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Comment: Thank you for the great swap! I appreciate the homemade envelope and fun postage you used (some of the stamps didn't stay on the envelope and are in the postal system somewhere). I like all the items you sent. Really fun to receive!
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Comment: Thank you! I am not currently working as a proofreader. I am focusing on my studies right now. But I hope to in the not too distant future! The qualities your boyfriend has are exactly what are needed for proofreading! Good luck
Response: Thanks for the info, and the kind rating. Take care!
TryshaH81 rated for WIYM: Easy as 1 - 2 - 3! on Feb 5, 2021
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Comment: Very cute items! Thank you!
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Comment: I’d love to write you back. I’d love to know more about you. Is that ok? TYVM! I so enjoyed reading!!! Stay safe & healthy!
Response: Please, write me! Take care.
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basykes rated for I <3 NTP 1 on Jan 29, 2021
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Comment: Yes; I'm breathing a sigh of relief. Thanks.
PaperProf rated for WIYM: (USA) Simply Send Something! on Jan 24, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely swap.
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Comment: Love your ideas and the reasoning for them.
kizzlets rated for Random Question Swap #6 on Jan 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing about the park near you area!
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I love all the fun decorations you put on it like the sparkly dragon sticker. I hope you are doing well and wish you the best for the New Year! ❤️
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Comment: Thank you! I completely relate to your trouble with understanding dogs' shapes on paper 😅 It was very fun to see Finnish-themed stamps, I was so surprised! Best wishes to you and Nala!
Response: Happy it made it all the way to Finland. Be well and -HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Comments

DaisyNY on Mar 7, 2021:

Hi Rhonda - this was mailed out but here is the link to the zine on Flickr: Linkie

Front cover:

What I Learned

baseri on Nov 30, 2019:

Rhonda, Thank you for the pretty postcard! It made my day! Will pop a note in the mail to you this week. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Dale Baseri

orneryswife on Aug 2, 2019:

I received your postcard and happy mail today! How fun! Thank you.

orneryswife on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you for the letter for the summer penpal swap. I will write back soon!

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

Came here randomly and just wanted you to know that you have a really cool profile :)

VivaLaDiane on Feb 25, 2019:

I was reading profiles of participants in my swaps that I haven't had the pleasure of knowing yet and I must say that yours is refreshing. Thanks for the smile on a cold Monday here. I am thrilled to have you in my swap. ♥

MNJoviGirl on Jan 6, 2019:

(Waves) Happy Belated New Year from Minnesota!

Jodie

jannieb on Oct 29, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap & for taking the time to send a sweet & thoughtful Halloween swap to Grayson. He really did smile from ear to ear. Take care & Happy Halloween!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 10, 2018:

CS: Doggie Deco :) Thank you for joining!!

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2018:

THANK YOU
Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

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