Swap-bot Time: May 17, 2021 2:01 am


Date Joined: June 27, 2018
Last Online: May 16, 2021
Birthday: January 29
Country: United States
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About Me

So, I received one of those damaged item envelopes from the post office yesterday. It contained most of my address and my name torn from a yellow envie and sealed into the "we care" packet. I want to say how impressed I am that this arrived several days after the actual mail did...yes, I got an envie from Australia that literally said "to 3 Harriso United State". And it arrived at my house!!! The only other clue on it is Eulegirl on the back of the envie. Wow! You go US Post Office!!

A note on rating--I am an English professor (though my position is being cut at the end of the school year and so I'm applying for new work and very stressed about it). I just finished grading all the papers for the semester, which meant that some swaps in need of rating were piling up. I'm going to work on catching up on my rating over the holidays! If you sent me a swap, and I haven't rated it yet, feel free to ask, and I will put yours to the top of the pile (unless I catch up first!)

I restarted my blog, Hungry Like the Wolfe. I'm setting a goal of doing 1 post a week! I get behind sometimes, but I'm trying to catch up. Please check it out and follow me.

Please be careful when mailing flat things that might move around in an envie. The mail supervisor for my region is VERY PICKY. If anything bunches up in the envie, and I mean stuff as small as a few teabags or one magnet with a circle or a paperclipped collection of items that could be 3/4" thick, then he will tag it and make me pay the package rate to collect my mail.

In exciting news, I haven't had any postage due mail in more than a month now! Thank you for taping/wrapping things carefully so they don't slide around and become thick. It seems to be working!

Yes, I received a 3 on 23 September 2019. I had an irresponsible streak. It is not a fixable 3, as in I can't go back into the past and send in a timely manner. I do take pictures of all of my swaps. I mark sent when the swap is ready to go to the post office. I do contact people when a swap is going to be late. I learned from my mistakes. Most people are accepting of that, but I also now have a 3 from someone who did not accept my explanation of why a swap is late. I contacted all of my partners as I had the swaps completed but had been carrying them around with me unable to get to the post office because of back to school meetings. I don't know how to fix that, as I was being as responsible as I could.

As for my other 3, I will in the future contact all swap partners if something will be EVEN 1 DAY LATE. I am currently trying to make sure to send swaps out before the swap date (and am on a streak where I am several days ahead!) If I am permitted to do any swaps in the future (I must recognize that at some point I will allowed to do nothing because I have failed to be timely 4 times in the past.), I will continue this streak. If not, I will contact my partner.

If a swap does not arrive, please contact me before rating me a 1. I will do all in my power to fix it.

I'm an English professor. I also enjoy reading, cross stitch, cooking, board games, Magic the gathering.

I love cats. I have one cat, Aspect, who has been my best friend for 14 years.

I also like owls.

The website link will take you to my food blog Hungry Like the Wolfe

I'm a big fan of coffee and tea. I like a wide variety of both. I'm very interested in trying new kinds of tea and coffee! I can use loose leaf and bagged teas.

I also really love hats and fascinators. I don't really do ball caps, but I have the look that allows me to wear Derby type hats or English facinators (basically tiny hats on a headband). I also enjoy tiaras and other fun headpieces. I find a lot of these sorts of things at Halloween at Michael's or at stores like Claire's at the mall.

I really like large mugs for all of my hot beverages. I think delicate little tea cups are cute, but I want to drink more than a tea sample :) Oversized mugs are my favorites.

I like stickers, and I've decided that I will once again join into some sticker swaps. I do get a lot of my stickers from Current which has HUGE sticker sheets, like 9x13, so those might be cut into smaller chunks and/or should count as more than one sheet. But they have gorgeous stickers!

I also have been finding myself drawn to things with the stars and galaxies and suns and moons lately.The sky and the universe are so beautiful!

Favorite Crafts

Baking (especially at midnight)

cross stitch (I'm working on a huge dragon writer piece right now). I'm working on a second huge project of a piano being played in the woods.

I also enjoy making my own body products like bath bombs and shower cream and shampoo. I love to use my essential oils in all that I do.

If something arrives at my house made of thick enough paper, and that paper has a picture, it's probably going to be turned into an envelope. This includes catalogs, college alumni magazines, grocery magazines with coupons and recipes, calendars, the fronts of magazines, etc.

Weird Jobs

I'm a mystery shopper, which means I go into stores and ask questions and write about what happens in the encounters.

This results in people asking me weird questions sometimes like how to use a prison credit card at the gas pumps. I also get asked if I would like to join the army.

I have photographed bathroom graffiti so I have picture proof that something isn't supposed to be there.

Favorite Music

They say that most people are nostalgic for the music of when they were young adults. I am no exception. I am a little stuck in the 90s and early 00s I love the Lilth Fair set (Tori Amos, Alanis Morrisette, Indigo Girls, etc)

I also listen to a community radio station that plays music you don't normally hear on other radio stations. Carbon Leaf, for example. Or blues or such a wide variety!

In tv, I really miss Firefly!

Favorite Books

I'm an English professor, so you might have guessed that I do love to read. I am usually reading 3 books at a time--one fiction or nonfiction, 1 romance or mystery, and 1 young adult, science fiction, or fantasy. I am also usually listening to an audiobook, which I download from the library app.

I also like to read and write about food. I'm a poet, so I also read and write poetry.

I love Harry Potter and think it's the sort of thing worth rereading.

Books are always a good choice. No Nicholas Sparks or other super sentimental (translates as I don't want to cry my eyes out when reading) or horror, but sending me books is otherwise a good idea!


Fuzzy socks

This summer I started watching Avatar the Last Airbender, and I love it! Uncle Iroh is my favorite. Raise a cup in his honor with me!

Things that smell good. Love scented items. Favorite scents include lavender, fall scents, mint, floral, woodsy

purple and orange are favorite colors

olive drab is a color that looks really good on me

trees, though I prefer non-evergreen

I'm addicted to lip balm. I make my own and I also buy lip balm all the time

bath products. I think the best .way to end the day is with a bath and good book. Baths are best with something scented in them--bombs, salts, bubbles, oils

I geek out over stationary and pens and stickers

I LOVE puns and wordplay!

Glitter. I know it gets everywhere, but I still love it!

Please Don't Send

Recipes that require zucchini (I'm allergic). I am allergic to all kinds of squash, pumpkin, and zucchini. I have learned that pumpkin can usually be switched to sweet potato and turns out yum, but I don't know how to substitute for zucchini

Winnie the Pooh

Please no things that smell like smoke. This seems mostly to be an issue with thrift store swaps, but applies in all cases. I don't deal well with smoke smells, and I can't always wash it out/off. Then I have to throw away a gift, and that makes me sad.

Postcard Preferences

I like a wide variety of postcards. I enjoy the touristy ones, but I really like the non-touristy ones, too. I like pictures of owls, dragons, fantasy, some of the art cards, B/W photography. Things with sparkle and glitter are fine. I enjoy nature, particularly trees. Cats are wonderful on postcards.

Not a big fan of postcards with just a couple of words on a background, like "sweater weather" for fall. Would rather have a scene. That said, I got a postcard that said "Your sparkle has not gone unnoticed" in bright glittery colors, and I loved it. I like bright colors. Sometimes I love the random postcards. I like vintage ones, too, and I can get these at a local store, which is fun.


My kitty, Aspect, is 14, but still has a lot of energy. Her favorite toys include those balls that look like soccer or golf balls and are made of Nerf/sponge material or ones that are like big pompoms.

When she was a kitten, she had a bat toy. It was her favorite ever, though it quickly became 2 toys: bat head and bat body. She LOVES bats. And glitter. I tell her all the time that it's ok to love glitter and Bojuka Bog (a magic card--it's ok to have a girly side and a competitive side) She also likes a catnip mouse now and again, especially the grey ones. She loves pipe cleaners and string and her laser toy. She'll run down the hall and jump to get that red dot!

Specti loves treats of most kinds.

She does not like hard plastic balls with bells in them or toys shaped like springs. I try to keep her away from too much catnip as she gets angry instead of mellow when she's had too much. She had a cactus once, as she loved to rub against it and use it a comb....until she tried to take it to bed. Then I had to confiscate the cactus. I was also recently reminded that she wants to eat Mardi Gras beads, so please do not send them to either of us. They must remain closed in a box at all times because they are shiny and she wants to eat them.

Like most kitties, she'll love the box as much as if not more than the toy :)


savannahjan rated for Notecard & Washi on May 16, 2021
Comment: Orange is definitely an every day color! :) Thanks so much for the pretty washi samples. I already used some in my journal last night.
Comment: You picked some great cards for me - I love the Underwater postcsrd and the Lounge postcard the best! Thanks very much.
danatropicana rated for LSRUS-Tea time-US on May 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all the teas! I'm excited to try them!
JenZen5 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #138 on May 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards. I love the Ernest Hemingway postcard. I also love the Judy Garland quote on the notecard. Beautiful calligraphy. Thank you for sending it to me. Have a fantastic day!
Comment: Thanks the book looks interesting, and one I would read. Of course the teas will get used too.
Comment: Thank you for the book lines. I will check them out as they sound interesting. I also like the zebra PC you used and the cat stickers.
lostinavalon rated for SCATTS - U - Round 7 - US Only on May 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
fishsteak rated for LLU: Blackout Poetry on May 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the blackout poem!
hg08 rated for SH: Small Stocking Stuffer #4( USA ) on May 10, 2021
dorcii rated for Tea For Thee # 96 on May 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks a lot for the teas :)
Comment: Hi Maryann, Thank you for all the lovely recipes you sent. Happy Mother's Day, Demaris
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Mac and cheese is such a comfort food.
Comment: Thank you for all the great postcards of Germany and for joining my swap.
renate rated for CS: Love Thy ☕️ Tea on May 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for your tea and nice card. Yes I like mind tea too.
minniepic rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt #14 on May 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful postcards. ❤️❤️❤️
PrincessLeia rated for CS: Amazing April PC on May 7, 2021
Comment: Hello Maryann, What a great choice of PC! I love it - and i think its amazing!
Comment: Thank you so much! Take Care always!
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #139 on May 7, 2021
Comment: All great choices, and thanks for the bonus b&w photo too!
Comment: Thanks for the article and magazine cover. I’ll have to look into reading it.
Kirkdebb rated for ABCUSA ~ A-Z Postcards ~ Letter D on May 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard!

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Christianmom on Jan 29, 2021:

Happy Birthday!! Wishing you a happy and extremely blessed birthday filled with unimaginable joy and love.

lovesreward on Jan 29, 2021:

Happy birthday!! I wish I knew how to post cute images on here but alas I do not know how! I hope you are doing well and that you have a beautiful day!

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wombatlady on Jan 16, 2021:

Belatedly (I was unexpectedly out of the country most of last year), thank you for returning my pass and color fish postcard last spring!

Rainydancer on Dec 26, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

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Just because ♥




MNJoviGirl on Nov 26, 2020:

I am hosting the January birthday greetings again if you are interested.


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