Swap-bot Time: October 3, 2023 1:02 am


Date Joined: April 15, 2019
Last Online: May 27, 2020
Birthday: April 11, 1977
Country: United States

About Me

I teach middle school students and I dream of traveling far and wide when I retire. Until then, I enjoy sending postcards to far-off places and reading about them. I have two teenage boys and a husband, two cats (a calico and an orange tiger) and a sweet black lab who is 10 years old.

I don't really enjoy watching television, but it is often on in my home due to the aforementioned husband and kids. There is one show I love called the Magicians (it is after one of my favorite books series of the same name) and also GOT.

I recently joined postcard swap sites and I find I really enjoy matching a card and stickers and stamps to the person I am sending them to. As for me, I really enjoy receiving cards that are decorated, thoughtful and I do enjoy a variety of stamps as well! I used to "collect" pen pals when I was younger and I have missed getting real mail, which is why I was so happy to find this site! I hope to make a lot of meaningful swaps!

Thanks for reading!

Favorite Music

I love most kinds of music (my favorites though continue to be the songs of my college years- mid-late 90's like Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains), and also to listen to talk radio (NPR is almost always on in my car when I am driving by myself!), but I enjoy moments of silence as well.

Other favorites: Neil Simon Simon and Garfunkel Indigo Girls Kris Delmhorst Blues Traveler Cat Stevens Dixie Chicks Justin Timberlake P!nk Lady Gaga Black M Shakira Coeur de Pirate Marie Mai John Prine

Favorite Books

I love reading and will read almost anything. I like to read what my students will like, so I read a lot of YL literature, but I also like memoirs, biographies and fantasy/sci fi. My favorite books are the Harry Potter series, but I have other favorites too. I love the authors Diane Setterfield (the 13th Tale is one of the best books I have ever read!), Carlos Ruis Zafon (Shadow of the Wind is another amazing book for book-lovers) and Margaret Atwood (you know her as the author of the Handmaid's Tale if you are a Netflix watcher, I fell in love with her for The Edible Woman which I read in college, and then read every thing else she had written to that point, and have continued to come back to her books throughout the years) On lighter reading I enjoy Jodi Picoult and fluffier 'chick lit' as well.

Favorite Movies

Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Marvel Universe Movies (esp. Captain Marvel! This is my NEW FAVORITE!!! IT WAS SO GOOD!), French Kiss (Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline! How can you go wrong?!), My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Favorite Crafts

I like to be crafty but I don't have one particular craft I do all the time. I learned how to crochet last year (one of my 7th graders taught me!) and I made a lot of hats and scarves to donate to charity. I haven't crocheted in a while, but I did rediscover the love of making friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss that I used to make when I was young. I have a group of students who stay after school with me and I teach them what I remember and we google what I don't! Maybe there will be a swap where I can send you a bracelet I have made! I have also been known to create decent costumes with a glue gun and felt (I don't sew!) and I've been hoping to take a painting or drawing class, but nothing local has been offered except sip and paint classes (do you know those? I have done a couple, but I'd like to learn how to paint my own pictures) I enjoy art, especially Impressionist paintings. Since swapping and postcrossing I have come to really enjoy stamps. I don't really collect them per se, but I have a growing collection (it helps that i work in the same town as one of the largest philatelic companies in the US!) and have started to use them to decorate and make things like bookmarks and a doing a little junk journaling.

Other Favorites

Animals (especially elephants, cows and pigs with sweet faces) but I hate spiders!

Coffee!!! is a treat I allow myself, but I like tea too (mostly herbal teas, black tea is not my favorite) I am vegetarian and I don't consume dairy because of an allergy, and Iean towards being fully vegan, but I am not strict about avoiding eggs.

Another hobby I have is beer and wine tasting. I like to visit small breweries, the kind where you can chat with the brew master and learn about what went into the beer you drink. My favorites are Stouts and Lagers. I also belong to a wine-making and tasting club. Twice a year we make 7 different kinds of wine together and bottle them ourselves. When we meet we bring wine to share and I have learned a lot about good wine. I like reds when I'm eating dinner (Cabernet and the like) and whites and rose when I am just relaxing with friends.

No thanks!

I wouldn't like food items (besides coffee or tea)sent to me- I have other allergies besides dairy, so it's too difficult to know what I can and can't eat, but thanks for the thought!

I am very liberal politically, so I would not like items that promote ultra conservative views (I'd be fine with saying away from politics completely!)

I would love!

As far as postcards/letters go- I LOVE a good variety of stamps! I prefer my Post Cards sent naked (not in an envelope) and I adore all the different airmail markings from around the world. If the swap is for a card in an envelope though, please do as the swap requires!

I would like to get maxi cards if you are inclined to send them (in the US, the postage doesn't count towards the sending unless it's on the address side, so I understand if you don't want to send it that way! I only send it like that if I am asked to specifically!)

I love stickers, all kinds! and washi tape I like fun pens and pencils. I am very possessive of my writing utensils!

About flaking...

I promise I have every swap ready to go the evening partners are assigned and they are in the mail the very next morning (unless it's something I have to craft specifically for you, then I have to wait a day for glue to dry...but it's in the mail within 48 hours AT THE MOST) I do put the mail in the box at the end of my driveway, and if the carrier is late, he misses the truck into the city by the time he gets to our odd-hours post office. The postmark may be a day or two later because of this, but I ALWAYS SEND! If you didn't get something PLEASE MESSAGE ME! EMAIL ME! LEAVE ME A NOTE!! I will resend if necessary! I also always review as soon as I get your send!

**If YOU forget to send something to me, or find out you will otherwise miss the deadline, please just send me a note and tell me it's coming! I don't mind waiting to rate, just don't say NOTHING...it makes me sad!


matt319 rated for Double Postcard Swap on Jan 30, 2020
AZmom875 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 29 on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: I got this today, and will pass it along. Thanks so much for the vintage mini postcards. It is actually very much my thing!!
Suncloud rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 28 on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely message, card and extras. I will send the postcard on its way on the next swap.
newrule rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 27 on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: In time for the next round! Thanks for the extra washi!
tentmari rated for HALLOWEEN POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the postcard; I love it. I totally understand about no trick-or-treaters because we are also in a rural area, and my kids are too old, as well. I did go out with a friend who has younger kids, though, and it was fun. Hope you had a nice Halloween evening, too.
TigerRose rated for 12345 Postcard #5 USA on Nov 12, 2019
aladyde rated for Postcards - Focus On: Women #5 on Nov 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Frida postcard.I recently bought a book about her life but havent started reading yet. I love the stamps you chose. Danke!.
Comment: WOW! Thank you so much Jess for the beautiful PC and the vintage stamps! Absolutely love it!
matt319 rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #30 on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Lovely card, stamps, and comments!
brooklynbunch rated for 12345 Postcard #5 USA on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the card! Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome postcard! 😁
imrolynn rated for 12345 Postcard #5 USA on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Elephant lovers unite! Thanks for sharing. :)
NRGordon rated for 12345 Postcard #5 USA on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely PC. I started here specifically for Moe’s postcard trading but quickly started trying other types. Such a fun site filled with nice people.
palmettogirl727 rated for 12345 Postcard #5 USA on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Hi Jess, thanks so much for the Adirondack PC. I went through that region several years ago in the fall. Beautiful! Hoping to go again at some point.
66adore rated for Postcard in French on Oct 12, 2019
Comment: Merci beaucoup, Jessica! Très jolie carte du Lake Oneida! Elle me plaît beaucoup!
cadel rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 26 on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: I received your envelope yesterday. Many thanks for the stamps. Have a nice fall
msashtree rated for Postcard in French on Oct 6, 2019
Comment: Merci beaucoup pour la carte postale de la mode!! C'est parfaite pour ma collection! Bonne journee!! <3
Comment: Many hearts for the fantastic postcard and stamps!! I am always happy to receive anything Christmas, any time!
Response: I'm so glad! I have been holding onto that card for the perfect swap! :)

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Itti on Nov 28, 2019:

Just wanted to let you know that I read Children of Blood and Bone as you recommended to me in Summer Reading PC and enjoyed it very much - thanks for the recommendation.

Paige1900 on May 1, 2019:

Thank you so much for the wonderful HP postcard! I love it!!!

elliecf on Apr 25, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

envelope saying hi

Hello Jessica!

Welcome to Swap-bot! I'm fairly new too but swapping has quickly become one of my favourite hobbies. You are sure to have a lot of fun here.

I have a (yellow) labrador too! She's my best friend and makes me so happy. She wags her tail so hard it makes her entire body wiggle.

I made my first friendship bracelet for a penpal recently and it was so much fun, I hope to make more in the future. It didn't come out perfect but I guess that just adds a bit of character!

I'm also a HUGE fan of Harry Potter, I even fall asleep to the audiobooks sometimes. I'm a fellow Gryffindor, what house are you in?

I hope life is treating you well and that you are having a lovely springtime.

Ellie x

mellowmel on Apr 25, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

Hi Jess,

Omg! We have the same birthday! ❤️ Happy belated birthday lol.

What is wine making like? Is it hard?

Have a nice day!


purrincup on Apr 24, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

Hello and welcome to swapbot! I hope you'll enjoy this community. I also like Magicians and Harry Potter. I don't read as much as I used to. I have a 2 year old at home - still adjusting to life as a mom.

mcovey on Apr 24, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello # 3

Hello to Spring! Love the warm weather! Being a teacher , must be rewarding and difficult at times . We have 2 children at home 18 and 11 . I try to keep in touch with their teachers as much as I can . We use an app Remind , helps a lot to communicate back and forth . I also noticed you was a newbie ! Fun and scary at same time ! Just remember to have fun and just like in life you can’t please everyone! But in most of my time on here I really enjoy it ! I too enjoy post card swapping !

Hope you have an awesome day ! Mcovey

annim on Apr 24, 2019:

2019 Profile Hello #3

Hello! Harry Potter books are also my favourite. :) I see that you just had your birthday! Happy belated birthday and I hope you had a brilliant day. :) I hope you will enjoy Swap-bot! Minna

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