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aspens
Date Joined: February 10, 2017
Last Online: March 3, 2024
Birthday: November 11
Country: United States
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About Me

01/23/2024: My big baby boy Rutherford crossed the rainbow bridge last week. He was my best friend for over 7 years and has been by my side as we traveled and lived around the country. His loss was very sudden as he had been battling prostate cancer. I miss him so much! As time goes on I may edit this to be more cheerful, but if you're reading this and are able to share some tips on dealing with grieving the loss of a beloved pet, please do share. I miss Rutherford with all my heart.

09/15/2020: After almost a YEAR I finally am getting that move done. I left Seattle, went back to California, and am now in Nashville. Who would've thunk??? Life is weird.

10/28/2019: I'm moving!! I've been in Seattle for 5 long years and it's time for a change. I'm headed east and should be settled in a new city within the month, hopefully! Any mail received after 11/03/2019 will be forwarded to my dad's house, and I likely will not get to it until Thanksgiving. Once I'm all moved in I'll get back into swapping. Thank you for filling my mailbox in Seattle after all this time!

09/04/2019: I'm going on a 3 week trip around southeast Asia starting in mid-September, so any mail received during that time will not be rated until I return in early October!

Favorite Books

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

I don't really have the attention span for reading anymore (argh) but when I can finally simmer down, I love postmodern literature (hence Greene!), and some modernist works (like Tennessee Williams).

Currently by my bedside are:

  • In Search of Captain Zero by Alan Weisbecker (surfing/travel memoir)

  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner (kind of about applying economics principles to everything in the world)

Feel free to PM if you want to swap for either of these books. :)

Favorite TV/Movies

I don't have TV so I don't indulge, but I used to love documentary series on Viceland. Of the shows I have seen, my favorites are Will & Grace, Ink Master, Game of Thrones (except Season 8), Archer, Succession, and It's Always Sunny!

My favorite movies are Mean Girls, Pulp Fiction, and Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Favorite Music

It's an absolute cliche but I do really love most types of music--alternative, dance, rap, reggaeton amongst my favorites. My shower playlist currently includes "Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola" by J Balvin/Bad Bunny, "Strict Machine" by Goldfrapp, "Whole Lotta Lovin'" by DJ Mustard, and “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton.

I try to go to shows often, and I go to Coachella every year (I grew up a few streets away!). Other festivals I've been to include EDC Las Vegas, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, 111 Music Festival, Outside Lands, Austin City Limits, and Lollapalooza.

Favorite Crafts/Art

I would be so happy to receive postcards, stationery, unused stamps, and washi! My only request with postcards (excluding those listed in Dislikes) is that if you are sending blanks, please don't send any touristy/destination ones. I think it's weird to get a card of a place I've never been to if there isn't a note that shows the sender has been there or otherwise has a connection to it, if that makes sense? If it's written, though, then I am so happy with tourist cards.

Other than all that, my favorite types of art are drawing (charcoal, pencil), painting (oil, watercolor), and photography.

My favorite artists are:

  • Painting: Wayne Thiebaud, Ben Steele

  • Illustration: Henn Kim, Apollonia Saintclair

  • Photography: Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Mapplethorpe

Likes

I'll get on the ABC thing too! Here's "just a few of my favorite things" not mentioned already:

A - 80s Advertisements / Amusement parks / Alcohol (bartender here) / Art Deco / Aviation (esp. vintage)

B - Ballroom Dance / Barbie / the Beatles / Birthday Cake / Bunny Yeager / Burlesque

C - Camp (the aesthetic/style) / Cars / Catholicism (not Catholic anymore but I still love the iconography) / Chess / Classic Rock / Clouds / Coffee

D - Daggers / Del Taco (fave EVER) / Desert / Doughnuts / Drag

E - EDM / Eyeshadow / Expletives

F - Fairs & Festivals / Fashion / Film Cameras (I shoot 35mm) / Fireworks / Food / Formula Racing

G - Globetrotting / Guns (not in the NRA type of way... & oddly enough I'm a pacifist)

H - Halloween / Heart-shaped things / Herbal teas / Hiking / Hollywood Regency / Hotels

I - Iconography

J - Jazz / Jewels / Jukebox

K - Kit Kats / Kids (HA! Just kidding. Never having them) / Kings of Leon

L - LA Dodgers / Lavender / LGBT+ / Lingerie / Linguistics

M - Memphis (design style, not city) / Midnight / Money / Motorcycles / Mr. Men Little Miss

N - National Parks / Neon Signs

O - Okapis / Ombre / Opals / Otto von Bismarck / Outer Space

P - "Painterly" & "Photorealistic" art / Pasta / Peruvian Lilies / Pink

Q - Quantum Physics (it's fun to read & talk about even though I don't understand it, LOL) / Quartz

R - Records (78s mainly but also have some 45s) / Reincarnation / Roses

S - Sailor Jerry / Sarcasm / Sewing / Skateboarding / Skulls / Snakes / Soccer / Surfing

T - Textures (you could send a picture of denim and I'd be happy!) / Triangles / Typography (fave font is Helvetica)

U - Unpredictability / Urban (yes? no? This letter was hard)

V - Vegetarian / Volleyball

W - West Coast / Wine / World War II

X - /

Y - Yoga / Yuletide

Z - Zombies (cute ones like pin-ups otherwise I get bad dreams, lol)

Dislikes

Please don't send items with religious or cutesy/kawaii imagery. I'm perfectly fine receiving vulgar, provocative, or otherwise obscene cards (in fact I encourage those)!

My least favorite colors are yellows and neon lime green. I'm embarrassed to admit they make me physically nauseous, lol! Not embarrassed to admit they're ugly anyway.

And please, please, one of my only true pet peeves is when someone misspells my name. I get that it is very unusual, but as I get older, it starts to bother me more to see people write "Ana" or "Annelise" when my name is literally typed out in front of them. Other than these few things, I am very easygoing and I am so happy to receive anything! :)

Non-Raters & Flakers

Others have this list, so it must be useful, right? Swapping is one of my favorite hobbies so I do put a lot of time, effort, and money into what I send to others, and it is disheartening when people kind of disrespect that by not rating and then ignoring messages with offers of resending, etc. I'm also kind of a "neat freak" and so I like keeping my Swap-bot dashboard tidy and with swaps regularly moved to the archive.

& I guess Flakers Hall of Shame...

Ratings

matt319 rated for PC - No worries #4 INTL on May 31, 2024
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Comment: Thank you very much!!
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Comment: Thanks so much for the super cute Koala valentine and stickers! Happy Valentine’s Day 💕❤️
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Comment: Forgot to rate this one! So sorry! Loved it! Thanks!!
Lisserz rated for Anything Goes Valentine Swap USA on Feb 13, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the cute valentine, washi and ephemera.
mejulia rated for SWAPS New Year resolutions on Feb 10, 2024
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Comment: Hugs to you. Thank you for the card. Sounds like Rutherford was very special and lucky to have you.
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Comment: Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Comment: I'm pretty sure this is the other envie I have from you! I'm waiting to open on Valentine's Day!! 💖
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Comment: I've got a few of these, but not this one! 🤣 Thanks!!
JaneG rated for Mr. Zip: note & flat surprise on Feb 3, 2024
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Comment: Probably the coolest envelope I have ever received. And bookmarks - love them all! I would put the inventory tag first in my order. I'll send you a link to my murder ballads list in a message. Thanks soo much!
catlingmex rated for Tea for two, yum #12 on Jan 17, 2024
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Comment: Lovely teas and thank you for sending more of the Jorge Gutiérrez art. <3
Lolle rated for Tea for two, yum #10 on Jan 14, 2024
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Comment: Kia Ora from New Zealand, Analise! Thank you for the teas you shared with me. We dont have the Bigelow range here, so I'm excited to try them. Love the envelope you made. 💕 Carola
Panj rated for The Nice List on Jan 6, 2024
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Comment: Thank you!
catlingmex rated for Tea for two, yum #10 on Jan 6, 2024
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Comment: Great fruity teas and I love how you decorated the envelope with Day of the Dead cartoon characters! I definitely understand about being on the hunt for discount teas. Thank you.
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Comment: Loved this! Thank you so much and Happy New Year!!
squince rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #11 on Dec 29, 2023
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Comment: Thanks!
Poohtat rated for CHWH: A Note & A Profile Surprise on Dec 29, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and all the cute goodies. Happy swapping
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Comment: Thank you, the rainbow heart notecard is so cute. Happy New Year!
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Comment: Thank you so much, I hope you had a great Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!
JenZen5 rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #13 on Dec 27, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful bird card. I love it. And thank you for the extras. Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Wonderful! Thank You

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Comments

Burger1girl on Jan 25, 2024:

I am sorry on the loss of Rutherford. I know it hurts, he will always be a part of you. Cherish the memories. Once again my sympathies. Sending caring thoughts and hugs.

Snaileditcrafts on Dec 16, 2023:

Thank you for joining the swap that I am hosting! Congratulations for being on the nice list! Merry Christmas!

ultracinematik on Nov 4, 2022:

Thank you for the handmade envelopes WITH POSTAGE! So kind of you to send them along.

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

AlyssaLynnWrites on Jan 16, 2022:

Just here to say “hi, new bestie” 🤣🤣🤣

yvonne401 on Sep 7, 2021:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥

Christmas Christmas

Christmas

grammypammy on Jun 3, 2020:

WnWHS ~ National Dairy Month

So sorry I haven't posted for this swap yet, but was out of town for the last 3 days.

Hugs, Pam

Poohtat on May 1, 2020:

kittyhahahotbot on Aug 26, 2019:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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