Swap-bot Time: September 16, 2021 1:44 pm


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Last Online: September 16, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Robin, and so far I've been alive for somewhat over half a century.

Born and raised in Indiana, USA, I lived the first 20+ years of my adult life in Mexico City, Mexico, then in Costa Rica (Central America) for a couple of years. I now reside in South Florida, where I delight in the mix of cultures and cuisines (Cuban, Dominican, Haitian, South American, New York/Jersey, and more). I'm female, 100% bilingual English-Spanish, joyfully Roman Catholic, happily married to a man born and raised in South America. This is all pretty exotic for an introvert who grew up in a monolingual Midwestern milieu! [chuckle]

I've worked at quite a variety of jobs in my lifetime, including teacher of English as a foreign language at a college in Mexico for many years, airline reservations agent, direct in-home support to adults with developmental disabilities, big-box store cashier, clerk at a thrift store, and call center agent. I would love to retire from a day job someday, but unless a major miracle occurs, that will not be possible.

In addition to the usual 9-to-5, I spent 7 years developing recipes and writing (in Spanish and English) about authentic Mexican food for thespruceeats.com. Now the hubs and I maintain our own blog, where we share recipes from North, Central, and South America: comboplate.net


Fluent in English and Spanish. Have studied some Italian, Portuguese, German, and Polish. I love language, languages, and linguistics! However, I am not usually very talkative at all -- go figure. I do tend to be more loquacious in writing, as evidenced by the length of this profile! lol

Miscellaneous LIkes

Likes/loves include

  • FOLKLORE, popular culture and festivals, local history and quirky local places, the history and traditions of HOLIDAYS of all sorts (I adore Groundhog Day and am delighted that 2020 is a leap year, for example.)

  • Cooking, baking, COOKBOOKS; reading, talking about, trying and developing recipes.

  • chocolate (the darker, the better), MINT flavors (all kinds), teabags (black or herbal, green not so much), anise-flavored things (not licorice candy), real CHEESE, all kinds of cookies, avocados, aromatic herbs and spices, interesting hot sauces

  • TURTLES (freshwater), fireflie/lightning bugslamas, cats, lizards/iguanas, otters, honey bees, dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies, groundhogs, and robin birds (especially since my name is Robin); now learning to love all kinds of tropical wildlife. My husband is an enthusiast of sloths, pandas, and bears in general.

  • SUNFLOWERS, suns, smiley faces, the color yellow and cheerful things in general

  • PUZZLES, crosswords, word search, mazes, jigsaw puzzles, kaleidoscopes, board games

  • visiting MUSEUMS of all kinds, also botanical gardens, conservatories, etc; also birdwatching and simple gardening, especially succulents (currently just in containers as we live in a small apartment)

  • ART and artistic and artsy craftsy stuff in general; ancient art, cave art, folk art, "primitive" art, and outsider / visionary art are particular favorites

  • artistic ATCs and all sorts of snail mail postal joy

  • Americana (USA) and anything Latin American and/or Caribbean

Occasional creative endeavors

Linoleum print carving, mini-zine making, drawing, painting, cross stitch, creative writing, adult coloring, zendoodling, woodburning, very simple sewing, papercrafts, floral arranging; would love to try a lot more things.

Not particularly into ...

I am totally not cool. On most days I'm pretty much okay with that, though I do apologize for any discomfort my dorkiness may cause. [winsome smile]

Sorry, but I am not really into gothic/dark, tattoos/piercings, girly things like make up and spa treatments, Disney, video games, cynicism, political bashing, anime, manga, New Age, erotica, vampies or zombies, kawaii, or gourmet coffee. I'm not big on shopping (except for groceries, I do enjoy grocery shopping! oh, and thrift stores) and I am working on being less sarcastic.

However, I'm really not at all as crochety and dour as I know that last paragraph makes me sound. :-) While I do strive to be the best me that I can be, I do not believe that perfectionism is healthy.

Rating, Flakers, and Flaking

I will always rate you for a swap I received. It might not happen the very same day that I receive your item (I can sometimes go a few days between visits to the site), but it will be within a week.

I've been a member here at Swap-Bot pretty much since the beginning of the site. The first swap here that I participated in was in March of 2006! My level/intensity of swapping activity has varied widely through the years. I've seen many trends come and go, as you might imagine.

In recent years it has become quite popular here to maintain a "wall of shame" or list of people who have flaked. I choose not to do that. There have been quite a few who have "done me wrong," and, yes, of course it's unpleasant, but I consider this an issue only between my partner and myself. I have given people low ratings when warranted -- and I consider that sufficient "punishment." If your views differ on this, I respect that. Please also respect mine.

As for my own (few and long ago) 1s and 3s: I am not proud of them, and I accept them without argument as fair consequences for my actions at the time. However, I generally don't discuss those ratings with anyone besides the people directly involved.

I Can Always Use

  • postcards showing a recipe or a typcial craft/costume/food from your country or region

  • anything particular to your city/region

  • zines or mini zines (relatively clean, please)

  • small denomination banknotes or coins from anywhere in the world

  • recipe pamphlets (like the ones given out for free with a food product) or cookbooks with recipes from real people (like those made for fundraising by churches and civic groups)

  • bookmarks, epecially handmade, related to your area (touristy or not), and the freebie ones given out by libraries, museums, bookstores, etc. (preferably not too childish)

  • lip balm in interesting flavors (not strawberry, bubble gum, or dill pickle flavored)

  • plant cuttings or seeds for succulent plants (with growing instructions)

  • Catholic miscellany (rosaries, old prayer books, images of saints, etc.)

  • cassette tapes (my 2002 Honda has a tape deck), any type of music, books on tape, etc. UPDATE: my beloved Honda has now passed to a better life, but I am working on getting a boom box with cassette deck. I have settled on cassettes tapes as my absolute favorite format!

  • Any sort of souvenir cotton dish towel/tea towel from anywhere. I have purchased a few of these at thrift stores for around a dollar each (apparently people buy them as souvenirs and then don’t actually use them most of the time), and have come to love them. It doesn’t matter that I’ve never been to the location featured; I get to travel around the world each time I do something in the kitchen! New or used, retro or modern is fine, as long as they are not badly stained or full of holes (small stains/imperfections are no problem). I will be joyfully using any towel I may get.

  • "discarded" pieces of cross stitch/embroidery or old crocheted doilies/dresser scarves. It always kills me when I see a stitched picture for sale at a thrift store, because some poor woman worked hard and long on it only for someone else to go and throw it out/donate it. I do understand downsizing and all, but this is the type of valuable piece that can be used to create something else (pillow, pin cushion, greeting card, whatever), so I try to "rescue" these precious items when I can and the price is reasonable.


SkaGirl rated for Would you rather.... #2 on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you!!!
sera rated for Postcard Pen Pal on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the post card! It’s the same kind of seasonal feeling in Hawaii too, it’s always summer here. I’ll try to write you back:)
Comment: Too cute :)
monsbrick rated for Postcard Pen Pal on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Hi Robin, thank you for this super 3D postcard! I’ll write back soon.
Comment: Ooo, I love the postcard you sent! So colorful! I am more right brained too! Waving to you from Illinois!
squince rated for Sunshine in a postcard #7 on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: LOVE the Bob Ross card!
mortelumina rated for Tea please ❤️ on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the teas, Robin. I just made a cup of the ginger peach and it was so good, so really looking forward to trying the others!
SunflowerRose rated for Non- Touristy PC swap #35 on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Id love to see manatees in real life.
Comment: Thanks for the stickers!
Comment: Thank you very much, for the so boring Florida Generic PC & it really is boring too, hee!
Fabriqueen rated for Quote PC Swap #31 on Sep 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and quote! I'm not sure if my quilts are "masterpiece" quality but I do have the scraps! Scrap quilts are my favorites. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Poohtat rated for Uninteresting PC Swap - USA - #14 on Sep 2, 2021
Comment: Lol, I like this postcard
Comment: Thank you for the nice variety of stickers! ☕️🐝💕
Comment: Great swap ❤️ the selection of cards Thanks 🙏
nanadiana rated for Sunshine in a postcard #7 on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Bob Ross pc and nice quote. I've never seen the Ross pcs, so this was a real treat! Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the great PC. I enjoyed reading your story.
snailmailjadeox rated for Would you rather.... #2 on Aug 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you Robin for the generous selection of postcards - the manatee is my favorite :-)
tatntole rated for A Bird on a Post Card Swap on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome Flamingos postcard. Hope you can see me frantically waving back at you from NC! LOL!
ucouldbemymuse rated for Would you rather.... #2 on Aug 25, 2021
Comment: Hi and thanks for your answers! They made me smile. Totally agree with your 10th answer!

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papertreasures17 on Aug 31, 2021:

I just received your gorgeous thank you postcard for the glass bauble RAK. Such a sweet note and so thoughtful of you. I’m so happy you liked them.

Kirkdebb on Aug 29, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely plant note cards RAK! I am excited to send some fun happy mail in these!

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 1, 2021:

Happy new year!! From Cherry Blossom Lady!

Barbara on Nov 22, 2020:

Hi Robin, your Padre Pro holy card arrived last night.The meditation is very pertinent to our current circumstances. Thank you for sending another great swap at SMPW.

meeltje57 on Sep 29, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely card and sweet words.

CherryBlossomLady on Sep 8, 2020:

CherryBlossomLady on Aug 16, 2020:

Hello friend!

mejulia on Jul 12, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful RAK. I love the lenticular items.

CherryBlossomLady on Jun 29, 2020:

Enjoy this sacred depictions of our Lord. May you be very blessed this week and ALWAYS! Hugs to you my friend, Indira

CherryBlossomLady on Jun 27, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful profile deco!! I will return the favor soon. I’m traveling through Tuesday. Jesus is for everyone- and there are amazing artistic representations of him and Our Blessed Mother in every race. So beautiful. 🥰❤️💕😇. Vive Cristo!

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