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danatropicana

danatropicana
Date Joined: September 1, 2020
Last Online: December 4, 2021
Birthday: June 4
Country: United States
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About Me

πŸ’œβ€πŸ’œ December 4, 2021 update: The end of November and the beginning of December have been a challenge for me. A denture related issue has turned my world upside down and I am now a little manic. I'm taking extra medication as I'm supposed to do. I'm getting better, but...

I am past the deadline for one swap, and my partner has been very gracious in understanding the delay. I hope to get every swap I signed up for on time, but please let me know if you don't hear from me because even all my planners and journals can't beat the chaos. I want to send you a great swap and I want to rate the lovely swap you sent. I just might fall more behind and wanted to put this first just in case. Thanks for reading this! πŸ’œβ€πŸ’œ

πŸ’œ Thank you so much to my partners past and future for sending me such magnificent items! I am currently interested in trying different ~teas~ so if a swap calls for a mix of items, please consider sending me tea! If tea doesn't fit the theme of a swap, send tea instead of one of the items! Thanks!

πŸ’œ If you would like to receive a one ounce RAK, please send a message with your address and I will put you on my list and try to give you some items from your profile but no guarantees!)

πŸ’œ Let's have some fun!

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Hi! I'm Dana and that rhymes with so many things, but let's go with "tropicana". My name pronunciation is the Canadian female version - I was born in Montreal and moved to Hollywood, FL, when I was 11. It was fun at first and then it just got boring and I wanted to live in a city and I also wanted to study medicine. I love a good two-fer so I did the Six-Year Medical Program at Boston University. Being in Boston in the late 80s and early 90s had a huge impact on my aesthetic and worldview. I was going to be a radiologist (I love anything ~anatomical~ and anything to do with medicine in general and psychiatry and ~brains~ and ~skulls~ more specifically). This plan did not work because I have a weird eye disease and needed two corneal transplants and also I have bipolar 1 and I could not handle all the stress. So I am on disability after trying so many jobs in so many cities and always going manic under pressure. I used to be afraid to discuss the bipolar but you can see I'm over that, yay! I am all about ~mental health awareness~ and I'm here to help or educate.

I like to share my experience of living over half my life with a mental illness and how I came to accept my diagnosis without it defining me. I am still struggling with the psychiatric parts pretty much daily (you might get weird words from me, but I try to be coherent when I write), and as I age, I'm starting to see what not taking care of myself consistently has done to my physical health. Please take care of yourself!

Update 6/17/21: on June 1, I had all my teeth extracted (except for the one that fell out by itself) and was given a full set of dentures. This happened because my mental illness often found me neglecting my oral hygiene. I have a long way to go to heal and it's been a bizarre experience, but now I am obsessed with teeth, dentist appointment stickers, ads for vintage denture accessories, and that sort of thing.

So if any of that interests you, please let me know! You can reach out to me in DMs and I'm happy to help if I can!

Favorite Music

I listen to music every day and am very passionate about what I listen to. I'm a serious fangirl.

These are faves right now:

Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kesha, Caroline Polachek, Adele, Lorde, MARINA, FKA twigs, M.I.A., Rina Sawayama, Japanese Breakfast, Mitski

And some k-pop artists: SUNMI, Twice, BTS, Itzy, Blackpink, Everglow, 2NE1

But also

Wilco, XTC, Pixies, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Cure, Pavement, Weezer, Prince, NIN

And bossa nova and Julien DorΓ© and Tchaikovsky and Fleetwood Mac and ELO and Boston and and and...

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I am starting a new project using song lyrics. I would love to receive pieces of songs that you love written or printed or drawn or whatever you want. You can just write a lyric on a scrap of paper and that would bring me great joy. If you want to tell me why you chose the lyrics, I would love to hear! If you don't have any lyrics you want to share, can you do "august" by Taylor Swift and use "meet me behind the mall" (I'm making a sub-collection of "meet me behind the mall"s)? Please provide the name of the song and the artist if you do your own. Thanks so much!

Favorite Crafts

I am crafty but not artistic. My vision is getting worse (update 06/17/21: I am now officially legally blind) and so it's hard to see what I'm doing sometimes and I'm often sloppy. Hey, mistakes are just design elements...

I like to do collage and mixed media, often using vintage dymo and tags.

I have two of those K&Co Smashbooks but I only add to one sometimes and I haven't started the second. Any K&Co accessories would be greatly appreciated and those big pockets would make me very happy!

I enjoy making envelopes. I like to write notes and letters.

I love to add washi and stickers to envelopes when I send cards, letters, and swaps. Please don't send tiny stickers because I can't really see them.

Favorite Television

I love TV and we watch a lot in our house.

Some favorites:

American Dad, Schitt's Creek, Brooklyn 99, Ancient Aliens, Rick & Morty, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, The Americans, House, Cells At Work, Japanese Style Originator (please let me know your thoughts on this if you watch! :-)

Favorite Books

The pandemic severely affected my voracious reading habit. I can only read ebooks and I have to make the font huge. Luckily, my library has a good eBook system and I have gotten back into reading daily. If you have any recs, please pass them along!

Some favorites:

~ Lauren Groff: I have read Arcadia, The Monsters of Templeton, and Fates and Furies and I am working on Matrix now (these are long!). Next is Florida. I'm set to be a big fan of this author now

~ Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

~ Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

~ Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

~ Banana Yoshimoto (anything by her)

~ The Vanishing Half / The Mothers by Brit Bennett

~ Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo / Daisy Jones esp. but all her books are good

~ The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

~ The Practical Magic books by Alice Hoffman and also The Dovekeepers by her is historical fiction at the siege on Masada with witchiness

~ 11/22/63 by Stephen King

~ non-fiction: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Things I like

~ My aesthetic is eclectic; I like cottagecore/cottagegoth and kawaii and retro and witchy stuff

~ Favorite color is any shade of purple but I prefer darker ones. I also love black

~ I love dogs (we have a maltipoo named Baby) and penguins and foxes and owls and most animals really

~ I love anything related to space, astronomy, astrology (I love being a bipolar Gemini), aliens, the paranormal

~ I love mushrooms and have some theories about fungi

~ I love nature in general except for snakes and wasps

~ I love paper ephemera. I consider old usable stamps to be the ultimate ephemera and will enjoy any usable USPS denomination you share

~ I love "flow" paper items

~ I love shiny &glittery things

~ I love anything cute and have a broad definition of kawaii - brands aren't important to me, I just enjoy adorable stationery! My favorites are Chococat and Hello Kitty but I like finding new characters to love

~ My favorite stationery is the letter set and I love an interesting note card. I don't do many postcard swaps but I like cool postcards

~ I drink a lot of tea and I like anything that doesn't have chamomile or anything "stress reducing" or "detox" - I just don't like chamomile, but the other stuff can interfere with my meds. I love trying new teas and have found so many new faves here!

~ I love tarot and oracle cards and if you have one (or more!), please consider sending it to me so I can add it to my collection. I can see you putting it into the envelope...

~ 420 - daily use as part of my bipolar therapy and actually part of the reason we moved to WA state; I would love to hear your stories and see your art and do private swaps with you as I have a small but fun collection of washi and lots of flavors of Juicy Jays if you want to try some out

~ A friend is sending her niece a different bird postcard every day in 2022. I fully support introducing children to snail mail and would greatly appreciate any bird PCs to send her! Do you have a child who would like some happy mail? Let me know a little bit about them and I will send them something fun! Please let me know if coloring is a thing they like because I have tons of interesting things to color!

~ ~ ~ ~ don't need any of these:

~ bookmarks (I don't read print books) (if a swap includes a bookmark, please send whatever you like - handmade or otherwise :)

~ tags

~ ~ ~ ~ don't like any of these (a refresher):

~ tiny stickers

~ chamomile

~ teas for de-stressing or detoxing or anything healing sounding

~ snakes

~ wasps

Thanks!

I can go on... Thanks for reading and please contact me about anything!

I appreciate everything anyone sends me! Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me anything! You made my day!

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Favorite Movies

November 12, 2021 afterthought..

Wow do I love movies! I didn't put this section in because I was overwhelmed, and also, I didn't think my movie preferences would be helpful for swaps. But I just rewatched Napoleon Dynamite and the aesthetic of the film is making me want to make art inspired by the movie! Napoleon Dynamite art from you would be cherished!

Others: anything by Billy Wilder, anything with Audrey Hepburn, anything with Kristen Stewart (especially Personal Shopper and Clouds of Sils Maria), French films old and new, Office Space (the other Mike Judge brilliant time capsule), anything Pixar, the documentary MIA Maya Matangi, The Big Short, and so so so many more...

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Ratings

Lotusemilia rated for Tea for two, yum #2 on Dec 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the teas and the little extras! <3 I'm really excited to try cinnamon vanilla tea, and the others look tasty as well!
Rosie2766 rated for Alphabet Themed Swap: J on Nov 30, 2021
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Comment: I wish I could you give you a thousand hearts for this package!!! I loved it all!!! My first altered puzzle piece!!! It's awesome!!! Plus the wonderful hippo postcard!!! (My favorite Christmas song is "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas". My daughter gets me a hippo now every Christmas!!!) Thank you so much!!!
tam2016 rated for Alphabet Themed Swap: I on Nov 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the "I" items for this swap. You are right finding items beginning with "I" was not easy but you did a fantastic job, thanks!!
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Comment: Thank you so much for another wonderful swap!
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Response: You are welcome! πŸ’œ
Markybay rated for 2021 Christmas Tea Advent Swap #4 on Nov 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the tea! I love all the extras too!
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Comment: Thanks for the note, book recommendations, blank notecard, stickers, and postcard. What an awesome envelope of goodies!
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Comment: Thanks πŸ™ Hearts πŸ’• Great card! Love Williamsburg.
AshleyA rated for Happy Mail #10 on Nov 17, 2021
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Comment: Dana Tropicana! I like saying your name out loud. Haha! Thank you so much for the Happy Mail and warm welcome to swap-bot. Cute stickers, beautiful postcard, and I loved all the washi tape especially the baby ducks. Oh and the cute envelope you made, so cool! I'd be happy to do a private swap with you.
Response: Yay! You are so welcome! So happy you like everything! I will be in touch about a swap for us... Enjoy and take care! XO Dana
HeidiJean rated for SMSUSA: Blind Swap: Easy as 1-2-3 on Nov 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!
artzyadeline rated for Happy Mail #10 on Nov 14, 2021
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Comment: thank you so so much!!
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Comment: Thank you for the card and the extras.
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love all of it and butterfly heavy is always fine with me, everything is lovely. Thank you for the time, energy, and love you out into this swap.
Pandagirl805 rated for Happy Mail #6 on Nov 12, 2021
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Comment: thank you for the goodies!
Linsoid rated for Alphabet Themed Swap: G on Nov 12, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much!! Love all the goodies!
Carollee922 rated for Tea and Bookmarks -USA only #5 on Nov 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the great teas and bookmarks. Please don't ever worry about any mistakes, the USPS is crazy too
fxmldr1 rated for 2021 Christmas Tea Advent Swap #3 on Nov 9, 2021
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Comment: I cant wait to try the teas. Great packages. Great idea to use tape that will come off easily. I will definately reuse envelopes. Thanks.
sschibetts rated for Alphabet Themed Swap: H on Nov 9, 2021
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Comment: WOW! Everything was perfect, can't wait to use it! Thanks a bunch!
fxmldr1 rated for 2021 Christmas Tea Advent Swap #2 on Nov 5, 2021
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Comment: I cant wait to try the teas. Great packages. Thanks for the extra washi tape and postcard. Love it.
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Comment: Thank you!!!

Rating Overview

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Comments

circularlogic on Oct 15, 2021:

Thanks you for another week is ail mail happiness!!

jandmterry on Oct 7, 2021:

Hi!

I’m glad you are enjoying your mail in the 6 weeks of snail mail swap. I’m having fun sending you mail. 😊 Have a fabulous day!

Missy

circularlogic on Oct 1, 2021:

I received a second envelope today with postcards! :D This one is labeled week #2--SMSUSA: 6-Week Snail Mail Swap.

The first envelope doesn't have any swap information. Thank you so much! Do you have me as a partner in a second swap? Want to make sure you get proper ratings! :D

All the best,
Jessie

circularlogic on Oct 1, 2021:

Thank you for week 2 postcards from SMSUSA: 6-Week Snail Mail Swap! All the best,
Jessie

circularlogic on Sep 21, 2021:

I received week 1 of SMSUSA: 6-Week Snail Mail Swap! I love the lovely fall leaves card!

JessieπŸπŸ‚

Karen07 on Sep 20, 2021:

Hey Dana! Just letting you know that I'm enjoying the mail that you've been sending! I am indeed a lover of Alice!

PrairieKittin on Sep 14, 2021:

Hello from downriver! I used to live in your area. Worked at Biggs. I'm downriver in Vancouver now.

Rainydancer on Jul 18, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

HeidiJean on Jul 5, 2021:

Got your notecards for the may WTA! Thank you!

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