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danatropicana

danatropicana
Date Joined: September 1, 2020
Last Online: October 28, 2022
Birthday: June 4
Country: United States
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About Me

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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 a few faves:

Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kesha, Caroline Polachek, Adele, Kehlani, M.I.A., Rina Sawayama, Japanese Breakfast

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

~ closed-circle murder mysteries

~ 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

~ ~ ~ ~ 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:

~ 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

dmwcheng rated for Tea for two, yum #6 on Sep 21, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for a notecard with thoughtful commentary. I love your enthusiasm. =) I'm debating whether to get back into swap-bot. For now, just catching up on ratings.
Response: Hi! Thanks for the rating! It's always so nice to hear from you! I myself have been wondering about getting back into swapping, but the stars have not been aligning to get me going! I sign up and the drop from a swap every few weeks... Hope all is well! XO Dana
dmwcheng rated for Tea for two, yum #5 on Sep 21, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the teas and the sweet note. I've replied back to you so keep an eye on your mailbox. =) Sorry for my late rating.
Response: Oooh so exciting to be on the lookout for happy mail! I treasure the lovely letters you send! They always make me so happy! I hope you include a return address so I can send you something too! Be well, my friend!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard.
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Response: ❀
piepie rated for Tea Samples :) on Apr 17, 2022
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Comment: Hi Dana! Thank you so much for the teas, I can't wait to try them~ And I am so happy to know that we share so much in common! I have already finished Naruto years ago, and I hope you enjoy it~ Naruto will always be my top 1 anime~
Eulegirl rated for LSRUS: A note and tea for 3 on Feb 26, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for tea and extras. What fun washi!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #168 on Feb 19, 2022
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Comment: Great postcards. Thank you
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Comment: Thank you β™₯β™ͺβ™«*Β¨*β€’.ΒΈΒΈπŸŽ‡ 🍻, and have a happy new year!
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Comment: Thankyou for the awesome postcard.
dorcii rated for PH: Spell L-O-V-E With Postcards #4 on Feb 11, 2022
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Comment: Thanks a lot for the postcards :)
marclively rated for PH: 5 Postcards - 5 Partners #3 on Feb 9, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the card! :-) I hope you're having a great February!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #169 on Feb 6, 2022
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Comment: Great postcards. Thanks
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Comment: Thanks for the cute postcard
Eulegirl rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #35 on Feb 5, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the postcards and the goodies!!
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Comment: Thank you! :)
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Comment: Thanks so much! Enjoyed your lovely note! Great having you in our group!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute dog card.
Bananers rated for UHM: Hot Drinks Theme on Feb 2, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sending this swap. While I decided that I would rate a 5 because you sent something the swap, in my opinion, it does not meet the swap requirements. There was less than 1oz. Also, the only thing β€œhot drink” themed were the tea bags you sent. Nothing else depicted the theme of the swap.
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Comment: Thanks for the card!

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Comments

OrigamiGrace on Jun 14, 2022:

Just stopping by to say

hi

From Cheap Postage Group:)

DonniJane on Feb 13, 2022:

Sending some LOVE for Valentine's

bpl76 on Feb 11, 2022:

WOW you have made my day brighter with this birthday happy mail Thank you for your touching words and goodies you sent Have a great day BPL76

BusyB on Dec 19, 2021:

Hi Dana! Thank you so much for your sweet message on my profile. I am enjoying some downtime with hubby for Christmas. I enjoyed reading your profile as well. Hope you're feeling and doing better. Just want to tell you also welcome to swap-bot! From a "lifer" lol πŸ˜‰ πŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›

Petaltea on Dec 18, 2021:

It’s ok! Don’t worry about it! Enjoy the holidays!! πŸ₯°β€οΈ

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

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