Update November 19 2021
Hi Friends! I'm feeling like what I appreciate most of all these days is a handwritten note. We are all just people who have hopes and dreams and hard times, sometimes. I want to remember that, I want to spread that feeling of connection around. At the end of the day, we all have so much more in common than we realize.
So, you can sub in a note for a trade item anytime for me, I won't rate you down for it. I really don't need any more stuff :-) Tell me something about yourself, your day, pets, kids, a joke you heard, your favorite internet rabbit hole, habits you are trying to make or break, anything you want to say.
Wanna play a game? I'm going to put up a couple of questions to answer if you are writing to me in a swap. Or not, your choice :-)
I live in Oregon - I've been here 25 years already. It's getting very crowded in Portland Metro and I'm starting to think about moving somewhere else. Suggestions welcome! I grew up in the Chicago area (suburban and ex-urban) - it's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there now :-)
I've recently left my job of 15 years - I'm calling it a "sanity sabbatical" not retirement, lol. I have not figured out what to do with myself just yet.
We don't have broadcast or cable TV, but Netflix keeps us well entertained. Right now we are watching:
Bonus Family (Netflix, in Swedish, but don't let that stop you. It's a hoot!)
The OA (sad this one ended, I miss it)
Whatever is the new limited series on HBO - they've been so good lately.
I used to love a show called The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (starring Blaire Brown) - anyone remember that show? It was never released on VHS/DVD as far as I know - something about the music rights. I'd be so curious to see it again, see if it holds up for me.
We watch a wide variety of movies. It's hard to call favorites. Anything from the subscription service Film Movement is usually always good. They are foreign films - we get them at the library. I really enjoy foreign films, because I never know what to expect. It's fun to see different cultures, and wonder at the cultural references that we are missing in the subtitles.
Daily Pages - see the Awesome Ladies Project for more info. It's free form scrapbook/collage/stamping/whatever makes you happy. A truly welcoming space, I encourage you to check it out. I'm branching out to include actual photographs on my pages, that's radical for me.
I also knit and cross-stitch, and have been doing a black work SAL with Peppermint Purple (group on Facebook) Since starting on Swap-bot, I've rekindled my love of Zentangle :-) I've enjoyed Soul Collage in the past, and have done mini Soul Collage cards.
I'm just having so much fun being artsy again and trying new things and old things in new ways.
I'm learning Tarot - how fun! Also been attending workshops with the Oregon Friends of Jung and finding it fascinating. Analyzing my dreams has been an adventure and never boring.
I am not religious, so if you are sending holiday cards and have a non-religious option, I would appreciate that. However, I do appreciate the spirit of all things sent :-)
You don't need to send me anything just to include something. I have enough stuff, and really just want to get to know people. If you want, use your stuff to decorate what you are sending me, or grab a sticky note or journaling card and answer one of my questions of the month :-)
If this happens to be a swap where you are required to include something, I especially appreciate:
things that are decorated with colored pens, washi, stickers, you name it.
unused postage stamps
tea bags - I like everything except plain black and chamomile
any fun coffee thing
ATCs - I'm starting to make these, so I like to see what other people do.
Mail Tags (ask me a question and I will reply, or vice versa)
And what I appreciate most of all is a handwritten note. You can sub in a written note for a trade item anytime for me, I won't rate you down for it. Tell me something about yourself, your day, pets, kids, a joke you heard, your favorite internet rabbit hole, habits you are trying to make or break, anything you want to say.
Happy Mail, yay!
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