Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2023 2:54 pm


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Last Online: December 3, 2023

Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Robin, and so far I've been alive for 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, then in South Florida for 5 years or so, now in a small town in in my native state. 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, call center agent, and church secretary. 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, 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), fireflies/lightning bugs, llamas, cats, lizards/iguanas, otters, honey bees, dragonflies, ladybugs, butterflies, groundhogs, and robin birds (especially since my name is Robin). My husband is an enthusiast of sloths, pandas, and bears in general.

  • Sunflowers, DANDELIONS, 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 and anything in containers.

  • 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--over 10 years now!) 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 have acquired 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.


Eclectonote rated for Christmas Postcard 4 on Dec 3, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the cheery postcard and note - have a wonderful Christmas!
paperlover rated for Christmas card swap🎄 on Dec 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the red truck and dog card and extras. The sweater ornament went right on my tree and I'm looking forward to building the snowman
Gamanana0022 rated for Christmas card swap🎄 on Dec 2, 2023
Comment: Thankyou so much for the wonderful card and the tree ornament!!! Jesus is the reason for the season...
Cindymt rated for DR SEUSS Christmas card on Dec 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you. Happy Holidays!
ElenaMaz rated for Help! Getting Low on Tea! on Nov 30, 2023
Comment: Gracias por el te, Ame los timbres postales, que triste que no comiste pan de muerto :( te presumo que yo comi cantidades industriales de pan esta temporada jeje, quizas si lo horneas tu?
Comment: Thank you for the Thanksgiving card. my life has been pretty charte this past month, so it's nice to get happy mail.
Comment: I adore the quotes. Of course I'm craving coffee now!!LOL(stickers) Cutie sweater.I can't wait to try the ginger tea...so good for ya.May you and yours have a Happy Holiday season!!!
Comment: I love your story! Thank you so much for the profile surprises, you hit the nail on the head! My user name is after my oldest cat that passed away a few years ago, but I will always be her human.
Comment: What a unique card!
Comment: Thanks for all the recipes! I will be sure to try a good number of them as I will be making trays of baking for the neighbours soon❤️
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card! It does invoke a sense of peace and tranquility!! I will be displaying it in my dining room so everyone can enjoy it! Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy 2024 ! x Gabi
Comment: Thank you for the awesome card and tea bag, plus the extra goodies. I hope to see u on the next swap.
ccap rated for Help! Getting Low on Tea! on Nov 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for the tea and recipes. Delightful. I would ABSOLUTELY have some Canadian recipe ideas for you. If you message me with your email address I will send you a couple.
Comment: Thank you1
di53 rated for MissBrenda's Thanksgiving Card Swap #4 on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: Hi Robin, thank you for the tea and the pretty card. Margate isn't too far from me. I went to visit my kids in NH in October, so I got to see foliage this year! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! I'm cooking this year, but only for 7. That's not too bad!
MeetSarah87 rated for I Want To Cook #1 on Nov 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing your recipe. Beef and noodles are a great combo.
LadyGuenevere rated for Stickers and Thankfulness #1 on Nov 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for your Happy Mail! This was a great sort of swap, and wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving in advance! :D
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely variety of items! I will sign and pass on asap!
Manonroberts rated for I Want To Cook #1 on Nov 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing a recipe for a classic dish in your area! :)

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Zefaniya on Oct 17, 2023:

Thank you so much for the August wish (AATW) for Fall stickers! So much cuteness!,

chimerix on Sep 29, 2023:

Thank you so much for sending a photo of the American flag skirt you made with that fabric. I just love seeing that you used it and that you are wearing it! Aloha!

simcoe54 on Sep 18, 2023:

All About the Wishes - August Wishes - Thanks for the package of stickers and banknote. I will be keeping the stickers with numbers and the coin stickers and the rest will be for my grand-daughters. I know they will love them. Also, a big thank you for the banknote. A new one for my collection!

thehappycow on Aug 10, 2023:

AATW august - THANKYOU so so much!!! I couldnt believe my eyes when i opened the package!! I cannot wait to get these passed along!! and of course the embroidery floss is much appreciated!

user6937 on Jul 27, 2023:

PH: WTA June - your postcards have arrived; I love the Glow in the Dark one, as well as the 3D turtle! Thanks :)

Zefaniya on Jul 4, 2023:

Thank you for all the goodies for June’s AATW!!

Traceyk on Jul 3, 2023:

Thank you so much for the AATW wishes for June! I really appreciate it! :)

yvonne401 on Jun 30, 2023:

AATW, June, Thank you so much for the adorable cat stickers as well as the cute notecards, dogs, cat and flags! I appreciate you thinking of me.



SuperNay on Jun 26, 2023:

Thank you for the AMAZING AATW June wishes! The care package stuffed with flamingos is incredible! I love it all! :)

debbiespoms on Jun 26, 2023:

OMG Robin! You went above and beyond, granting a wish in AATW June wishes for me! The Chihuahua puppy dog from Taco Bell is the cutest thing ever! I love it so much! Esp. hearing it say something Spanish and then say Taco Bell! My Chihuahua Jasper thinks it's a toy and wants it, ha! But he will not get it that's for sure, lol ! Thank you so very very much for the wish for this!

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