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Gratitude of Great Magnitude

Howdy! *hugs flist* I just wanted to say thanks for being a big part of the best birthday I've had in years! I was completely bowled over by your birthday offerings and feel so very lucky have such generous, talented friends. Honestly, I smiled so much yesterday that my cheeks kinda hurt today--that was some workout! The monitor of the MacBook is a little worse for wear, too. Dear me, will I never learn to set the beverage aside before I read the funny?

*deep breath*

To beanbeans, botias (who should maybe consider starting a line of evil blue alien overlord greeting cards), cindergalclawofcat (who's taking a fic request--squee!), diachrony , lynnenne , gillo , goldenusagi, jamalov29, ladyaelfwynn, louise39, missmurchison, missus_grace, petzipellepingo, pfeifferpack, shapinglight, stoney321, st_salieri and thedeadlyhook: Thank you so much for your birthday shout-outs, greetings, verse, doll pics (I'm looking at you, Gill!) and good wishes. Dio and Kathleen even haiku'd, and jamalov29 wrote a beautiful poetic offering that made me all misty-eyed! All of you made it such a special day. I'd also like to add huge thank-you smooshes to herself_nyc for not only luring me to LJ in the first place with her shiny fic but now for also keeping me here with the absolutely perfect gift of another year and beaucoup de userpics. Mwah! :D

Along with the many lovely personal greetings, I was also thrilled to receive several offerings that are shareable. So, another round of awestruck thanks to:

c_woodhaven for writing Ultimate Sin, an NC-17 Spuffy fic so delicious that it comes with its own recipe!

philips for birthday picspam with shocking revelations. *sobs* Dr. Phil? Really? And merci for the birthday phone call! *snicker* I'm even going to thank you for the singing. I promise to give the evil UPS troll the stink-eye for you tomorrow. Or kiss him. Frankly, it could go either way.

powerofthebook for three enviably funny Spaiku about the infamous doll!torture photo shoots. They were the source of all kinds of immoderate cackling in our household last night.

rebcake for the hilarious Spike limericks. I keep sneaking back to giggle at them. If you ask me, folks just don't write enough of those things anymore.

riccadonna for her fabulous cartoon wherein Spike is rightly afraid of me. I don't know when I've been so flattered!

selinde2 for Interlude with Sunscreen, her first-ever fic. Y'know, I think a lot more people would wear proper sun protection if sexy vampires talked them through the process. ;)

So, anyway, I had a wonderful day of playing with my family and laughing and reading and crying the happy tears, and I couldn't be more grateful. *hugs flist again and whispers* And apparently, I'm not the only one who's feeling touched by your kindness. . .


ETA: Half of my thank-you list dropped off after an edit but has now been re-added. Heartfelt apologies. And adriana_is? You know I adore you, dearie, but every time I try to edit your name back in, it posts without it! *hugs* Please be assured that I'm grateful to you, too!


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Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Adorable 'sniff' doll!fic thank you.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! Buffy helped Spike find a Dawson's Creek marathon on the telly, and he's back to his normal snarky self today. :D

Edited at 2008-09-03 02:52 am (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Friends of Mere are lucky people :)
I’m so touched that you liked my humble poetic offering , you inspired me O talented you – I wasn’t able to follow exactly the rules of haiku with the seventeen syllables – but I’m a rebel after all, I don’t follow rules ;-) Thank you for your kind words and your appreciation ((hugs))
Sounds like you were spoiled like you deserved it, sweetie .What a wonderful lists of prezzies you got ! I’m going to check them .
It's lovely to know that your cheeks are hurting from too much smiling.*g*

Your picspam dolls with sniffy Spike is adorable . :)
::tackles you with some more hugs::

Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: Friends of Mere are lucky people :)
Oh sweetie, I loved it! *huge hugs* Your poems really are one of the loveliest compliments I've ever received. It was a yucky rainy day here today, and I re-read them at work and grinned from ear to ear. :D

I was shocked at the outpouring of LJ generosity myself. So many sweet and talented people!

*lol* It was a happy moment when I discovered that doll!Spike can make a "facepalm" gesture.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Wheee! You are SO welcome.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
::beams and does a happy dance::

Edited at 2008-09-03 03:20 am (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the goodies! You deserved every bit. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, darlin. I had big fun.

BTW, you were on the big list o' beneficence above, and LJ apparently ate the first 5-6 names on the list when I went into edit mode earlier. It's been exceedingly naughty this week! I have restored the original post. Lordy.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Heh, no worries. I was not offended. :-* I noticed beanbeans was missing and felt in excellent company... >:)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
It devoured everyone from adriana_is through clawofcat. *shakes fist* What the foo, LJ? Way to botch the outpouring of heartfelt thanks! :)

Edited at 2008-09-03 03:23 am (UTC)
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Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
I wasn't expecting the bounty at all! It's like getting a Red Ranger air rifle for Christmas when you're expecting a football. *lol* God, I love A Christmas Story.

Thanks again for the smokin' hot fic, darlin. It will be an important weapon in my battle against Rainy Wednesday. *hugs* Hope all is well with you.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

I love the stuff you post, both the spaiku and the dollpics and having no Buffy dolls of my own to abuse ;-p, I had to make do.

Glad you liked it!
Sep. 2nd, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
What a haul and what a lucky girl you are! There's so much LJ love. So glad to hear the day was special.

I've been emailing back and forth with eowyn_315 all day about the fic I'm planning for you. Hee, I'm going to try to do something a little different than my usual angst-fests. Hopefully it will be all ready to post by Thursday or Friday. *flails*
Sep. 2nd, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Definitely feeling lucky here! It was my first LJ birthday, and I was amazed by at all. Also? I'm re-reading my entry and freaking out b/c I swear to god that I listed you above and said you'd taken a fic request, and now I don't see it! I've edited this thing, like, nine times here at my desk over the course of the morning, and it must have dropped out. I'm puttin' it back in, darnit!

Meep! Thank you so much, sweetie! *glomps you* Please be assured that it will be properly feted whenever it arrives. :D
Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
every time I try to edit your name back in, it posts without it!

It's not just me, then. I have tried to edit my post to show teh second picture, and nothing I can do seems to make it visible. Grr. LJ!

I'm glad you had a really good day - you so deserve it!
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
*nods* I've had huge LJ troubles lately, especially with editing and with cuts; it's mangled the last four posts while in edit mode, and then they end up with odd little bits of code here and there. I don't like it!

Thank you so much. It really was a lovely day. :)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Last time I did a post with lots of pics it inserted the lj-cut text for each bloody photo, so there was an entire block of the same repeated wording. Gah.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Golly! You're most welcome. *shuffles feet* C'mon. Don't cry. You're killing me here.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I've just been cutting onions. *sniff* That's all. Spike, on the other hand, got into a bottle of double-strength vanilla extract and has been terribly maudlin ever since. ;)

Edited at 2008-09-03 07:18 pm (UTC)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Damn, but your doll!Spuffy are just the cutest things ever. <33

Sep. 3rd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you, sweetie! I did a little happy dance when I realized that doll!Spike was capable of facepalming. :)
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