My dearest Louise,
Boy, it has been a grip since I last wrote, hasn’t it? Well, for better or worse, here I am. And it is all happy, happy, happy today.
First, it is Easter and the sun is shining.
Secondly, a certain marriage was concluded on this day of the lord a number of years ago (don’t make me say it–my god, we are old). Incidentally, happy 93rd birthday to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. I always remember her birthday because it’s a convenient date for me.
And number three on the happy list is a triple—HAPPY MAIL³. Now, as you know, I am occassionally conflicted about this fandoming and fangirling ‘with other people’ because, well, people can be so people-y. And sometimes we throw our hands up in frustration and yell “gah, fandom of one, fan-dom of one, man, it’s the only way to go” and then sit in a corner and just grrr. I’ve had those days, you’ve had those days, we’ve had those days together (*cough* Nikki *cough*) but then again, where to put all these FEELINGS if you cannot share them with likeminded people?
One of my favorite things about RDC was RA’s goodbye speech at the farewell ceremony. I really liked that he recognized the value of community for a fandom and that he got a glimpse of “It is nice that you are here and you are sort of the primer for much of this, but you are not the be-all and end-all, not really.” I wrote something similar a while back. I think it took off some of the pressure for him. He also realized that we may be a bit odd
(I would say weird, but I know you don’t like that word so much) but mostly harmless and that it is okay to interact with the fangirls every now and again I hope. Because if you find those “likeminded” people, it can be a real gift. A friend recently said to me “I am glad that I can say this (I am discreet, so I won’t say what the this was) to you and not feel like I’m too odd” and that is what this communal fangirling is all about. Because when it’s good, it is really, really great. Other people just don’t understand why anyone would want to discuss a guy’s haircut or choice of t-shirt or role selection at in other people’s eyes nauseum. A fellow fangirl will not question this. She will hunt up a photo of the issue in question and you will happily message about that for the next 3 – 4 hours. Because she gets it.
Like the self-proclaimed misfit RA, I don’t easily find my kind. People who get you are a rare and precious gift for someone like me. Which oh so elegantly lets me segue into the last happy in my headline. Over the course of the past few weeks I have received a bunch of happy mail and today I want to share the love and give a shout-out to those marvellous individuals, those fellow fangirls, those likeminded people for the joy they have given me.
I had tweeted about this at the time, but since I already knew that I would have more thanks to come, I didn’t wanna do a separate blog post for this. Maggie (on Twitter as @puppers26) was my partner in the Christmas card exchange and totally surprised me with an Easter card I had not expected. You’ve seen this on Guylty’s blog and I am now also the proud owner of an RA Chick Magnet. I put it on my fridge and Mr. Kate has not raised any objections so far. So again, thanks to Maggie for this wonderful surprise.
As you may or may not have realized, LoLo has turned some of us onto the ZOX craze.
LoLo had sent me some ZOX for Christmas, but they were the regular width and my wrists are just so narrow, they swallow me hole. They will go into Guylty’s RA Birthday Auction (with LoLo’s blessing), so keep your eyes peeled.
But when she revealed that ZOX had introduced a new, narrower variety of straps, I took the chance. I could not resist two particular ones that are X degrees of RA although I am constantly trying to keep the amount of ‘stuff’ I own to a minimum.
The first one is the WANDERLUST ZOX. As you may or may not recall with fondness (I do), RA read the Lauren Blakely romance novel of the same name for Audible. The second one is a Starry Night ZOX which is a variation on the Van Gogh painting. Although it is “the wrong painter” as LoLo said, I like this painting very much and as a post-impressionist, it is only a short way from RA to Monet to Van Gogh, so there.
Thanks for being my wonderful enabler LoLo and for being such a fun fellow fangirl in general.
Third and last, but most certainly not least, I recently received a package from Rachel. Now my dear, this was absolutely wow. Amazing, wonderful, breathtaking.
As some of you may remember, I am working on my first junk journal
a new obsession for which I owe thanks to Guylty and I have been struggling with the cover design. It went from paper with cardboard letters to cloth bound to leather clad. This leather clad front looked a bit empty and the cardboard letters didn’t really match the style anymore. When I menationed to Rachel that I was thinking about putting the initials GG on the front the whole idea is that it is Guy of Gisborne’s secret diary into which he pours all his unrequited love for Marian she offered to ask her OH to laser cut some for me. And as if this wasn’t nice enough, I even got to choose the font. So one evening we amused ourselves with sending medieval-y fonts back and forth and having a giggle at the shapes or the names (there was one named Gisborne iirc) and I finally said for them to decide which one would be suitable. Laser cutting—not in my wheelhouse. Well, imagine my surprise and delight when I received not one or two but seven (!!!) sets of beautiful laser-cut letters G. Wow! I am now gonna have to make Guy-themed things for the foreseeable future. It’s not a hardship, I assure you!
Furthermore, she sent me some old watch pieces for crafting inside an equally wonderful vintage metal tin, a laser cut ‘For Science’ badge that goes swimmingly with my deRAnged button I received from Guylty, some yummy tea, some Dolarhyde-inspired chocolate, and a Helston rose she crafted for me herself. Like I said, wow!
Thank you Rachel for this epic package and for being, well, you!
So I feel extraordinarily blessed and happy today. And as always, you are one of my biggest blessings. I love you always.
Yours in fangirl friendship (and beyond)