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Birthday re-cap and final thank you
I was so sure that it would be forgotten this year because I haven't been around as much on lj as I should have been due to so many things happening in my life this past year. So you could have blown me over with a feather when all these wishes came rolling in! just wait until I share the list of my birthday well-wishers with another quick thank you to everyone who took the time to remember me. It's so very much appreciated and I love you all so much. I really do have the world's best flist!

So, here's my list with a whole lot of pretties and link to the goodies under the cut. Be sure to check them out--I even got this icon from harukameko and a whole bunch of other stuff I love so very much. Oh--and a pic spam of Orlando too!

First, wishes from:

gattodoro, claudia603, lucilla27, lee_ashburn, elflady_2001, viggosterri, orlisheart, soar38, ms_erupt, _elissabeth_, flybaby014563, xxflissxx, tiniowien, sepira, paulabmcausette, pokecharm, vol4itca, matan4il, belil_gaviel, tularia, stephanie_gb, and pyleanelf!

You can see them all here: http://s22.photobucket.com/albums/b327/AraEstel/birthday_08/?albumview=grid

And in case it asks:
User Name: AraEstel
Password: Orlando

cyclonicblast A lovely card to cheer me when I was down over Heath’s death

Virtual gifts from: kinseymill, monicaop, netty2412

peppervl - A birthday text message

the_tim_world - A Starbucks gift card—YAY!

maubast - Books, Gummy bears, Hallmark Greeting and a PotC Card –LOVE YOU SIS!!

Bertiebee, AKA: "Mom" for the Hallmark greeting.

grey853 - Card, PotC cards & stickers, and a PotC card—Thank you!! It feels like we’ve been friends forever and *that’s* the best gift I could ever get from you!

wav - Lord…. Two Heath movies I didn’t have, Starbucks coffee and the most enormous rice krispy treat EVER, dinner at Rockies Italian Grill, Valentine candy, another year at Pogo and the pleasure of her company including laughs over the possibility of being in a tornado. (long story) LOVE YOU!!

And her parents, who are like mom and dad to me, who gifted me with the final two seasons of Quantum Leap and who *tried* to give me the Orlando biography I wanted so badly, which sadly, they can't get--it was canceled.

An Orlando picspam from bluespirit_star one my of oldest and dearest friends from about 4 fandoms back. ;) http://bluespirit-star.livejournal.com/326635.html#cutid1

And if I've missed any, please show me and I'll get you added to my list. LJ has a tendency to eat posts I've found. Damn that Goat!

EDIT: I goofed. Instead of just *showing* off all my pretties, I should have mentioned each person individually, so I'm here to rectify that oversight right now. *slaps forehead* In no particular order...
padabee, tinkerfairy, jenlynn820, jack4will, is_an_amoeba, hammil77, harukameko, caplinsea, autumnverse, ames1010, _elissabeth_, lady_razzle, dollface_uk, charly2004, bm_shipper, andnolewen, kailorien, vesperlynn, sakurazukalori, numenora, monicaop, jassyskie, jack4will, grey853, edanna, pokecharm, and wishes from un4scene, flybaby014563 and daizalicious, and I really hope I haven't missed anyone. *crosses fingers* /Edit

And I just have to ask you guys—do you think of people on your flist as their RL names or the LJ names? I’m afraid it’s the latter for me because that’s how I spend so much time with you all. Mata is just Mata and Jen is just Jen, but that’s because your names are your LJ handles. And I knew bluespirit_star as your name long before LJ (I won't say it here to protect the innocent ;) ), so that’s not an issue for me. But For all my wonderful friends I’ve met here, I think of you as your LJ persona. Is this how it is for you or is it just me??

Current Mood: thankful thankful
Current Music: "Hard Sun" Eddie Vedder

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is_an_amoeba From: is_an_amoeba Date: February 3rd, 2008 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
:] You are so loved. <3 And that is a lot of pretties there. :drools: Thanks for sharing this. I love happy posts like these, they feel like you're at a party, in this case, a birthday bash. ;]
araestel From: araestel Date: February 3rd, 2008 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes there are! And I'm so grateful each and every one and all my flist. Everyone is truly a sweet soul and always helpful and supportive. I couldn't ask for more.

Yes--a birthday party would be cool!! I've actually only ever had two and one was my family and I was sick. But hey--more than just mom and dad were there. I never even had any of the party stuff at school--it always snowed. It's only missed 4 years in 46. LOL See why I hate snow?


BTW--I'm tagging you on a meme... heh heh

Edited at 2008-02-03 06:58 am (UTC)
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araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)

LOL No, it actually makes perfect sense because that's what we see most. :)
the_tim_world From: the_tim_world Date: February 3rd, 2008 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You got it! Yay! I was so worried. I freak out a little when I send things. Enjoy! And before you asked how I knew you liked Starbucks - You said something about getting a gift card from someone else. You went crazy over it, and I remembered that.

You're loved, but you knew this. That's al ot people.

When my mom asked who I was getting a gift card for I said "Shar from LJ." I do use the LJ names in my post but will put the in (). They only stay/become LJ handles if I don't know the person well, or feel that I don't know them well enough. You're Shar to me not araestel. So I guess that answers you question.
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I got it and had one last night! *squishes* It was just so sweet of you to think of me!!

It's reassuring to know that even when I do post with a regularity and even less after mom's death, that people still care. And it means the world to me.

You're one of the few people who actually *do* know my real name. I'd saw, probably less than 12 or 15. I guard it from the freaks in my previous fandom. I just don't want to deal with them any more. ;)
tinkerfairy From: tinkerfairy Date: February 3rd, 2008 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
when I know their rl name it's their rl name :D
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just curious. I do in some cases, but my memory is so fuzzy, it takes me a long while to switch from LJ to RL. Someone told me they think of user icons when s name comes up and I can see that too. There are some people on my flist that just *are* their icons. ;)
maubast From: maubast Date: February 3rd, 2008 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Rock on! We love you!

Edited to add: It honestly depends on the person. If I know them in real life or off LJ, then probably their name (or fannish name), otherwise it's probably an LJ name.

Edited at 2008-02-03 08:52 am (UTC)
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
*mwaha* Loves sissy!
jassyskie From: jassyskie Date: February 3rd, 2008 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
The goat ate me! Damn goat. ;)

I think of most of the people on my flist by their LJ names unless I knew them in RL first. Even the people I've met, I tend to think of them by their LJ names because that's what I see on my flist all the time.
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
And I saw that!! Saved the pretty pic too! *hugs*

And that's me. Oh occasionally, I'll end up knowing someone in RL and we find out we're on a RL first name basis. But when I see certain, names, that's just their name in my head. *Especially* when it comes to a community as big as potc_challenge. ;)

Edited at 2008-02-04 06:28 am (UTC)
lady_razzle From: lady_razzle Date: February 3rd, 2008 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
*waves back* *huggles*

I saved your pretty picture too!! I suppose I should have listen each person instead of just showing off the pretties. I must think more clearly the next time. Because I love the effort everyone made and am so touched that so many remembered me at all!

Edited at 2008-02-04 06:30 am (UTC)
From: kinseymill Date: February 3rd, 2008 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

it’s the latter for me because that’s how I spend so much time with
Yeah same here, even with people i've met in RL.
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)

So it's NOT just me. LOL
daizalicious From: daizalicious Date: February 3rd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
happy birthday darlin'...glad to hear you spent it well ;-)
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww Thank you honey! I miss hearing from you on a regular basis. How's that puppy? *hugs*
bm_shipper From: bm_shipper Date: February 3rd, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not on the list... but it's okay! I thought about you too and I'm glad you were happy about the birthday wishes :)
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just showing off your pic you made me and your name is part of the picture, but dumb-ass me should have still typed out your name and said thank you. So I'm fixing that problem now and please know without a doubt, I was so very grateful and just plain eager to show off all my lovelies. I'd never in any way mean to overlook you. *squishes*
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: February 3rd, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an interesting question. For me, my RL is different than my LJ handle, and yet even when I'm among LJers in person who know me in RL, too, I am Claudia to them and it sounds right as rain to me. In other words, it would be WEIRD if my LJ-now-RL-friends called me by my RL name...if that makes any sense...:D
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
It does! LOL
grey853 From: grey853 Date: February 3rd, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you got so many goodies for your b-day. You deserve every one and more.

I think of people mostly by their LJ names, though in some cases, if I knew them before LJ, it's a different name. It just depends on the person.
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm very lucky! *hugs*
padabee From: padabee Date: February 3rd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snuggles* You're loved, honey. :D

I think with the people I know offline too I think of them with their real names, then there are some where I think of them with both names and the rest with their LJ names only. It's kinda funny. ;D
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
It's nice to know I have such a wonderful flist, that even when I suck, you all still love me. It's very humbling. *smooshes*

Yeah, that's pretty much me. It just depends on the individual, I think. ;)
pokecharm From: pokecharm Date: February 3rd, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh blast, I made your icon days ago and kept forgetting to post it - hope you had a fab birthday!

my mind is a sieve!

araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
OOOHHHHHH I love it!! Thank you!!!!!!!!! *squishes and runs off to upload*
zee113 From: zee113 Date: February 3rd, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is very embarrassing that I haven't wished you the best that you so deserve but I've given up on birthdays to be honest - and I try to write whenever I have time (but that is mostly an excuse, I know).

Anyway, happy birthday sweetheart, and I wish you all the good things in the world for every day, not just for that one. *hugs*
araestel From: araestel Date: February 4th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww No worries! I know RL can be busy--I'm the Queen of that. It's just so sweet you thought of me. *hugs and squishes*
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