So you may have noticed some changes over the blog lately if you had time to visit during your holiday (if not, we totally understand; I'm still sacked out from the peppermint bark and Dr. Pepper myself), and now we're all colorful and stuff.  There's not really a story involved except that Frea likes Photoshop a whole heck of a lot and thinks it may just be the niftiest thing on the planet.

But there IS a story today of the new-ish layout and that story is the tale of one crystal.elements, who is the CIA-voted cutest author on staff here at Castle Inanity.  No, really, you can ask any one of us, "Who's the cutest author on staff?" and not a single one of us will hesitate in replying, "Crystal."  And then we might offer you a glass of "Duh" to go with your "Obvious Cookies."  The only one who might reply differently is mxpw, and that's because I may or may not have told him Yvonne might post here once in awhile as a way to not have to spend money on his Christmas present this year.  The hope is enough.

Before I got sidetracked, I was talking about Crystal, so I'll get back to that.  Crystal, you are awesome.  And I don't mean that in my normal everyday use of the word "Awesome" (which is sarcastic, more often than not).  You are so awesome that Captain Awesome could take lessons from you.  I met you a looooong time ago, it feels like (I know it's been less than a year, it just feels like years because you're so awesome), and I am so glad I did.  Not many people could saturate us with the adorableness of Closet Gleek and then turn around and slam the desperation of Kill Bryce into us, but you did, and you made it look so easy.  If I didn't think you were so great, I'd probably fear you a little bit.  Your enthusiasm and outlook and freakish intelligence (seriously, just walking around the Stanford campus with you made me feel smarter...and then I couldn't work the camera on my phone) are all a huge inspiration, and I'm so glad to know you.

I hope you have a happy birthday, and that your next year is just as amazing as you are.

Also, you should probably know that there are now plans in motion for the CIA to take you to Vegas and get you drunk for your 21st birthday.  Just, you know, so you know.



PS - Everybody, Crystal drew the header herself and then I stole it.  She had no idea I was going to use it.  Isn't it awesome????


  1. Hey Crystal! I would like to say happy birthday to my absolute favoritist college girl in the world...ever! I would like to say what a true honor it's been to get to know you over this past year and a half. You've continued to evolve from a lovely young lady to an absolutely beautiful and incredible woman. To you, my absolutely adorable and amazing friend, I wish only the bestest things. And you bet your ass I'm on board with the Vegas plan next year. {BigHugForMyGirl}

    -- J

  2. Anonymous27.12.10

    Merry Chri... oh wait, Happy Birthday Crystal!

    Frea you're going to love this, it looks like Mini Anden is going to be back on Chuck as Carina with an episode all about Sarah's past. :D

  3. Heh, Anonymous, believe it or not, I'm not actually a terribly huge fan of Carina. I thought she was great in Wookie, but too much of her and I start rebelling.

  4. Three episodes out of 78 is TOO MUCH GAIS. ;)

    Back to the subject at hand: Crystal's birthday.

    No wait, back to digression. Crystal, how is it we've been CIA authors, Chuck fic authors, and all around rock stars and yet you're the member of the CIA I know the least? This seems egregious. This needs rectifying.

    NOW back to the subject at hand: Crystal's birthday. Like I said, I know you the least of the CIA, but that doesn't mean I am unaware of your awesomeness (Seriously, next chapter of Kill Bryce, plzkthxbai). All I can say is that I am happy to be even vaguely associated with your talent and skillz and whatnot, and I hope you have a fantastic birthday!

    -The Chris

  5. Ayefah27.12.10

    Happy birthday, Crystal!

  6. Happy birthday Crystal.....and many more

  7. Frea: I HAD NO IDEA YOU WERE GOING TO USE THIS. O: Hahaha, very clever. It must have been a pain in the ass to get my entire background for the header, huh? :) But seriously, Frea, thank you!! This is totally awesome, JUST LIKE YOU. (Yes, we will always go back and forth on that one.) As for Vegas...hahaaaaa. That should be interesting. What happens in Vegas...will hopefully not end up online somehow. :P

    Justin: Aww...thanks, Justin. I still can't believe we've known each other for so long! You were the first person I really connected with in the Chuck fandom, how awesome is that? :D Man, I'm so glad I'm a part of this group. <3

    Anonymous: Carina's coming back?! Where are people hearing this?? I've read it over on Twitter, too. Has it been made official?

    Chris: I KNOW!!! I was thinking the same thing. Everything I know about you is basically second-hand, through mx and Frea and stuff. This needs to change. Although knowing my crazy schedule, it'll probably be veeeery sporadic. Gah, I hate college and it's irritating tendency to keep me busy. I'm barely around anymore. :\

    Speeeeaking of Kill Bryce...heh, you'd think I forgot about that or something. *cough* (Stop staring at my 5% progress bar! I know it's been like that for like two months, I knooooow!) Seriously, though, I'm hoping to add more to it soon. I thought I'd have more time over break to work on Chuck-related stuff like videos and stories, but apparently work, friends and family think otherwise. Boo. I don't want to leave it open-ended, so hopefully you guys will stay with me!

    Thanks again for all the birthday wishes, guys! You all rock my metaphorical socks off. :)


  9. Anonymous28.12.10

    Happy birthday! Man, I'm jealous....I wish I was back at the farm! Enjoy yourself and have a great day.
    -- seaboji

  10. Eh, I guess I should probably post something here too, even though I'm technically a day late.

    Happy Birthday, Crystal. You're kind of cool and awesome, I suppose. Without you, CI would probably have to find somebody else to fill our cuteness quotient, so I'm glad we have you. Honestly, that interview process would be a pain.

    I've known you for over a year now and it's hard to believe that it's been that long. But I've been fortunate to do so. I think. Hope you had a good day playing video games and doing whatever it is kids do these days. At least you're no longer a teenager, so I no longer feel quite so old. It's a pain being the CIA's oldest member, I tell you.

    So again, happy birthday, and I hope you worked on that video.

    Also, Frea? Shush, you.

  11. Anonymous28.12.10

    Wow! I've been without the internet for a few days and I missed the most important event of the year. Happy Birthday, Crystal! You are truly awesome and I, contrarily to Frea, never say that sarcastically.



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