HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CRYSTAL!!!!
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????