RAKed! Can't even think of a good comeback for this RAK attack...

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  1. AshleyV

    AshleyV Well-Known Member

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    I can't decide if y'all are sneaky or if I'm just oblivious.

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    (Probably the latter.)

    I got a lovely little bubble mailer from @LittleBird the other day, with a sweet note inside and a reversible Star Wars pin lanyard! (Thank you thank you! How did you know I'm hoarding Star Wars thingamabobs until Star Wars Land opens next year?)

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    The note tipped me off to the fact that this was part of a RAK[​IMG][​IMG]... which... first of all, WHAT and second of all, HUH??? I'm honestly at a loss for words. And that sounds cheesy, and I know everyone says it, but you are all so goshdarn nice and I really appreciate it.

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    On Saturday, a box arrived from @Disneychildwithin (my boyfriend demanded to know what I bought from eBay and I was super confused until I looked inside, because I knew I hadn't ordered anything recently, ha)! And it had these adorable little princess notepads and a Finding Nemo pencil and a Snow White Ufufy that smelled like apple blossoms and which my kitten tried to claim for herself right away. (She's also the tsum tsum thief of the family, so this was quite in character for her.)

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    (Proof of the kitten hogging the Snow White Ufufy. I tried to get it from her and she sat on it more.)

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    And then, THIS.

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    Y'all. It's so CUTE. And SPARKLY. And Snow White!?! I'm in love.

    This was above and beyond generous, Lucy, thank you SO much. (I bought a similar Danielle Nicole Snow White wallet-type thing a couple of years ago, but when my car got stolen it was one of the items I lost and never got around to replacing. So this is even more perfect than you know!!)

    I'm just sitting here in a puddle of happiness, and I really needed it. I don't often share much about my personal life here, but this last month has been really, really awful and sad. Several weeks ago, I had to fly home after learning that my grandmother had unexpectedly been hospitalized, and during the two days I was able to spend with her, she passed away suddenly from heart and kidney failure. I was one of the only people with her when she died, and I'm still just utterly heartbroken. Up until this last week or so, I didn't feel like going to work or writing or participating in the forum or doing much of anything, and to be honest, I'm still trying to figure out how to balance grief with everyday life (spoiler alert: it sucks). But being able to come back to such a welcoming and warm community is making things just a little easier these days, and I'm so, so deeply appreciative for everything y'all do. <3 (I'm just gonna go before I start crying or something, okay? Okay.)

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  2. Ksnuggles

    Ksnuggles Resident Cake Baker Staff Member DPF Moderator DPF Correspondent

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    Sorry to hear about your grandma... I will be dealing with the same thing soon as my mom is on hospice... so I know it sucks... but eventually you find a way to deal with life.

    Other than that CONGRATS on your RAK
     
  3. theoucharis

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    Congrats on the RAK. So sorry to hear about your grandmother.

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  4. Shelterkat

    Shelterkat A Very Merry Unbirthday!

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    Congrats..that purse is so pretty! So sorry about your grandmother:(
     
  5. Tokaji

    Tokaji Pins and Needles

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    Congrats, Ashely! And very sorry to hear about your Grandma. She'll always be there with you.
     
  6. Purplemandms

    Purplemandms Like the candy!

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    Congrats on the well deserved RAK!!


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  7. PixiePost

    PixiePost Previously SoraPandora

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    Firstly, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. :(

    Secondly, congratulations on a well-deserved RAK attack. I think you stole a lot of hearts at David’s party with your bright smile and sweet little gifts. (Mine, at the very least!).


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  8. Booger1964

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    So sorry for your loss! Congrats on your RAK attack. I'm glad it brought you some joy!
     
  9. AshleyV

    AshleyV Well-Known Member

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  10. AshleyV

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    More surprises from yesterday's mail! Y'all are the sweetest. <3

    The first one I opened was from @Ajk, who sent this awesome dangling Snow White pin that had been on my wants list forever ago. (I'm pretty sure I removed it from my list because I was having too much trouble tracking it down, so thank you!!)

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    @Spr175psu sent a wonderful package with what is, in my opinion, the BEST card I have ever received (Snow White! Rey! Kylo Ren! And the background is a Snow White Thomas Kinkade art piece), Snow White Pez, and two pins for my collection that I didn't have!

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    I don't think I'd even seen the Cruz Ramirez pin before -- which doesn't surprise me, as very few seem to be listed on PinPics vs. how many there actually are. The Snow White pin was another one that I'd given up any hope of acquiring, as it is so rarely found for sale and almost never for trade. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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    THEN there was this *incredible* box from @krand1276, who sent along a cute Snow White pin, Snow White figural key chain, jelly beans (which were gobbled up pretty fast, I have to say), and signed photos from Dave Valle and Rick Rizzs (two Seattle Mariners broadcasters/analysts).

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    By far and away, the BEST part of the package had nothing to do with Disney or Snow White, however: It was a signed baseball from Bob Wolcott -- a rookie pitcher for the Mariners during their 1995 playoff run. Oh man. I FULLY GEEKED OUT. I kid you not, my hands were shaking when I unwrapped it. Actual footage from this moment:

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    (Please thank your husband for me, Katherine!!) This baseball nerd is very, very happy.

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    My reaction to everything that's happened this week:

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    Y'all are the best.
     
  11. krand1276

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    From this Mariners family to yours, you are so very welcome! He's really glad you liked the baseball. Go M's!

    I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother as well. Good thoughts and pixie dust!

    Congrats on the RAK! You deserve it!

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  12. Ajk

    Ajk Not so new anymore.

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    Yay! I’m glad it was a pin you needed.
    Sorry about your grandmother. I know how difficult a loss can be. But I hope that you find comfort in all of the warm memories of her I’m sure you have.
     
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  13. Spr175psu

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    First and foremost, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother.

    Secondly, I am glad that you needed those pins. The cruz pin was a shot in the dark since it wasn't up on pinpics, but I'm happy it all worked out. I can't take credit for the card, though. My wife is the clever graphics artist in the family.
     
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  14. AshleyV

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    OMI. YOU SNEAK.

    @pretty Omi said she was just getting a Snow White PODH pickup for me, and I, unsuspecting fool, believed her. Instead of the small mailer I was expecting to receive, however, a box full of goodies showed up, along with a note explaining that it was part of this month's RAK!

    I tore into everything too fast to take before and after photos, but um... everything here is perfect??? The Snow White art postcards are *exquisite* and I'd never even seen them before. And there's a Kylo Ren marquee for my tiny TLJ Kylo collection!!! And Iron Man buttons! And Star Wars stickers!

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    But y'all. This Light Side/Dark Side scarf is legitimately my favorite piece of Star Wars merch EVER. I can't remember if I told Omi this or if she's just really good at coming up with gifts on her own (or both, honestly), but my favorite thing about The Last Jedi is how Rey straddles the line between the Light and Dark Side, and since I can never pick a side myself, this scarf is PERFECT.

    Thank you so much, Omi! You completely made my day. <3
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  15. pretty Omi

    pretty Omi Resident Smol Wolf

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    I'd been wanting to get you back since the pin party, so when you came up as this month's RAK, I knew I wanted to get in on it!
    Firstly, @TheRetroNerd helped me to get the marquee for you, I really wanted to send you a super cool pin. Indeed you had mentioned the dark/light side thing, so I figured a scarf with both was so much more you than one that was one side or the other, plus is has both Rey and Kylo Ren listed on it, so yeah I kinda knew it would be so perfect.
    The postcards were a random find, and I was thinking how much I love to send postcards, so I thought those would be super cool and fun, and I wanted to hit as many collections as possible so I was stoked to find the Iron Man buttons! (Even if I'm more a #teamcap kinda girl ;P). And yes, your recent purchase was the perfect disguise for my mighty package muahaha!
    I'm super glad you loved it all!
     
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  16. Sami

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    Congrats on the RAK!

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  17. KT07

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    Wow cool stuff. Nice to see pepole doing such nice stuff. It must be a truly magical feeling. Congrats to you. Thanks for sharing. I really like the baseball.
     
  18. AshleyV

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    Ahh, well big thanks to both you and @TheRetroNerd!! Everything was *so* thoughtful, I really really appreciate it. Haha remind me never to have a (Marvel) Civil War debate with you then... ;)
     
  19. arielsdinglehopper

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    Congrats on the RAK attack! All these gifts are so lovely and perfect for you <3 I'm really sorry to hear about your grandmother and I'm sending big hugs.
     
  20. TheRetroNerd

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    What did i do ? it wasnt me. it was the 1 armed man !

    o wait it was me. but that was all @pretty Omi i just facilitated said pin.


    congrats on all the rak goodies
     
  21. AshleyV

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    @PixiePost surprised me with the loveliest package last week, and I'm kicking myself for only now getting around to posting about it! We had been talking about our respective Peter Pan collections, and she was kind enough to not only send along a new edition I didn't have, but included these amazing Peter Pan spin-off books as well!

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    (I've been working on my own book for the last 10 months and finally finished it last week, which means I actually have time to read the very long stack of books that have piled up on my shelves. These will definitely jump to the top of the pile!)

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    She also sent along a really cute pair of Snow White/Prince salt shakers, lavender hand lotion (my favorite scent!), citrus body wash (my other favorite scent!), otter Kleenex, a GORGEOUS Virgo mug (which says "observant worrier"... um, that's me), a Snow White lanyard and little fish toys for my cats (my kitten hogged both of them and then promptly kicked them under the couch, she was so excited).

    Sara, this was totally unexpected and so, so appreciated! Thank you so much!

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  22. Connies_Hobby

    Connies_Hobby SPREADING the DISNEY PIN MAGIC!!

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    First, @AshleyV my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved Grandmother.

    Such perfect timing for all this DPF Family Love to come your way. "....R.A.K.'s = ROCK"

    To the members who sent you all this "LOVE" - Way-to-Go~
     
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  23. pretty Omi

    pretty Omi Resident Smol Wolf

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    Awesome package! @PixiePost knocks it out of the park as usual!
     
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