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Monday, August 12, 2013

That's right, my friends; the end of my self-imposed sabbatical... IS NIGH.

[And there was MUCH rejoicing... I hope?]

This post is not my official return, but I wanted to check in to assure you all that I am well - very, very well, in fact - and this little break has been everything I'd hoped for and more.

John and I have used this time to take on some monster projects, so I've actually been busier than ever during my "down time" - but in a good way. I'm looking forward to showing you all our accomplishments, along with step-by-step DIY tutorials for a few of the ones I'm most proud of.

It's been my unofficial goal to resume posting here in time for Dragon Con, assuming I was ready and finished with everything I wanted to do, and so far we're right on track. I hope to debut my finished costume (which I am frantically working on now) within the next two weeks, just before DC, and you can expect my usual marathon posts during and after the con with all my official coverage. (Who's excited? THIS GIRL.) After that, at the beginning of next month, I'm hoping life and posting here on Epbot will be back to normal - only better.

Thank you all for being so patient and supportive during my time away. I admit I haven't read your comments on my last post yet, and I've been completely ignoring e-mail (sorry!) - but from the snippets I've seen over on Cake Wrecks and Facebook and Twitter, I'm going to be a sobby sob-fest when I go catch up. Between those and the snail-mailed notes and little surprise gifts and the occasional e-mail John makes me read, I've been reminded many times these past weeks why the Epbot community has been my joy and passion online from the start, and that I could never stay away for long.


SO, just a little while longer, k? And then we're gonna par-TAY. Promise. ;)

'Til then,

- Jen




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307 comments:

  1. :) Glad to hear your little sabbatical was just what you needed! Can't wait to have you back!

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  2. Super glad to hear that the break has done some good. And extremely glad that you are coming back and with pictures and projects!!!

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  3. Rejoicing! Rejoicing! I've missed you.

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  4. Doing a happy dance here—for you and for me!

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  5. I AM OFFENDED! ... Welcome (unofficially) back, Jen ...

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  6. yayay!! i had a little back-log of old posts still to read (from when i got behind when we got our son), but i'm happy you are doing better and will return!

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  7. I have to admit...I got a little teary-eyed seeing you were back today and feeling better. I'm such a sap. ;) Anyway, I am so so so glad you are 1. Feeling Better and 2. Posting Again, but I don't want you to 3. Get Burned Out again, so know that we will always be here for you, even if you have to take some breaks every now and then. <3 Also, can't wait to see your costume!

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  8. YAY! I'm glad your break was good for you and that you are feeling better. Welcome back!

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  9. Huzzah!! Much rejoicing indeed!

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  10. So good to hear you are doing well, Jen!! Looking forward to the Epbot Return Party =) I'll be there with bells on!

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  11. ALL THE REJOICING! This is exciting. I'm so so glad that your time away was exactly what you needed, and doubly glad that you're returning :D yours is easily my favorite blog on all the internet ^_^

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  12. Yay! Even unofficially you made my Monday.

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  13. summer VACATION! (that's how I looked at it)
    Remember. You are not obligated to us, but to yourself. Do this not because we demand it, but because it pleases you and is good for you.

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  14. I am REJOICING!! Many much rejoicing. I check Cake Wrecks and Epbot every Monday morning, and it's just not the same without any new geeky costumes and pictures and projects. It just starts my week off right!

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  15. “Close you eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there's no place like home.”
    Welcome back Jen! We missed you :)

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  16. While I'm so, so, so glad that you're going to be back soon, I think it's entirely alright if you start taking yearly (aka, once a year) sabbaticals for a few weeks from the internet. Everyone needs time to recharge, unplug, and rub furiously at their eyeballs to maintain sight.
    We love you bunches Jen, please do what it takes to maintain your sanity - for us!

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  17. Glad to hear that you are well. Seeing this post brought me so much joy on a gloomy Monday. Can't wait to see what you have been accomplishing. Thank you for setting an example and reminding us that we need to take care of ourselves and set some boundaries sometimes. -BigDfromthe313

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  18. Consider the rejoicing underway! :)

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  19. SO MUCH REJOICING! SO glad that you are well and have been fully enjoying your down time!! Can't wait!

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  20. Is it weird that I got teary-eyed reading this? I am so happy you are well!

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  21. Yay! I'm so very glad! What good news to hear that you're doing well and that your sabbatical has been all you needed! *sending love*

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  22. Glad your brain break was good!

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  23. Much rejoicing! I knew that Epbot added some joy and loveliness to my life by being almost the only positive, affirming place I ever see on the internet, but you know what they say about not knowing what you've got... I'm glad the sabbatical has been a recharger for you. Welcome back almost!

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  24. I'm glad that your break did you well and am looking forward to some new posts. :) ~Trish

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  25. So glad that you are feeling better. =)

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  26. So good to hear that you're doing better! I was worried about you. Can't wait til you get back, sounds like it's gonna be awesome! But don't take that the wrong way; come back when YOU'RE ready, not when we are.

    <3333

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  27. So glad you're feeling better and so excited to see your D*C costume! I'm bummed I can't go this year, especially since I live only an hour from Atlanta, but I look forward to living it through you. Welcome back!!

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  28. Hooray! Can't wait to hear about the projects you've been working on and see your Dragon*Con costume.

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  29. Heck yeah! Maybe an annual vacation is just what you need; like birds heading south for winter and other sciency stuff. Glad you are feeling refreshed. I too, can't wait for DragonCon!

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  30. Doing a little internet happy dance! Wahoo! So glad you are coming back!!! Juli

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  31. Squees and huzzahs have now awoken my officemates...oops! So glad you've been enjoying your break, and can't wait to see the marathon D*C posts XD

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  32. Huzzah! Glad to hear you're doing well :)

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  33. Much rejoicing, here! Can't wait for your official return. You've definitely been missed.

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  34. Yay you! So glad to hear you are feeling refreshed, and we look forward to seeing your amazing projects. B/c they'll be amazing. (It's like your dial only goes from amazing to mind-blowing. I suppose wonderful is in there too).

    And I still have a present to mail you - what's your address?

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  35. YAY! Looking forward to your new stuff.

    Just Saturday one of my daughter's friends was looking for some boots to borrow to go with her new cosplay costume. Then I opened my big mouth and offered to sew her some boot covers to make her other shoes into boots for the costume. She also needs some straps for over her bodice...some anime character that I haven't heard of. But I reminded her that she has friends with mad skills. ;)

    It also helps a lot that I just got both of my sewing machines tuned up so they're ready to go. My daughter is excited. :D

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  36. Rejoicing here! Happy dance! Glad you feel better! Missed you tremendously. I checked the site every day, sometimes two-three-four times a day. You have now made my day. Can't wait for your tutorials and your postings. Please continue to care for yourself and take breaks when you need them. We geek girls and crafty girls draw strength from you, so you have to keep your strength up! So very happy you will be back soon!!!

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  37. Yay! :D So glad to have you back! I'm glad you're feeling better, and I can't wait to see everything you've been working on! Rock on, girl! We missed you!
    I feel I should add that I attended my first big convention last Saturday, and your cosplayer advice and general awesomeness helped me both to decide to go and to have the best time possible once I was there. Thank you so much for everything, and keep being awesome! <3

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  38. Much rejoicing indeed! I'm so happy that you have been able to get the down time you needed but I can't wait to have your wonderful presence back online! You have been greatly missed.

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  39. YEAH Jen! I am rejoicing and crying happy tears to see you back! I wanted to give you your space and not bug you although I really, really wanted to send you an email every stinking day letting you know I was thinking about you! Not telling you to hurry back or anything, just letting you know you were thought of daily! Love you and I'm so glad you've had a good break!

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  40. Welcome back! We've missed you a lot! :)

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  41. Hooray!!! Glad you got some away time but sure glad to have you back. You were missed.

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  42. Yay! So glad that you're feeling better! Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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  43. Hurray! I have been so lost without Epbot, bumping aimlessly along in cyberspace, I am happy I will have epbot to hitch my discretionary time to again. Best of all though, is that you are feeling so much better Jen, I am glad the time away helped!

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  44. I'm so glad to hear that your sabbatical was a success. I've missed your posts here, but you are much more important than my need to see pretty pictures of your awesome projects. I am, however, looking forward to seeing more of those pretty pictures!

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  45. Glad to hear you are doing Well.
    msw

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  46. I'm so glad you're doing well and I can't wait for your return!!

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  47. Huzzah! You've returned (sort-of!) Don't stress about doing things for the masses if you aren't up to it, but I, speaking as one voice in the crowd of awed plebeians, am ecstatic you're coming back soon. I'm glad to know that you're feeling/doing better. Your health and sanity is important to me.

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  48. I am so glad that you are back, and well.
    Continue to take care of yourself!

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  49. We will still be here, even if you stay away as long as Allie Brosh did. Ok, well, maybe not QUITE as long, seeing that Allie has won the internet, and so we HAVE to wait for her, because she's now our leader and all. But you're a close second!

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  50. EEEEKKKK!!!! *Squee* I'm so happy you're going to be back soon! I'm sure you will be rejuvenated! I'm looking forward to all your spiffy new DIY's and con pics as well. I'm so pleased you're coming back!!! *internet hugs*

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  51. so glad your going to be back!! i have been checking this site every single day! just to see when you might be back.jen your awesome and i love it that your so crafty im not nearly as crafty but all your posts inspire me to try! last halloween i made my daughter a dragon costume based on your fidget costume. i love this blog sooo much!! never go away again!! i hope things are amazing and i know having a to deal with negative comments is the worst but we love you!!

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  52. That's fantastic you're returning, Jen! :D I don't blame you for taking a break from most places on the Internet because I seem to see too many catty people on sites that used to be peaceful and sometimes it's best to stay away from them when the negativity is overwhelming and just focus on positive cheerful things for a while.

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  53. This may be the pregnancy hormones, but I am literally crying I am so happy! Jen, I'm so glad you took that time for yourself! And please, don't feel pressured to come back right away! But, of course, I am Bed, Bath, and Beyond excited that you're coming back!!! We have missed you so much, and we are so excited to see you well again!

    Much love,
    Sabs

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  54. I am so excited to hear/read about your projects and DC! My husband and I have been checking everyday so see how you were doing. You have really inspired us to be more creative and now we are going to our first comic con(granted a small one in Portland, but it's a start!) =) We can't wait to read your posts! Cheers!

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  55. Can't wait for you to be OFFICIALLY back :)
    Take care and be well!
    Jess (in Guelph, Ontario)

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  56. Yay! You are the reason I totally didn't feel out of place at a con when I accidentally stumbled into one! I even smiled and asked people to take pictures! :D SO FUN all b/c of your guides...for realz...thank you, happy happy to hear you're back and see you soon!

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  57. so glad to hear you are doing a-ok. I 've been lurking on your blog(s) for about three years now and have to say that your posts are always a highlight to the day =]
    can't wait to see the new projects =]
    Gail
    (Brighton, UK)

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  58. So relieved to read this! So many people care about you and are worried about you and only want the best for you and John. We are a virtual family with real feelings. Hugs all around!

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  59. Rejoice! Rejoice! You have been missed and will be welcomed back with open arms...at least by this fangirl! :)

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  60. Woohoo. (happy dance w/Kermit flail) Looking forward to your posts. The DIY ones are my favorites. So happy your time off was rejuvinating...you need to schedule that regularily.

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  61. So I opened Epbot at lunch today thinking, "Probably nothing yet, but have to check anyway." And when I saw the new post I about jumped up and down for joy! :D :D Missed you very much and look forward to having you back online. I am glad your break has been great for you. Keep doing what you've got to do to keep sane, and we'll be here waiting! ♥♥♥

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  62. You just made my Monday! So glad to hear you're doing so well and very, very excited for more posts!

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  63. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The peasants are indeed rejoicing!!!

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  64. Hooray! I was just thinking of you the other day and I'm glad you're coming back.

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  65. Yay! This is wonderful news for a Monday! I have missed your posts this past month, but I completely understand needing a break.

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  66. Woohoo! I think it's safe to say you've been missed... but also that we, your loyal subjects, understand the need to take a breather. I'm glad it has been so good for you! Looking forward to the new posts, and patiently awaiting your official return! (and this is my first non-anon post on here... breaking out of my shell! lol)

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  67. Let me just say so happy for us and for you!

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  68. So happy you're feeling better, Jen! And not just because I've missed reading Epbot. But mostly. *g*

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  69. I'm happy you're happy. I'm also happy you're coming back. So, happy :)

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  70. Hooray! As it's been posted above several times: so happy YOU'RE happy! :D Now, let's party like it's . . . DragonCon!
    Can't wait to see pictures, see the costume, hear great stories, and pretend like I'm in Florida running the Con circuit with you!

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  71. Happy to hear you're back a with a vengeance! Glad you've had a nice time off and we all cannee wait to hear about your exciting craftventures. Even heroes need some down time ;D

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  72. Yay yay yay!!!!! That is all. ;)

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  73. HUZZAH!!!! So glad you're feeling refreshed and I am so excited to see your projects!

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  74. So happy for you! I will be glad to have you back, but more than that, I'm glad it was good for you.

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  75. Yay yay yay! So happy to hear you're coming back, and with goodies to show us! I love this site so much. Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

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  76. VERY VERY VERY Glad to read this post!!!!

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  77. Jen and John forever.

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  78. Phew! I'll be glad to see your return!

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  79. squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! And now we are so happy, we do the dance of joy!

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  80. I am so BEYOND (WAY, WAY BEYOND) excited to hear we'll soon be enjoying your geeky presence on the internets again!! (I know I still have Cake Wrecks...but oh, how I've missed you on Epbot!!) Glad to hear you're getting to do some of the things you've been planning - and, Hello - I for one cannot wait to see your new costume!!! Keep on taking care of you, and we'll see you soon! :)

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  81. Yay! I was just thinking about you the other day. Glad to hear a time-out was all you needed.

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  82. So glad to hear you're doing okay, and thank you John for your hard work keeping track of us all so that Jen could take a much needed break. You're both amazing!

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  83. So glad you'll be coming back soon. I scored some massive street cred with my Elder Spawn off your book recommendations!

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  84. Best. News. Ever!!! I'm so thrilled and excited that you have recharged and are coming back. This is my favorite (and I mean that 100%) blog of all time, and you are my favorite blogger/DIY'er/Crafter/Geek Extraordinaire! We love you and missed you and can't wait to see what you've been up to! xoxo

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  85. so glad to hear you've conquered the internet demons and are feeling better
    xx

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  86. I am very happy to read that you are doing better! That is most important after all. Cause while I would be ever so sad if you weren't able to continue posting here and there, I would totally understand (and cry). So I say again that I am so HAPPY that the break has helped!! I can't WAIT to see your new costume! I really, really wish that I was creative so that I could make my own costume to cosplay. I am REALLY hoping to go the Chicago convention next year with my niece (it would be her first con and while technically my second, it would be closer to saying my first also, since I was only able to pop into a Star Trek con in Vegas for 1-2 hours several years ago) and wow was that a long time to go without using a period! Sorry! And this is why I don't blog. Well, that and the fact that I'm not all the interesting!!

    Uhhhhhhhhhh....I think I got off on a tangent, when all I wanted to do was let you know how much you are loved. So....yeah. You are. ;)

    Carol

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  87. Very happy to hear you're going to be back soon! You've been missed, but I'm even more happy that you got what you wanted from your time away. Looking forward to hearing your tales at DC!

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  88. Yay! I think you can sense a theme in these comments- we all love you and are so happy you're well! Thank you for the update. I'm not sure what it cost you to jump back in, but I know hitting the "publish" button could not have been easy. Thank you, thank you!

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  89. Welcome back! I know I am not the only person here who has missed you. The internet was just not the same with out you here. :D

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  90. Hooray! Love! Joy! Rapture! Rejoicing!

    Your loyal readers will be WILDLY glad to have you back!

    Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

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  91. YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!! I have missed my Epbot happy SO MUCH!

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  92. YAY!! Jen's coming back!! You have been sorely missed by each and every one of us here. I'm so glad things are looking up for you, and that you're doing better :)

    Cannot *wait* to see what you've been up too these past several weeks!

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  93. And there shall be rejoicing. Rejoicing shall commence forwith! on in other words!! yippee!!!! you're doing better and you're on your way back to EPBOT!! Much love. Thought about you many many moons.

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  94. Yahooooo! Glad to hear you've enjoyed your break and are looking forward to coming back because we are DEFINITELY looking forward to you coming back :) Can't wait to see your new costume, diy tutorials, con pics and everything else :) I'm so happy, I think I might just include a few more smile-y faces :D :D :D :D

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  95. SO glad you'll be back!!

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  96. *rejoices by kermit-flailing*

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  97. Welcome back! Looking forward to all the awesome stuff to come!

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  98. Your sabbatical was shorter than I expected and I am very excited to see you back and doing well. Welcome back (almost).

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  99. Yea!! Missed you bunches! So glad you are doing better! (((hugs)))
    Misty

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  100. Yay!! I check every day to see if you're back! I'm so glad you were able to do what you needed to do to clear your mind and get back into your happy :) Your minions have missed you!

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  101. *rejoices* :)

    So glad you were able to bounce back fairly quickly. I know from experience that it can sometimes take quite a while to feel better.

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  102. Woo Hoo!!! I was beyond happy when I saw the post on Facebook. So glad you are feeling better. It feels SO good to go unplugged for a while, and you know what? The world doesn't end. But anywho, VERY glad you will be back here posting soon.

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  103. I'm teary-eyed reading this. I'm so happy for you. You have no idea how much this blog and its followers have changed my life. But you really have. Thank you Jen, John, readers, everyone, for being such an inspiration. I cannot wait to see the new projects!!!

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  104. Jen,
    I'm so excited to have you come back. I love Epbot: oogling your DIY and steampunk crafts is like my second job! We miss and love you, Jen!
    Eagerly awaiting,
    Amy

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  105. Yay! So exciting! Also, I almost never comment, which is very wrong of me because I read every post. I read this blog more than I read CakeWrecks. So please know that there is at least one loyal reader (me!) who reads everything you post but doesn't always have time to comment. And I am super happy that you are feeling rested and rejuvenated (mentally, if not physically).

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  106. Wahooo!!! I've missed you! So glad to hear you are feeling better and will be posting on Epbot again.

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  107. So glad to hear from you! I checked here just this weekend to see if you had popped back in yet, and no dice. I don't comment much, but I'm certainly glad to hear your "voice"!!

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  108. So so very excited to have you come back! I have missed you!

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  109. Can not wait to see your new costume! And meet the fab people at the Con. So thanks for letting us know you are okay. You have been missed!

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  110. I am currently doing the dance of joy!

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  111. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Much Rejoicing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  112. I'm so happy to hear that your break has done you good.
    I'll be glad to have you back, I've missed your posts!

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  113. I'm so glad your time away has helped!

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  114. Everyone needs a break now and again. I'm so happy to read that you were able to get involved in projects that have made you happy. I look forward to reading more little snippets on your life and your amazing DIY projects. Thanks for letting us all know your return is coming soon!!

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  115. Yay yay yay yay yay yay I missed my favourite blog so very much!

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  116. Yay!!!

    *happy dance*

    It makes me very happy to know that your time away helped! I can't wait until your return because I've missed your posts!! **BIG HUGS**

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  117. Rejoicing! So much of the rejoicing! You don't owe us anything but if you want to come back, we are ever so happy and excited!

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  118. Such great news! Thanks for brightening my day, Jen. So happy to see all that energy in your post and to know that you're doing so well. And delighted that soon we'll have more Epbot-y goodness to look forward to!

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  119. I'm so glad you're feeling better and the break did you well! Welcome back and can't wait!

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  120. Yay! this year's Dragoncon will be my first con ever and I was so hoping that you'd be there. I promise I will not do anything weird or stalker-y; in fact, I will probably be too terrified to even approach you.

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  121. It makes me happy that your vacation away from us was all that you hoped it would be and it makes me even happier that we'll be hearing more from you soon!! Yay! Welcome back!

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  122. So glad to hear you're doing better and I'm looking forward to you being back and sharing all the DragonCon goodness with us!

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  123. YES! Been waiting patiently and am so happy you'll be back posting regularly!

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  124. Happy Dance, Happy Dance! Yay! Good to have you back and great to hear you had a good vacation!

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  125. So glad things are positive! :D I also needed to take a break this summer for my mental health (I'm a teacher in an isolated community), and finally got to see people who *like* me this past month! Also very proud to say that I'm going to my first con in two weeks! Squee! In no small part to the posts you have written about them. I have a safe person with me, a brief photo-op scheduled, and plan on bringing lots of water and snacks. Thank-you for taking care of yourself, and reminding some of us that we need to do that too - and that it's a positive thing!

    All the best, keep enjoying your time as long as, and whenever, you need to.

    <3

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  126. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enSYlCEz5VI

    Yaaaaaay! Welcome back! You were so missed.

    Hoping to run into you at D*C and looking forward to the new posts.

    - Tickleddragon

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  127. YAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! I've missed your posts. Especially since I've finally taken the plunge and started working on some Steampunk style for myself. I look to you for inspiration!

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  128. Oh, btw, Jenn... in your absence, I had to read up on past posts, and I ended up coming down with a full blown obsession on Steam Powered Giraffe.

    Thanks for that!

    - Tickleddragon

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  129. Welcome back, pre-emptively :) I missed your awesomeness.

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  130. YAH-HOOOO! WELCOME BACK! Missed you much.

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  131. Yay! Can't wait, it's been sad, checking for a new post and hoping that you were getting better. We've all missed you, and I for one can't wait to see your costume :D
    Lots of Love,
    C.

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  132. Thank goodness, I was suffering withdrawal. I thought 'surely after a month she'll be back (and don't call me Shirley)', but you weren't. Every now and then I'd see you pin something on Pinterest and think 'She's still out there!' Really glad you're coming back soon!

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  133. There is rejoicing here like you would not believe!!!

    I am so glad that your time away was everything that you wanted it to be, but I am SO glad you are back

    (not that I have been checking back here every day or anything... um.. no... that wasn't me...)

    -TheGabbleDuck

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  134. Can't wait!
    Glad to hear your time away has been what you needed.

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  135. YAAYY *Kermit Flail of Happiness* Glad your break has been everything you needed and more!

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  136. AND THE LORD DID GRIN. And they did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast cereals...

    I'll start the grill if you bring the sloths!

    Sounds like you have enjoyed your well-deserved break. Can't wait to see your cosplay!

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  137. YaaaaaY!! I didn't realize how much your online presences brightens my day! And I'm not just saying that it's because you crack me up (you do), or because you are a fantastic blogger (you are); I think it's because you are so honest and genuine in your posts I feel like I am getting a letter from a dear friend. Sometimes they are interesting, or funny, or inspiring, and sometimes they are just a quick note to let us know you're still there and doing well; I love and appreciate that. So. I am probably entirely too excited to know you'll be back soon. I am super happy that the break recharged and refreshed you because what I love about Epbot is knowing you love doing it and you are sharing because you *want* to and not because you *have* to. <3

    Also? I am totally bummed that we live on opposite sides of the country and that I let my anxieties keep me from going to the Portland stop of you book tour. Maybe one day I'll make it to Disney World and I'll run into you. Though I'll probably recognize John first since I've seen way more photos of him. =) Unless you are dressed as Lady Vadore.. :D

    Excited to see the D*C, and new project pictures!

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  138. I am very glad to hear your break has been so good for you. You are totally entitled to do things for yourself sometimes. That being said, I'm glad to hear you'll be back to us soon. I've missed reading this blog with all its geekery and such.

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  139. YaY! I can't wait...well I can, and I will, but I'm just SO EXCITED! I'm glad that you were able to recharge and get things done, as many others have said, we all need that sometimes. I look forward to all of your posts, I've always enjoyed reading Epbot. :-)

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  140. Well of course we're excited. Mostly to know you are doing well.

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  141. Yay :)
    This definitely made my day. Glad to have your sunny self back and to see posts again. But don't burn yourself out - if you ever need to disappear again, you have support!
    Much love from ontario
    ~erin kristine

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  142. Jen,

    I'm really glad your sabbatical worked well for you, and I'm REALLY glad you've decided to return to Epbot (on a totally selfish level, of course)!!!! Looking forward to your DC, DIY, and other "acronym" posts to follow ;) .

    Yes, there is much rejoicing in Epbot-Land, of that I have no doubt!

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  143. Welcome "home," Jen! I'm so glad you're back and can't wait to read all that you have in store for us. Great to hear your vacation was just what you needed. (Perhaps the occasional, planned, mini sabbatical would be helpful from here on out?) I hope you got some reading done while you were away...I always enjoy your book reviews!

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  144. HOORAY! Seriously ecstatic rejoicing going on over here, and I am so happy that your downtime was just what you needed! Sometimes we all need a mental vacation :)

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  145. So glad you are coming back but even more glad that you took a much needed vacation and are feeling refreshed!

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  146. "The end is near!"
    WHAT? *dies a little*
    "...Of my hiatus!"
    Oh, thank god!

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  147. BTW, while still glad to see you back - a little food for thought: http://www.tlnt.com/2013/08/12/see-you-in-a-month-why-americans-need-to-get-serious-about-vacations/#.Ugk5laS-OjQ.twitter

    You could schedule a regular hiatus - a lot of bloggers do that...

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  148. And there was much rejoicing! (yay) And they were forced to eat Robin's minstrels (yay)

    Glad the sabbatical served its purpose, and that you are feeling better and got lots done! I need to take one of those myself. I can't wait to see your D*C costume and all the other projects :)

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  149. Yeah!!!! So glad you had a rest and that it did you well. I am excited for you to read all the love note you have. It's your own Wonder Woman moment. You have no idea how much we have missed you. I am so excited to see what amazing, creative things are ahead.

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  150. so glad to hear you're doing well! can't wait to see more regular posts from you, you have been missed!

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  151. Jen, thanks for the update & glad to hear you'll be back to Epbot. It's one of the few blogs I read with any regularity and I have always enjoyed the authenticity it expresses. Maybe you just need to build in a few vacation periods through the year instead of letting things get too overwhelming!

    Several years ago I had a style blog I was following and the posts just suddenly stopped, somewhat in the middle of an ongoing series, with no explanation ever posted by the blogger - it still haunts me enough that to this day I wonder what happened to her or in her life that no one ever put any kind of explanation up. Almost every other blog that has been ended has some kind of message to the readers, and your earlier message about needing to take a break and now this update shows you respect the connection.

    And I'm looking forward for more of your amazing creativity and girly geekiness - the world can't have too much of either.

    et

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  152. Thank you for being so respectful of your readers. I'm glad you took the time to regroup and recharge. I'm looking forward to catching up with all of your recent craftiness as well as seeing how much good "we" (and that's a ginormous, collective Epbot "we") can do to further the cause of keeping geek girls of all sizes and shapes and ages and persuasions happy and healthy and proud of who they are. It's good to hear you sound so happy :)

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  153. And there was much rejoicing, dancing in the streets, and....oh wait. That was last night's dream :) SO glad to hear your break has been all you hoped for and I am eagerly awaiting the reveal of your new costume.

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  154. It's great to have you back! There has been a little less warmth and geek love on the internet since you've been gone :)

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  155. Jen, All any of us that care about you wanted was for you to feel better. :D If you had to terminate this blog for your mental health, there would have been much (resigned) wailing and gnashing of teeth-- but anyone that gave a d@mn would have preferred it to causing you pain. You give us Joy in little glittery, shiny bits-- the people that put those ugly, s'nasty comments down are ugly, s'snasty people that live to cause pain. I'm sorry the internet has a bunch of those people; but your peeps Love you and want you to be Happy.
    Hugz,
    Byrdie

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  156. I'm glad your break was just what you needed, and just as glad that you are ready to come back! I seldom comment on your posts, but I love reading them. I'm excited for the geeky goodness to come!

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  157. Yay! Much rejoicing! I'm glad your break helped. I, probably like many others, don't post positively often enough, but I do love your blogs, especially Epbot and look forward to whatever you bring us. Welcome back!

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  158. Yea!!!!!!!!! We have missed you but we do understand the time you need for yourself. Looking forward to your posts about all the neat new thing you have made.

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  159. Yay!!! Glad EPBOT is back - but even more glad that you're in a good place again and this sabbatical turned out to be what you needed. You make the internet a better place.

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  160. YIPPY!!!
    So glad to hear that your break was what you wanted it to be.
    We missed you!
    Now I'm going to sit and wait for Dragon*Con because if I can't be there again this year, getting reports from you is the next best thing.
    :D

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  161. Wow, I cannot tell you how excited this post made me. I have visited Epbot almost daily since you took a break hoping to read exactly this post! Yay for Jen!!!!

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  162. I'm so glad to hear that you are doing well. You have been greatly missed.

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  163. *kermit flail* YAAAAAAAAAAY!
    I might be going to my first con ever in November and I was really hoping to see more costume pictures and tutorials to build up courage to go in garb. I'm so glad you're doing well!

    ~Geeky Love~

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  164. I'm really glad that your blogging hiatus was a success. We all need a break from time to time. I'm glad you're coming back soon though, because I missed this blog!

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  165. YAY! I am so glad you are feeling better. I don't know what made me stop by to look at the blog, but I am soooo glad that I did. :-) D.

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  166. This is such good news! The weeks have been bleak indeed without regular updates from EPBOT. Looking forward to your return :)

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  167. Yeah! Jen is coming back! I've been checking every day, hoping, wishing, pacing, checking. Glad to hear you are well and have been busy, and I am really looking forward to the reveal on your costume and DC posts! Yeah! Jen is back!

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  168. WOOHOO!!! Glad that your vacation was just what you needed and that you're feeling rested and refreshed! Looking forward to your tutorials and generally goofy, geeky girliness that you bring to the interwebz. :D

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  169. Oh happy, happy day! Jen is coming back! Missed your posts, glad your time off was well spent on what you wanted & needed! :-)

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  170. Yay!!! I am so happy you're coming back! I found this blog about a year and a half ago and in that time, I've learned to revel in my geekiness. I even went to my very first sci-fi convention this past February, something I've wanted to do for many years but my social anxiety has kept me from. It was AMAZING. You are doing good things here, Jen; it will be a happy day welcoming you back. :)

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  171. HIP! HIP! HOORAY!!!!!! You have truly been missed. I have been checking in every day to see if you are back. This has really made my day.

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  172. Soooooo happy! Epbot is my homepage. This made my day. :)

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  173. I am so glad you are feeling better and I cant wait to see what you have been working on!!

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  174. I, for one, cannot wait! =D

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  175. Woo hoo! You were very missed!

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  176. majQa'! I had been checking here everyday, just in case, and as I clicked this time I said out loud "Well, she won't be back yet, but I still gotta-- SWEET MOTHER OF BOWIE! SHE'S BACK!"

    Girl, July was WAY weird for those of us with any kind of Brain Weirdness; not only did already weird people weird out pretty hard all month (including me), people who'd never shown the slightest tendency towards weirdness freaked OUT, it was weird. As me Irish ancestors would say, I'm glad to see the back o' July, I am!

    And I was serious in my CW post; if you thought you'd get away with doing that awesome White Rabbit costume and NOT showing us any pictures, you're crazier than you think. There are those who would avenge my costuming wrath...and some of them are Vulcans. <<>;) <---winky Klingon

    For real, the hell with those haters. Come on back to us!

    Your Pal,

    Storm

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    1. Oh, I forgot to tell you (almost posted it on CW earlier, because of the TARDIS cake); ELEVEN DOCTORS COSTUME UPDATE! Most of it has come together, though I still need my Fourth scarf and my Tenth Chucks (the most expensive bits of the costume). Will be carrying MANY props in my Ninth trenchcoat pockets, including Jelly Babies, Jammy Dodgers, a cricket ball (Fifth), a recorder (Second) and a set of spoons (Seventh) to play. No matter who your favourite Doctor is, he will be well represented!

      Can't wait for your D*C costume pics!

      Your Pal,

      Storm

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  177. Yay! I'm so glad you're coming back!!

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  178. Yay!! I've been checking here regularly and eagerly awaiting your return, I literally jumped up and down in my chair with excitement when I saw a new post! Great to hear you're feeling better and enjoying your break, Epbot is one of my favourite places on the internet and you've been sorely missed. Can't wait to see what wonderful things you've been working on!

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  179. Great news! Glad you are feeling better!!!

    And very much looking forward to seeing cosplay details! I've got no money or cajones to do that so far, so it is fantastic to see updates of your wonderful creations. :D

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  180. MUCH rejoicing! I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better :-).

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  181. Yay! Glad to hear your break has been good and that you are feeling better :) Looking forward to seeing your new projects! xx

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  182. Yay! You're back! I hope that you had a good rest. We've missed you :))

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  183. One of the best days ever - Jen has posted and promised her return!

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