Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This party sure is super!

One of the biggest misconceptions about LEP is that it's primarily intended to match you with penpals. There are lots of great sites out there where you can find penpals (Penpal of the Week, Send Something, and Swap-bot are just a few) and while there is a swap component to LEP, it's actually just a small part of what we do.

The heart of LEP is as a community of fantastic penpals (we're currently at 144 members and counting!). Our members are so passionate about snail mail, and LEP is part of our way of celebrating them as "superheroes" for being part of the snail mail revolution. So that's why we're hosting a LEP Party!!

And you're invited!

The party starts... well, you're here reading this so, the party actually starts right now and will last as long as you want it to.




This is a party post! This means that if you want to start talking to your fellow LEP members, introduce yourself by leaving a comment. If you've done something extraordinary lately, brag about it to your fellow members by leaving a comment. If you need to pair up with a partner in order to fight a big enemy, leave a comment! If you tried the bean dip and it tasted like dirt... you got it, leave a comment and warn your fellow LEP members. Julie and Laura have done enough talking, it's time for our members to start introducing themselves and talking to each other.

We'll still be around though... mingling, probably hanging out near the DJ booth and begging him to play awesome tunes from the 80s. [We love Rick Astley. We're probably some of the only people in the world who enjoy getting Rickrolled.]

Have fun! And be careful with the party punch—it makes you go invisible for a short period of time.

121 comments:

  1. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.......
    Rick Astley - yay!!!!!

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    1. I'm not gonna lie, I really do like that song.. :P

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    2. Is it wrong to admit to having his Greatest Hits on CD?

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  2. Can't wait for the party to get started. I know the LEP is not to match us with new penpal. I am more looking forward to hang out here, and meet with other 'superheroes'.

    I am from Malaysia, from the far east. 31 years old, restart my snail mail hobby last year, and would love to meet with other fellow snail mail blogger.

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  3. PARTAY! Hi, I'm Ciara Kay! I draw pictures for LEP, I'm a roller derby girl, I love David Bowie, and I like mail and dinosaurs and horses and coffee and rainy days. I just started my own stationery shop that I am super excited about, and I like to share zines, doodles, ideas, day-to-day life, adventures, and all that snazzy letter stuff. Always looking for new pen friends (my addy is on my blog).

    Let's get this party started!

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    1. yayeee! A Derby Girl! I am just getting into Derby here in my home town! It has been super exciting and sooo much fun. Cheers!

      P.S. I'll have to check out your blog! I have one too for my journal shop.

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    2. Do you play or cheer us on?? I'm still just fresh meat but loving every minute! ;)

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    3. Hey, our names rhyme! (well, the first part at any rate :P)

      I, too, love David Bowie: it was his movie "Labyrinth" that did it. Have you ever seen it?

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  4. Kitty here!! I am normally a wall flower, but this punch helps a bit with the whole invisibility thing. Makes talking about me a little easier! Just joined the LEP and can’t wait to really be a part of whatever is to come. I’ve been swapping a lot on Swap-Bot lately and haven’t had a true pen pal in a while. My last was my husband! That’s right! My Mr. and I met as penpals 15 years ago, and now we’re happily married and enjoying every minute… though I do miss his letters… :)

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    1. Kitty, My husband and I met through a letter I wrote. We spent the better of 13 years writing letters, as we lived hundreds of miles apart most of that time. We have been married almost 22 years. :) Do you still have all the letters you two wrote? We do, in chrono order.

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    2. Wow Kitty, that is such a great way to meet someone! Secretly jealous that I don't have an awesome love story like yours to tell (I met my significant other at work :P). Also it must mean that he understands the value of snail mail, something I guess most people don't these days.. :')

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    3. It's a beautiful story ! And a good way to meet someone, for sure !

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    4. We do still have our letters! In fact, when he made his thousand mile move to come start our life together, I burst into tears when I saw him unpack his. Neither of us have them all, but we have a shoebox full, each.

      I actually don’t have the one letter that meant the most to me – the first time he told me that he thought he was in love with me. I was freaked out by it then, and ended up throwing it away and acting like it didn’t happen. Now I wish I hadn’t have been so irrational. I only read it twice, but I can still tell you exactly what it said.

      We originally met online and were electronic pen pals, but both of us loved the romance of letters through the mail – as I am sure you understand!! It really helped us take the time to get to know one another and to really develop this trust and love.

      Enough cheesy romance! I’m a sucker for a good love story!

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    5. That is such an amazing story!!! Sign I too am a sucker for a great and dorky love story (dorks rule!). My hubby and I got together back before cell phones were a thing a nobody texted. So we have a box filled with those little handwritten notes that you would pass in class, they are so great to read now!!!

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    6. Mind you, we weren't together the 10+ years we wrote... We were merely penpals until we realized just why this whole friendship was longer than a decade!

      @Sara I threw away all my old school notes... I had a giant storage tub full! Kinda wish I hadn't for nostalgia now!

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    7. Oh my that is a romantic story. Put the emails my husband occasionally sends me to shame.

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  5. Awwwwwww, Kitty, that's sweet! It does really help to know that a man can spell and punctuate, doesn't it? My husband and I met on the interweb and exchanged emails before we met, so I knew he was literate!!

    Ciara Kay, I'm going to hop on over to your blog tomorrow (I've just drunk two margaritas, so I'm really not safe to surf the web tonight!). I'm about to make my first zine, so I may just put you on my highly exclusive mailing list!!

    Kelly Koo - I don't believe it. I mailed you a letter on Monday! How weird is that?!

    This is a great party.......

    .......anybody got Rick Astley's address?

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    1. Not only was he able to spell and punctuate, he was able to express complex and complete thoughts! Always a bonus…
      About Rick’s address. I may have it… But I’m never gonna give it up. :P

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  6. Hi, this is Rena. I am a little shy, and hi thinks the web does help with that. I love coffee and tea, and cookies. I am into my second book this year (The ninth circle by Alex Bell) I am lacking penpals right now and hope to find new ones. (The last were from Japan, Portugal and Germany, but got lost whan we started Uni and Work)

    @Kitty How you met your husband is probably very unique.

    @Ciara I love your drawings.

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  7. Hello, my superhero alias is Epistlosaur. I brought with me tonight my steed, a parasaurolophus named Stamp. He's really enjoying the roominess of the venue you got Laura. Ciara! I also love dinosaurs (obviously) and horses and coffee!! Checking out your blog. Nice to meet you everybody! I'm loving our super secret awesome club already.

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    1. I may be totally drunk on punch right now, but I wanted to say that we scoured far and wide for a venue that would fit your steed. We practically had to open a black hole to another universe! But rest assured, we would have done it if necessary. Julie and I would never host a party that wasn't dinosaur-friendly.

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  8. Hey, hi, hello!

    My name is Tara and I blog about mail over at Hello, Life. I am super excited to be a member of the LEP :) I am looking forward to the first newsletter! I've been sending mail for over 10 years now and love any opportunity to write letters to strangers. I'm really big into mail art and sending nice things along with my letters.

    Are any of you going to take part in LetterMo? (lettermo.com) I'm looking forward to the challenge (but also kind of terrified).

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    1. Hey Tara! I love the dinosaur name! Hee hee! I'm doing LetterMo also and I'm a little nervous also! I really want to complete the challenge!!!!

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    2. Yes I am signed up as Craftyfrog on LetterMo. I am excited but a bit nervous about this commitment too. I may be sending a lot of postcards. Short and sweet.

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    3. Ooh that looks interesting!! Has anyone ever been on SendSomething.net? Could be a good place to get inspiration to send something each day.

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    4. I'm on sendsomething.net and have had good experiences so far. Nice people - interesting too!

      I'm thinking about lettermo but don't want to put myself under pressure. Guess I'll have to make up my mind PDQ on that one!!

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    5. Nice to meet you all :)

      I think a majority of my letters are going to Sendsomething users. I love that website! A lot of my friends are really interested in receiving letters although they don't write themselves. Selfish! Haha.

      Better get going to write my first letter!

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    6. I don't think I will join lettermo.com
      I have a lot of RR going on on Postcrossing forum, also signed up on Swap-bot with a few snailmail challenges, I'm on sendsomething.net too (met Lisa Walker there!) and now an offical LEP member. o_O, I really superpower!

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  9. Hello! I'm a little shy at parties but this punch is great! Folks call me T. I'm a letter writer (proud LWA and LEP member), blogger (Return to Rural), perpetually barefoot and a little goofy. I love stickers and washi tape and though I try to be all mail-arty, I don't know that I'm that good at it. I've recently started trying my hand at making zines. I'm doing LetterMo this February and looking forward to connecting with other LEP members and letter writers.

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    1. Hey T! I read your blog and am doing LetterMo also! Are you a LetterMo vet or is this your first time?

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    2. I'm a LWA member too and I'm doing LetterMo! We're all letter mad aren't we?!

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  10. Hey Lisa!!! Haha, we're really the extraordinary penpal. I couldn't believe I found you here. LOL!!

    Hello everyone!!! ^__^

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    1. I know - I couldn't believe it when I saw your name here. I post you a letter, then meet you at a party!!

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    2. Couldn't wait for your letter!!!

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    3. I'm using my telekinetic superpower to make it reach my portal(mailbox) earlier *focus* *focus*

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  11. Hey fellow superheroes!! This is Professor Postage swooping in to say hello! :D I'm really stoked about the LEP and all the mysterioso things that will take place!! When I'm not weighing mail by touch and finding the coolest stamps, my cover is posing as a substitute teacher and breastfeeding peer counselor, both jobs I love almost as much as glitter pens. I have four wild things (who, to the outside world, are just sweet little boys)who patrol the lair on a regular basis. They are usually armed with sticks and water guns and have been known to cast spells and/or have Jedi-like powers.

    Today my lair is on full lock-down and the wild things are patroling the grounds looking for the Abominal Snowman. He is known for stopping the mail from reaching me by sending inches of inches of snow and blocking the mailman from reaching my box! HE MUST BE STOPPED!!

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    1. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds!! Right?? RIGHT?

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  12. Captain Bookworm at your service!

    My real name is Anny, I'm 24, live in Sweden. I blog about everything that comes to mind over at annywithawhy.yt.

    Even though I'm rather crap at introducing myself, I like to think that I'm fairly nice ;) I'm so glad that we're all a part of this, I can't wait to see what's in store for us!

    I need some more of that punch now. *runs*

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    1. I’ll join you at that punch bowl, Anny!
      -Wonder Kitty

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  13. Anyone seen my minions? They look like sloths, actually behave like them, and to be true they are sloths, but they can be dangerous enemies, so never underestimate them!! They should be hiding somewhere here, so if you find one, please follow the instructions: Contact me with the following details: Superhero name, age, sex, country you live in, what color does the sloth you have found have, how many fingers do I hold up?
    And- If you by any chance feel like there is something evil in you, something that doesn't quite belong to a superhero, but makes you want to take over the world, and/or watch it burn, then, in that case, also leave a note answering the following question: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    Well, everyone enjoy the party ^-^
    I'm off in that corner writing letters and stuff

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    1. He would chuck all the wood that a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood!!!

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    2. That's the spirit!! ;D
      Say, would you like to join the (somewhat) evil side of the LEP. It's like the good one, but we have more cookies and will eventually take over the world :DD

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    3. more cookies ? i may join you girls !

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    4. Yay :D The more the better :) Cookies for all of us <3

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    5. Cookies? Where? I love cookies!!

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    6. Here, here :D All sort of cookies :D I personally prefer the chocolate crispy ones ^^ Sooooo yummy ^^
      What are your fave cookies? :)

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    7. If there are large chunks of chocolate in them then I'm hooked!!

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    8. At your service, here they are :D

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  14. hello superheroes ! i'm glad to join this party too : if it makes me invisible for a few moments, i could stay longer (i have two little elves in my home, calling them daughters, who don't seem to be able to play without my intervention. And a cat who likes to walk on my paper when i write. And a dog who needs hugs when i sit down. An a husband who... well, perhaps this is to intimate).
    But i have a superpower : i can read in every situation. I'm cooking : i read. I supervise daughter's bath : i read. So, besides all their intervention, no letter can be lost !

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    1. Are you sure you weren't just describing my life? Except I only have one elf but as for reading everywhere that's me! I can't seem to go anything without a book in my hand... Maybe it's a super power?

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    2. Sara, of course it's a super power ! It's obvious : me husband is always sayong "i don't know how you can read in this situation". Don't mind, dear, it's a power !

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  15. Bore da superheroes from Wales! Where I was woken up this morning by hailstones, thunder and lightening. I live just over a mile from the sea with hills all around, so it was a pretty spectacular show from Mother Nature this morning!

    I'm 51, so probably a bit of an elder statesman in the superhero gang, unless you know different! I'm English, but I've lived in Wales since 1993. We (husband, daughter, 3 cats and 4 hens) live in a cottage that's over 200 years old in rural Wales, with sheep in the field nextdoor. I have a lovely Portuguese postman who always wears shorts, whatever the weather! Maybe he's a superhero in disguise! It's lovely to be here!

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    1. You have no idea how jealous I am now. Cottage in rural Wales with a man and a bunch of cats: most likely my absolute dream life.
      First step; aiming to move to Wales around the end of 2013.

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    2. I’m pretty sure your postman is a secret sidekick at the very least!

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    3. Bore da, Eunice! You can't imagine what a lovely surprise it is to meet someone at the extraordinary party who is of the same "vintage" as me (I'll be 49 next Wednesday). Also an Englishwoman living somewhere foreign that speaks a funny language and is surrounded by mountains.

      Like the sound of your Portuguese postie.....

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    4. sheeps, a old cotage and a postman with shorts... it's already a story !

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  16. NimbleFingers at your service ! I'm so happy to be a part of the LEP and I hope we'll all have a lot of fun ! I'm a 31 years-old mother who enjoys good food and wine, writing letters (of course) and any crafts using a stich (crosstich, knitting, tatting and so on). Since I'd feel like we're all friends here (meaning people with the same kind of interests), I'll avoid my usual spots at parties (be it the buffet or any corner with a chair) and try to mingle a bit.

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  17. Never gonna give you up... never gonna give.. never gonna give... never gonna give you up...

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  18. Ahoy there! Captain Sassy here, who despite the name & sequinned jacket, is more likely to be eating sweets at the side of the party than sassing it up on the dancefloor to a bit of Rick Astley.

    I'm 18, and when I'm not stacking shelves, being a nervous wreck or sleeping, I love to force my disastrous handwriting onto others via letters!

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    1. YAY Rhiannon sends GREAT MAIL! Love your superhero name! ; )

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  19. Greetings, all! The name is Web Writer. Pleased to meet you. When not scribbling in a journal, writing a letter/card, or buried in a book, you'll find me in a comfy chair, knitting and chatting away (much nicer-sounding than "gossip", don't you think?)

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  20. Hello! Good morning? I feel as if maybe it's a little too early for invisibility punch.. Oh well! Down that hatch it goes, hmmmm tingly.

    Anywho My name is Sara! I love owls and photography. My secret (ok not so secret because really I am a HUGE dork and fly my dork flag high) is reading and or consuming Young Adult Fantasy Fiction! Yes, I will be thirty this August and will be having a roller skating party to celebrate, 1980's kids style!

    I also have a Blog, Simply Sara Jean and an Etsy Shop WillowMucksShop where I sell handmade Smash Book Travel Journals!

    I would also like to share that I have now had two glasses of the punch and it rocks! So now I feel free to admit that I am a Washi Tape and Ephemera addict.

    Cheers!!!

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    1. Oh geesh, aren't roller skating parties the best though? Make everyone dress up as owl and you'll have the best party ever :)

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    2. It is going to be so fun!!! I think I might make everyone dress in 80's garb. Neon colors, headbands, leg warmers!!!!! Oh and scrunchies lol

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    3. oh yeah ! it seems we really like the same things (i've recently developped an addiction for owls).. except for the roller skating : if i'd try to do this, it may ends within a "broken legs party" ! (and i live washi tape too, of course)

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  21. Shalom, hello, bonjour, hoi, gutentag, I cannot tell how excited I am about this wonderful project. I am looking forward to a year of fun and friendship and cannot wait to get to know all of you better. On weekdays I ferry between work and home, reading on the underground, running around the office and trying to make all the meetings I have to attend and all the work I have to do. Lately I have been fighting with pivot tables and large quantities of data. In my spare time I adore to read, listen to music, watch television, write long letters, bake, knit, scrapbook, travel,...

    I blog on chalomotahava.blogspot.com and my nick is lady vengeance, some sort of a tribute to the perfume with the very same name.

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  22. Hello All!!

    My name is Michelle and I am a stationery hoarder. (Felt good to get that off my chest.) For years I would collect pretty paper, stickers, envelopes...and pretty much just stare at them as they were too nice to use for school and everyday friends. (Sorry, everyday firends.) However, just over two years ago I got in touch with an exchange student I met back in highschool. (Gotta love Facebook for rekindling those lost friendships.) We write all the time now and swap mail art, packages, and postcards. It was really nice to find her handmade and decorated mail waiting for my after a long stressful day.

    So that's when it hit me! I shall share my passion for mail art and pretty stationery with others around the world. I mean, my stationery cabinet can only hold so much. It's time to share the love. ;)

    I live in the hot Arizona desert, but travel to Korea and France every summer to visit friends and family. During the year I try to also visit my surrounding states and explore more of the US.

    I currently have penpals within the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and Malaysia. I'm always open for new friends wherever they may be.

    Whoa..this is getting to long...I apologize. I tend to be a babbler at parties (and on paper.) ;) But if you'd like to exchange emails, feel free to reachme at seaweedkisses{at}gmail{dot}com. Let's chat after the party!

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  23. Hei everybody!

    My name is Frida, but for the last month or so of high school last year I went under the name Europasaurus thanks to a Norwegian tradition called 'russ'. I recommend you to Wikipedia it, it is awesome!!! I got the nickname because I traveled a lot and people think I'm short/small/tiny something. And I also love dinosaurs.

    Other than that I'm an avid collector of postcards and figurine soaps. I really enjoy snail mailing and exchanging letters. It keeps me busy, in a good way!

    I'm really adoring this club and can't wait for the first newsletter :D

    Zubazabazippzappanamnam! Cheerios!

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  24. Goodafternoon! I am too excited about the first LEP newsletter! I've been counting the days! I've just been reading all your lovely posts, my fellow extraordinary penpalls :D.
    Anyway, my name is Tessa and I am from the small country of Holland. You might have heard of us as a couple of days ago, Holland made international news, hahaha. Our queen is stepping down and we are getting a king!
    But, thats not really what i wanted to say. I am a bit of a rambler, as you can tell.
    I am very excited for this project to start!!!

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  25. Hello fellow superheroes! My name is Kimmie. I'm a bookseller in my early-late twenties and am born and raised in New York City. I live in a tiny apartment in the East Village of Manhattan with my mid-forties partner-in-crime and our preteen rescued American Cocker Spaniel. If anyone is interested in writing, you can email me at envelope{AT}kimmiedearest{DOT}com & check out my larger profile here: kimmiedearest.com/about

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    1. Hello Kimmie! I miss the bookstore life. I like your style and I'm going to email you now!

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    2. You seems like a fun fun fun FUUNNN penpal. I want to write to you (desperately). XD

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  26. I just revisited the Lettermo site with a view to signing up, but according to the site February has 23 available post days. Not where I live! Our post office is only open on weekday mornings. I don't think post is collected from the boxes on Saturday. Maybe I'll just do a private lettermo and try to write something every day, even if I don't actually put it in the post every day......... Doesn't life get more complicated when you're tired?!

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  27. Hello everyone:) Me and my penpal Jennie has just launched our Mail a smile project, check it out, you might want to join the first challenge: mailasmile.org . If you have any questions feel free to contact us:)

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  28. Am I late to this party or what? No, really, am I? Is there still punch left?

    Hi! My name is Mariaana and I live in Norway. I'm originally from Holland, but decided to trade the wooden shoes, windmills, and tulips for fjords, mountains, and elk a couple of years back. I'm 28, but don't feel a day over 25. I don't know why either. Since I'm not very good at these introduction things, I better get going on that punch hunt right about now...

    Cheers!

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    1. Hello Marianna
      No, you're not late and the party still has a lot of life.
      I'm not good at introduction thing too, I wrote so many first letter this month, I bored myself to death. zzz
      Anyway, nice to meet you, I'm from Malaysia.

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  29. Hello, Hello! It's Sky Writer checking in, how's the punch? Hope it's good, I need a glass or two! ;)

    I've been busy in the sky today, writing letters and getting things ready for lettermo which will soon be under way!

    I'm really excited about the LEP and getting to know all of you. ;)

    About me: love to cook, live in Texas-USA, crazy about Christmas, big time animal lover, colored pen addict and thrift store shopper.

    Sometimes I wonder where all the stationery, postcards and notecards have come from, did I really buy and bring them all home? Anyone else have an overflow too?

    I'm an active on Postcrossing and Swap-bot and have a little blog at http://mailboxhappiness.blogspot.com

    I'm off to find that punch bowl now! ;)



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    1. hello Angie, i'm quite crazy about christmas too (and wondering why ANY of my relative did send me a greeting card this year... so sad)

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  30. Hello !

    My name is Julie and I live in Canada (Province of Quebec). I loooooooooove penpalling and everything lovely related to it ! That includes stationery, cute pens, stamps, stickers postcards... I have penpal since the age of 12 and I'm now 35 ! I have many interests, including books, Summer festivals, Jazz music, Christmas, sunny days, tea, history...

    I'm very happy to be part of this group !

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  31. Oh my, I am late to the party. Now signed up for email notifications!
    Hello all.
    My name is Samantha, I live in Australia.
    I am involved in most letter writing ventures: blogging, Julie's penpal of the week, interpals, letter writers alliance, month of letters and of course the LEP.
    Looking forward to getting to know fellow extraordinary letter writers ^-^

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  32. So this guy walks into a bar...

    Sorry, I've ALWAYS wanted to do that. Mwahaha! I can check that off of my to-do list. Let's see what else I have on here:

    #2. World Domination [employing various styles of song and dance]
    #3. Watch Labyrinth. Again. [I mean, I can't be the only one who has done the Magic Dance! Right?!]

    When I'm not plotting ways to use artistic expression to control the populace, I can most likely be found cursing Sarah for not choosing David Bow--I mean, Jareth. When I'm not doing THAT, I enjoy listening to 80's music (Eddie Money anyone? The specific song I was addicted to--yes, I go through song addiction cycles--was "Shakin'") among many other styles.

    I just finished knitting presents for people, but can you believe it: I have NEVER knitted anything for myself! That's weird. I started to one time, but I never finished it....

    Oh, let's see. I lost my flashdrive (correction: I can't find it. I'm not ready for the commitment that the L word brings) that has everything on it. I know, it's not an interesting fact, but I think: maybe if lots of people read this, their collective willpower will influence space-time and alter fate so that I will find it. It is worth a try.

    I'll stop before everyone thinks I'm totally crazy (I'm not, I assure you; it's just a side effect of being cold. And sleepy)
    Well, Bye ;D

    PS I'm always looking for superhero pen pals to help me out with my to-do list (either #2 or #3, but especially #2). And my name is Tiara ♥

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    1. World domination with song and dance - now that's my kind of project. If there's some knitting in there.........

      I'm totally jealous of your name. Quite why my parents named me after a wool shop and not a serious piece of jewellery, I'll never know.

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    3. @Lisa: I think we can work some knitting into the scheme...I like the way you think! A Tyrant-Approved Knitting Squad...this is shaping up wonderfully! (I'm also considering the Dictatorial Flashmob)

      @Black: You can click on my name now :)

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    4. Yayee for Flashmobs! OK I am in for world domination through song and dance, but I shall be crocheting!

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  33. Yoicks, I'm late to the party as well! Well, in my defence I've got a chest infection (even superheroes can get sick!) and my daughter has chickenpox. I've got to divert some of my superpowers that way I guess!

    Anyway, where's the drinks and nibbles? I'm Rachel, 35, AKA The Tooth Fairy because I spend my off-duty superhero hours fixing teeth for people with chronic medical conditions, disabilities and the like. Then I go home and create order out of chaos that is generated by my hubby Ian and 21-month-old Amy (who is showing signs of superhero powers as she refuses to accept she has an infectious disease as she can still sit and draw!).

    So when I'm not dealing with the day and night jobs and saving the world, I'm an amateur actress, dancer and musician with a love of fountain pens, reading and long letter writing. This of course has to be accompanied by a large supply of coffee, good music in the background (when Amy isn't awake and in charge of the music collection!), some friends for company and my hubby's cooking which is divine!

    I'm really excited about this new venture and would love to make new friends - in the mean time, where's the bar!!

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  34. yeah, so it's me. The Lindworm and I come all the way from Germany to this great party :) So in my non- super hero life I study history and english. This year I will hopefully get my BA and afterwards I want to do my Master of Education to become a teacher (and will do my BA in German at the same time).
    I love traveling and want to teach later in as many different countries as possible. To experience as much cultures as possible is one of my goals. I was able to live in the US for a year (I worked as an aupair) and visited a lot of different European countries through my childhood and teenager years. Another way I learned about different cultures is through writing. I had my first penpal with ten years old and ever since I had penpals. It is just great to learn each other culture, live and favourites through mail.

    So otherwise I can say that I love metal and goth music. concerts are one of my biggest passions and I try to visit as much as possible. My last one was Sonata Arctica (with the fantastic Battle Beast as support). Sonata is also the band I saw the most with eight times, but every visit was unique. <3

    Okay, I will taste the punch now
    have a great time and I am really excited about this :)

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  35. Hi Everybody,

    I'm the awkward/embraced looking person you get at parties, standing in a corner as I m a pen pal virgin!

    That's right I ve never had a pen pal before :(

    Should get the hang of it after I ve had a couple glasses of punch.

    My home is the north of England, Lancashire near a town called Blackburn, were there's 4,000 holes and their know how many it takes to fill the Albert Hall!

    Jon

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    1. Hello Jon ^-^ So you are new to the pen pal world :) That's awesome ^-^ You will see it's a lot of fun :)
      I'm not really looking for pen pals, but I would still love to write you a letter :) So if you are fine with that you can contact me via Yoshi_Cida@hotmail.com :)

      Have so much fun at this party ^.^ And if you feel lonely in that corner, join my evil side ^^ We have cookies :D Tons of cookies <3

      Have an awesome day
      Yoshi

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    2. Mmmmmmmm cookies are my favourite especially with a glass of milk!

      Cookie related fact; In a song in 2004, Cookie Monster revealed that, before he ate his first cookie, he believes his name was Sid.

      Wow, would love to receive a letter, does that make me one of your minions?

      Jon

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    3. That cookie related fact is indeed interesting. How can he even remember?

      Hm more minions are always a good thing, but eventually I would make you a member, which is a somewhat higher position than my minions. Though, to be fair, I think very highly of my minions and appreciate them a lot.
      So, interested? :D

      Letter will be on it's way to you as soon as I warm up again and find my slothhorse. ^-^

      ~Yoshi

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    4. I m surprised he can remember too; he’s more cookie then muppet these days.

      mmmmm I will need to consider my career path with careful deliberation, minion or member its a tough choice. I m presuming minions have a good union ?

      Every time somebody mentions ‘minions’ I think of those delightful green fellows from the movie Despicable Me.

      I look forward to receiving your letter :D

      Jon

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    1. Two removed comments :D Respect XD

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    2. haha :D nothing to exciting my browser (safari) keeps double posting comments, so I had to delete them.

      does not sound so rock and roll now!

      you may want to withdraw your respect :)

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    3. If you work on the basis that your browser kept double posting because it was playing some serious air guitar at the same time as posting, it remains seriously rock and roll! ;-)

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    4. Then the browser has something in common with the person who uses it, I ve been know to tear the dance floor up with some excellent air guitar action when the appropriate tune is played!!!

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  38. Peeking into the party to ask: should I have received the first newsletter already? :D

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    1. I'm wondering the same thing! (Anxious to get it...!)

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    2. Yes, Tasha & Rachel, the newsletter was sent to everyone on February 1st! So far our records show that 112 members have successfully opened it.

      Did you make sure that it didn't end up in your spam folder? Did you add our email address to your contacts?

      If anyone who's reading this hasn't received the newsletter yet, please email us at league@extraordinarypenpals.com and we'll tell you how to access it!

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    3. Could it be that you signed up after the 1st? I believe another batch is being sent Mon. or Tues. I just signed up today and haven't received it yet.

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  39. **spins in to the room in a slight daze** bowie...dinosaurs...zines...mail...tea...books...adventures...
    **nods to self** I'm in the right place. :)

    Hey there! Reading all of these comments has me psyched and ready to write! (I just signed up for the Month of Letters so this is a very good thing.) Truly, I feel like I want to meet every one of you.

    Stargazer here, ready to save the world...or at least the post.

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  40. hello all superheros!! I just wondering if u guys could help me with something.. I have for AGES looked after a penpal from ALASKA...does anyone know where to find one??

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    1. Yes, we actually have a member from Alaska! Maybe she'll see your message... If not, her penpal ad will be posted on my blog (Penpal of the Week) next month, so be on the lookout!

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  41. woooow :) happy happy! I have always loved Alaska sooo much!! I want to move there someday!

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  42. I keep refreshing my email in anticipation of receiving the newsletter today :D

    Cursed GMT time zone, it feels like I have to wait longer hehe

    Jon

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    1. Remember to check the spam folder. That's where mine went, and I spent half a day in fevered anticipation, when it was there all the time!!

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    2. Good advise, thats where my email went also, Doh!

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    3. Jon, whenever I do anything stupid (and I frequently do - imagine arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon on holiday planning to see eight plays in one week and having left ALL your tickets at home in a safe place!!), I always tell myself that I'm never the first person to have done said stupid thing.

      And you know you're not the first, because I did it before you!! :-)

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  43. Good morning! I have been so inspired this week by all of us LEP members that I decided to confess about my paper addiction... It is a very debilitating illness and I just felt like coming clean about it!!! Maybe I can help others?! LOL If you are interested in reading my confession you can see it on my Blog. I think it was the punch that put me in a chatty confession mood!!!

    http://simplysarajean.blogspot.com/

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  44. Forgot to give my superhero name!
    I am the Rambler.
    Sometimes I feel sorry for my penpals to get such disjointed rambling letters. I speak in tangents as well so most people I know are used to it.
    Trying to work out a illustration, but I keep getting distracted by other things.

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  45. Hi everybody! Please tell me I am not late for the party :( Hudy from Singapore here. I loveeeee having penpals and I think this site is great!

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  46. Late? PAH, never think of it! Besides, I'm pretty sure we have a few superheroes here who can bend time..henceforth, "late" shall be stricken from our vocabulary! :D

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  47. i requested a love spell on my relationship situation from esangopriest@hotmailmail.com, after his spell was done, I had amazing things happen during the first 3 days of the spell casting. Jason my boyfriend did came back to me and started talking with me and wanting to spend time with me again. I can't believe after all that has happened he actually turned around and divorced his wife. Its AMAZING! Esango priest is like a god send, an angel in my life. What can I say. his wife and him just split up for good and he is wanting now to be with me. he confessed his love for me and the love told me how much he wanted to be with me. I still can not believe that he has turned around like this. I am in shock. He was so dead set on staying in bad marriage and not wanting to leave his wife that I could not see it turning around. Esango priest was my last hope. After getting scammed by many other spell casters that just wanted my money I am glad that I put my faith in just Esango priest. ! Lesley, New York

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