Thanks to everyone for a warm welcome!!!
cali: Thanks for your kind words, they really mean a lot to me right now. With people so nice, I'm sure I'll be hanging around well after I've recovered!
Paulie: I did read WORD FREAK; in fact, I thought it was so excellent, I foisted it on almost everyone I know (and gave it out as X-mas gifts too).
Shayla: Yes, I'm often up very late--I say I keep vampire's hours these days. I would absolutely love a game of Scrabble, I will definitely PM you. MollyRose could join us too!
John: I felt awful that you disliked my avatar so much that I've replaced it with something else that's hopefully less cringe-inducing for you!
THANKS AGAIN EVERYBODY, WELCOME TO THE FELLOW NEWBIES, AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!