Turns out you guys have been both insightful and supportive back at me, I just wasn't seeing it. Now I'm going to read through them and reply to as many as I have the time for. But if I don't get to your comment, please know I appreciate it and am not ignoring you! Sorry about the radio silence on my end.
(That's cairistiona7, chasingriver, engarian, shirebound, azalaisdep, lindahoyland, donutgirl, elliska, shadowfireflame, ellynn_ithilwen, mrowe, drinkingcocoa. Possibly others as well. I wanted to tag people so they'd at least get a general "I saw your comment and appreciate it" because I do.)
Also, thanks to fractalwolf for the ecard, and just_ann_now for the card-card. They were lovely!