In my email inbox this morning:
Dear Al Ha veDa
A gift Crossword subscription has been purchased for you.
Please visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/crossword to activate your subscription
This clearly has some connection to the fact that next Monday is my birthday, and this is absolutely and totally the best birthday present I could have wished for (though strong self-discipline will be called for if I’m going to get any work done if I have hundreds of Guardian crosswords available every time I sit down at the computer). The frustrating part is that it doesn’t name the generous person who gave me this present!!@#$!
I can narrow it down quite a lot: it has to be someone who knows that the Guardian Crossword, especially Araucaria, is one of the things I most miss about not living in the UK; it has to be someone who knows my email address; and it has to be someone who loves me enough to splash out on a birthday present for me.
I know who I think it was, and that person reads my blog, so if it was you, thank you so much!