i wasn't supposed to have network when i got home. not that i mind, mind you :) i was just very confused when aim started up and logged in. i assume that this is thanks to the good graces of Carl... thank you, dear.
finally, i had an email, telling me that someone renewed my account for a year... but not who someone was. which is the whole point of anonymous gifts, i reckon, but still. a cookie and a kiss, to quote m'dear Rhi, to whoever it was, and a hug too. :)