After a 3 year absence: Friskyfeline, lanapoo, vacationguy, Bottesini and all the other people whose feathers I rustled during my initial posts(if they can remember it!) I just reread through that whole episode! Ahh memories!
My impressions is that she didn't originally intend to tell people about this so she didn't "come straight out of the gate" with it. She only told people when they raised questions about her avatar? and she's already said why she was using her cousin's avatar...am I missing something?